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Traditional Culture Tour in West Tokyo Residential Area

Art & Culture

Kazuo F.

5.00(2) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
7.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Witness an amazing blend of modern and ancient Japanese cultures through this West Tokyo tour. The suburb of hidden Futako-Tamagawa has been recently urbanized due to the population growth. However, some parts of the town are still conserved as significant Cultural Property, keeping the unique Japanese cultural vibes. Through this walking tour, you can visit traditional Japanese farmhouses in the Edo era, Joshinji temple, and other interesting places. Let’s discover Japanese culture together.


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Meeting Point

Shibuya Station. Meeting at the visitor’s hotel is possible, but the meeting time will be earlier.

9:30 am - Old Farm House Garden at Okamoto Park: Experience the lifestyle of the locals in the late Edo era through a collection of a Nagasaki landlord’s traditional farmhouses. It also houses lots of rare daily items such as the spinning wheel and fireplace.

10:30 am - Okamoto Hachiman Shrine: Enjoy walking through the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and visit a hidden small shrine.

11:30 am - Former Kosaka Residence: Located 700 meters away from the shrine, the traditional house of Mr. Kosaka is worth visiting. Get your camera ready for the splendid architectures and structures of the house, such as a well-designed roof and lovely tea room.

1:00 pm - Todoroki Valley: Escape from a busy world by strolling along a small stream with the narrow path surrounded by nature in Todoroki Valley. There are some interesting spots you can visit, such as shrines, cottages, and gardens.

2:00 pm - Joshinji Temple: Explore this peaceful Buddhist temple, founded 350 years ago with your own eyes. Feel overwhelmed by the traditional Japanese architecture and the three huge Buddha statues.

3:00 pm - Old Asakura House: Designated as a significant cultural property, the traditional Japanese rooms, and architecture, especially in the Taisho era, were still conserved in Old Asakura House. Enjoy exploring this Japanese house and learn more about the lifestyle of the people in the past!

4:00 pm - Daikanyama Area: After visiting a lot of historical places, it is time to enjoy strolling around the Daikanyama district, which has lots of cool and contemporary architecture and shopping malls, such as Hillside Terrace and Tsutays bookstore.

5:00 pm - End the tour at Shibuya Station

Ending Point

Shibuya Station or your hotel

What to Expect

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, this culture tour in western Tokyo, provided by Kazuo will be the answer that you are looking for. Guided by our knowledgeable local tour guide who is willing to share Japanese cultures and traditions with foreign visitors, you will enjoy learning about Japanese history while visiting these interesting places in the west of Tokyo. In the morning, you will be immersed in the good old vibe of ancient Japan by visiting the Old Farm House Garden, Okamoto Hachiman Shrine, and Former Kosaka Residence. All of these places offer you a chance to know more about the traditional lifestyles of the Japanese people living in the past, especially in the Edo period. After having lunch, take a stroll in a canopy of green trees at Todoroki Valley. The place absolutely helps you relax and make you forget about the bustling city of Tokyo. Finally, in the late afternoon, you will visit the Old Asakura House and observe the traditional Japanese rooms and a beautiful Japanese garden, which are hard to see nowadays. To end this culture tour perfectly, the local tour guide will take you to Daikanyama district, where you can enjoy shopping and visiting lots of unique boutiques. Visiting these amazing places with Kazuo will make your trip to West Tokyo more memorable, as you get lots of insight into Japanese culture, traditions, and society.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Tour guide fee and hotel pick-up service, covering 23 wards of Tokyo.

What‘s not included

Transportation fee for the visitor and tour guide, Lunch for the visitor and tour guide.

Important Information

Any day available, except some paticular days.

As a walking tour, please, wear a proper pair of shoes while taking the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is none included cost?

1190Yen/person for transportation fee from start to end at Shibuya.

820Yen for commute of guide to Shibuya Station.


Chris B.

Dec 10, 2019

Kazuo is so passionate and detail oriented to help you have an amazing trip

Kazuo went way beyond what almost any other guide would do for me by helping me plan my trip in detail in advance since so many things require advance booking, planning, etc. He was fantastic!

Kazuo F.

Dear Chris Thank you for writing such a very good evaluation for me. My job was given priority to arranging your travel. I was deeply impressed by your will to have your son much pleasure in this travel. And I concentrated on it. Your satisfaction is my joy. I am looking forward to assist you also in your next travel. Best Regards, Kazuo


Jane W.

Sep 16, 2019

Excellent, knowledgebale guide!

Kazuo is really a gentleman, his English is excellent ,and his historical and cultural knowledge of Japan are excellent. Our group was 4 adults and we spent a day with Kazuo seeing incredible places hat would have been very hard to find by ourselves. Kazuo did a lot of research for our trip and he was an excellent guide. I would not hesitate to hire him again, and I highly recommend him! Lastly, our guide took us to a very reasonably priced Japanese restaurant that had very good food for about $10 a person. Kazuo really listens to what you say you want to do, and he is very flexible. We spent a whole day with him and will definitely book with him again!

Kazuo F.

Jane, I really appreciate such a good evaluation to me. Your requirements were basic knowledge of Japanese history and culture, and preparation for your own stroll in Tokyo later. According to these criteria, I gathered visiting sites in nearby area and stacked into the tour. As my prospect may have been rather optimistic, the time was nearly running out. But the delay was suppressed by your suggestion. All of you seemed to enjoy the tour. It was a wonderful experience also for me. I deeply thank you and am looking forward to next guide for you.

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