Ditch Tokyo’s overcrowded tourist traps and venture into the hip and laidback West Tokyo during this “no fuss” walking tour with a special focus on Japanese street food. The western suburbs of central Tokyo are alive with alternative culture and delicious food, each home to a unique vibe and community. This food tour features Koenji and Nakano.
Koenji in particular is a hip destination for live music and vintage stores, while Nakano serves as an eclectic mini-hub for all things in otaku culture. Discover these two exciting suburban districts during this Tokyo Walking Food Tour in Nakano and Koenji to witness the top attractions and culinary delights in and around the retro local shotengai (shopping streets), boisterous yokocho (drinking alleys), and the tranquil residential streets.
After hitting up the tour guide’s recommended eating and drinking spots and getting some pro tips about Tokyo’s dining scene and other neighborhoods to check out, you’ll have a final drink at a classic izakaya gastropub.
So, slip on your comfiest walking shoes, come with an empty stomach, and get ready to explore Tokyo like a local! You’ll leave this tour with a new perspective on this massive metropolis, and with a few extra tips and tricks that will come in handy during the rest of your Japan trip.
Tips and insights from an English-speaking local guide
5 tasty street foods from local vendors
One drink of your choice from a traditional Japanese izakaya
¥140 JR train ticket from Nakano to Koenji
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point for this Tokyo walking food tour is JR Nakano Station. Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour starts. The tour takes about 2 hours on average.
This walking food tour emphasizes socializing and local exploration. We will be making stops at local street food vendors and markets, NOT “fine dining” restaurants or major tourist attractions.
Since we’ll be on the move for the majority of this tour, guests should be prepared to walk about 2 km (1.2 miles), including stairs.
Please note that this local food tour does not cater to personal tastes, dietary requirements and allergies, as we are visiting typical local eateries.
Even if it rains, this tour will usually still be held.