Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)

Explore Creative Koenji

Pre-boom Japan, retro shops, ‘live houses’ (what are those?) and yakitori in Tokyo’s punk relic.

  • (5 reviews)
  • Private &
    personalised
  • 3 hours
  • From $59.50 per person
  • Walking
  • Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.

What you’ll do

You’ll discover the entirely unique beast that is Koenji with one of our friendly hosts by your side. If neighborhoods were family members, Koenji would be that cool uncle that doesn’t try too hard, but remains everyone's favorite because of his quirky style and laid back personality. Removed from the central crush of people, Koenji is Tokyo’s former punk neighborhood, and still contains many relics from the 80s pre-boom Japan. Wander through this retro area visiting Shinto shrines, shopping from the hundreds of curio stores (Koenji is super affordable) and snacking on the readily available street food (yakitori is our personal favorite). You can also enjoy some music with your host at one of the famed ‘live houses’ in the area, sipping on a craft beer whilst you get to know each other. Koenji is also known for its fabulous coffee, so if that’s your thing, by all means, get stuck in! Whatever you’d like to do, be it vintage shop like the pro bargain-hunter you are, or soak in an onsen (Japanese warm bath), your host will be there to unlock this neighborhood for you and show you why Koenji is a window into days gone by, in the coolest possible way.

Our Picks

  • Visit one of Tokyo’s coolest neighborhoods, the former home of its punk scene

  • Discover a laid back part of Tokyo away from the central city’s bustle

  • Immerse yourself in this artistic and creative community as you stroll through the streets

  • Browse vintage clothing stores, kimono shops and other quirky spots - you never know when that traditional kimono will come in handy

  • See traditional shrines and temples tucked away in between trendy bars and shops

  • Try craft beer or some of Tokyo's best coffee at one of the many cafés or bars

  • Get advice from your host about other local neighborhoods to explore and things to do in Tokyo for the rest of your visit

Good to know

What’s not included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)
Cancellation Policy

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This experience’s reviews

TOKYO, EXPLORE CREATIVE KOENJIJordyn

5 average | 6 reviews

May 2019

Exploring the unexpected Tokyo

Traveling as “”Urban Hikers” we enjoyed Tokyo’s Central Park/Giant Japanese Garden after the Cherry Blossoms and found a peaceful playground for the local residents. Then traveling quickly by train to a neighborhood with funky secondhand clothing and coffee shops was a treat. Jordyn was a pleasure to be with and provides a wonderful context for where we were and what we experienced during our time together. Her personal journey added to the richness of our visit to Tokyo.

Review by Sandy K

TOKYO, EXPLORE CREATIVE KOENJIDania

5 average | 3 reviews

April 2019

Koenjii

Dania is very fun to be around as well as being very knowledgeable. She’s married to a Japanese so she knows a lot about the culture and habits. She also speaks a bit of Japanese that’s very handy. We felt that you have to speak a bit of Japanese to make the experience worth it. We opted for this experience as we wanted to be outside the off beaten path. And sure it was. Super local and with a very curious and usual past (it was home of the rock and punk scene in the ‘60/‘70s). It still retains its charm thanks to nice independent vintage shops and cute cafes. The weather was awful, but we really enjoyed the tour. We also had a photographer with us as part their VIP experience so now we have beautiful pictures to remind us how much fun was our stay in Tokyo. Thanks Dania.

Review by Viviana A

TOKYO, EXPLORE CREATIVE KOENJIDaniela

5 average | 30 reviews

November 2018

Exploring Koenji

I had an unforgettable experience with Daniela discovering Koenji which included a visit to a gorgeous temple along with some hidden vintage clothing and record shops in the area ending with delicious food in some very local Izakayas. Daniela was extremely knowledgable about the area. She introduced me to some amazing dishes that I would have never known to order, in hidden places that do not cater at all to non-Japanese speakers. A truly unique experience and truly great company. Will definitely seek out Daniela again on my next visit to Tokyo - highly recommended!

Review by Alex C

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