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Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

1. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Explore the best of Tokyo on this 1-day, fully customizable, and private tour. Select which must-see locations you’d like to visit from the list below and your knowledgeable, licensed guide will customize an itinerary for you based on your preferences. The most popular, must-see attractions available on this tour: Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tsukiji Fish Market, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Akihabara, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Nezu, and Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the day of the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel to begin your full-day tour. Using either public transport or walking to get around, why not start your day with a visit to Asakusa to see the famous Senso-Ji Temple. Your next stop could be to take a walk through the Outer Garden (Gaien) of the Imperial Palace, followed by lunch in trendy, ‘Kawaii’ Harajuku. Then, maybe, spend your afternoon at the Meiji Jingu Shrine forest, between the busy neighborhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku.

Tokyo Bar-Hopping Tour

2. 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.

Shinjuku: Golden Gai Food Tour

3. Shinjuku: Golden Gai Food Tour

Start your tour by walking through the busy streets of Shinjuku heading straight for Omoide Yokocho (literally “Memory Lane”) as your first stop. Omoide Yokocho is rightfully named as it is littered with rustic bars from the 1950s. Anyone of the older generation will feel as if they stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century. Many of these bars still stay true to their roots, serving roasted giblets with beef and pork, which was a staple when food was scarce after World War II. From there you will make your way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest, yet safest, red light district stopping at a kushikatsu stall for some authentic regional cuisine called kushikatsu (specialty food from Osaka of deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables). Each of the guests will get 4 kushikatsu and 1 drink. From here you will walk through the rest of Kabukicho, weaving in and out to give guests a sense of its intoxicating atmosphere until you arrive at your second stop, a local eatery famous for highlighting the authentic regional flavors of southern Japan where guests will get to try 4 different dishes ranging from char grilled chicken, gyoza, chicken namba, miso and vegetables, yakisoba (grilled noodles, vegetables and meat), and cod roe with rice (menus change seasonally). After this, you'll move into Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique izakaya, bar stall and pub nightlife. A glimpse back to what Tokyo was like during the early and middle of the 20th century, Golden Gai locations are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Despite is run-down appearance, Golden Gai generally attracts well-off clientele and their prices match accordingly with it being one of the most expensive places to drink in the city. Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars where most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely packed nightlight area in the world, unique in every stall measured in inches rather than feet, Golden Gai will be a glimmer of Tokyo you will never forget and you'll look forward to having a cold-one with you in this historic place. This tour covers all food costs, 1 drink at kushikatsu and 1 drink at Golden Gai. The tour operators asks for a minimum of 2 travelers for the tour. If you are 1 traveler please contact them.

Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

4. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Cooking local food is the best way to get to know Japanese culture. Learn how to cook these meals at a little cute apartment in Shinjuku. The menu changes depending on the day of the week. You will cook one of the menus below with 2 to 4 items. The weekly menu schedule is below: SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUEDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Standard meal days - Menu: teishoku, donburi, obento, tonjiru and rice ball WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Heavy food days - Menu: curry rice, okonomiyaki, gyoza, ramen, rice burger, kara-age, yakisoba. SATURDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Real home-sushi day - Menu: temaki-sushi, bara-chirashi-sushi. An optional short trip (1PM-3:30PM) takes place everyday after the morning class. You will go to several amazing places which are not found in your guide books.

Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

5. Tokyo: Customized Private Tour with a Local Host

Join a 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 may choose to explore Tokyo’s high-energy central districts like Shibuya, the iconic area known for its dining, shopping, and entertainment, or venture further into Harajuku, a neighboring district renowned for its cutting-edge street and sweet street food. Then travel back in time to explore 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. 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. 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 activity provider's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.

Tokyo: Custom, Private Hidden Gems & Highlights Walking Tour

6. 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

7. 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: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

8. Tokyo: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

Enjoy cooking and savoring Kaiseki course meal and Wagyu beef steak! Kaiseki is authenthic Japanese haute-cuisine featuring seasonal produce and presentation. Using various method of cooking, you will cook 7-8 admired dishes. Friendly local instructors are around you to assist sharing tips and culture that accompany every dish. Afterwards, enjoy what you have prepared and taste of juicy delicate Wagyu beef.  

Tokyo Private Welcome Tour with a Local

9. Tokyo Private Welcome Tour with a Local

Meet the local guide at your Tokyo accommodation and head out on a 2 to 6-hour walking tour to explore the city. You’ll be in good hands with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your visit. Start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Hear about the best places to eat and shop and learn the easiest ways to get around. See some of the top attractions and hear about more that you can visit on your own after the tour. You will have the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please contact the supplier if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

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

10. 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. 

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based on 197 reviews

Satoru-san is an amazing instructor! Great conversations and all around very thoughtful and carefully curated lesson for individuals with various preferences. Would highly recommend this activity to all individuals from any skill levels. Thank you Satoru-san! どうもありがとうございます

Μrs Aki-san was an amazing guide! She told us about history of shrines and temples and during the tour she explained us everything!!! She was very polite and kind with us!!!! Amazing woman! I definitely recommend to go for it!!! Beautiful experience! Arigato Gozaimasu

I can’t believe we cooked this ramen and it’s so good. Learned good stuff from this experience. Thank you Sato for being patient with us. Would definitely do this again in our next visit

Great tour with excellent guide Norma. Some authentic places to eat and drink. Food was good quality and filling. Amazing Ramen. Recommend the tour to all.

Antonio was a great guide we toured Ueno Park and Yanaka