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Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

1. Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

Learn more about Japanese views on religion on this tour, as well as getting a thorough introduction to the country's best seafood dishes at Tsukiji Market. After meeting your guide, head to a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn more about Japanese worship traditions.  Next, head to Tsukiji Market, the cradle of seafood in Tokyo, and the place where famous sushi chefs buy their seafood every morning. Soak up the lively atmosphere of this revered location as you wander around the various stalls. Feel free to sample some dishes from street food vendors and ask your guide for recommendations. Before lunch, pay a visit to the market's observatory and witness all the hustle and bustle from above. Finish your tour with a delicious seafood lunch. Sit down to a yummy donburi bowl at a seafood restaurant. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sip on a glass of Japanese beer or sake with your finger food or seafood bowl. This is one of the Japanese' favorite ways to enjoy Tsukiji—a cold beer with excellent seafood.

Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

2. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

Explore the alleys of Tokyo's Shinbashi area, known for its rustic izakayas (pubs) and food stalls. Grab some of the most satisfying food on the planet as you discover the vibrant district after dark! Start by entering the chasm of eateries overrun on a nightly basis by the working class of Japan. Join the thousands of businessmen who go to their favorite izakaya bar for a quick bite and cold beer before going home. Stop for some sashimi (raw fish), large gyoza (dumplings) and tamagoyaki (omelet), and then continue to a yakitori stall serving skewered meat and veggies cooked over an open fire. Wind your way through the maze of izakayas to find one of the most hidden okonomiyaki (pancake) shops, where only the locals go. Savor an authentic okonomiyaki with a drink before heading back to Shinbashi Station for the end of the tour.

Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

3. 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.

Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure

4. 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: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

5. 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.

Tokyo: Insider Sake Tasting Tour

6. 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: Private Japanese Food Tour in Longest Shopping Street

7. Tokyo: Private Japanese Food Tour in Longest Shopping Street

Explore unique and tasty traditional Japanese gourmet snacks found in the Togoshi Ginza shopping street. Be accompanied by a private guide and learn about the rich foodie-culture found in Tokyo’s popular shopping district as you taste delicious food along the way. Enter some of the 20 shops that serve Japanese croquettes made from different recipes. Taste the snacks that made the area famous as a "walk-and-eat town" or "the holy land of the downtown gourmet". Get recommendations from your guide and sample everyday foods such as Taiyaki (fish-shaped red bean cake), Karaage (fried chicken), sake, and many delicious side dishes. Discover the diverse food-culture found in the Togoshi Ginza shopping street, which is the longest shopping street in Tokyo and has 400 shops and stretches for 1.3km. See gardens dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868) and stop at the Togoshi Hachiman Shrine to learn about the popular Goshuin collecting hobby. Goshuin are special stamps that you can collect at almost all temples and shrines.

Tokyo: Japanese Craft Beer Tour with Tasting

8. Tokyo: Japanese Craft Beer Tour with Tasting

Meet your guide and head towards the first beer bar. Start off the tour with your first pint at the bar you are visiting. Choose between a wide range of different craft beers to try. Listen to the facts about Japanese craft beer your local guide has to share.  The bars chosen on this tour are located between Shinbashi to Ginza. Shinbashi is the place to soak up the casual nightlife. Explore the exciting night district like a local and enjoy your second beer of this tour.  The final bar is located in Ginza, this district represents luxury. Take in the fancy atmosphere and enjoy a drink in the third bar of this tour.  Enjoy different brands of craft beer that vary from microbreweries to Japanese famous beer companies throughout the tour.

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What people are saying about Ginza

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4.6 / 5

based on 188 reviews

Eliana is very friendly and soon put us at ease while having our photos taken. We had a great time during the photo shoot, and the quality of the photos was amazing. Elaina is a professional and would highly recommend to anyone who wants a special memento of Tokyo.

Great activity! Professional, very nice photographer!

Competent, creative photo session in one of Tokyo's business districts. Thoughtful concept, fantastic support, creative ideas! The photographer speaks perfect English and knows Tokyo very well! Highly recommended!

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.

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

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