Tokyo: Sugamo Food, Culture, and Calligraphy Tour

Tokyo: Sugamo Food, Culture, and Calligraphy Tour

From $270 per person

Experience Tokyo’s best-known spots, getting away from the touristy areas in the process. Following some cultural hot spots and shopping, you will experience a unique Japanese calligraphy class which features a unique prize at the end.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Take a 4-hour cultural experience
  • Enjoy lunch and local food tastings at 5 food stops
  • Browse the shops at a local shopping arcade for souvenirs unique to the area
  • Take an authentic Japanese caligraphy class
  • Take home a t-shirt with your own kanji character from your personal brush work
Full description
Your Sugamo culture and food tour will begin with a local sweet treat from a shop that has been in the area for around a hundred years. This charming location has a great friendly atmosphere and creates original snacks and classics with a twist found no-where else in Tokyo. Following that, head on to Jizo Dori, the famous local shopping arcade where you will have a chance to visit regional shops celebrating prefectures across Japan. Stop at a famous temple and learn about this haven for older Tokyo residents who are still quite young a heart, before heading to the district’s popular 800-meter-long street which is also affectionately known as the “Old Generations’ Harajuku”. Browse pickle stores, snack stalls, and interesting shops, and take in the local vibe on your way to a favorite spot for a delicious lunch and dessert. Following lunch and an exploration of this colorful and fun area, you'll head to a hidden calligraphy studio and experience the ancient art of Japanese Calligraphy called Shodo. There you can create your own Japanese kanji character with a fantastic teacher, and once you have written your Japanese kanji with a brush and ink there is a wonderful added bonus: you will get to take home your own high-quality t-shirt with your character on it.
  • Local dishes at 5 food stops
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Dessert
  • 1 drink
  • Traditional calligraphy experience with professionals (all materials are supplied)
  • Customized t-shirt
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest expense)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the front of Aoyama Flower Market shop inside Sugamo Station entrance. Your guide will be holding an "Arigato Japan" sign.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Comfortable clothes

    Know before you go

    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Dietary options are available
    • If you join the tour as a single traveler, please email the supplier before booking
    • A copy of your passport information is required for all participants aged 10 and over
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    Product ID: 314827