Discover a New Side of Arakicho
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
● 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.
TO MAKE A RESERVATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE: Vegetarian tour reservation