Discover our Exclusive Vegetarian Tour in Arakicho, Shinjuku

Vegetarian or not, if you like seasonal products, like healthy food, or just want to try something new, this tour is for you. Have a glimpse of Japan off the beaten path, where you can find authentic Japanese culture and meet the locals.

Discover a New Side of Arakicho

Visit the town and meet local small shop owners

This is a tour held in Arakicho, Shinjuku ward.
The access is easy: 3 min on foot from Yotsuya-Sanchome metro station or 10 min on foot from Akebonobashi metro station.

Arakicho, still mostly unknown to foreign tourists, is a gourmet town enjoyed by Tokyo’s connoisseurs. The Arakicho district used to be the residence of a Daimyo (Japanese lord). After the end of the feudal system in 1868, it became a hanamachi (geisha district). Today, it is a quiet area with more than 300 restaurants and bars that all have their fans and regular customers. (To learn more about Arakicho history please click here.)

Tadaima Japan has opened a small Ryokan (traditional inn) in this area to show another side of Tokyo to visitors. Over time, we have become acquainted with the owners of many restaurants, among which are a few vegetarian-friendly places in this charming old-fashioned bar town. Thanks to these connections, we can arrange original menus with the locals so that vegetarian tourists too can have their own ‘foodie tour’.

The tour is designed for vegetarians, people who would like to eat carefully selected seasonal food and drinks, people who enjoy healthy meals, and those who would like a glimpse of Japan off the beaten path, where you can find authentic Japanese culture.

Contents of the Tour

Have a taste of Buddhist monks’ food in an original setting

● Tour starts at 4:30PM from Yotsuya-Sanchome metro station Exit 3 (See Map)


● Visit Suga Shrine, a place made famous by the animation movie ‘Your Name’ (君に名は). There, we will explain the etiquette for Shinto shrines.

● Stop at a historic tofu shop. The shop is more than 130 years old and is loved by the locals. You will discover genuine, traditional hand-made tofu and some products you might have not heard of before.

● Full meal at a vegetable-based Japanese restaurant. You will taste the traditional ‘teishoku’ (meal set) most Japanese people have every day, specially arranged for vegetarians, in a place filled with Ghibli-like nostalgia.

● Have a drink at a cozy bar that serves original cocktails and vegetarian food.

● Have a taste of Shojin-ryori (Buddhist monk food) and meet real monks in a very peculiar place.

● At 7:30PM, it’s the end of our tour but of course you are welcome to continue your exploration of Arakicho on your own.

Learn the etiquette to visit a Shinto shrine

Tour Details

Tour Availability: Every Friday
Tour Type: Group Tour (If your party is more than 4 persons, we may be able to arrange a private tour. Please let us know your preferred dates.)
Tour Start:            4:30PM
Tour Finish:          7:30PM
Duration:              3 hours
Meeting Time:      Between 4:15 – 4:30PM (please be on time)
Tour Minimum:     2 persons
Tour Maximum:    5 persons
Price:                   Visitor rate: JPY11,000 per person (Sorry, no child discount available)
                             Local rate: JPY10,000 per person  (For people who have been staying in Japan for more than 3 months)
Language:           Japanese / English
Food:                   Japanese vegetarian food and Shojin Ryori
Included:              English-speaking tour leader, Food and 3 drinks
Not Included:       Hotel pick up, extra food and drinks
Cancelation Policy: Free of charge 72 hours prior to the start of the tour. 72 hours – 24 hours prior: we will charge 50 % of the tour fee. We will fully charge for any cancellation within 24 hours of the tour.

Please Note:
*All payment is expected before the tour.
*The tour is originally designed for vegetarians and/or people who like healthy balanced meals. If you are vegan, arrangements can be made. Please contact us in advance.
*Food preferences and allergies also need to be stated in advance (e.g. gluten allergy).
*The minimum alcohol drinking age is 20 years in Japan. We will prepare alternative drinks for participants who are under 20 years old.
*Participants aged under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
*Please come with comfortable walking shoes as this tour is mainly a walking tour.
*Please understand that unlike other countries, smoking is usually allowed in Japanese bars and restaurants.
*The tour may end later than expected. Please advise your tour leader in advance if you need to leave early.

TO MAKE A RESERVATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE:  Vegetarian tour reservation


Enjoy seasonal drinks and have fun!

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I’m French but I’ve been living in Tokyo for many years during which I had a lot of meaningful and thrilling experiences. I’m curious and I love learning new things. My hobbies are kick boxing, scuba diving, Japanese traditional painting, etc… As a writer, I’d like to share information about less touristic, more authentic places. I will also write about all the fun and cultural activities unique to Japan.