Tokyo West-Side Walking and Street Food Tour

Overview

Discover the eclectic hubs of Nakano and Koenji on a walking and street-food tour. Nothing's off limits as we explore the urban landscapes, intricacies of daily life, and enticing cuisine that gives these fascinating areas their distinctive characters.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a drink at a neighborhood izakaya
  • Discover the eclectic local neighborhoods of Nakano and Koenji
  • Sample 5 popular street foods from local vendors, independent markets, and Japanese franchises
  • Get off the beaten track and find local food spots instead of tourist traps
  • Gain a new appreciation of life in the streets of Tokyo

Key Information

Important Information

• This is a "no-fuss" walking food tour with an emphasis on socializing, exploration, and local discovery; there are no major sightseeing or "fine dining" stops on our itinerary • Be prepared to walk approximately 2 km (1.2 mi), be constantly on the move and snacking on your feet, tackle stairs, and get your hands dirty! • Japanese cuisine often contains meat and seafood elements, with "dashi" stock a common base ingredient; please understand we will visit typical local eateries and that this experience does not cater to personal tastes, dietary requirements, or food allergies — feel free to enjoy as much or as little of the food as you wish • Please note this is an outdoor activity that may be impacted by weather; if we have a rainy day the tour generally proceeds as planned

Description

Ditch the commotion of Tokyo’s well-trodden tourist hubs and venture into the charismatic pockets of west Tokyo on a "no fuss" walking and street food jaunt. Dive headfirst into the charming Tokyo neighborhoods of Nakano and Koenji, as we explore the twisting alleyways, alternative subcultures, and casual eateries that give these unique enclaves their distinctive characters. Feast upon a tailored selection of everyday eats from local vendors, independent markets, and Japanese franchises, as we walk the nostalgic "shotengai," boisterous eating and drinking "yokocho," and the contrasting calm of the residential backstreets. Gain a detailed insight into life in the streets, as well as a newfound confidence to take on Tokyo’s flourishing dining scene like a neighborhood pro. Local eating and drinking hotspots, suggestions for offbeat areas to explore — you’ll be equipped with it all as we cap off our outing over a drink at a quintessential "izakaya." So, lace up your walking boots, come hungry, and don't be shy about getting your hands dirty on this Tokyo walking and street food tour. Leave contented, with a new appreciation of Tokyo life, local flavors, and hopefully a few tips and tricks to squeeze that little bit extra out of this bewildering metropolis.

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