Explore the streets of this creative neighborhood where Tokyo’s punk past and trendy present meet
From $47.13 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish)
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.
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…
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