Historical Tour Plus Creative Workshop 3/5/6 hours


Any Japanese restaurant will feature a shop window full of plastic food, perfect for any traveler who cannot read Japanese to get an idea of what is served there. Tokiotours offer fun and interesting workshops for anyone who feels like getting their creative juices flowing!

Workshop Add-on

Why buy a ready-made souvenir when you can design (and make) your very own?

With these workshops, you will get the chance to fabricate various typically Japanese products, such as wind chimes (‘fūrin’) or plastic food samples (found in the shop window of almost any Japanese restaurant). Apart from the chance of having a unique, personalized souvenir, these workshops are just a lot of fun to do! Of course, you get to take your personal souvenir home right away!

The workshop itself takes around an hour. After that, you will be taken on a tour in a nearby area with the guide who will stay with you during the workshop as well to translate as the Japanese staff doesn’t speak English.

Right now we offer the following workshops:

Make your own faux food

Paint your own ‘fūrin’ (wind chime)


Faux Food Workshop and Kappabashi/Asakusa Tour (3-5 hours)

One of the things a lot of visitors are surprised about when they first come to Japan is the plastic plates of food in virtually any restaurant shop window. Sushi, ramen, pancakes, desserts, glasses of beer and wine, name it and it has its own plastic version. Perfect for those who don’t know what it says on the menu. However, the practice of showing faux food samples was originally not to please tourists. It was just to make clear what the restaurant serves in a quick and visual manner, probably the best way to an appetite in a casual passer-by. Invented as early as the 1940’s, the first food was made out of wax. These plates, however, tended to melt when temperatures rose in summer, turning into a foul looking plate of doubtful colours. Nowadays, both wax and plastic are used to make the samples last longer. The workshop will take around 1 hour.

After this, the guide will take you on a tour through Kappabashi (and Asakusa if you book the 5-hour version), and tell you all about the history of these traditional areas. You will be able to try some traditional Japanese snacks

Price 3 hours (2 people): 16.000 yen (for 3 or more people you pay 5000 yen for every extra person)

Price 5 hours (2 people) : 20.000 yen (for 3 or more people you pay 5000 yen for every extra person)

Please email us at [email protected] for inquiries

‘Fūrin’ (wind chime) Workshop and Ueno/Yanaka tour (6 hours)

Fūrin (pronounced with a long ‘u’, otherwise we’d be offering a workshop in adultery (which we don’t) means ‘wind chime’ or ‘wind bell’ in Japanese. It’s a glass sphere with an opening underneath, where a string attached to a card of thin paper comes out. The idea behind this is that the paper card picks up even the weakest of gushes of wind, making the bell sound. Therefore, the sound of the bell means ‘wind!’ to Japanese ears, providing a sense of coolness in during the hot and humid summers.

During the workshop you can either blow your own glass fūrin, or select a ready-made one (all hand made by the owner). Then, when you have decided on the design you can start painting. Even people who are not that used to getting creative often needn’t worry, the shop is loaded with examples. It may sound simple, but you have to paint on the inside of the sphere since otherwise the paint won’t last. But, an advantage of the water-based paint: in case you mess up your design, you can just wipe it off and try again. Why not give it a try yourself? The workshop will take around 1 hour.

After this, the guide will take you on a tour through the historical Ueno and Yanaka areas, showing you the traditional face of Tokyo and telling you all about the city’s fascinating history. You can visit an old beer hall and a small takoyaki cafe on the way and enjoy the Edo atmosphere.

Price (2 people): 23.000 yen (for 3 or more people you pay 5000 yen for every extra person)

Please email us at [email protected] for inquiries

Calligraphy Workshop and Kanda/Akihabara tour (5 hours)

This workshop makes for a perfect first step into the world of Japanese calligraphy. Pick a word (your motto, your resolution, a word that best describes you etc.) and we will translate it into Japanese so that you can learn how to write it in the class.

Your licensed instructor will carefully teach you all the basics step by step. No preparation or knowledge of the language needed as your English-speaking guide will give you an overview of the history and the meaning of Japanese calligraphy and translate all the instructions for you. What could be a better souvenir than a newly acquired skill and your own masterpiece? The workshop will take around 2 hours.

Then your guide Plus 3-hour tour of Kanda and Akihabara, total of 5 hours.

Price (2 people): 24.000 yen (for 3 or more people you pay 6500 yen for every extra person)

Please email us at [email protected] for inquiries


* Minimum number of participants is 2 for each workshop

** The faux food workshop is not available on Sundays

*** Especially the faux food workshop is very popular, so you are advised to book at least 6 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.

**** If you are with more than three people and there are kids under 20 in your party, please ask for your discount. If you are with more than 2 people and there are kids under 12 in your party, please ask for your discount.


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