December 14, 2020
Food, Culture and Calligraphy Tour in Sugamo
Written By Arigato Travel
Truly go local! Tokyo’s best-known spots are worth a visit but getting away from the touristy areas is the best way to really experience the local culture.
On our Sugamo Culture and Food tour, you have the best of all worlds. We will begin the tour with a local sweet treat from a shop that has been in the area for about 100 years! This charming location has a great friendly atmosphere and creates original snacks and classics with a twist found nowhere else in Tokyo. Next 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! The district’s popular, 800-meter long street is also affectionately known as the “Old Generations’ Harajuku” in a fun comparison to the Harajuku district’s status as one of Japan’s foremost youthful shopping and fashion destinations.
Browse pickle stores, snack stalls, interesting shops, and take in the local vibe on your way to a favorite spot for a delicious lunch set and delicious dessert. After lunch and an exploration of this colorful and fun area– head to a hidden calligraphy studio and experience the ancient art of Japanese Calligraphy called Shodo. Create your own Japanese Kanji character with a fantastic teacher. When you have written your Japanese kanji with brush and ink there is a wonderful added bonus! You get to take home your own high-quality T-shirt with your character on it! Or you can add your name in Kanji for your shirt, the teacher will help you choose the best characters!
This is a must-do activity and tour, especially for people looking for a local connection, cultural experiences, hands-on activities, and of course, Delicious Food!
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