Japanese chopsticks making & exploring the quaint Ryogoku area including Hokusai art
US $134.40 / Person
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Description of this tour
Welcome to Tokyo! The capital city has the designated 41 items of the traditional crafts which have been made over the centuries and the making methods and techniques also have been sustained in many areas of Tokyo. In the tour, guests visit at a workshop of one of the items, Edo shamisen. Edo means former Tokyo. 'Shamisen' is a Japanese traditional instrument and the appearance looks like a guitar in the Japanese style. In the Japanese chopsticks making which we experience, we get familiar with the shape making with sand papers and polishing to get the gloss for the finish. The processes are a part of the procedure that the shamisen apprentices need to master.
After experiencing the craftsmanship, we'll have a break having lunch in Ryogoku, where is very famous for the sumo stadium in the district. We'll enjoy one of the local dishes recommended.
After lunch, we explore the quaint downtown soaked in the Edo-Tokyo culture. One of the common people cultures in the Edo period was 'ukiyoe', wood block prints of a Japanese art. Hokusai was a well-know ukiyoe painter at the time. He was born and lived in the area. We stop by at the Katsushika Hokusai Museum to come across his painting style and his works. We walk side narrow streets to come to some local specialty shops. One of them is a Japanese traditional footwear shop. It sells 'geta' or Japanese wooden sandals. As the master is a craftsman, he repairs them to use long for his passion to the traditional foot wears. When we get to a Japanese style garden, we see the beautiful seasonal view of the garden that was originally established for a feudal lord. As you know, Japanese sake is consumed for the great quantity in Tokyo. A variety of local fine sake are brought to the city. We would not like to miss some tasting of sake to compare the tastes.
I'm Yoko, a national certified tour guide and a sake kikisake-shi with passion in Japanese and English. I'm mainly based in Tokyo for conducting tours and sake tasting activities with the professional sense. It covers the central areas to suburban districts in the city to visit. Tokyo is mixed with very edge things and old-fashioned familiar culture and they are nicely coexisting. It keeps having lots of wonders so I really love the big city. I also love to travel to outside of Tokyo throughout Japan to seek for locals, meeting people, enjoying cuisines and drinks, culture and tradition and views with nature. I feel so fantastic when coming across special findings with good surprise!
Sample Tour Timeline
JR Hirai Station
- Japanese chopsticks making experience fee
- Admission fee
- Drink of Japanese sake *a type US$4.00, two types US$8.00
- Lunch(approx. US $10.00)
- Transport expenses(approx. US $2.00)
Guests pay lunch and drink for you and a guide.
The time of each visiting spot is roughly mentioned as it is by 30 minute scale.
Your joining is from 20 years old or over. However, if you have a request of a substitute for the sake tasting time for the lower ages, a guide can work it out flexibly if it's for your large group or the tour day is not booked by other guests. Please just inquire us of it in the case.
Any trip or experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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