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Tokyo: Tsukiji Outer Market Food and Drink Walking Tour

1. Tokyo: Tsukiji Outer Market Food and Drink Walking Tour

Explore the famous outer area of the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo on a guided tour. Learn about the culinary culture of Tokyo and what the top chefs do on their daily visits to the market. Enjoy a variety of traditional Japanese foods as you explore the market. After meeting your guide, begin your day eating and shopping like a local outside Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Market. Discover why so many of Japan's top chefs visit here daily to pick up the freshest ingredients. Navigate your way through the maze of seafood and learn from your guide about the market's history. Stroll past the many stalls and discover local Japanese foods. Watch as vendors carve massive bluefin tuna. Head to the vibrant stores selling the best quality foods at the outer market. Eat a variety of local foods, ranging from finger foods to delicacies. Learn from your knowledgeable guide the tips about local culinary culture. End the tour at an authentic sushi restaurant with a serving of fresh sushi before heading back to Tsukiji Station.

Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

2. Tokyo: Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

Join a friendly local guide to get an authentic experience of Japan’s electrifying capital city. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down its liveliest streets – and a few off the well-trodden tourist trail. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide at the 1300-year-old Sensō-ji temple, the oldest in the city, in the heart of the historic Asakusa district. Get a lesson in Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist history, and see the awe-inspiring Asakusa Shrine, which honors the three founders of the Sensō-ji. Then, walk the traditional streets to the neighboring Ueno district, an old downtown area that’s home to several attractions like museums, historical monuments and the popular Ueno zoo, all found inside the sprawling 150-year-old Ueno Park. Intrigued by Tokyo’s national sport? Head to the riverside Ryogoku district, the heartland of professional sumo. See all sorts of fascinating sumo paraphernalia, small statues of yokozuna (the highest-ranking sumo wrestlers), and Ryogoku Kokugikan – Tokyo’s famous sumo stadium. There’s really no limit to what you can see and do in Tokyo, and there’s something for absolutely everyone. Whizz around on a go-kart, play retro arcade games in the Anata No Warehouse, and grab a quick bite at the Robot Restaurant – where you’ll be entertained by robotic monsters, dancers, and flashing lasers! Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local supplier's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Highlights of Tokyo Private Tour with a Licensed Guide

3. Highlights of Tokyo Private Tour with a Licensed Guide

Start by visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market. See a busy market with lots of fresh seafood and also try foods you have never seen before. If you would like to, you can also enjoy a small breakfast. Next head to the Meiji Jingu Shrine, one of the biggest in Tokyo. If you are lucky, you might see a traditional Japanese wedding. After the shrine, stroll around the Omotesando and Harajyuku shopping areas famous for teenage pop fashion. You can have lunch there or in Asakusa later. In the afternoon, visit Asakusa where a big Sensoji Temple is located. There are many shops called Nakamise so you can enjoy shopping typical Japanese souvenirs. If you need more shopping after the tour, you can stay in Asakusa.

Tokyo: Kabuki-za Gallery Guided Tour and Concierge Service

4. Tokyo: Kabuki-za Gallery Guided Tour and Concierge Service

Kabuki performances tend to be between 4-5 hours long and often involve long queues for one-act tickets, so before you go to all that effort, join this tour of the Kabuki-za Gallery and learn everything you need to know about Kabuki. With this essential background information, your Kabuki experience will be much more understandable and enjoyable. Your expert guide, who has been watching Kabuki since the age of 5 and running Kabuki tours for nearly 7 years, will be sure to give you all the information you will need or want to know about this Japanese tradition.  The tour begins with a "What is Kabuki?" presentation over Japanese tea and sweets before exploring the museum. You will be shown many props and costumes used for the shows throughout the years, and enjoy short films about this classical Japanese dance-drama. There are even hands-on activities such as a chance to play the classical instruments which give Kabuki its distinct sound. As part of the personal concierge service offered in this tour, your guide will also help you make bookings and suggest places to visit based on your interests.

Tokyo: Half-Day Cycling and Cruising Tour

5. Tokyo: Half-Day Cycling and Cruising Tour

You will meet up and start at Toranomon Hills. Your guide will await you in Family Mart convenience store at 15:30, on the third floor. You will start your bicycle tour after giving you a brief instruction. First, you will stop by Hibiya flower park in Ginza. There are different type of flowers, the fountain, the English Garden. Next, you will go to Kabukiza which is a theater for Kabuki. You'll enjoy seeing the detailed architecture features, before heading for Odaiba, which is an artificial island surrounded by modern buildings. You'll have tea break in Odaiba beach park, and from Odaiba, take a cruise ship for 25 minutes. Check out the famous rainbow bridge while enjoy cruising. After cruising, ride your bicycle out towards Tokyo Tower, which lights up at night. The guide will tell you the best view point.  The tour then ends at Toranomon Hills around 19:30.

Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

6. Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

Learn more about Japanese views on religion on this tour, as well as getting a thorough introduction to the country's best seafood dishes at Tsukiji Market. After meeting your guide, head to a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn more about Japanese worship traditions.  Next, head to Tsukiji Market, the cradle of seafood in Tokyo, and the place where famous sushi chefs buy their seafood every morning. Soak up the lively atmosphere of this revered location as you wander around the various stalls. Feel free to sample some dishes from street food vendors and ask your guide for recommendations. Before lunch, pay a visit to the market's observatory and witness all the hustle and bustle from above. Finish your tour with a delicious seafood lunch. Sit down to a yummy donburi bowl at a seafood restaurant. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sip on a glass of Japanese beer or sake with your finger food or seafood bowl. This is one of the Japanese' favorite ways to enjoy Tsukiji—a cold beer with excellent seafood.

Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Discovery Tour

7. Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Discovery Tour

Spend your morning exploring Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest market of its kind in the world. The wholesale portion of the market where the famous tuna auction takes place has moved from the original Tsukiji site, a few kilometers across the water to Toyosu, but Tsukiji still is the best place to check and try all the products sold in Toyosu. Start by wandering through Tsukiji’s outer market brimming with vibrant food stalls and retail shops. This is the place to be if you’re looking for the freshest and dare say, most delicious sushi breakfast one could ever hope for. With over 2,500 tons and 450 types of fish coming through the market every day, you’re bound to come across some foods and fish you’ve never seen before. Squid jerky, anyone? Or perhaps scrambled eggs on a stick? No matter what kind of unusual snacks you may encounter, Tsukiji promises to be an experience for all five senses. Along the way, your tour guide will explain about the history of the market, all the different seafoods on offer, the legendary tuna auction (not included in the tour) and what a typical day is like for all the vendors who work inside the inner markets. Stop to sample a couple of fresh foods and you’re free to try any additional snacks at your own expense that may catch your eye or make you drool. Of course, it can be difficult to know where to start so your guide will point out some recommendations as well. Once you’re finished snacking, make your way to a nearby sake shop for a tasting and be introduced to Japan’s beloved beverage of choice. Learn how to taste the difference between different sakes and about the role it has played in Japanese culture. Be sure to make your favorite known. As tour groups are prohibited from entering the inner markets, you’ll be left at the door to Tsukiji’s inner markets, where you can go explore on your own. Watch your step because things can “get a little fishy” as you carefully maneuver through the market’s chaotic, narrow and wet streets. Though visitors are not allowed to take photos inside the inner market, you won’t forget this extraordinary experience. But before you go off on your own, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on where else to visit during your stay in Tokyo.

Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

8. Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

Explore the culinary wonderland of the Tsukiji Outer Market with a knowledgeable local guide and sample some delicious local treats along the way. Learn about the outer market as you make your way through its maze of narrow lanes lined with 400 shops. Listen as your guide explains the tricks of the trade and reveals the market's best-kept secrets. Chat to vendors and sample the local delicacies. Once your tour is over, stay at the market and continue shopping or visit one of the restaurants. Ask your guide for recommendations on the best areas and restaurants to visit.

Tokyo: Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Market and Tuna Auction Tour

9. Tokyo: Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Market and Tuna Auction Tour

Watch the morning tuna auction at Toyosu fish market, the world's biggest fish market and seafood lover's delight. This market is also home to various museum-style exhibits showcasing Japan's seafood history. See the famous Uogashi Alley which is full of amazing seafood, cutlery, and tasty miso. Take a bus to the hustling bustling market of Tsukiji. In this never-sleeping market, you will be able to partake in a food sampling tour with your local guide. Sample some local favorites such as a savory egg omelet, grilled eel, and many more. Have a savory breakfast at a classic seafood restaurant at the heart of Tsukiji Market. The sashimi included in the bowl depends on the day's catch so changes all the time. Be prepared to taste something you've never had before. If you are unfamiliar with any food, your local guide will share with you their knowledge of seafood.

Tokyo: Off the Beaten Path Private Guided Tour

10. Tokyo: Off the Beaten Path Private Guided Tour

Explore Tokyo in your own way with a private licensed guide. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. If you want to experience authentic local life, the backstreets of Yanaka, Shibamata, Fukagawa, and Asakusa are recommended. This tour feature a morning pickup at your hotel in Tokyo, then a visit to any number of possible sites. You can customize your itinerary according to the specific places you want to visit. See a suggested itinerary below.  First stop is the Shibamata neighborhood, where many historical shops can be found. Some have even been there for over a hundred years. It’s a great place to sample some classic Japanese snacks and street food, such as senbei, soy sauce crackers, and chewy rice balls. Next, head to the Yanaka Ginza neighborhood. Even among locals, it’s a lesser-known area that retains its old-Japan charm. Edo-era shops and restaurants line a small shopping street. Though the shops include modern 100-yen stores, there are many handicrafts, ceramics, and street food stores too. If you’ve become a fan of Japanese food during your travels, Kappabashi Street is a place to bring home something to cook or serve your own Japanese food with. Kappabashi is a long street lined with kitchen shops, plus the occasional kitchen clothing or fake food store. Other popular places you could visit on this tour include the Nezu and Sendagi areas, the Fukagawa Edo Museum, and the Asakusa district.

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I met my guide at the designated meeting place near the station. She was early so we had extra time to get acquainted. I was the only on the tour so Kazumi was very flexible to my interests. She was informative, engaging, and warm - all along expressing her genuine love for the city and showing non-locals the insiders’ way around the market. She was prepared with literature, graphics and pictures. We had fantastic treats - exceptional quality of ingredients. I recommend this tour with Kazumi. One small recommendation: I would suggest shifting the tour time slightly to bridge the lunch time opening of some establishments in order to timely spread the tastings before, during, and after the lunch period.

My private tour trough Tokio was just awesome. Together with my guide Yoshi we explored Tsujiki Fish Market, Meiji Shrine and also some local shops. She gave me so many insights about Japan, the culture and daily life that it felt like exploring the city with a friend. Great day. Great memories. Thanks for this experience!!!

Highly recommend! Tetsu-san was very knowledgeable about the area and I really enjoyed talking to him throughout the entire tour! Next time you're in Tokyo I highly recommend this tour!

Tomoko san was great. She guided us through the fish market knowledgeably and efficiently. she knew immediately what our group required and was very patient and amiable.

Thanks to Toshi-san. He gave us a lot of interresting information about the market during the tour. Arigato gozaimasu!