Tour of Tokyo's Hidden Car Scenes

Minato-ku, Japan

Experience hosted by Ken

2 hours, Hosted in English

What you'll do

Visit and interact with the hidden hangout spots of local motorists, including but not limited to: Daikoku PA, Tatsumi PA, and Umihotaru. While these so-called underground spots have been more exposed in recent years thanks to social media & car-related web sources, it often doesn't come natural for Japanese people, who tend to be shy, to openly interact with visitors from abroad. We will go immerse ourselves in the community by taking a tour of active spots and engage with the locals.
Which car I take guests on varies on group size and car availability, since I share some with the family. If the slot fills up it will automatically be the Golf, but otherwise I may take the GT-R if the group size is smaller. If you you want to lock down the vehicle of choice, please book a private slot and let me know beforehand.
Other things to note
- Cancellation may occur in case of poor weather.
- Please take note of the finish time. I can't drive you back to your hotel even if you don't have a last train, as it will be an illegal taxi.
- It's very hard to predict how many / what kind of cars will show up. These are casual meets.
Visit and interact with the hidden hangout spots of local motorists, including but not limited to: Daikoku PA, Tatsumi PA, and Umihotaru. While these so-called underground spots have been more exposed in recent years thanks to social media & car-related web sources, it often doesn't come natural for Japanese people, who tend to be shy, to openly interact with visitors from abroad. We will go immerse ourselves in the community by taking a tour of…

What's included

  • Transport
    Pick up at Shibakoen and dropoff at Meguro station are included.

Accessibility

Audio and visual

Visible signage

Sensory

Break times

Meet your host, Ken

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Born and raised (30 years+) in the land of the rising sun, I will show you the in's and out's of Japan's motorist scenes. I'm fully bilingual (J/E), so I can help translate any interactions with the locals as well. My drives are a Nissan R32 GT-R and MK5 Golf GTI.
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From £96
/ person

Where you'll be

I will select 1-2 spots from the following, based on how active the community is:
1. Daikoku - the biggest underground car scene in Japan; a highway rest area with 400+ parking spots.
2. Tatsumi - a scenic rest area where motorists hangout and take their social media pics.
3. Umihotaru - a massive complex in the middle of Tokyo Bay; with 500+ parking spots.

Rated 4.81 out of 5 from 73 reviews.

Landy
July 2020
If you ever wanted to joyride in a GT-R across the neon Tokyo night streets to see one of the most famous car cultures in the world, well then here’s your experience! Ken was an amazing host and super knowledgeable about the JDM car scene. We got to check out the legendary Daikoku car meet. You never know what you’ll see, but huge variety of Skylines, 86’s, and other gems of Japanese cars. Super chill event and you can see how close knit and friendly the car scene is in Japan. If you’re a car lover, don’t miss out.
Mary
March 2020
I had a great time during this experience which was super unique! Ken is a great host and I would totally recommend this to anyone who is visting and has an interest in cars!
Paul
March 2020
If you are interested in Japanese car culture, you will love this tour! Ken took us to see the car scene at Daikoku Futo, we had plenty of time to see many cool cars! He is knowledgeable on the car scene, both presently, and in it's roots. Highly recommended!
Rayyan
February 2020
If you are into the car scene, you have to go check this experience out! Ken did a fantastic job! He took us to some great local meetup places, and was explaining the differences between the Japanese vehicles and their American counterparts. I even saw some vehicles I had never seen in person before!
Nelson
February 2020
Ken is knowledgeable and has an interesting hobby. The cars are a must see and it gets even better as time goes on. Would recommend this to car lovers and also people looking to snap pics of some cool cars.
Jonathan
January 2020
Great experience. Ken was on-time, knowledgeable, friendly, spoke perfect English, and social media expert. Definitely helped me get some great pics for the gram. Highly recommend Ken for anyone wanting to check out the Tokyo car culture.

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 4 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

A camera or smartphone to take lots of pictures - it's generally OK to take pictures of people's cars, though it's always polite to ask the owner first.

Cancellation policy

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