(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
Off the tourist trail 3 hours

(Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji

Explore the streets of this creative neighborhood where Tokyo’s punk past and trendy present meet

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3 hours

From $47.13  USD per person (based on 8 adults)

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  • From $47.13 USD pp (based on 8 adults)

  • Private & 100% personalized tour

  • 3 hours

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish)

What you'll do

Koenji is an area deeply linked to its colorful past. Off the beaten path, your host could lead you to Mabashi Shrine, near the station, where a tiny forest shrouds some truly magnificent history, or you could head straight for the retro shopping streets that define Koenji’s culture, where crafty vendors like Yakusoku and Malto re-purpose vintage treasures. Down at Penguin House, you can bring your own yakitori chicken skewers and jam to some local rock and jazz, while Renaissance, on the other end of the neighborhood, serves up craft coffee in a basement filled with the sounds of classical music. If you’re lucky, you could even catch Koenji during the Awa Odori festival, where more than 10 000 dancers celebrate the arrival of summer. 

  • (Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji
  • (Counter) culture shock: Exploring Koenji

Where you’ll go

Rock out in Tokyo’s punk heartland, where alternative youth cultures have thrived and blossomed for decades. Here, just a short train ride west of Shinjuku Station, an endless selection of eccentric stores sling all kinds of vintage gear, from retro electronics to previously-loved clothing that oozes counterculture. Your host will introduce you to Koenji’s famous, laid-back ‘live houses’, where great food and craft beer go hand in hand with live entertainment, or you can wander among its hidden Shinto shrines, while your host narrates eras gone by. Take in the area’s artistic vibes from one of Tokyo’s best coffee shops - it’s a Koenji thing - and if you need to unwind, a sento public bathhouse is never far away…

    • Discover one of Tokyo’s coolest and most off-beat neighborhoods with a local host.
    • Immerse yourself in different eras of history that have shaped Koenji, and Tokyo at large.
    • Browse vintage clothing stores and quirky retro electronics stores that open a window to the past.
    • Visit Koenji’s popular and picturesque shrines, and discover quiet retreats off the beaten path.
    • Sip on craft beer or some of Tokyo’s best coffee in the area’s many bars and cafés.
    • Jam to Japan’s alternative music scene in one of Koenji’s famous live house venues.
    • This experience will be personalized to you!
    • What’s included
    • Private & personalized experience
    • 3 hours with a host
    • A coffee, beer or soft drink at one of the quirky bars
    • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
    • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
    • What’s not included
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Tickets to any attractions
    • Transportation costs
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

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    We introduce you to your perfect local Build your perfect tour and experience together
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    The best part! Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there
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