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Discover Sangenjaya - Tokyo's Hippest Neighbourhood

Tokyo

3 hours | from $47.50 pp
Weave your way through Tokyo’s best kept secret neighbourhood, Sangenjaya. Dive in to this dizzying area with a host by your side, feast on fresh Japanese food or steaming ramen and discover what the district is all about! Soak up the vibe of its down-to-earth chic coffee shops, bars, tea houses, restaurants and bakeries. Get lost among the scattered Sangenjaya streets, and discover the charming, quaint and calm vibe of the neighbourhood, which seems miles apart from the busy, raucous pulse of Tokyo’s centre streets. The district has an air of traditional Japan, but also takes influence from the nearby Shibuya and Shimokitazawa, and is known for its second hand clothes, handmade creations, a hippy vibe and alternative edge. Appreciate the magic of scattered randomness in Sangenjaya; home to a mix of wooden buildings from the Showa period, 1960s apartment blocks and peaceful temples and greenery. This is one pocket of the city you’ll be glad you explored with a local by your side!
3 hrs
Start when you want
Private & personalised
Walking + public transport

What you'll do

With your hand-chosen host, wander through the shabby and chic, the charmingly bizarre and feel the local sense of community as you float through Sangenjaya’s streets. Relish in its creative vibe; with quirky eateries, calm green spaces and friendly folk.Read more +

 

Perhaps you’ll check out the striking orange skyscraper known as Carrot Tower and head up to the free observation deck with stunning Tokyo metropolis views. On a clear day, you might even see Mt. Fuji! The draping curtains hint at chronological inconsistency and may leave you feeling slightly weird; as if the space belongs to a period other than that in which it exists. 

Maybe you’ll eat and drink your way through the district, cafe hopping your way through quirky coffee shops, sipping on steaming brews at a tea house or tasting your way through the diverse food scene; of ramen, burgers and pancakes among so much more! And of course, get the best tips for places to eat and drink for the rest of your trip from your host along the way. 

For creatives and art lovers, Sangenjaya is a great place to explore at the heart of the arts scene in Tokyo. Perhaps you’ll check out The Setagaya Public Theatre; the city's top venue for contemporary drama and dance. Maybe you’ll watch a show of modern nō; a stylised Japanese dance-drama, performed on a bare stage; or butoh; an avant-garde form of dance. 

Then maybe you’ll head to the Sangenjaya Setagaya 233 Gallery; a kitsch, independent gallery, cafe and shop. Home to photography and contemporary art exhibitions, the space is free to enter. Find local artists presenting and selling their work, have a cup of coffee in the cafe and soak up the vibe of great Tokyo creatives. 

 

What's Included

  • Private and personalised experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)

 

 

What's Not Included

  • Food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs 
  • Gratuities (optional)

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 7 days before your experience and get a full refund.

 

Meeting Point

Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Local Host. Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested, or your Local Host will meet you at a convenient location close to the start of your experience.

 

Experience Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the best of the hippy Sangenjaya district; eating, drinking and sightseeing your way through the area 
  • With your host making recommendations along the way, sample from the incredible Japanese food scene you’ll find here 
  • Bar or cafe hop around an area which suits your tastes and preferences 
  • Enjoy incredible views of the city from above at the Carrot Tower
  • Immerse yourself in the neighbourhood's art scene at unique venues like the Sangenjaya Setagaya 233 Gallery or see contemporary Japanese dance at the Setagaya Public Theatre
  • Private and personalised experience
  • 3 hours with a Local Host
  • Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)
Total: USD
per adult
Start when you want

You can change your preferred start time after booking

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Experience type
Private and personalised to what you want to see and do.
Languages
Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.
Kids go free
Kids up to 12 years old go free