Local Food Tour in Fun & Friendly Sugamo

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Duration
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Family-friendly
Language
English
Other
Vegetarian, Pescetarian, With 1 drink, With lunch
Join the Local Food Tour in Fun & Friendly Sugamo to escape the tourist attractions, and get a taste of everyday life in Tokyo!
Highlights
3-hour food tour in Sugamo
Lunch and local food tastings at 5 food stops
Stroll through a local shopping street and hunt for goodies that can only be found in Sugamo
Dessert and 1 drink
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
If you’ve come to Japan before, you’ve probably visited Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Harajuku. But what about the “Harajuku for Old Ladies”? Welcome to Sugamo, the retro neighborhood with an older demographic than its fashion-forward, trendsetting counterpart. That’s not to say that Sugamo isn’t just as colorful though, as the neighborhood is notable for stores dedicated to grandma-approved lucky red underpants in all shapes and sizes. And, just as grandchildren everywhere leave grandma’s house completely stuffed with home-cooking, you’ll leave this Sugamo food tour with a satisfied belly. A neighborhood with 100 years of history, Sugamo is the perfect place to indulge in some classic Japanese snacks. Since it still has a hidden-gem status, Sugamo is a great place to mingle with locals, and you’re unlikely to run into crowds of tourists here. Accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide, you’ll find yourself immersed in the atmosphere of a truly local, residential area in Tokyo. Your guide will help you communicate with the kind local shopkeepers, and show you around the best places to eat in Sugamo. First, we’ll start at a local sweet shop in Sugamo, which has been doing business for around 100 years. The snacks here are Sugamo originals, which can only be found here! They remix old traditional snacks with new inventive twists. Then, we’ll stroll through the 800-meter long Jizo Dori Shopping Street where you can try regional delights from all over Japan. We’ll also make a stop at a well-known temple and learn about the unique local culture of Sugamo. Then, we’re off to lunch, with a few stops in between to browse the eclectic little shops along the way, selling everything from traditional handicrafts to pickles to snacks! After lunch, we’ll wind our way back through a few more of the shops and wash down our meal with more delicious Japanese sweets and snacks.
Inclusions
Lunch and local food tastings at 5 food stops in Sugamo
3-hour tour and Cultural experience
Dessert and 1 drink
Browse the shops at a local shopping arcade for souvenirs unique to the area.
Exclusions
Hotel pick up service
Transportation fees
Additional food or drinks (may be purchased at the guest’s expense)
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.
Remarks
Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved. Thank you very much, we look forward to seeing you soon!
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: May 30, 2024
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Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals