Guided walking tour of Tokyo's Asakusa district - with a traditional activity as an optional extra

Guided walking tour of Tokyo's Asakusa district - with a traditional activity as an optional extra

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Guided walking tour of the Asakusa district
Discovering a traditional, local side to Tokyo
The lively atmosphere of Nakamise street and Sensoji temple
Cultural activities as an optional extra

Informations essentielles *

Durée
2 Stunden

Langues

Englisch

Horaires de début
11:00

* Toutes les informations détaillées vous seront communiquées au moment de votre réservation.

Description

Explore the traditional district of Asakusa on foot and, if you add the optional extra, take part in a Japanese cultural activity

Located on the banks of the Sumida River in north-east Tokyo, Asakusa is a district that has retained its traditional, local vibe over the centuries.

Asakusa's history dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868), during which Asakusa became an entertainment district, home to kabuki theatres and geisha houses.
The district's development continued in the early 20th century: Asakusa is one of Tokyo's most famous districts, and home to a wealth of entertainment.

Asakusa was partially destroyed during the Second World War but remains one of the most popular districts for foreign and Japanese visitors intrigued by its unique feel.

Its attractions are all within walking distance of each other. Accompanied by your guide, you'll explore Asakusa and discover its iconic landmarks. Stroll through its traditional alleyways, which bear witness to its rich history, and soak up its old-fashioned charm.

A highlight is the visit to Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple and Asakusa's emblematic site. To reach the temple, you'll head up the picturesque Nakamise shopping street just after you pass through the outer Kaminarimon gate (AKA the "Thunder Gate"). Take time to admire the gate's huge lantern and the statues of the deities Fujin and Raijin.

After exploring the area around the temple, you'll head to Kappabashi: this shopping street is lined with shops that specialise in kitchen equipment which they sell to Tokyo restaurateurs and the general public. You'll find everything here: ceramics, chopsticks, knives, and even reproductions of the resin food displays that restaurants famously display in their windows!

Afterwards, you'll return to the Kaminarimon gate where the tour will come to an end. You can continue to explore the area on your own.

Or you can choose to participate in one of the following traditional activities (optional extra, held before or after the tour depending on option selected):

Tea ceremony
Participate in an authentic 45-minute ceremony with a tea master.

Kimono rental
Wear a traditional kimono during the guided walking tour.

Lieu de départ

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  • Availability: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Meet-up point: Asakusa station - more information is provided in your voucher
  • Departure time: 11am for the guided tour only
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours for the guided tour only
    About 45 minutes for the tea ceremony (optional extra)
  • The tour operator reserves the right to cancel the activity if there aren't enough participants. If this is the case, you'll be offered an alternative date or a refund
  • Kimono hire optional extra (for women and men)
    You'll wear a kimono during the guided tour. Please make your own way to the kimono shop (the address is on your voucher) at least one hour before the start of the tour. Choosing and putting on a kimono can take up to an hour
    At the end of the guided tour, you'll need to return to the kimono shop to change out of it
  • Tea ceremony option
    The tea ceremony (45 minutes) takes place:
    - After the tour on weekdays: your guide will accompany you to the meet-up point
    - Before the tour on weekends and public holidays: please make your own way to the meet-up point at 10am (the address on your voucher)

Le prix inclut

  • The services of an English-speaking guide
  • Participation in a tea ceremony (only if you selected this option)
  • Kimono hire (only if you selected this option)

Le prix n’inclut pas

  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

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