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Food Tour in Sugamo with Calligraphy Experience

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Experience Details
Experience Location
4 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 6 guests
Shopping time, With dessert, With 1 drink
Welcome to Sugamo, a shopping district that’s popular among old folks, nicknamed “Grandma’s Harajuku!” Experience the truly local side of Tokyo in this charming and welcoming neighborhood.


4-hour food tour in Sugamo with calligraphy class
Fill your belly with snacks and lunch at 5 food stops
Explore a local shopping street and discover unique offerings
Experience a Japanese calligraphy lesson with an English-speaking teacher during a private workshop
Receive a souvenir T-shirt with the kanji of your choice, made by you!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

Sugamo, known as “Grandma’s Harajuku,” is a lesser-known area of Tokyo that’s nonetheless worth a visit! You can delve deep into the local spirit of this charming Japanese neighborhood during this Traditional Culture Food Tour in Sugamo! You’ll fuel this food tour by first starting out with a sugary snack from a shop that has been open for around a century! Then, you’ll visit a famous shopping street, Jizo Dori, which is full of shops selling regional goodies and is home to a well-known temple! Discover Sugamo’s many endearing quirks, like their eye-catching red underwear stores (supposedly these flashy undergarments attract good luck)! With fashion like that, it’s no wonder Sugamo is compared to the hip and colorful Harajuku. Once you’ve fully explored the area, taking in the eclectic local shops and nibbling on snacks along the way, your tour guide will bring you to a tasty lunch spot for a set meal and dessert! After that, you’ll dive into Japanese traditional culture and try your hand at calligraphy (known as shodo in Japanese) at a calligraphy workshop. With the guidance of a teacher, you’ll learn the art of Japanese calligraphy, making your own kanji character using the special brush and ink provided. And once you’ve mastered it, you are rewarded with a special gift! A commemorative T-shirt decorated with your kanji character is the perfect way to remember your trip to Tokyo! It’s true, there are so many sights to see and things to do in Tokyo. It would be easy to overlook a humble little district like Sugamo. But it would sure be a shame to miss out on this hidden gem of Tokyo, which offers delicious Japanese food (both local and regional flavors), warm and welcoming shopkeepers, charming traditions, and a relaxed atmosphere. This food tour is designed to introduce you to an area of Tokyo that many tourists have never even heard of. But you’ll soon find that you're in love with the surprising little shopping district of Sugamo.


Delicious snacks and dishes at 5 food stops
Lunch at a local restaurant (beverage and dessert included)
Japanese calligraphy class with an instructor
Souvenir: a personalized T-shirt with emblazoned with your calligraphy design
Insights about the area from a local English-speaking tour guide


Transportation fees
Additional food or beverages
Hotel pick up

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Meet-up details will be sent to your provided email upon booking is confirmed. If you don't receive details, please contact us.


Wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Northern Tokyo offers a dynamic mix of residential neighborhoods, traditional and historic areas, and natural beauty. There, you can find Sugamo, a shopping district that’s affectionately referred to as the “Harajuku for old ladies,” where you can buy their iconic red underwear or enjoy some nibbles at their various shops. Ameya Yokocho (or “Ameyoko”) is another shopping street where you can find a diverse range of street food from all over the world, and stock up on discounted candy. And Ueno Park, which is home to several museums, gardens, and Ueno Zoo, is another fun day trip destination!
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Earliest available date: July 15, 2024
¥ 22,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals