Vintage Koenji

TYPOLOGIES

Culture

+ 2
DIFFICULTY

Easy

MIN. AGE

All ages

JPY 10000

VINTAGE KOENJI
The paradise of second-hand stores in Tokyo

Explore with our "storyteller" the true soul of Koenji, a haven of retro kissaten (coffee shops) and cheap eateries; populated by niche stores and dusk-lit lanterns that give the neighborhood an upbeat charm.

English speaking "storyteller" escorting you through enchanting and hidden Tokyo corners

Every day at 17:00

Small-group walks: min 1 / max 6 participants

Explore the neighborhood renowned for the music scene and the assortment of vintage shops

Have a drink and a snack with your "storyteller", your friend in town!

 

Koenji was a farming settlement on the outskirts of Tokyo. It developed after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and became the center of Tokyo's punk movement in the seventies. Today Koenji is beloved by youngsters because of the wide selection of second-hand and vintage shops, inexpensive old-fashioned restaurants, pubs, and a still lively musical scene. You find everywhere musicians looking for fame who perform on the street while groups of young people drink and eat outdoors and enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere.
Stroll through the lively Koenji area, filled with stores, izakaya, bars and people reveling in the vibe. Before going back to Shinjuku enjoy a drink with a snack in one of the many Japanese taverns.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

English speaking ``storyteller`` escorting you through enchanting and hidden Tokyo corners - Drink and snack in Koenji bar - NOT INCLUDED: public transportation (about 330 JPY).

TOUR SCHEDULE

Daily

START TIME

Start time: 17:00 (meeting time 16:45). Make sure to be there at least 15 minutes ahead.

DURATION

2 h (17:00 -> 19:00)

STARTING AND ENDING POINTS

The walk starts and ends in Shinjuku JR Station. We will provide accurate details of the meeting point upon confirmation.

CANCELLATION

Up to 24 hours before: 10% processing fee charged if cancelled up to 24 hours before the walk starts (local time). After 24 hours: 100% charges (See our Terms and Conditions policy).

CHILDREN

From 0 to 2.99 years - free; From 03 to 11.99 years - 50% of the adult price; 12 years and older - full price.

PRIVATE WALKS

Available daily. Please enquire with us through our CONTACT page.

GOOD TO KNOW

During this experience, you will be walking through Tokyo streets for 2 hours. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring a foldable umbrella if it looks rainy - If you visit Tokyo's nightlife districts on your own, watch out for commercial restaurants that lure visitors with very cheap prices. They often hide compulsory surcharges that spoil the beauty of the experience! - The walk will depart on time, out of respect for all customers. Late customers will not be waited on and there is no refund - A safe menu for food allergies and intolerances cannot be guaranteed - The minimum age for alcohol consumption in Japan is 20 - IOJ reserves the right to modify the itinerary in case of unforeseen events.

COVID-19

All storytellers are required to wear masks - All clients are required to wear masks and respect social distance - We ask all of our clients to check their temperature on the date of the walk and refrain from participating if the temperature is above 37.5°.

The experience is highly enjoyable but be aware that there is a lot of walking and standing time. All worth it though! The storyteller was great and the people on the walk were very nice as well.

John M - Seattle, WA

★★★★★ January 15, 2020