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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.

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Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

2. 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.

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Tokyo: Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

3. 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.

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Tokyo: Asakusa History and Culture Dining Experience

4. Tokyo: Asakusa History and Culture Dining Experience

Meet your certified guide at the Azumabashi bridge to begin the tour, observing the Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida river. Make your way to the nearby Culture Center to get a preview of the tour route by seeing Asakusa from high up in the building. Visit the ancient Buddhist Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's essential sightseeing spots. Learn about the history and secrets of this ancient place, while participating in the temple- and shrine-visiting rituals that Japanese people know. Afterward, dive into the Rokku area, Asakusa's bustling entertainment district. Stroll through streets learning about the complex district of continual novelty and quaint nostalgia. After discovering Asakusa's charm, make your way to three distinct but typical izakaya restaurants. On average, we provide 3 to 4 drinks and 3 to 4 dishes, which is enough for a full dinner meal. During the experience, you have the opportunity to savor traditional dishes and drinks whilst learning about the culture and history which triggered their creation. You'll also discover the depth of sake in its varieties, flavors, and production processes which have been refined over centuries.

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Tokyo: Wagyu & Kaiseki Cooking Class

5. 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.  

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Tokyo: Geisha Dinner Experience

6. 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.

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Tokyo: Ramen Tasting Tour

7. 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.

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Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

8. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Cooking local food is the best way to get to know Japanese culture. Learn how to cook these meals at a little cute apartment in Shinjuku. The menu changes depending on the day of the week. You will cook one of the menus below with 2 to 4 items. The weekly menu schedule is below: SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUEDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Standard meal days - Menu: teishoku, donburi, obento, tonjiru and rice ball WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Heavy food days - Menu: curry rice, okonomiyaki, gyoza, ramen, rice burger, kara-age, yakisoba. SATURDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Real home-sushi day - Menu: temaki-sushi, bara-chirashi-sushi. An optional short trip (1PM-3:30PM) takes place everyday after the morning class. You will go to several amazing places which are not found in your guide books.

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Tokyo: Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

9. Tokyo: Akihabara 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Start the tour with sushi in Nadeshiko restaurant where a female sushi chef will make a specially decorated sushi for you, that you can't find anywhere else. After lunch, the guide will take you to the electric part of the town in Akihabara. You can visit some shops in the meantime. There are many figure shops and game shops. You will also make a stop at the duty-free shop to continue to enjoy the shopping opportunities. The guide will show you a special vending machine where you can get small toys.  You will also be provided with lots of information regarding the history of Akihabara during the tour. 

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Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

10. 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.

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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.

Had such an amazing experience learning traditional Japanese cooking today!! Sato is a great chef, great company and great tour guide. Best ramen and gyoza’s we’ve had (and first time making). Definitely recommend this cooking experience with Sato!!! :)

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!

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!

The best Chef instruktor you could imagine! So friendly and always smiling! Good hints for shopping kitchen stuff on top!