6. Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Guided Tour & Sushi-Making Experience
Join a guided foodie experience that is a mix of a local market tour and a cooking class. Walk through the Tsukiji Market glistening with fresh fish, and find out where top chefs go shopping. Then, take part in a sushi-making masterclass with an instructor, with all ingredients included.
Start by meeting your guide and venturing into the streets of Tsukiji Outer Market, Japan's most famous market and once the largest seafood market in the world. Browse through a colorful variety of freshly sliced sashimi, dried seaweed, fruits, vegetables, tuna, and other cooking items on sale.
Walk past expert merchants at work and visit the stores where Michelin-star chefs buy their produce. Learn about the history of this fascinating area from your guide. After getting familiar with the market, purchase fresh fish for your sushi-making experience.
Then, take public transportation to travel to a state-of-the-art kitchen. Learn what goes behind making nigiri sushi (traditional hand-rolled sushi), hosomaki sushi (thin sushi rolls), and gunkanmaki sushi (sushi wrapped in nori seaweed with a soft topping of your choice).
After learning about the history of the cuisine and hygiene techniques, it's time to get to work. Make your own under the supervision of an expert instructor. Finally, get introduced to Japanese dining etiquette and sit down to enjoy the rich taste of your own handmade sushi.