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Tokyo: Tsukiji Outer Market Food and Drink Walking Tour

1. Tokyo: Tsukiji Outer Market Food and Drink Walking Tour

Explore the famous outer area of the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo on a guided tour. Learn about the culinary culture of Tokyo and what the top chefs do on their daily visits to the market. Enjoy a variety of traditional Japanese foods as you explore the market. 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.

From Tokyo&Yokohama: Mount Fuji and Hakone Private Day-Trip

2. From Tokyo&Yokohama: Mount Fuji and Hakone Private Day-Trip

Discover Mount Fuji, Japan's most popular sightseeing destination, on a day trip from Tokyo & Yokohama. Explore highlights of Hakone, known for hot spring resorts and picturesque views. Visit them both as part of this private experience that can be designed to fit the wishes of your group. Example itinerary: Set off from Tokyo or Yokohama and head to the traditional village of Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba. Continue to the scenic Oshino Hakkai at the foot of Mount Fuji. Enjoy some food at a local restaurant. Admire the views at Owakudani and take a cruise on Lake Ashi before returning to Tokyo. 【Attention】When you start it from Yokohama area, the course will be completely reversed. The visit to Saiko Iyashi-no-Sato Nenba might be changed depending on the season. When the cherry blossoms are in bloom, visiting Arakurayama Mountain, famous for its 5-story pagoda, is often preferred. Other requests, including alternative pickup & drop-off points or vehicle type for your group, can also be accommodated. Please refer to remarks on "Important Information".

Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience with a Local

3. Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience with a Local

Cherry Blossom season in Tokyo is so beautiful, and even more so in the evening when lanterns and lights turn the tree-lined streets into a magical fairyland. Nakameguro is a trendy, beautiful neighborhood, very famous for its 2 kilometer route along the Meguro River/Canal. This entire route is lined with cherry trees and it must be seen in person to really get a feeling for how beautiful the sakura (cherry trees) are. Join this tour walking along the canal and around the vibrant restaurant and shopping areas. Taste local treats and beverages, explore the history of the district and finish up with dinner at an amazing Udon noodle based pub that features local seasonal dishes, Japanese rice wine and other of course amazing handmade noodles.  Sakura season is short, about one month from the first tiny buds to the finish of the season with the peak time lasting only two weeks. It is impossible to predict exact dates each year but this tour will be offered during the time period most famous for the Hanami celebrations. With your guide, learn about the area, the meaning and reason behind the sakura season, and taste local specialties that are bound to be pleasing to the eye and to the palate.  Nakameguro is a very fashionable district with many small boutiques, and during the sakura season, there are lots of stalls selling yummy snacks and street food. 

Exclusive Tokyo Ramen Kitchen Experience

4. Exclusive Tokyo Ramen Kitchen Experience

Make delicious ramen in a real ramen shop. This ramen shop also happens to be one of Tokyo's best, having won several awards. You will feel like a true ramen chef during this unique experience. You will even get to see the giant pot of broth where all the magic starts. Like a pro, you will ladle the broth (seasoning and soup), massage the noodles ("temomi"), and then comes most fun part - shake the water out of the ramen noodles in a “tebo”. From here, you will place the noodles into the broth and then add toppings and arrange as you like. Finally, you will of course get to eat your ramen creation.

Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

5. 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.

Tokyo: Shibuya District Street Food Tour

6. Tokyo: Shibuya District Street Food Tour

Discover the popular eats in Shibuya on a guided walking tour, a place more known for being at the forefront of culture and fashion, rather than its cuisine. Uncover hidden gems known only to locals as you eat at 5 food stops. Experience a part of Shibuya that no tourist will ever see on their own with the most delicious food only locals usually get to taste. Try a variety of sweet and savoury dishes at restaurants well off the beaten path. End your journey with a tour of a Shibuya Depachika (underground food market).

Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

7. Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

Start the tour in Gado Shita, a lively restaurant district nestled underneath the train tracks and step into narrow, lantern-lined streets to get a taste of 70s-style Japan. Here, you’ll enjoy typical snacks and starters at local izakayas frequented by locals. Move on to Ginza, exploring high-end, specialty goods, like a $400 melon and visit a famous Sembei (rice cracker) shop which dates back to the early 1800s. Complete your evening by wandering through Shinbashi’s nearby maze of eateries, izakayas and standing bars. The tour finishes with one last bite - dessert, of course.

Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya

8. Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya

Your tour begins in front of one of Tokyo’s most iconic sites, the Shibuya Crossing. This frenetic pedestrian crossing is the busiest in the world. Use the opportunity to take photos surrounded by the buildings of Shibuya as hundreds of people cross the street. At the first bar you’ll get a taste of Japanese beer alongside local grilled delicacies. Afterward, follow your guide through a ‘yokocho’ (indoor alleyway) down a street that is home to 30 ‘Izakayas’ (Japanese bars). You’ll encounter plenty of locals as they unwind after work. Izakayas tend to be small, intimate bars, but on this tour you’ll have reserved seating for enjoying local food and beverages. Follow the bar crawl through various stops as you sample world-famous Wagyu beef, Sake, beef sushi and melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef. Vegetarian/vegan menus are also available.

Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Discovery Tour

9. Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Discovery Tour

Spend your morning exploring Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest market of its kind in the world. The wholesale portion of the market where the famous tuna auction takes place has moved from the original Tsukiji site, a few kilometers across the water to Toyosu, but Tsukiji still is the best place to check and try all the products sold in Toyosu. Start by wandering through Tsukiji’s outer market brimming with vibrant food stalls and retail shops. This is the place to be if you’re looking for the freshest and dare say, most delicious sushi breakfast one could ever hope for. With over 2,500 tons and 450 types of fish coming through the market every day, you’re bound to come across some foods and fish you’ve never seen before. Squid jerky, anyone? Or perhaps scrambled eggs on a stick? No matter what kind of unusual snacks you may encounter, Tsukiji promises to be an experience for all five senses. Along the way, your tour guide will explain about the history of the market, all the different seafoods on offer, the legendary tuna auction (not included in the tour) and what a typical day is like for all the vendors who work inside the inner markets. Stop to sample a couple of fresh foods and you’re free to try any additional snacks at your own expense that may catch your eye or make you drool. Of course, it can be difficult to know where to start so your guide will point out some recommendations as well. Once you’re finished snacking, make your way to a nearby sake shop for a tasting and be introduced to Japan’s beloved beverage of choice. Learn how to taste the difference between different sakes and about the role it has played in Japanese culture. Be sure to make your favorite known. As tour groups are prohibited from entering the inner markets, you’ll be left at the door to Tsukiji’s inner markets, where you can go explore on your own. Watch your step because things can “get a little fishy” as you carefully maneuver through the market’s chaotic, narrow and wet streets. Though visitors are not allowed to take photos inside the inner market, you won’t forget this extraordinary experience. But before you go off on your own, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on where else to visit during your stay in Tokyo.

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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We had a street food tour with Haruka and Laura and it was outstanding. We loved the food we ate, learning about the history and customs, and seeing various spots! It was one of our favorite parts of our trip and our guides were extremely friendly and gracious. Definitely recommend!!!

Satoru-san is an amazing instructor! Great conversations and all around very thoughtful and carefully curated lesson for individuals with various preferences. Would highly recommend this activity to all individuals from any skill levels. Thank you Satoru-san! どうもありがとうございます

Lets just say that it was one of the best decision we made in planning our trip to Japan, the best part is that our photographer speaks english and was very accommodating, it was a wonderful experience!

I can’t believe we cooked this ramen and it’s so good. Learned good stuff from this experience. Thank you Sato for being patient with us. Would definitely do this again in our next visit

Comprehensive and illustrative insights on the market and Japanese food - we really enjoyed it!