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Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

1. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

2. Tokyo: Samurai Entertainment Night

After your arrival to the premises, you will be invited to see Kanda Myojin, which is a famous shrine of both the area and Japan. The shrine has a reputation for being prosperous to both business and marriage. Following that, you will be invited to enter the restaurant, which is located on the same site. Following your arrival, enjoy a drink, dinner, or snack (if option chosen) until the show begins. From 8:00PM, you will enjoy a samurai show that can only be seen in Japan. At the show's conclusion, the samurai will come out to the audience, at which point you will be invited to take a picture together free of charge.

Tsukiji Outer Market: 3-Hour Food & Drink Walking Tour

3. Tsukiji Outer Market: 3-Hour Food & Drink Walking Tour

After meeting your guide, begin your day eating and shopping like a local outside Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Market. Discover why so many of Japan's top chefs visit here daily to pick up the freshest ingredients. Navigate your way through the maze of seafood and learn from your guide about the market's history. Stroll past the many stalls and discover local Japanese foods. Watch as vendors carve massive bluefin tuna. Head to the vibrant stores selling the best quality foods at the outer market. Eat a variety of local foods, ranging from finger foods to delicacies. Learn from your knowledgeable guide the tips about local culinary culture. End the tour at an authentic sushi restaurant with a serving of fresh sushi before heading back to Tsukiji Station.

Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

4. 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: Geisha Dinner Experience

5. Tokyo: Geisha Dinner Experience

After arriving at at the venue at 6:00PM, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide and host. Before your food is served, you will be free to mingle with the other guests from around the world and to make new friends. Following this, you will be introduced to Geisha, and as you indulge in your scrumptious meal, your interpreter will introduce you to the culture and history of this fascinating tradition. You will then enjoy traditional dances and songs as performed by the Geisha. Following this, there will be time for a Q&A session, as well as some games. You will be free to ask questions, learning more about the Geisha and having some fun playing a few traditional Japanese games with them. At 7:30PM, you can have fun stirring up some conversations with the Geisha as they pour you your drinks (you will be able to converse with them with the help of your English interpreter). At 8:00PM your dinner will end, and after making some new friends and learning about the Geisha culture, you can take photos and say “Sayoonara” before your evening concludes.

Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour

6. Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour

Embark on this tour, taste some ramen, and experience Ikebukuro, one of the most distinctive ramen districts.  Meet your guide and learn about the history and all the different types of this delicious meal.  Your first stop will be where the original Tsukemen was invented. This ramen restaurant with its wooden vintage interior is a must for all ramen lovers.  Learn from your local guide how ramen is ingrained in Japanese culture and enjoy a bowl of a classic Ramen.  Your next stop is a rising star in the ramen industry. This restaurant is a relatively new ramen spot and offers uniquely crafted ramen. Choose between modern types of ramen and pick according to your taste.  The final stop is a local, yet popular Tonkotsu ramen place. Tonkotsu ramen was created from boiling pork bones, this savory bowl is starting to become the 4th ramen after Shoyu, Shio, and Miso.

Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

7. Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

Join your local guide on this Tokyo Night Foodie Tour and discover Shinjuku, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Visit three famous venues loved by the locals. While enjoying the delicious cuisine, also learn about Japanese food culture and the complex Shinjuku area through this tour. Start the trip by visiting a sushi restaurant tucked in the Shinjuku underground. Here, an authentic Sushi chef, or Itamae, will create beautiful sushi creations right before your eyes. Your chef will prepare fresh sushi using the fish inside restaurant’s own fish tank. Next, visit a Yakiniku restaurant located near Shinjuku station. This restaurant pays tribute to the late Toshiro Mifune. Here, you will prepare your own Japanese BBQ, featuring the famous Wagyu. Enjoy your time grilling the meat with an authentic Japanese shichirin, or BBQ stove. Next, wander around the hustling bustling Kabuki-Cho. Make your final stop right in front of the famous Godzilla TOHO Theater at an artisan gelato store in a quiet, cozy cafe.

Tokyo: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

8. Tokyo: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

Enjoy cooking and savoring Kaiseki course meal and Wagyu beef steak! Kaiseki is authenthic Japanese haute-cuisine featuring seasonal produce and presentation. Using various method of cooking, you will cook 7-8 admired dishes. Friendly local instructors are around you to assist sharing tips and culture that accompany every dish. Afterwards, enjoy what you have prepared and taste of juicy delicate Wagyu beef.  

Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

9. Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

Head to Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment area, and join locals as you grab a bite and a drink on a walking tour in the evening. Taste local flavors as you try different drinks and snacks, learning about the area from your local guide along the way. Kick off your evening at a Japanese izakaya-style gastropub for their happy hour. As this is a favorite pastime of many Japanese, spend some leisurely time chatting with your fellow tour mates over drinks and snacks. Then, meander through Omoide Yokocho, a collection of alleyways full of tiny bars and eateries. Get a peek at the different type of food joints locals usually eat at, from yakitori restaurants and soba shops to cafes and bars. If you'd like to come visit again on your own time, Omoide Yokocho is a great place to sit and eat elbow-to-elbow with local businessmen. See how they unwind after working hours. Later on, reach Kabukicho, an area full to the brim with over 3,000 shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and karaoke. Awash in bright neon lights, Kabukicho is one of Tokyo’s most photogenic areas. With streets filled with people and music blaring from every corner, you are sure never to have a boring evening in Kabukicho. End your evening in Golden Gai, a compact neighborhood full of tiny bars that can usually only seat six to eight people at a time. It is here in Shinjuku’s most popular drinking spot where you will stumble upon one of your guide’s favorite bars and say kanpai (cheers!) over more drinks. From here, your guide can either give you directions back to your hotel, your next destination, or leave you chatting through the night with new friends.

Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

10. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

Learn to prepare an authentic Japanese meal in an apartment in central Tokyo. Roll up your sleeves as you enter your host's kitchen to make dishes based on traditional family recipes from miso soup to nikujaga and chirashi sushi. Get an introduction to the essential ingredients of Japanese cuisine like dashi, miso and mirin and prepare a meal that will be served on beautiful, Japanese dishes. After cooking together, you will share a delicious homemade meal with your host at the dining table over conversation about food and life in Japan. Feast on authentic Japanese home-cooked dishes such as nikujaga (a dish of meat and potatoes stewed in soy sauce) or seasonal fish (slow-cooked or grilled), eggplant with dengaku miso, dashi egg rolls, homemade miso soup, and dessert. Menu varies based on season and dietary preferences. Leave with new recipes, a full stomach, a true glimpse into a local’s life, and an appreciation of Japanese cuisine and culture.

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What people are saying about Kantō Region

I met my guide at the designated meeting place near the station. She was early so we had extra time to get acquainted. I was the only on the tour so Kazumi was very flexible to my interests. She was informative, engaging, and warm - all along expressing her genuine love for the city and showing non-locals the insiders’ way around the market. She was prepared with literature, graphics and pictures. We had fantastic treats - exceptional quality of ingredients. I recommend this tour with Kazumi. One small recommendation: I would suggest shifting the tour time slightly to bridge the lunch time opening of some establishments in order to timely spread the tastings before, during, and after the lunch period.

My guide was a young student who spoke perfect English, knew the area and was a lot of fun! We were able to experience a couple of firsts for both of us together and the food, while not hard to find out of the way stuff, was still excellent!

Highly recommend! Tetsu-san was very knowledgeable about the area and I really enjoyed talking to him throughout the entire tour! Next time you're in Tokyo I highly recommend this tour!

Perfect! One of our highlights in 3 months Japan. Very good teacher and tasty reciepes! If you want to learn how to make good Sushi - go there!

Highly recommend this tour. Fun and informative. Make sure weather forecast is favorable as it is mostly outside.