Tokyo West-Side Walking & Food Jaunt

Nakano, i-Japan

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Ditch the commotion of Tokyo’s well trodden tourist hubs and venture into the charismatic pockets of West Tokyo on a ‘no fuss’ walking and street food jaunt.

Dive head first into the buzzing Tokyo neighbourhoods of Nakano and Koenji, as we explore the twisting alleyways, alternate subcultures and casual eateries that give these unique enclaves their distinctive character.

Feast upon a tailored selection of everyday eats from local vendors, independent markets and Japanese franchises, as we walk the nostalgic 'shotengai', boisterous eating and drinking ‘yokocho’ and contrasting calm of the residential backstreets.

Gain a detailed insight into life in the streets, as well as a new found confidence to take on Tokyo’s flourishing dining scene as a neighbourhood pro. Local eating and drinking hotspots, suggestions for offbeat neighbourhoods to explore, you’ll be equipped with it all as we cap off our outing over a drink at a quintessential ‘izakaya’.

So, lace up your walking boots, come hungry and don't be shy about getting your hands dirty on this Tokyo walking and street food tour.

Leave content, with a new appreciation of Tokyo life, local flavours and hopefully a few tips and tricks to squeeze that little bit extra out of this bewildering metropolis.

*For dates and times not published or for private and family Tokyo tours, feel free to say hello.*
Other things to note
This experience visits typical local eateries and DOES NOT cater to personal tastes, dietary requirements or food allergies.

If you'd prefer to delve deeper into the local neighbourhoods by bike, check out my popular 'Tokyo West-Side Cycling & Food Jaunt' and the 750+ reviews from happy guests.
Ditch the commotion of Tokyo’s well trodden tourist hubs and venture into the charismatic pockets of West Tokyo on a ‘no fuss’ walking and street food jaunt.

Dive head first into the buzzing Tokyo neighbourhoods of Nakano and Koenji, as we explore the twisting alleyways, alternate subcultures and casual eateries that give these unique enclaves their distinctive character.

Feast upon a tailored selection of everyday eats from…

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    We'll stop and sample a mouthwatering array of 5 Japanese street food eats...
  • Iziphuzo
    Your choice of drink at a cosy neighbourhood 'izakaya'.

Yazana nombungazi wakho, u Andy

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I'm a Japanese classic bike enthusiast, retired ramen blogger and the hard-working sole operator of 'DIG TOKYO TOURS', proudly introducing guests to Tokyo’s offbeat inner west-side. Jump on a bike or join me on foot as we explore the backstreets and local street-food-eats in the neighbourhoods I call home.

For an insight into this captivating pocket of Tokyo, feel free to check out my Instagram account @digtokyotours

I’ve currently tailored 3 local outings on Airbnb:

- Tokyo West-Side Cycling & Food Jaunt
- Tokyo West-Side Walking & Food Jaunt
- Tokyo West-Side Classic Road Bike Jaunt

For dates and times not published or for private and family Tokyo bike tours, be sure to give me a shout and I'll do my best to accommodate your requirements.

Andy!
I'm a Japanese classic bike enthusiast, retired ramen blogger and the hard-working sole operator of 'DIG TOKYO TOURS', proudly introducing guests to Tokyo’s offbeat inner west-side. Jump on a bike or join me on foot as we explore the backstreets and local street-food-eats in the neighbourhoods I call home.

For an insight into this captivating pocket of Tokyo, feel free to check out my Instagram account @digtokyotours

I’ve currently tailored 3 local outings on Airbnb…
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NAKANO: Discover one of Tokyo’s most underrated neighbourhoods. Broadway with its jumble of ‘otaku’ centric retailers may be the primary drawcard but the real heart of Nakano lies in its backstreets teeming with boisterous ‘izakaya’.

KOENJI: An infectious melting pot of subcultures, alt music, vintage clothing stores and a thriving bar scene. Branded as the birthplace of ‘Japanese punk music’, Koenji should be high on the list of any traveller.

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Karl
Okthoba 2021
Andy is awesome! Having someone who speaks English and is able to then navigate Tokyo and take you to local spots off the ‘tourist beaten path’ was outstanding. Would recommend to anyone.
Kirstie
Januwari 2020
Highly recommend this tour!! Lots of good food and even the more fussy eaters could enjoy as no raw fish or anything too scary. Also combined with a little wander around the area, which was a great introduction and we returned to explore further after the tour. Andy was a perfect host, offering lots of tips and insights into life in Japan and further restaurant recommendations. Thank you!!
Kate
Januwari 2020
Andy's tour was great because we got to learn about the foods we were eating and see places where locals go - places we would not have found on our own, like the love hotel and second-hand trading store. It was also great as we could ask questions about day-to-day living (like how the garbage/recycling is collected) plus cultural differences/similarities to someone who understands both 'east' and 'west'.
Sharon
Disemba 2019
Andy was super nice and knowledgeable about his neighbourhoods and it really gave us a chance to see Tokyo off the beaten path. We especially appreciated the local “slice of life” that he shared from his personal experiences.
Long
Disemba 2019
Wonderful host. Andy is very friendly and clearly in love with his neighborhood. I really enjoyed him showing us the unique aspects of Japanese culture that is usually not apparent to first time tourists.
Dustin
Novemba 2019
This was a really fun tour, full of delicious stops along the way. You definitely get a good amount of food, so you really shouldn’t eat lunch right beforehand. More importantly though, Andy takes you to some places that you’d simply be unlikely to see as a tourist, and you get to experience some really cool nooks and crannies off the regular beaten path. Andy is very friendly and warm, and as a local, has lots of fun tidbits to share along the way. Highly recommended.

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¥140 for a JR train ticket from Nakano to Koenji.

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