Tokyo - Delightful Nostalgia - Tokyo's Most Charming Old Town

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Delightful Nostalgia - Tokyo's Most Charming Old Town

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(50 reviews)
Shibamata , Tokyo, Japan
50 mins

About the tour

Explore the rich cultural history of Shibamata that very much still treasures the charms of a bygone era. Shibamata retains its old-school charm from yesteryear and visiting this town is like stepping back in time. The main street, lined with nostalgic sweet shops and restaurants selling fragrant toasted rice crackers and mochi sweets made from rice flour, leads to Taishakuten, a Buddhist temple founded in 1629. Through the entrance gate with spectacular wooden carvings, the sprawling temple complex is dominated by a 500-year-old, large pine tree that resembles a dragon, so keep an eye out! The absolute highlight of the temple grounds is the breathtakingly beautiful wooden carvings adorning the walls of the halls. This tour is perfect for architecture lovers. Among Tokyoites, Shibamata is known as the city’s most nostalgic neighborhood, a place with its friendly locals, retro architecture, and slower pace, the town makes a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Shibamata is a treasure trove of discoveries and adventures. Let's enjoy the unique charm of the neighborhood! ☑️ Stop by a charming candy shop, a delightful labyrinth of retro pinball machines, and sweets and snacks from yesteryear. ☑️ Explore the quaint, meandering street lined by many traditional shops and restaurants that sell local specialties. ☑️ Visit the magnificent Shibamata Taishakuten temple founded in 1629. Beautiful sculptures and a calm Japanese garden invite you to a leisurely sightseeing stroll.

Meet Eriko Shiratori

Eriko Shiratori

Eriko has been sharing her love of Japanese culture with people around the globe since 2017. In her words, Japan is beautiful, unique, and weird all at the same time! She's been lucky to have traveled to dozens of amazing countries and she got a chance to live overseas, in Australia and Canada, for a couple of years. Being exposed to other cultures has given her a new lens to look at her hometown and its traditions. Her great-grandfather was a kimono craftsman in Tokyo, and today she is honoured to wear the kimonos that were passed down through generations. She is looking forward to exploring Japan and sharing a smile with you!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Tokyo with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Tokyo. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lisa R.

05 August 2021

Eriko's tours are always brilliant. This was my second time taking this particular tour and I still saw things I didn't notice last time. Eriko is wonderful about answering questions and has so much information about the location. She is one of my must see guides.

Sharon G.

04 August 2021


Abe L.

01 August 2021

Always grateful for Eriko's tours - the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, wonderful cultural experiences and an absolutely wonderful guide. You must take a tour with Eriko!

Carla 🇺🇸 V.

01 August 2021

Eriko always delivers informative and visually appealing tours. She brings the voyagers along for a look at daily life in Japan, in this case to an ancient city in contrast to big cities we might be used to seeing there.

Sandra L.

01 August 2021

Erik is sooo cute, delightful. Learned, saw much of shops going towards temple in Tokyo.

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