Have fun at the west of Tokyo culture

Chofu, Japan

Experience hosted by Kumi

3 hours, Hosted in English and Japanese

What you'll do

We will meet at Chofu station. It takes only 20 minutes from Shinjuku. But as soon as you drop off the train, you can feel totally different air from central Tokyo. We walk through old path to a popular local shrine where you are welcomed popular cartoon characters. They are called Yokai animation. Yokai is very unique existence in Japan. I will talk about it. We will get to nice local shrine which is related to that Yokai animation. Then we will see the local market, and have a nice walk to the Jindaiji temple.
Jindaiji temple located in a lot of nature is second oldest temple in Tokyo. It has long history. Then, let's enter Yokai Gallery and see what the Yokai is like. There is a pottery shop, too. Just give it a try to make your own pottery by drawing your original pattern. You can choose from variety shapes. You can make the only one pottery in the world. That is a wonderful experience. Also, many Soba noodle shops are lined, they make soba with the blessing of the spring water, which means no doubt good Soba! You can try it, if you want. Then we come back to Chofu station by bus.
Other things to note
We will walk a lot. Please wear comfortable shoes. If you want, you can eat delicious Soba noodles. if you want to enjoy painting on pottery, you need enough time more than 3.5 hours total.
We will meet at Chofu station. It takes only 20 minutes from Shinjuku. But as soon as you drop off the train, you can feel totally different air from central Tokyo. We walk through old path to a popular local shrine where you are welcomed popular cartoon characters. They are called Yokai animation. Yokai is very unique existence in Japan. I will talk about it. We will get to nice local shrine which is related to that Yokai animation. Then we will…

What's included

  • Tickets
    Yokai Gallery Entry Fee

Meet your host, Kumi

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Hello, my name is Kumi. I'm a Japanese national licensed tour guide. I always do this job with my warm heart and fun. Thanksfully I have many repeaters and being introduced by word of mouth. I want to share my love and passion on my experience with you.
My tour motto is unique, fun and interesting! I’m not just a guide but I’m a storyteller and want to chat a lot with you like your friend. On this tour, you will see the Chofu city culture and residential local people’s life. There are many hidden gems.
Now, I offer four different experiences, please check it out on my profile page.
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Hello, my name is Kumi. I'm a Japanese national licensed tour guide. I always do this job with my warm heart and fun. Thanksfully I have many repeaters and being introduced by word of mouth. I want to share my love and passion on my experience with you.
My tour motto is unique, fun and interesting! I’m not just a guide but I’m a storyteller and want to chat a lot with you like your friend. On this tour, you will see the Chofu city culture and residential local people’s life. There are man…
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Where you'll be

We will be walking Chofu city, 17 minutes away from Shinjuku by Keio Line. Along the way, I will show you the most popular Anime “GeGeGe no Kitaro"chalactors, Thiat cartoonist is Shigeru Mizuki who lived in Chofu city. You can see it at Yokai Gallery. This area is real residential area and quiet and peaceful. Let's spend a fun and relax day together!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Felicia
December 2019
Kumi was so much fun! She took us on a wonderful your tour of the more traditional parts of Tokyo. We learned so much and had a great time!
Ding
January 2019
Kumi is really friendly and very nice! She brought us to eat a local Soba shop and bought me and my partner Senbei (Rice Biscuit). The place is very unique. A different side of Tokyo, peaceful and quiet. Overall very fun!
Andrew
December 2018
Hello Kumi, thanks for a wonderful day we had so much fun hanging out with you. We really enjoyed the soba noodles, thanks for finding us someone who could make these gluten free. The Yokai walk was intriguing, its great that this is an anime that has run since the 1968 wow! Kumi was very accommodating and personable. Its obvious she really enjoys what she's doing and we would recommend this tour to anybody. Andrew & Fleur
Tatiya
December 2018
We had a great time and enjoyed a lot with this trip. Kumi-san was very helpful and so nice. She provided us a lot of information that you will not get from the normal tour agency for sure!
Anny
November 2018
I love Kumi-san! We spent the morning in Chofu, walking through the old town which was filled with famous manga characters. Great fun learning about the artist and the history of the area. We visited a lovely shrine, temple and tree-lined streets filled with small shops and soba restaurants. It was a very nice change of pace from central Tokyo. Definitely worth a visit! Kumi-San is fun and full of enthusiasm and information. It was like spending the day with a good and knowledgeable friend. Arigato gozaimasu!
福山
November 2018
We challenged to paint unglazed. In addition to dishes and cups, you can choose from turtles, cats, vases, and various other shapes. I choose a plate. It was more difficult than I thought, but I got addicted to coloring, The dish that was completed became a very good memorial.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 7 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

We will get on a bus when we get back to the station. So please prepare cash or IC transportation card, Pasmo or Suica
When you enjoy the drawing experience on a pottery, the cost is from around 300 yen to 3,000 yen in cash.(depending which pottery you choose)

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.