Combine the cultural delights and local charm of Tokyo on this 4.5-hour tour of Japan’s capital. Accompanied by a professional guide, delve into the culinary scene of the city by visiting local fish market in Adachi and old town Shibamata. Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culture and and enjoy personalized attention from your guide and the people in local fish market. Escape from Tokyo’s commercial and touristy places and get in touch with the old-time, nostalgic town of Shibamata.
After meeting at Senju Ohashi Station (approx. 30 mins by train from Tokyo Station) in the morning, you'll visit the local fish market, Adachi Market. Adachi Fish Market might not be as famous as Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market for foreign travelers, but it's a very popular market among locals specialized in marine products. Enjoy fresh seafood as well as the local atmosphere of a vibrant market. Feel free to engage in a conversation with friendly local people or head to the on-site cafeteria to enjoy some fresh local seafood at your own expense.Next, you'll take a short train ride (approx. 15 mins) from Senjuohashi Station to your next destination - Shibamata. It is a beautiful old-style town located on the banks of the Edogawa River in this northeastern part of Tokyo. Here, you can immerse yourself in the pleasurable vibes of old Tokyo. See the famous statue of Mr. Tora, the legendary film character from a Japanese TV series Otoko wa Tsurai yo, literally translated into 'It’s tough being a man'. Later, you'll head towards Shibamata Taishakuten, a grand temple that is the local home of a famous Hindu deity.Plus, you’ll get to explore a remarkably old-fashioned main street with Japanese sweets shops and buckwheat soba noodle shops, all crammed together in a bustle like no other. There are also river fish restaurants with specialties such as eel and carp, and so much more.At the end of the street, arrive at the Buddhist shrine - Shibamata Taishakuten. The shrine is known for amazing wood carved sculptures covering in the Lotus Sutra story that are tightly installed all around the main hall, and there is a stunning garden of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The intricate, precise, and lively sculptures are wonderful works of art that are timeless. Next visit Yamamoto-tei, a two-story building that combines the style of Japanese and Western architecture by incorporating Western architectural elements into a traditional Japanese shrine. The design of its “nagayamon”, where a gate is passed through a section of a long warehouse, has an especially unique Western shape and style and it is well worth seeking out. This garden was ranked as the third best garden in Japan by a popular international magazine dedicated to the special world of Japanese gardens and architecture.At the end of the tour, you climb the bank of the Edogawa River located behind the Yamamoto-tei, and from there you will see the distant Tokyo SkyTree and the contrast of the new and old Tokyo, like a time warm linking the modern day to the 17th century style Edo style you have been walking around.