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Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza

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From USD

$150

Starting off in Yurakucho, exploring Ginza and ending in Shimbashi, your guide will show you the sights, sounds, and most importantly, tastes of Tokyo most tourists do not get to experience. Visit Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district built up under the brick arches beneath the elevated train tracks. Step into the narrow streets of the red lanterns and neon signs, so called yokocho alleys, where you can find yourself back in the 70s of Japan. In such exotic and retro ambience of the Showa period times, you’ll see local izakaya mostly frequented by locals. You’ll enjoy 2  food stops in this area that serve typical snacks/ starters enjoyed by local Japanese office workers and friends out for a night on the town. Enjoy traditional starter- bar snacks in one spot, and discover the regional tastes of Ise in Mie Prefecture at another quaint and interesting location.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum drinking age is 20 years.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult. Passport information copy is required for kids 10 and above.
- Accept Single Traveller
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Description:

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: 
• Travel back in time to 1970s-era Japan as you explore the maze of eateries in the unique and interesting Gado Shita.
• Sample approximately 18-20 local dishes including dessert
• Stroll the streets of Yurakucho, Ginza and Shimbashi with a professional, local guide.
• Experience the extreme range of these areas from posh Ginza, to the office worker havens of Yurakucho and Shinbashi.
• The All Star tour is  one of our longest running, most popular and highly rated tours.
Starting off in Yurakucho and ending in Shimbashi, your guide will show you the sights, sounds, and most importantly, tastes of Tokyo most tourists do not get to experience. Visit Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district built up under the brick arches beneath the elevated train tracks. Step into the narrow streets of the red lanterns and neon signs, so called Yokocho alleys, where you can find yourself back in the 70s of Japan. In such exotic and retro ambience of the Showa period times, you'll see local izakayas mostly frequented by locals. You'll enjoy 2 samplers and a drink.
The second stop is a very good local spot hidden in the back streets of Ginza where you'll sample 3 seasonal skewers and udon. This udon is a regional specialty from the south of Japan and a must try! You will also get a second drink here.
Continuing in Ginza, explore some very interesting food spots where you can find a $400 melon, and a famous Sembei (rice cracker) shop dating back from the early 1800’s! Taste for yourself the tradition and pride behind this tokyo historic spot– their secret recipes have been guarded carefully for over 200 years.
See the famous landmarks of Tokyo’s most expensive real estate area! Soon after we will go to a special restaurant where we will sample 6 or more regional foods from the south of Japan, in Miyazaki Prefecture. You will also have a chance to experience some amazing seasonal dishes at this place.
Finishing up with our last food stop for dessert and then wandering over to Shimbasi you can see how the glamorous ginza clashes with the rustic old Tokyo. Shimbashi is home to some of the most authentic local eateries and izakayas in Tokyo.
Have the chance to dine with locals for an evening you’ll surely never forget.  This tour is an equivalent of an actual dinner, you will be full and extremely happy at the end of the night!

Departure:

Departure point:

Outside Hankyu Men’s Department Store, Right by the bus stop across from JTB tourist information center. 

Departure time:

4:30 PM

Duration:

3 hours

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

Terms and Conditions:

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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Hannah R

Yuko and her assistant were very helpful and thoughtful tour guides. We ate yummy food and learned a lot about Japanese culture. As an FYI- if you do not eat pork, this is probably not the best tour for you.

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hewson.01

Fantastic tour! Highly recommend taking this. We enjoyed walking through the various areas, learning about the history of the city and of course the food. The size of the tour was just right. And we enjoyed the food so much we went to a few of the places on the days after our tour.

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intleconllc

Our tour guide Ryan made this an excellent tour. His knowledge and personality, combined with the selection of restaurants we visited made one of the most memorable tours during our visit to Japan.

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Mary C

We got so much out of this tour! If it's on your to eat list, you'll probably have at least a small portion on this tour. So much food, and then a full meal at the end! We learned so much all along the way.

Asami - Thank you for being a wonderful guide.

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Sebastian

Outstanding fun with great guide. Really pushes you outside your normal cuisine! Fantastic time.

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HH

The guide Ryan is one of the best guide that I have encountered. He is very knowledgeable and he made the walking tour very interesting and educational. We would go any time with Ryan for another walking tour .... cheers...

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Neal P

A great tour and excellent way to see Tokyo whilst enjoying the cuisine

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Sylvia Kirschenmann

We had a really nice time during this tour with our guide Bryan. The total experience was really fun. Even though not everyone loved ALL the dishes that were in the tour, it didn't matter, because every dish had its own story and each location that we visited was special. There were vegan and vegetartian and pescatarian options. I can highly recommend this tour.

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Peter F

Really informative, fun tour.

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Nerelyn B

The food tour of 3 neighborhoods sounded so fun! 18-20 tastings is what was listed and we got around 12-15 if you include the miso paste and sauces to add on the food. For the price, around $300/couple, the amount nor quality of food was not commensurate. If it would have been in the $50/pp price range would have made more sense. The tour guide was fantastic, though not as knowledgeable when it came to recommendations on things to do and places to eat in Tokyo. After the tour we were still very hungry and had to find a real dinner.


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Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza
Overview:

Starting off in Yurakucho, exploring Ginza and ending in Shimbashi, your guide will show you the sights, sounds, and most importantly, tastes of Tokyo most tourists do not get to experience. Visit Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district built up under the brick arches beneath the elevated train tracks. Step into the narrow streets of the red lanterns and neon signs, so called yokocho alleys, where you can find yourself back in the 70s of Japan. In such exotic and retro ambience of the Showa period times, you’ll see local izakaya mostly frequented by locals. You’ll enjoy 2  food stops in this area that serve typical snacks/ starters enjoyed by local Japanese office workers and friends out for a night on the town. Enjoy traditional starter- bar snacks in one spot, and discover the regional tastes of Ise in Mie Prefecture at another quaint and interesting location.

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$150

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