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Sangenjaya Back-Alley Private Tour with Tokyo Local Guide

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Setagaya City, Japan
Sangenjaya Back-Alley Private Tour with Tokyo Local Guide

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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Savor authentic Tokyo food on this "izakaya" tour of Sangenjaya, a vibrant neighborhood that’s away from the city tourist trail. You’ll tour the Japanese pubs, known as izakaya, where after-work drinkers and friends go to socialize over local snacks and beer. Giving you an insight into Tokyo culture, the experience is perfect for those looking for a taste of local life with delicious Japanese food that won’t be found on any tourist menus.
  • Discover the "yokocho" alleys, packed with authentic izakaya and cafes
  • Share small plates of sashimi, pickles, and more with your guide and group
  • Learn about the three Edo-era teahouses that Sangenjaya is named after
  • Cook your own Japanese savory pancakes in a popular teppanyaki restaurant
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Guided tour of Sangenjaya
Visit three off the beaten track izakayas where you'll experience a wide variety of dishes
Try a minimum of 10 delicious Japanese delicacies recommended by your guide
Alcoholic Beverages
Transport to and from Sangen-jaya station.
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

2 Chome-15 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0004, Japan

We will meet you in front of the ticket gates at the central exit of Sangenjaya station and will provide detailed instructions on how to reach Sangenjaya from your accommodation a few days before the tour.

Departure Time

6:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The legal drinking age: in Japan is 20. Soft drinks will be served to those under the age of 20
  • Dietary Requirements: Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will make sure you are catered to.
  • Sharing: We will be experiencing izakaya the Japanese way and so sharing plates between the group. (Don't worry you will be full!)
  • Group Size: To keep things friendly and allow us access to some of the smaller and more unique places we prefer to keep group sizes from 2-6 people although we are able to cater to large groups to
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Smoking is permitted in most bars and restaurants in Japan and therefore we don't advise pregnant travelers to join this tour
  • There will be some light walking involved on this tour through narrow back streets so comfortable footwear is recommended.
  • Solo travelers are very welcome
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tokyo Memories
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Highly recommended if you enjoy trying local cuisine, street food and drinks." See review


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Amazing private Sangenya back-alley Izakaya experience
, Nov 2019
We had such a wonderful & exciting experience with Simon! He made it very special for us and we brought along our dear friend who is a local from Japan that has never ventured through the back-alley of Sangejaya and she lives in the neighboring city. She was astounded by the amazing night life and with Simon as our tour, we had nothing but a first class experience. Wow, we had a lot of great drinks and foods...we all left stuffed. An additional heartfelt thanks to Simon for remembering it was our dear friend's birthday on that day and he had the last Izakaya facility sing Happy Birthday to my friend with a cheese like topping shaped as a piece of cake and sparklers!! What a memorable end to our tummies being full of contentment. Thank you Simon for sharing this spectacular experience with all of us. With sincerest gratitude, Lorie, Andrew (NYC-USA) & Chikako (Tokyo)
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi Lorie. Thanks so much! It was a great night. I must admit I was a little nervous taking out someone who lives in the area around but so happy that you and Chikako had a good time.
Fun, Good Food and Different
, Nov 2019
Simon was terrific and we really bonded. The food was excellent. Although the tour was listed as 3 hours, we spent over 4 hours on this night. Warning, much drinking on this tour. I really felt that we got to see a side of Tokyo that most tourists would not. Highly recommended if you enjoy trying local cuisine, street food and drinks.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi guys. Thank you so much, it was a really fun night and it was great to meet you! I am so happy you had a good time and that your hangover wasn't too bad the next day.
Delicious and satisfying food samplings
, Jun 2019
Very fun and interesting tour! Delicious food! You will not be hungry at the end of the night! The sake sampling at the end was the best. Our guide Simon was terrific and really gave us a feel for Japanese local food scene. Colorado family
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Highlight tour- extremely cool.
, Jun 2019
Simon was the man. Fun guy with great knowledge and relationships. One of our best nights of our two week trip, in a place not flooded with tourists, but friendly locals. 10/10 time.
Highlight of our trip!
, Apr 2019
My 17 year old son and I just returned from our trip to Asia and the Tokyo Food Tour was certainly one of the highlights of our vacation. Our tour guide Simon allowed us to experience Tokyo food like a local. The food was both interesting and delicious and Simon is a great person to hang out with for an evening for great food and conversation. I highly recommend this tour!

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