Try these out, too! Other unique facets of Japan

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Enjoy the breadth of Japanese culture by being a ninja familiar in period dramas, a rickshaw runner, and a creator of Japan’s world-famous faux food samples.

Rickshaw experience (Tokyo Rickshaw)

Asakusa brims with the creative shitamachi culture of Edo-period artisans and merchants. Runners at Tokyo Rickshaw offer guided tours of tourist spots such as Kaminari-mon Gate and Senso-ji Temple. Riding a rickshaw provides a different view of the district and a great chance to take pictures of your trip.

Address

Asakusa Town Hotel, 1-2-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

1-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station

Charges

Try-out course 1 person 3,000 yen / 2 persons 4,000 yen (including tax)

Time

Approx. 15 min.–

reservations

No reservations are required

Languages

Japanese, English

Inquiries

03-5806-8881

URL

http://www.tokyo-rickshaw.com/( External link )(Japanese)

Faux food crafting (Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya)

Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya offers lessons in faux food crafting on Kappabashi Dougu Street. Participants learn to make tempura and lettuce the traditional way—out of wax.

Address

Kappabashi Showroom, 3-7-6 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

5-min. walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station

Charges

2,160 yen (including tax)

Time

Approx. 60–75 min. (11:00– / 14:00– / 16:00–)

reservations

Reservations required / Capacity per session: 16 / Inquire about group participation

Languages

Japanese,(interpreter required)

Inquiries

0120-17-1839

URL

http://ganso-sample.com/en/( External link )(English)

Ninja dojo tour (The Musashi Clan)

Change into a ninja costume and experience throwing ninja stars. The Musashi Clan dojo also offers courses in classical martial arts, the use of weaponry, and for dressing up as an armored warrior.

Address

Jidai Academy Dojo, 6-3-5 Tabata, Kita-ku, Tokyo

Access

4-min. walk from JR Tabata Station

Charges

Ninja dojo tours: Japanese-language course (1 hour) 8,000 yen / Observation 1,000 yen / English interpreter course (2 hours) 15,000 yen (including tax)

Time

30 minutes

reservations

Reservations required for groups of 2 or more

Languages

Japanese, English

Inquiries

090-3691-8165

URL

http://shinobinoshu.the-ninja.jp/shinobiculture.html( External link )(English)

Rickshaw running (Asakusa Jidaiya)

Asakusa Jidaiya first gives lessons in the history and basic techniques of controlling a rickshaw, and then asks the participants to act as runner and passengers. A firsthand experience of other aspects of Japanese culture is also available.

Address

2-3-5 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

Approx. 1-min. walk from Toei Subway Asakusa Station

Charges

1 cart (10 participants) 25,000 yen / 2 carts (20 participants) 45,000 yen (excluding tax)

Time

60~120 min.

reservations

required

Languages

Japanese, English

Inquiries

03-3843-0890

URL

http://www.jidaiya.biz/kanko-j.html( External link )(Japanese)

Faux food crafting (Yamato Sample)

Faux food that looks exactly like the real dish is a feast for the eyes. Guests of the lesson make imitation tempura fries and parfaits topped with juicy fresh fruit.

Address

4-21-12 Kamiikebukuro Toshima-ku

Access

5-min. walk from Tobu Tojo Line Kita-ikebukuro Station

Charges

1,080~2,376 yen (including material, packaging, and tax)

Time

20~40 min.

reservations

required

Languages

Japanese,basic English

Inquiries

03-5980-8099

URL

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/toshima/spot/130422.html(English)

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