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Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure

1. Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure

Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this 3-hour Tokyo tour you’ll join a local guide to dive into the city’s food scene, tasting some of the city’s best dishes. Get a truly local perspective as your local guide explains the history of the food you’re tasting and the places you visit, sharing personal experiences and food related family traditions and customs during the tour. Begin in Yakitori Alley, near Yurakucho, an area with many casual bar-style restaurants and the birthplace of yakitori, one of many Japanese people’s favourite appetizers. Enjoy a drink of sake or a local beer, then sample yakitori at one of the many local restaurants, each with their own “tare” (sauce) mixed with their secret ingredients. Travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated, a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. You’ll have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate.  Take a quick stroll through Ginza, where you can find great confectionery shops and learn about the rich variety of traditional Japanese sweets — and, best of all, choose one to try! Usually made of rice and red beans, these sweets change based on the ingredients available at each time of year, and even their shapes are inspired by what you can find in nature during that season. Your tour ends here but don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see do and eat during your stay. Fancy a cool local bar or a karaoke place? Your guide is happy to recommend  favourite spots so that your night can continue. Equally, your guide can help with directions back to your accommodation, or you can return to the start point with them.

Tokyo: Insider Sake Tasting Tour

2. Tokyo: Insider Sake Tasting Tour

Discover more about the uniquely Japanese drink of Sake on this tour. At your first stop you'll get an introduction to the history and production techniques of Sake, before you enjoy your first 3 samples. From here you'll explore Ginza district, including landmarks such as Kabuki Theater, before your next tasting stop. You'll get the choice between sampling 3 Sakes from local small-scale producers at one bar, or alternatively being treated to 3 varieties of Daiginjo Sake. At your final stop, you'll have the chance to try 3 more Sake types along with 2 delicious appetizers. Enjoy being surrounded by locals, and experience how the people of Tokyo like to unwind after work.

Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

3. Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

Start the tour in Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district nestled underneath the train tracks and step into narrow, lantern-lined streets to get a taste of 70s-style Japan. Here, you’ll enjoy typical snacks and starters at local izakayas frequented by locals. Move on to Ginza, exploring high-end, specialty goods, like a $400 melon and visit a famous Sembei (rice cracker) shop which dates back to the early 1800s. Complete your evening by wandering through Shinbashi’s nearby maze of eateries, izakayas and standing bars. The tour finishes with one last bite - dessert, of course.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 49 reviews

Kiri showed us the real Tokyo, bustling as city and with food !!

The nice thing about a tour like this is the company of people that enjoy the same universal thing around the world : good food. Kirir as a guide was enthusiastic, answered all questions and introduced us to yakitori, japanese sweets, okonomiyaki and more, including an extra melon bread at the end. Also the stop at Tsukiyima is a place that for most tourists will not be on the map for a few days in this great city. So : well worth doing this !!!

Snoopy was a great guide and the food was great

The food tour was excellent, our guide snoopy (Yuki) was very knowledgeable and patient and we had a lot of fun and the food we tried was excellent.

Best Food Tour EVER

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere and of course our guide.. Satoshi-san you are the BEST!

Enthusiastic guide with great information about local cuisine. We recommend him highly

Fabulous staff...English speakers aswell, very helpful!!