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Exploring Tokyo's Historic Wild Side in Yoshiwara

Tokyo’s "alien world" of Yoshihara parades the essence of desire during the Edo era.

  Price ¥7,500(tax included)
  Duration 3.5 hour (approx.)
  Hours of availability

Start Time:1 pm

  Inclusions

・Professional guide (available in English, French or German)

  Exclusions

・Food & drinks

  Participants 2 〜 6 people

Meeting Point

Departure point:JR Minami-senju station
Finish point:Tsukuba Express’ Asakusa Station

Overview

Foreign visitors to Tokyo almost universally know about Asakusa, and can usually tell you where it is too. However, almost no one can tell you exactly where the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter is, except perhaps that it is somewhere beyond Asakusa. The movies "Yoshiwara enjo" and "Sakuran" took place in the “old” Yoshiwara, which was on the outskirts of the current Ningyocho. However, that Yoshihara burned down in 1657 during the Great Fire of Meireki,” and it was at this point that Yoshiwara was moved to its current location.

Yoshiwara is now well famous as Japan's most significant red-light district, with its Edo era vibe eliciting vivid images of what the age’s red-light scene was like. While the area is not the rowdy, raucous show it once was anymore, it is still steeped in history but very much alive at the same time, known as a tourist destination with an unrivaled cultural pedigree. Here flourished the fashion, Kabuki, and popular culture of the day. Many novels and movies have also naturally been set here.

This tour is a walking tour that covers Sanya, the Yoshihara area from Minami-Senju Station to Asakusa Station. Not only will you explore the remnants of Yoshiwara’s red-light district era in this tour, but also visit unique stores and flop houses with a history of more than 100 years across the surrounding areas. Everything around here is full of personality, and there are a number of artistic spots to visit, little known even in to Japanese that are well aware Tokyo's deep history, culture and food. This tour is recommended especially for repeat visitors to Japan.

Highlights

・Kozukappara execution grounds site and beheading of Enmeiji Jizo tour.
・A visit to "Ichikawa Store," founded 109 years ago, offering a selection of bamboo and other natural materials-based crafts from all over Japan.
・Iroha shopping street walking and street artists of "Swoon" Wall art tour.
・Yoshihara walkabout, with various sights, including the former red-light district, a tour the Yoshihara Benten Pond remains, and more.
・A stop for the traditional prayer for business prosperity, spousal safety, and traffic safety at the Otori Shrine.
・A stop to rest at "Kuso Café.”
・An opportunity to buy stylish Edo souvenirs to commemorate your "New Yoshiwara" visit.

Note

・Only adults 18 years and older may join.
・Photography is prohibited during parts of the tour. Please follow your guide’s instructions.
・Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 1,000 yen per person, per half hour, payable in cash.
Hotel pickup will incur an additional fee of ¥3,000 per group.

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