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Activity No.024

Discover Shitamachi, less touristy old Tokyo, incl a drink

From ¥4,500 / person

Koto-ku, Tokyo Monzen-nakacho Station

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The fees and schedule provided are for reference only. They may vary depending on availability. Please inquire using the form below for more information.

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Details

Have you ever encountered the term "Shitamachi", while you are planning your stay in Tokyo?

Shitamachi is generally referred to the eastern Tokyo, the delta area in between the Sumida river and the Arakawa river.

We the locals call ourselves "Edokko". Edokko are not rich, not posh, but we believe that we are the ones who built the foundation of Edo (previous Tokyo) and supported its prosperity for over 250 years.

Shitamachi retains many temples and shrines, which host the best festivals in Tokyo.

We will explore the center of Shitamachi, Monzennakacho. First, we will go to a cafe and the host will give you a short presentation.

HIGHLIGHTS 1. The host's elementary school and the water channels What is this water and why the school is named xxx? You will hear about the unique geographical features which generated the Shitamachi economy, and the background of locals’ energetic spirit.

2. The Fudo-son temple You will learn about the diffent religions in Japan as well as manners to visit temples and shrines. If you are lucky, you will get to see their daily fire ritual.

3. TheTomioka Hachimangu shrine Some unique simbols are hidden in the emotional center for Edokko.

NIGHT TOURS Some facilities are closed, but you will get to experience the magical feeling of the shrine with lanterns lit up in the darkness. The price is up but you can choose alcohol at the cafe.

Included

Drinks

One drink up to 600JPY with tax per guest will be covered by the host

Host: Manami

Manami was born and grew up in Monzennakacho in the eastern Tokyo. She has been fascinated by her town's traditional feel, powerful festivals and markets.

Manami originally majored in history at university and self-learned English to the business level. After studying in Germany, working as an intern in Switzerland, she completed completed Ph.D. in protecting old heritage sites.

Manami has a day job but she has also been active on Airbnb Experiences since 2020.

Manami enjoys origami, finding good secondhand kimono, sake bar hopping, visitng Rakugo comedy theaters... but spending time in her original neighborhood is always the best thing for her.

Manami has online and in-person Origami Experiences and Sake Tasting on Airbnb. The sake one's listing is currently not shown but she offers customized tasting tours based on requests.

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For inquiries and applications, you can also reach out through our Instagram account.