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Kagurazaka Tours

Kagurazaka
Kagurazaka is a neighborhood of Tokyo that offers modern shopping and but also a traditional style. It has an older feel than much of Tokyo, with cobblestone streets and original Edo-era (1603–1868) and Meiji-era (1868–1912) buildings still standing. It’s a trendy area, and a good place to shop or just sit quietly and people-watch.

The Basics
Kagurazaka was once a center of geisha culture in Tokyo. Some geisha houses still exist, and the area in general retains a lot of historic charm. Kagurazaka is known as Tokyo’s French Quarter; there’s a higher than average number of French people living and working here because it’s close to two French schools. Where the French go, stylish French cafes follow, and so it’s easy to find a good croissant and cheese to nibble on between browsing the fashionable boutiques. 

Visitors tend to come to Kagurazaka on guided or self-guided walking tours. Guided walks included the district on Edo-era tours because of its history. Fun craft classes can also be done at Kagurazaka.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t miss the Akagi Jinja, a modern shrine made of wood and glass.
  • The best way to visit Kagurazaka is on foot, on a simple self-guided walking tour from Iidabashi Station to Kagurazaka-Shita and Kagurazaka-Ue.
  • In addition to its French flavors, Kagurazaka is highly regarded as a centre of Japanese Kanto cuisine. Foodies should seek out a traditional ryotei restaurant serving high-class (and high-price) kaiseki cuisine.

How to Get There
Like most places in central Tokyo, it’s best to reach Kagurazaka via train or subway, either using the JR Chuo line to Iidabashi Station, the Oedo Subway Line to Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station, or the Tozai Subway Line to Kagurazaka Station. Driving or taking a taxi isn’t recommended, as cars are prohibited on main roads during busy times.

When to Get There
The main street of Kagurazaka is pedestrianized on weekends and on holidays, making it more pleasant to walk around at these times. Kagurazaka hosts the annual Kagurazaka Awa Odori Festival in late July, famous for traditional dance and music, so this is an especially good time to visit as well.

Visit the Imperial Palace
Kagurazaka is very near Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, where the Emperor of Japan and his family still live. It’s worth combining a trip to these two sights in a single day. Although visitors can only enter the inner grounds of the palace on select days of the year, you can walk around the outer grounds anytime. The huge scale of the walls and the moat is impressive.
Address: Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Kagurazaka

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Toyko’s Geisha History & Temples Private Walking Tour

Toyko’s Geisha History & Temples Private Walking Tour

Explore an area of Tokyo with a strong geisha heritage known by the locals as Little Kyoto. With a local at your side sharing their personal insights and stories you'll get the full picture as you stroll through the city streets checking out traditional Japanese gardens, shrines, and temples. Start by exploring the ruins of Edo Castle and hear about the history of this important landmark. While you discover these ruins you'll also explore an area known for its beautiful cherry blossom in the spring. Follow your local host through the park to a fashionable shopping and dining street, which is filled with geisha houses and has a strong geisha culture. This is the perfect opportunity to learn all about this Japanese tradition! Stop at a shrine that has a romantic meaning behind it as it is dedicated to single men and women who are looking for love. Then follow your friendly host to a historical shrine with a beautiful Japanese garden, pond, and teahouse.
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Private Tour - Stroll Around Cultural and Foodie Town Kagurazaka

Private Tour - Stroll Around Cultural and Foodie Town Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka is an area in the center of Tokyo known for its food. In the past, it was a glamorous town with many Japanese restaurants and lots of Geisha and Geiko. There are several small alleys off the main street, and there are several hidden shops along the small streets. Even today, you can still see the old fashioned streets, which makes you feel like you are not in Tokyo. Today's Kagurazaka is a new town where you can enjoy new scenery and culture while feeling the history and tradition. There is a mix of shrines, temples, restaurants, and Japanese daily goods shops. Relax and enjoy the charm of Kagurazaka!
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Festive walking tour in Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kagurazaka

Festive walking tour in Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kagurazaka

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In this tour, we walk around Kagurazaka in Shinjuku ward. Kagurazaka area boasts beautiful views made by slopes and alleys. It has a lot of small shrines and temples as well. We will visit some of the temples/shrines on this tour. Upon walking, you will find some traditional souvenir shops along Kagurazaka-Dori Street. Luckily, Kagurazaka has nice restaurants, bars, snack shops. We drop in a standing bar having a drink such as Japanese Sake. Also, you can put on a traditional Japanese mask, "Kitsune" mask as you were in the festival. "Kitsune" is a Japanese fox, and a messenger of cereal god, Inari. Putting on a "Kitsune" mask, you would feel more familiar with Japanese culture.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tokyo Photogenic spots visiting tour

Tokyo Photogenic spots visiting tour

This is the tour for photograph lovers. We have many photogenic spots in Tokyo however it is not easy to cover many spots in a short period of time. You can visit three of spots up to your preferences by private car. Not only for photograph but also you can enjoy history and culture in Tokyo. This tour starts basically from afternoon and ending twilight. You can drop off anywhere you like at the end of the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Off the beaten path special in Tokyo by walking

Off the beaten path special in Tokyo by walking

This is off the beaten path tour in Tokyo. You can enjoy non touristic spots. It is mainly for locals. This means you can see real life of Tokyo people. You can buy local products, taste street foods and local Japanese garden. It is quite time efficient tour using train all the way.
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  • 5 hours
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Tokyo photography tour by car

Tokyo photography tour by car

Those who are photographrapher from armature to expert might be happy with this tour.
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Artistic Calligraphy Course in Tokyo

Artistic Calligraphy Course in Tokyo

Discovery of the dynamics between the brush, the ink and the paper, realization of drawings on paper by association of techniques of Japanese calligraphy and sumi-e art. In this class, you will explore new and artistic writing expressions through basic Japanese calligraphy techniques.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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