Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this Tokyo tour enjoy the food culture of Tokyo from an ordinary businessman’s perspective, as well as the tradition of foods in everyday life of Tokyo.
Throughout your Tokyo food tour, your local guide will explain the history of food and places you visit, sharing with you their own personal experiences and food-related family traditions and customs during the tour.
We’ll begin our tour 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. As many businessmen and women do after 5pm, we’ll 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.
After having a drink to go with the yakitori, we’ll travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated. Often compared with Okonomi-yaki in Osaka, Monja-yaki is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. The ingredients are finely chopped and mixed into the batter before grilling. 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. In true local style, you’ll use a small metal spatula for cutting it to pieces then chopsticks to eat with right from the grill.
We’ll 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? We’d be happy to recommend our favourites 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.
JR Yurakucho station, Ginza exit
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I signed up for this solo and was in a group with 4 others 2 groups of 2. Ayaka was our guide, and she was EXCELLENT. She took the time to explain all of the food and places we visited, and gave us background on all of the places we passed through. She took the time while traveling between restaurants to get to know each of us. It was a great way to go into places I never would have had the courage to visit on my own, and try foods that would have otherwise been kept secret from me! After the tour was over, our group wanted to continue wandering around together, and she gave great recommendations about where to go and gave us directions for how to get there. I especially recommend this for solo travelers because it's a good chance to meet up with other people for part of a day.
It was excellent, even despite the rain. Eriko was an excellent guide and the places she took us were great. two places of salty dishes and two sweets. It was a great experience.
Meg took us back roads and high roads to the tastiest japanese delights.... okonomiyaki becoming my favouirte japanese dish, yum! An experience well worth the trip, it allowed us to see more of the city than we would have discovered by ourselves, Subarashī desu!
Very informative, interesting, and delicious food!
Enjoyable social event!
Kimmi was a fabulous tour guide. We learnt a lot about Japanese culture and food. There was plenty of food to eat and the variety was excellent.
I love Japanese food, so anything that involves around it is a winner. The tour was great but it felt a little short. Apart from that I had an awesome time.
A very enjoyable experience. The food was very good at all the locations and the guide took a good amount of time to explain the surroundings and to talk about the food that we were eating. The only thing that looked like spoiling the night was a communication breakdown somewhere with booking reference details where we werent on the guides list, it was quickly sorted out.
Our guide was great and it ended up a 4 hour tour through the streets of Ginza district of Tokyo and some great local eating places. I was a little sceptical at first but very impressed and felt it good value for my money.
Savor some amazing Japanese dishes while experiencing local nightlife on this food tour in Tokyo. Delve into the city’s nighttime culinary scene on visits to several popular pubs and restaurants for local favorites such as grilled meat skewers, hot-plate dishes, sweet cakes and sake. All tastings and necessary public transport are included, and you’ll learn a ton about Japanese food and culture from your expert local guide. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.