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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 Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure

3. 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

4. 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's Upmarket District: Explore Ginza with a Local Guide

5. Tokyo's Upmarket District: Explore Ginza with a Local Guide

Discover Ginza through the eyes of a local on a fully customizable tour of one of Tokyo's most interesting areas. Stroll the Ginza district and uncover the heart of the city's most popular place for entertainment, shops and flashing lights.  Be matched to a knowledgeable local guide based on your interests and personality Start with a walk through the Chūō district, closed to vehicles at the weekend and sometimes home to small street concerts. Go to Tsukiji Market and marvel at the organized chaos of the legendary fish market; or get involved if you are feeling brave!  If you are traveling with kids, or just young at heart, and fancy exploring one of Japan's most famous toy stores, go to the Hakuhinkan Toy Park and discover giant stuffed toys and tons of other goodies to indulge your playful side. Pop into some of the countless designer stores or follow your host to one of the less-expensive shops to save some cash. Discover traditional stores, such as Kyukyodo, where the beautiful Japanese paper, cards and fans are a feast for the eyes. If you prefer, your host can leave you outside the famous Kabukiza, where you can watch one off the acts or performances at leisure. Alternatively, they can take you to one of their favorite restaurants or izakayas (a casual dining venue) so you can sample some authentic Japanese food and drinks on your own. The possibilities are endless in Ginza and your local host will design the best experience for you and your group, all based on your interests and desired length of your adventure. 

Tokyo: Private Japanese Food Tour in Longest Shopping Street

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Ginza

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 !!!

Fantastic Japanese food and delicious sake

Joko and Norma have made for a very pleasant evening. The price was double and worth it. Delicious eaten in excellent cozy Japanese restaurants. Now I know that warm sake is actually not the best sake. This tour is highly recommended if you want to learn more about Tokyo

Wonderful tour with great food

After navigating the streets of Tokyo by ourselves, it was so nice to have a guide take us around. The food was great and there was a lot of it. Really enjoyed this tour!

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