Historical Shibuya: discover the origins of Tokyo's youngest district

Duration: 3h
Guru: Oca
Quality Verified Registered on November 09, 2022

Hi! I'm a city planner that gets to work on the most amazing city in the world: Tokyo! I guide architecture students and visiting professionals to discover the culture behind modern Tokyo by diving deep into its origins. Join for a unique tour full of history, culture, Japanese trains and bizarre vending machines!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Shibuya is the centre of fashion and entertainment in Tokyo. But despite the appearances of the tall skyscrapers and its busy crossing, not long ago it was a tiny town. Join a tour with a local resident stretching 1000 years of secrets and stories history of Shibuya.

In this tour, we will discover how the tiny feudal realm of Shibuya emerged as one of the busiest train stations in the world. We will walk through the history of Tokyu Railways and how this company shaped today's bustling Shibuya,

The tour will start at one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo and end at one of the most secret rooftops in the area

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    1-chōme-1-1 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya City, ...
    1-chōme-1-1 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan
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    I will be waiting in front the Moai sculptureI will wear a high visibility yellow vest 🦺and have the longest hair around.

  • 1
    Free admission
    Shibuya View & Hibari-Go
  • 2
    Free admission
    Shibuya oldest house
  • 3
    Free admission
    Shibuya Castle Ruins
  • 4
    Free admission
    Old Shibuya Station & River
  • 5
    Free admission
  • 6
    Free admission
    Hachiko, Moyai & Scramble
  • 7
    Free admission
    Shibuya 109
  • 8
    Free admission
    Shibuya Center-Gai
  • 9
    Free admission
    Spain-zaka Slope
  • 10
    Free admission
    Pokemon Center

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Yoav 20 Aug 2023
Kfar Yona

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
A great tour with a great and very pro and knowledgable guide. I learned so many interesting and exciting details on the estsblishment and development of Shibuya.
Ken 19 Aug 2023
San Diego

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
I did this tour a while ago, but wanted to make sure to recommend Oca for his GuruWalk. He does a great job with providing context for so many sights throughout the city - with both professionalism and a solid sense of humor. Really enjoyable -- highly recommended!
Arthur 19 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
Very good
Sarai 11 Aug 2023

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Travelled in family - Aug 2023
Oca was great, provided lots of info and was very joyful.
Liam 23 Jul 2023
Bury St Edmunds

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
A good way to discover Tokyo
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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