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Meet the lucky cats in suburban Tokyo: Gotokuji Walking Tour

Meet the lucky cats in suburban Tokyo: Gotokuji Walking Tour - Setagaya, Japan
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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Location: Setagaya, Japan

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$45.56

3.5 hours walking tour of Gotokuji Temple and Shoinjinja Shrine areas in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, where a quiet residential area prospers.
Setagaya Ward, the venue for this tour, is one of the 23 wards designated as a special ward under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and is a vast area located in the southeastern part of Tokyo including Jiyugaoka and Seijo, which are luxury residential areas. With natural reserves such as parks and valleys overflowing with greenery, this residential area is readily accessible to residents ... More info ›

3.5 hours walking tour of Gotokuji Temple and Shoinjinja Shrine areas in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, where a quiet residential area prospers.
Setagaya Ward, the venue for this tour, is one of the 23 wards designated as a special ward under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and is a vast area located in the southeastern part of Tokyo including Jiyugaoka and Seijo, which are luxury residential areas. With natural reserves such as parks and valleys overflowing with greenery, this residential area is readily accessible to residents. Access to the city center is also relatively good, and since long ago large corporate executives, prominent sports players, entertainers and others have developed this to be high class area, and people living in Tokyo are often admirers of this area

After gathering at Odakyu Line Gotokuji Station, this tour will go through the Gotokuji shopping street first and then head towards Gotokuji Temple. There are plenty of attractive shops such as bakeries, cafes, coffee stands, and sweet potato shops in the Gotokuji shopping area, and window shopping while enjoying the local atmosphere and take-out snacks is encouraged.

There are many sights in Gotokuji Temple such as the tomb of Ii Naosuke, the greatest authority of the Tokugawa shogunate in the middle of the 19th century, the three-story pagoda, the worshiping of the invincible Kannon, but the most attractive point is the good fortune beckoning cat, known as the “manekineko” to some. This lucky cat, known country-wide, is said to have been “born” here. The sight of 1,000 or more of these “cats” lined up is now one of the landscapes that represents Tokyo. It is said that the lucky cat, familiar to Japanese as a good luck symbol, is the birthplace of Gotokuji Temple. You’ll learn about the origin of the lucky cat in the guide on the day of the tour.

Next, you’ll visit "Setagaya Castle Ruins Park", which is about five minutes away by foot. Setagaya Castle Ruins Park is the only historic park in Setagaya, which opened in 1940. There is a bench in the park, so if you have purchased snacks or drinks at the shopping street, enjoy it here.

After a break, you will walk for about 10 minutes and go to "Shoin PLAT" near the Shoin Jinja-mae Station on the Tokyu Setagaya line. Shoin PLAT is a two-story commercial facility built by renovating wooden apartment buildings that are over 50 years old. The space is divided into nine small areas, perfect of little shops selling breads, flowers, lifestyle goods, etc. You can enjoy shopping in the space where many local people gather.

After 5 minutes walking from Shoin PLAT you will arrive at Shoinjinja Shrine. Shoinjinja Shrine was founded in 1882 with the master Yoshida Shoin at center. His philosophy, which is also called “Yamato Damashi (Japanese spirit),” influences the thought and way of thinking of contemporary Japanese people, including Ito Hirofumi, who became Prime Minister of Japan in the first cabinet. It is an interesting point of this area that the Shoinjinja Shrine that enshrines Yoshida Shoin, who ended the era of the samurai, and the Gotokuji Temple, where Ii Naosuke sleeps to protect the era of Samurai, is within walking distance.

At the end of the tour, you can enjoy lunch and shopping at Shoinjinja shopping street which is a short distance from Shoinjinja Shrine. The Shoinjinja shopping district is very attractive, with many stylish cafes and interior shops, with everything from trendy shops to old-fashioned shops that are close to the lives of Setagaya people. It is a pleasant shopping area. Please enjoy the cityscape that is different from the sightseeing spots to your heart's content, getting that feeling that you have joined the local people.

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Tokyo Food Tour - Sangenjaya Back Allies - Izakaya Experience

Tokyo Food Tour - Sangenjaya Back Allies - Izakaya Experience - Setagaya, Japan

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Setagaya, Japan

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$131.21

• Experience the back streets of funky Sangenjaya a neighbourhood not often visited by tourists.
• Try traditional foods such as kushikatsu, charcoal grilled meat ... More info ›

• Experience the back streets of funky Sangenjaya a neighbourhood not often visited by tourists.
• Try traditional foods such as kushikatsu, charcoal grilled meat.
• Cook your own okonomiyaki or monjayaki.
• Visit three izakayas specially selected by your guide.

You will experience Japanese casual food culture, visit best bars and restaurants at this Tokyo food tour.
We will start by stopping by a kushikatsu (deep fried meat, fish and vegetables on skewers) standing bar for a selection of skewers, a beer/dirnks and a chat with the friendly owner, Yoshi. After this appetizer we will head out for a stroll through the alleys of Sangenjaya. We will visit a robatayaki (charcoal grill) restaurant where you will try some delicious grilled dishes including more unique game meats such as deer or wild boar. We will then head to a teppanyaki restaurant where you will learn about and cook your own monjayaki or okonomiyaki. The smells, tastes and sights will leave you with an unforgettable memory of your trip.
The Izakaya experience
Izakaya are a quintessential part of Japanese drinking culture and a trip to Japan would not be complete without a visit to one. What is an Izakaya? It is hard to define but an Izakaya is often translated as a pub or a tavern but this doesn’t really answer the question. Izakaya are part pub and part restaurant and are basically places where friends or coworkers gather over drinks and food for a good time.  And the best Izakayas are the place where only locals know. Have a chance to visit them with local Japan guide at this Tokyo food tour.
Dishes in Izakaya
The food might be described as ‘small plates’ and can consist of everything from yakitori to sashimi to fried chicken or pickles and edamame.
Dishes are ordered and shared amongst everyone. This allows everyone to get a taste of everything that is ordered. It’s a great where to sample a large variety of dishes accompanied by a cold drink and good conversation.
The yokocho
Yokocho are one of Japans best kept food and drink secrets, consisting of networks of small alleys crammed with tiny bars, restaurants and cafes, they offer a unique experience and an insight into Japan’s after dark habits. You will find all walks of life crammed into tiny bars, sharing stories with strangers and the master/mama-san of the bar. These bars are not fancy but you’ll find all kinds of delicious food in Japan and drink on offer, the clientele friendly and the atmosphere unique. Yokocho are dotted all over Tokyo and hark back to a yesteryear that many tourists don’t think still exists in this huge metropolis.
Sangenjaya
Sangenjaya or Sancha to locals gets its name from the three Edo era tea houses that were located on the route to old Edo. Sancha whilst only one stop from Shibuya and a popular area for local Tokyoites remains somewhat unknown to visitors often overshadowed by the nearby hipster hangout of Shimokitazawa and the big city lights of Shibuya and Shinjuku and this is one of its many charms. 

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