Ancient Meets Ultra-Modern - Tokyo History Experience

Pre-war yokocho, futuristic skyscrapers and an ancient tea ceremony. It’s all about contrast.

  • (4 reviews)

Ancient Meets Ultra-Modern - Tokyo History Experience

Pre-war yokocho, futuristic skyscrapers and an ancient tea ceremony. It’s all about contrast.

  • (4 reviews)

Ancient Meets Ultra-Modern - Tokyo History Experience

Pre-war yokocho, futuristic skyscrapers and an ancient tea ceremony. It’s all about contrast.

  • (4 reviews)

Ancient Meets Ultra-Modern - Tokyo History Experience

Pre-war yokocho, futuristic skyscrapers and an ancient tea ceremony. It’s all about contrast.

  • (4 reviews)
  • Private &
    personalised
  • 3 hours
  • From $47.50 per person
  • Walking
  • Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.

What you’ll do

You’ll join one of our hosts to decipher the history of this futuristic city together - it had to start somewhere, right? Akihabara or Shinjuku might make you feel like you’ve skipped 100 years into the future, but there are still historic neighborhoods which contain relics of days gone by. Whether you want to go really far back (we’re talking ancient) and discover the most historic shrines and temples, or your vibe is more a pre-war yokocho (alleyway) where you can get a feel for the old Tokyo, all you need to do is let us know. From buildings that capture the different Japanese imperial eras to alleys dotted with traditional tea-houses, Tokyo’s cultural history is rich. Marvel at neighborhoods, like Koenji, which are all but untouched by Japan’s 1980s boom of modernity, whilst confronting sleek, towering skyscrapers around the very next corner. Tokyo combines extremes in an effortless embrace, and your host can’t wait to show you how this extraordinary coexistence is exactly what makes their city so special!

Our Picks

  • Discover Tokyo’s heritage with a host eager to share their city’s history and cultural influences

  • Learn more about the periods of Japan’s history that fascinate you, or let your host share with you what they think are unique moments in history

  • Discover hidden historic spots and hear stories from locals that you wouldn't find in a guidebook - those things are heavy anyway

  • See how traditional heritage still plays an important role in modern Japan

  • Get recommendations from your host for other historic areas to visit during your stay in Tokyo

Good to know

What’s not included
  • Food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)
Cancellation Policy

Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund



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where you go and what you do.

This experience’s reviews

TOKYO, ANCIENT MEETS ULTRA-MODERN - TOKYO HISTORY EXPERIENCESergio

4.9 average | 20 reviews

December 2018

Great way to explore hidden parts of Tokyo.

Fantastic to see a part of Tokyo we didn’t know about and never would have found. Really enjoyed the company of our guide Sergio and his insights into Japanese culture. Ate lots of delicious things at lots of different and interesting places.

Review by Colin R

TOKYO, ANCIENT MEETS ULTRA-MODERN - TOKYO HISTORY EXPERIENCEEdris

5 average | 7 reviews

July 2018

Grazie Edirs!!!

beautiful experience. our guide Edris Rahimi was very helpful and friendly, willing, informed on places, traditions, means of transport and very skilled in speaking the Japanese language. unfortunately it was the last day in Tokyo, otherwise we would have liked to have more toured the city with him

Review by Vanda C

TOKYO, ANCIENT MEETS ULTRA-MODERN - TOKYO HISTORY EXPERIENCEMarcus

5 average | 9 reviews

May 2018

We had a great time with Marcus.

From Honmonji Temple to Kappabashi Street to the Imperial Palace, we have seen and heard many great things about Tokyo, its history and attractions. Even the spiritual side was not too short! Marcus has a lot of knowledge about temples and religious customs, as well as history in the area of Tokyo and gave us unforgettable insights into the culture of Japan.

Review by Michael D

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