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Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

1. Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

Get to know seafood's impact on Japanese cuisine on a guided tour of the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and during a sushi rolling class. Meet your guide and tour the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and experience its lively and messy and charmingly authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide and learn interesting things about the market and about Japanese seafood cuisine. Then, continue to the cooking school and learn how to prepare some of the most typical Washoku (traditional dishes) at Japan’s largest cooking school. Prepare authentic dishes, such as rolled sushi, Temari sushi, egg omelet, and miso soup. A professional instructor will show you various cooking techniques. Finish your experience by enjoying your creations for lunch.

Tokyo: Japan's Cultural Curiosities Walking Tour

2. Tokyo: Japan's Cultural Curiosities Walking Tour

Your 3-hour Tokyo tour begins in the Ningyocho neighborhood, a district known for its timeless traditions and, as you’ll discover right away, tasty treats. The fragrance of cinnamon will lead you to a shop that specializes in Japanese sweets. Established in 1897, in the Meiji Era, this shop stays true to its origins. Visit an incense store that dates back to 1705, and learn about kōdō, the art of appreciating incense. You’ll also stop at a little gift shop that carries traditional Japanese items, from calligraphy tools to decorative wares. If you’re hungry by this point, that’s good, as you’ll be stopping at a snack shop from the Showa Era that features treats popular in the early 20th century, including candies, caramels, ramune soda, fish jerky, and bean paste snacks, to name a few. Next, you'll visit a shop that specialises in a traditional snack: senbei (rice crackers), a favourite in many Japanese households, which is happily gluten and dairy free. Try sweet kawara senbei (made from flour actually, not rice), as well as salty rice crackers, a favorite in many Japanese households. Cross the street to a shamisen shop, and learn a bit about this traditional Japanese stringed instrument. Then head to a local tenugui shop, where they sell woven hand towels depicting Japanese scenes. Your Tokyo tour guide will next show one of the 8 temples in Ningyocho. Visit a shrine where virtue, longevity, learning, and wealth are worshiped. You can offer a prayer here, and wash a coin to ensure a prosperous life. Visit the nearby neighborhood of Nihonbashi, a hub for merchants during the Edo period. Today, it’s predominantly a financial district that’s home to trading firms and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Although Nihonbashi is very much a modern neighborhood, you’ll find many traditional Japanese shops hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores. Stop at a seaweed shop, as well as an old-fashioned stationery shop that was established in 1946. Admire the display of calligraphy brushes, inks, traditional paints, handmade greeting cards, and little dolls. Check out a toothpick shop that has been in business since 1704 and that gives a little something extra special to buyers: each toothpick is wrapped in a piece of paper with a poem. You’ll also stop at a katsuobushi shop that can be traced back more than 200 years. Katsuobushi, or fish shavings, is used to make fish broth, the very essence of Japanese cooking. Lastly, you’ll visit a shop that makes golden leaves at 0.0001 of a millimeter, traditionally used for decorating ceramics, furnishings, and even food. The tour ends at the Nihonbashi information center, where you’ll get to taste a few more traditional Japanese sweets before saying sayōnara.

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based on 619 reviews

The tour of the old fish market area and food stalls is fantastic. It gives you a great overview of the area and history and what all the crazy stuff for sale is. This is followed by a quick tour of Ginza before the sushi rolling class which is a lot of fun. Come hungry because you can buy whatever you want to sample at the market and you’ll have plenty of sushi to eat after the class. The tour is suited well for families and couples, probably wouldn’t do it if I were solo.

I had such a great time with Hatsuko and Nobu at ABC cooking class. Looking around the traditional Japanese market with Nobu before class was really cool experience and i was happy being able to get some ingredients there. Making sushi with Hatsuko also was so great time and i was so happy to learn about how to make sushi and miso soup. Definitely highly recommended for everyone who wants to get some authentic Japanese cooking styles

Fantastic tour with an adorable guide Noriko! An entertaining afternoon with exciting information about the peculiarities and quirks of the Japanese. Many delicious samples with long histories and a lot of love for detail and tradition. However, everything is topped by Noriko, who explained everything to us in a friendly and approachable manner. Gladly again!

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

The market visit was very interesting. And the course of suchis fun. Very professional support.