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Tokyo Bar-Hopping Tour

1. Tokyo Bar-Hopping Tour

Start your 3-hour bar-hopping tour in Shinjuku’s Yakitori Alley, one of Tokyo's biggest nightlife districts. See tiny izakaya bars and food stalls offering grilled chicken, seafood and vegetables. During the tour, you'll be bar hopping throughout the city. Experience the backstreets of Tokyo and enjoy authentic street food like yakitori (chicken skewers), motsuni (Japanese stew) and grilled vegetables, along with local beer and Japanese sake. Head to the Kabukicho area and stop at 2 more bars. Visit the bright and lively food alleys in Shinjuku. Unknown to most visitors, this area is popular with local office workers, drinking in tiny bars with their colleagues after work.

Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nightlife Tour

2. Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nightlife Tour

Head to Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment area, and join locals as you grab a bite and a drink on a walking tour in the evening. Taste local flavors as you try different drinks and snacks, learning about the area from your local guide along the way. Kick off your evening at a Japanese izakaya-style gastropub for their happy hour. As this is a favorite pastime of many Japanese, spend some leisurely time chatting with your fellow tour mates over drinks and snacks. Then, meander through Omoide Yokocho, a collection of alleyways full of tiny bars and eateries. Get a peek at the different type of food joints locals usually eat at, from yakitori restaurants and soba shops to cafes and bars. If you'd like to come visit again on your own time, Omoide Yokocho is a great place to sit and eat elbow-to-elbow with local businessmen. See how they unwind after working hours. Later on, reach Kabukicho, an area full to the brim with over 3,000 shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and karaoke. Awash in bright neon lights, Kabukicho is one of Tokyo’s most photogenic areas. With streets filled with people and music blaring from every corner, you are sure never to have a boring evening in Kabukicho. End your evening in Golden Gai, a compact neighborhood full of tiny bars that can usually only seat six to eight people at a time. It is here in Shinjuku’s most popular drinking spot where you will stumble upon one of your guide’s favorite bars and say kanpai (cheers!) over more drinks. From here, your guide can either give you directions back to your hotel, your next destination, or leave you chatting through the night with new friends.

Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

3. Tokyo: Custom, 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. 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. Indulge in some shopping in Ginza's sparkling department stores, or wander around the street of "shita-machi", the oldest area of Tokyo, where you can soak up its Edo vibes. And don't forget to grab a quick bite at the old Tsukiji Fish market- you will be surprised to hear that seafood is not the only specialty here. 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.

Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour with 6 Mini Bowls of Ramen

4. Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour with 6 Mini Bowls of Ramen

At 3 award-winning ramen shops, sample 6 completely different mini bowls of delicious ramen. These are approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the size of full ramen bowls, which allows you to eat a great variety of ramen on your tour. Choose 6 from a selection of 11 ramen mini bowls. Learn all about ramen, from its history to its preparation. Discover a different ramen topic at each of the shops, via colorful handouts and visuals.  The tour will take place in three unique Tokyo neighborhoods, including Shibuya. At shop 1 sample light fish ramen and learn about ramen origins and types. Head to a cozy little ramen shop with unique fish-based ramen that you would not find outside of Japan. At shop 2 savory curry ramen and learn about ramen preparation. Have perfectly balanced curry ramen with flavors that you will never forget. At shop 3 sample a fusion pork ramen and learn about ramen trends and the future for ramen. These are perhaps the best bowls for photographs. Enjoy this fun and delicious fusion tonkotsu ramen. 

Tokyo: 3-Hour Food & Cultural Tour - The Best of Izakaya

5. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food & Cultural Tour - The Best of Izakaya

Discover the Tokyo that only locals know as hidden gems. You will explore Shinjuku, the busiest station in the world. Shinjuku is a hub for shopping, entertainment and dining. The tour will last for about 3-hours from 17:00 to 20:00.  You will see different parts of Shinjuku for 40 to 50 minutes while walking around the surrounding areas of Shinjuku. You will then visit two popular restaurants among the locals. The tasting menu will vary depending on the fresh ingredients of the day. Typically, you will taste chicken skewers, a fresh sashimi platter and handmade Japanese croquettes etc. Your food request can be accommodated based on your food allergies and restrictions.  Don't forget about the drinking culture in Japan. The tour price also includes two alcoholic drinks of your choice. You will taste a smooth sake that you might not have tried back home. If you do not drink, it is ok as well. You will still enjoy more than 7 food samplings and the authentic izakaya atmosphere. 

Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

6. Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on location in Tokyo and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your highly experienced Tokyo vacation photographers are handpicked local experts, who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. When your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. Create mementoes that will last a lifetime, and look back over your travels with fond memories.

Japan: Pocket WiFi-Shinjuku Counter

7. Japan: Pocket WiFi-Shinjuku Counter

Access the internet all the time in Japan with our 4G LTE pocket WiFi! No more hassle of looking for free public WiFi spots or staying out of the internet connection. Enjoy safe access, simple to use, and easy pick-up/return by Ninja WiFi. It can connect five devices at the same time. You can share it with people you are traveling with and your multiple devices. Pick up at our counter located in the center of Shinjuku, Tokyo. You can access the internet as soon as you arrive in Japan. Return is also easy. You can drop it off at our counter at major international airports in Japan or mail it back. Make your experience in Japan much more convenient with WiFi on the go! Get a plan that suits you; the choices of flexible plans from 5 to 30 days.

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What people are saying about Kabukicho

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 282 reviews

This ramen tour was absolutely incredible! One of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life period. I like to think I know a decent amount about ramen but Frank actually lives and breathes the stuff. It was so cool getting to pick his brain about all things ramen while trying some of his favorite spots around Tokyo. If I could do it all over again I would in a heartbeat, although I would probably try harder to find a friend to come with me so I could try all 4 options at each stop instead of having to choose 2. Overall this was an unforgettable experience, easily the best part of my trip to Japan. I’d highly recommend this to anyone whether you’re a seasoned ramen veteran or a total newbie you’ll be able to get so much out of this experience.

This tour is a must if you are visiting Tokyo. Foodies and history enthusiasts will both get their fix. We got to pick 6 different ramens (smaller portions that add up to the equivalent of a full meal) out of a total of 12 available at three restaurants. Our assembled tour group of less than ten people walked and took the subway between the three locations and this gave us the occasion to get to know each other. Frank was very personable and knowledgeable. Two thumbs up!

Frank was very knowledgeable and easy going; I had a great time walking from shop to shop discussing the city and it’s good culture with him and my fellow travelers. We tried six delicious and vastly different ramens that were thoroughly explained and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Tokyo!

We had a wonderful experience with Frank! We loved his selection of Ramen and especially enjoyed learning about his passion for Ramen. Great company, guide & teacher. We enjoyed learning about his love for Ramen.

Lets just say that it was one of the best decision we made in planning our trip to Japan, the best part is that our photographer speaks english and was very accommodating, it was a wonderful experience!