【Ginza/Tokyo】Bar-Hopping where the traditional and contemporary co-exist

Discover one of a kind Japanese Izakaya bars with our unique GuruGuru Guide!

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    Curious to drink with the locals in Tokyo?? Then, don't miss out on visiting the unique Izakaya bars around Ginza, Yurakucho and Shimbashi areas!

    In this tour, our cool GuruGuru Guide will take you to 2 selected Izakaya bars and show you how to enjoy it as the locals do. Each area is quite accessible and is at walking distance of 5-10 mins from one another which is perfect for bar hopping! Also, you may ask your guide to give you some travel tips about Japan as GuruGuru guides are themselves all travelers and would love to share their experiences with you.

    Yurakucho, Ginza and Shimbashi have been developing along the Edo-Kyoto highway. These areas still establish a unique status in Tokyo as an epicenter of trend.

    The area around Shimbashi and Yurakucho is known as "Salary-Man Town" that has several Izakaya bars, so it's one of the most popular drinking areas among Japanese salary-men. After work, they gather in small local Izakaya bars and enjoy drinking & chatting together in a cosy atmosphere.

    In Ginza, there are “Antena shops” that specialize in local products from various regions in Japan to promote the charms of each region. A retro scenery between fancy and new buildings is one of the highlights in this area.

    We have three recommended spots. Firstly, you can’t miss out on unique bar street! Under a railway overpass from JR Yurakucho station to JR Shimbashi station, you will find various kinds of bars that have been running since World War II. We also recommend “LION”, that has survived the war and the Great Kanto Earthquake and has been running for almost 90 years.

    You also must check “Antena shops” apart from the only drinking spots! This area has many varieties of Antena shops from all over Japan. You can try local Sake, Shochu, wine with local snacks at a reasonable price. You might get a rare souvenir here!

    It’s also a good idea to explore the backstreets to sober up! Between each building, you will find surprisingly many shrines that the locals have been protecting since Edo Period (17th〜19th century) and some business owners pray for the safety of their family and good business.

    Let’s enjoy drinking, eating, chatting and explore the deep backstreets around Ginza, Yurakucho and Shimbashi together!


    Lastly, we would like to inform you our original 5 measures against COVID-19.

    1. Try to wash our hands frequently

    2. Let the guides wear a mask during the plan

    3. Dish out the food on small plates in a restaurant

    4. Keep suitable social distance (e.g. sitting at the counter seats, talking side by side)

    5. Avoid going to crowded places as much as possible

    For more travel & safety tips in Japan, please visit the link below.

    <JNTO official website>

    https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/

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    Basic information

    • Time

      2 hours and a half

    • Transportation

      By foot

    • Total number of participants

      1~4

    • Location

      Ginza

    • Location

      Yurakucho

    • Location

      Shimbashi

    Genre
    • drinkers
    • foodie
    • bar

    Including

    3 dishes + 4 drinks or 4 dishes + 3 drinks

    Points to consider

    ・・Drinking under the age of 20 is prohibited. ・You do not need to pay for the guide's food and drinks.

    What to prepare

    Get hungry enough!

    Cancellation policy

    ・Cancellations made within14 daysprior to the tour will incur charges.

    ・If you feel uneasy or suspected to be infected due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (n-Covid19), you can cancel it for no charge. Please notify us on
    support@guruguruguide.com

    Flowchart

    Meetup with your GuruGuru Guide!

    Please discuss about the exact meeting point and time with your guide in advance.

    1st Izakaya bars which GuruGuru guide recommends(60min)

    The guide will show you how to enjoy Japanese Izakaya bars.

    2nd Izakaya bar and chat more with GuruGuru guide(60min)

    Feel free to pick their brains for local travel tips! You also have a chance to meet some locals and get to drink with them!

    Thank you for joining us! See you again!

    Meeting place for this plan

    e.g. Yurakucho Station(Discuss about the exact meeting point with your guide in advance.)

    Review

    • Sachiko Ahunwan
      2020/02/27
      Reiko knows a izakaya with delicious meals. And it is only in Ginza that you can visit the back alley shrine. Reiko is very familiar with history, so it is a very enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.

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