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Experience Asakusa Through Edo-style Sweets and Crafts

HIGHLIGHTS

Join Koji Ohana on a tasty historical journey #cc1000064

  • Enjoy the taste of sweet potato-based confections, a dessert originally from the Azakusa region that was made when using sugar was too expensive
  • Make your own hand-crafted, traditional sweets box and take it home as a souvenir
  • Choose from hundreds of sweets, hand-crafted by some of Tokyo’s most talented confectioners!
  • 4 hour total

  • English

  • Age Any

  • 2 〜 4

YOUR HOST

Kouji OBANA

Asakusa is a fascinating “forgotten” district in Tokyo, where history can still be easily seen. My name is Koji Ohana, and more than anything, I’d like to share the happiness in learning about this wonderful, enchanting place. Reflecting on how to do this, I came up with the idea of sweet potatoes, which were a very important part of the life of ordinary people in Asakusa during the Edo period, when sugar was still a luxury that many could not afford. You could say that sweet potatoes and the history of Asakusa are intimately intertwined, so what better way to feel the history directly than to eat salt-roasted sweet potatoes, and to make a sweet box ready to fill with traditional confectioneries? It’s a delightful way to appreciate Asakusa from the inside — and fill your insides at the same time! I’m fairly fluent in English, so I hope that foreign tourists will be able to gain insights into the bygone times of this district, and Japan, during my fun, historically informed, and very tasty experience.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

In this fascinating and filling experience, you can spend some time leisurely getting to know this wonderful district, roast (and of course, eat) delicious sweet potatoes in the traditional Edo way, before making your own lovingly hand-crafted, traditional sweets box to take home with you. Asakusa, which is now part of Tokyo, was an important entertainment district during the Edo period, and the atmosphere, as well as some of the traditions, still survive here. Visitors to the famous 7th century Sensoji Temple will notice that there are many, many vendors here selling traditional Japanese sweets. During the Edo period, many people lived on a diet rich in salted sweet potatoes. In those days (and even now), sweet potatoes were harvested, and then stored at 30 degrees to ripen their flesh and harden their skins, bringing out the natural sweet flavor. Getting to know a beautiful place through its culinary culture and traditional handicrafts with your thoughtful host Mr. Ohana enables you to have an engaging and enjoyable time full of direct insight into the past. With you, the delightful and delectable history of Asakusa continues!

  • Enjoy some sweet potato and learn the history of sweet boxes.

  • Choose a pattern for your box.

  • Learn to craft your own box!

DETAILS

  • Duration

    4h

  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 4

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age

    Any

  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.

PRICES

  • Adults(12+)

    ¥12,500

  • Children(4~11)

    ¥8,500

  • Infants(~3)

    Free

Included in the Price

Interpreter Experience Insurance Materials Sweet Potato Snack

NOTES

  • Things to bring

    N/A

  • Meeting Point

  • Additional Info

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Children: ¥8,500 Infants: Free

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