Ancient Tokyo City Exploration Game

Play a city game in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka and follow clues to discover a piece of Old Edo’s complicated history and stories from the times of shoguns, geishas and samurais.

On this walking tour, you will enter a labyrinth of narrow alleys, geisha teahouses, temples, samurai houses and old traditional restaurants (ryotei) that used to fill this former pleasure district, hanamachi, or City of Flowers.

Are you ready to take the way of the Samurai?

Highlights:
Enter the world of Old Edo on the winding back alleys of Kagurazaka
Discover temples and shrines, some of them hidden in the narrow alleys
Learn about life in Edo period and dive into the city’s underworld of crime
Learn about aspects of spirituality and religion in Japanese culture.
Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt

Each clue will lead you from one place to another giving you the exact directions. Answer the questions and the story of the place is unlocked.
* Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
* Starts: Chiyoda City, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Play a city game in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka and follow clues to discover a piece of Old Edo’s complicated history and stories from the times of shoguns, geishas and samurais.

On this walking tour, you will enter a labyrinth of narrow alleys, geisha teahouses, temples, samurai houses and old traditional restaurants (ryotei) that used to fill this former pleasure district, hanamachi, or City of Flowers.

Are you ready to take the way of the Samurai?

Highlights:
Enter the world of Old Edo on the winding back alleys of Kagurazaka
Discover temples and shrines, some of them hidden in the narrow alleys
Learn about life in Edo period and dive into the city’s underworld of crime
Learn about aspects of spirituality and religion in Japanese culture.
Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt

Each clue will lead you from one place to another giving you the exact directions. Answer the questions and the story of the place is unlocked.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Tokyo Daijingu Shrine, 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda 102-0071 Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo Daijingu is affectionately called ‘O-Ise-sama in Tokyo’ because of its enshrined deities.

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.

Pass By: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1-chōme-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0015, Japan

It was established in 1993 featuring mainly the history and the culture of Tokyo during the Edo period. The permanent exhibitions of the museum include the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi bridge and the scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Shōwa periods.

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.

Pass By: Kakurenbo Yokocho Alley, 3 Chome Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan

Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek Alley) in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka area is an alleyway that was named for a story that if one were to be following another person, he or she would lose sight of that person as soon as they enter this street. The alley itself has a traditional air about it, and the buildings and cobblestone pavement make it easy to picture geisha walking about during the Edo period.

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.

Pass By: Zenkokuji Temple, 5-36 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku 162-0825 Tokyo Prefecture

Zenkokuji Temple has a bright red gate and is located in the middle of Kagurazaka in Tokyo. It has been a busy temple since the Edo period (1600-1867). A symbol of Kagurazaka, it is still a very popular spot today, known for the two tiger statues sitting in front of the main hall. The temple’s statue of Bishamonten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods) is worshiped as a bringer of good luck.

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.

Pass By: Hyogo Yokocho Alley, 4-chōme-2-周辺 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan

long the stone-paved road, refined-looking restaurants and residences packed together will come into view.

In the Sengoku period, weapons merchants lived in the area, which is how Hyogo Yokocho got its name (“hyogo” means “arsenal”)

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.

Pass By: Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine, 2-1 Tsukudohachimancho, 新宿区 Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0815, Japan

A Hachiman shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the kami Hachiman. It is the second most numerous type of Shinto shrine after those dedicated to Inari Ōkami.

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.

Pass By: Akagi Shrine, 1-10 Akagimotomachi, Shinjuku 162-0817 Tokyo Prefecture

Kagurazaka was once the playground of Tokyo’s political elite and the role of Akagi Shrine was centered around providing support for this community.

Pass By: Statue of Kobo-chan, 6 Chome Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan

The national daily newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun has a popular four-column cartoon “Kobo Chan” going daily in its morning edition. Now, the main figure of the cartoon, Kobo Chan, is cast into a 1-meter-high bronze statue at the street corner of the town of Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Here you will have to look around to find the answer to our challenge to advance to the new location and learn the story of this place.