[History / Architecture] A Walking Tour of Tokyo’s Past: Ginza to Fukagawa

[History / Architecture] A Walking Tour of Tokyo’s Past: Ginza to Fukagawa

  • Tokyo — a city of talking escalators and trendy pants, where the only true constant is change. Yet, as you explore the dense architecture, there are signs of older times — of merchants and monks — of red bricks and revolution. This tour introduces you to the other face of Tokyo, hidden behind the concrete and sleepless neons.
  • *** The locations shown in the itinerary are only some of the places you will be visiting.
  • The first portion of the tour is a historical tour of Ginza. Ginza was one of the first sites of redevelopment during Meiji Japan’s turn to the West, and much of the architecture stands to tell the story.
  • Next, you will visit Monzen-nakacho, where the buildings are shorter and alleys are tighter. Here, the culture of Edo’s shitamachi (meaning “low-town” — describing the common people’s district) remains strong.
  • For lunch, you will eat “Fukagawa Meshi”. This delicious fisherman’s staple from the Edo era is a rice dish with abundant clams, either poured over in a broth or cooked into the rice.
  • Continuing your stroll through Monzen-nakacho, you will visit two of the area’s largest spiritual locations; Tomioka-Hachimangu Shrine, and Fukagawa-Fudo Temple. The tour will be wrapped up by the exquisite dumplings of Fukagawa Iseya, for a sweet aftertaste to your experience.

Information

Destination Tokyo (Ginza / Tsukiji, Fukagawa)
Meeting place JR Yurakucho Station, Ginza Exit, in front of the Family Mart.
Meeting time 9:00
Duration 4 hours
Tour number P009
Tour conductor (language) Unavailable (There will be an English-speaking guide accompanying you.)
Minimum number of participants 2persons

Meeting place

Itinerary

  • 【Ginza】
    
    Meet up outside Yurakucho Station, Ginza exit. Departure will be at 9:10.
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    Okuno Building
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    Wakou-Honkan Building
    ⇩
    Kojun Building
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    Kabuki-za
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    Chugin Capsule Tower Building
    
    ▼
    
    【Monzen-nakacho】
    
    Lunch at Fukagawa-juku
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    Tomioka-Hachimangu Shrine
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    Fukagawa-Fudoson Temple
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    Ninjo-Fukagawa-Gorieki-Dori Street
    ⇩
    Light snack at Iseya
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    Monzen-nakacho station. The tour ends at 13:00.
    
    (⇩: Walk / ▼:Train)
  • ( Breakfast:× / Lunch:○ / Dinner:× )
    • Educational tour Okuno Building
      The Okuno building sits just off of Ginza’s main road, amongst the rows of Ginza’s upscale shopping facilities. Currently, the building is a well-known hotspot of modern art and design, housing many galleries and antique stores. That being said, the building itself is the star of this tour. Its old-style furnishing tells many stories, and the elevator awaits you with a pleasant surprise!
      
    • Educational tour Wako-Honkan
      Known for standing on the most expensive land in Japan, The Wako-Honkan building stands proudly at the centre of Ginza. Its clock tower was built in 1932 by the architect Watanabe Hitoshi, and is famous for ringing its Westminster-style bell 45 seconds before every hour. 
      
    • Educational tour Kabuki-za (30minutes)
      This is Japan’s centre of Kabuki — a traditional Japanese stage play, characterized by bombastic movements and impactful makeup. There won’t be a viewing time during this tour, but you will visit Kobiki-cho Hiroba, a marketplace underneath the Kabuki-za, to feel the energy and ambience of the culture.
      
    • Educational tour Kojun Building
      Fukuzawa Yukichi, who is known best as one of Japan’s fathers of westernization, established “Kojun-sha”, Japan’s first membership-based social club. As the name implies, before it was a commercial establishment, the Kojun building was the Kojun-sha’s base of operations. Although the building was renovated in 2004, the front entrance was left untouched as a nod to Fukuzawa’s legacy.
    • Educational tour Chugin Capsule Tower
      This futuristic-looking building was the world’s first capsule hotel, and one of the architect Kurokawa Kisho’s early works.  Although this functionality has never been utilized, Its capsules are made to be detachable for easy renovation. The decision of whether to preserve or renovate this building is currently a hot debate, so this may be your last chance to see it!
      
    • Lunch (50minutes)
      Your lunch will be a local specialty of Tokyo, Fukagawa-meshi, by Fukagawa-juku. The Fukagawa area of Tokyo was formerly a prosperous fishing town, and this clam-filled rice dish is a living sample of fisherman culture. 
      
    • Shrine/temple visit Tomioka-Hachimangu Shrine (30minutes)
      The pillars of Tomioka-Hachimangu have held up its roofs since 1627, and has become a praying destination for many locals and travelers. The shrine has a deep connection to Sumo, and houses monuments for all of history’s Yokozuna (the highest rank for wrestlers).
      
    • Shrine/temple visit Fukagawa-Fudoson Temple (20minutes)
      不動様パワーを感じられるどっしりとした外観
      Nearby Tomioka Hachimangu, this temple is a popular destination for people with all kinds of wishes and goals (Victory, commercial success, health and fortune, and many more).
      
    • Tourism Ninjo Fukagawa Gorieki-dori Street (10minutes)
      Just in front of Fukagawa-Fudoson, there is a straight road leading back to Monzen-nakacho Station This road offers sweets, pickles, sake, craft stores and much more. Japan’s hardest rice-crackers “Genkotsu”, sold by “Kikaku” are worth a look, for their novelty if nothing else! 
      
    • Tourism Fukagawa Iseya
      At the entrance of Gorieki-dori, Fukagawa Iseya has been serving its sweet creations for over 100 years. Their sauce is a secret recipe passed down through generations, and has the perfect consistency and sweetness. 

Caution

Included in the fee
All taxes, and fees for all transit, meals, admissions, experiences, and guides, that have been clearly outlined in the itinerary.
***If any of the above fees are unused due to the customer’s circumstances, partial refunds will not be made.
Not included in the fee
Things that are not included above
Notes
***A tour conductor is not provided for this tour. Instead, a English speaking guide will be leading the tour***
・The schedule may change due to weather and transportation conditions.
・There will be a lot of walking throughout the day, so please come in comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes.
・If there are not enough participants for a tour, we will have to cancel the trip.
・In the case of a cancellation, we will contact you with at least 4 days to your trip.
・Families with children below the age of pre-school will not be able to participate in the tour.
Cancellation policy
Cancellation fees
・cancellations up to 11 days prior . . . No fee
・cancellations up to 10 days prior . . . 20% of the trip fee
・cancellations up to 7 days prior . . . 30% of the trip fee
・cancellations 1 day prior . . . 40% of the trip fee
・cancellations the day of . . . 50% of the trip fee
・no show . . . 100% of the trip fee
Changing booking details
・Please check the trip documents to see changes regarding fees when changing trip plans.
・If you cancel due to personal reasons and the trip goes under the required participant number, you will be charged a cancellation fee based on the cancellation policies.
・If the trip gets full, we will not be able to accept more participants.
Please make reservation changes on MY PAGE, however, if you are making changes within 3 days to your trip, please contact us directly. 
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