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Tokyo Pub crawls & bar tours

Our most recommended Tokyo Pub crawls & bar tours

Tokyo Bar-Hopping Tour

1. Tokyo Bar-Hopping Tour

Start your 3-hour bar-hopping tour in Shinjuku’s Yakitori Alley, one of Tokyo's biggest nightlife districts. See tiny izakaya bars and food stalls offering grilled chicken, seafood and vegetables. During the tour, you'll be bar hopping throughout the city. Experience the backstreets of Tokyo and enjoy authentic street food like yakitori (chicken skewers), motsuni (Japanese stew) and grilled vegetables, along with local beer and Japanese sake. Head to the Kabukicho area and stop at 2 more bars. Visit the bright and lively food alleys in Shinjuku. Unknown to most visitors, this area is popular with local office workers, drinking in tiny bars with their colleagues after work.

Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya

2. 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: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nightlife Tour

3. Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon 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: 3-Hour Food & Cultural Tour - The Best of Izakaya

4. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food & Cultural Tour - The Best of Izakaya

Discover the Tokyo that only locals know as hidden gems. You will explore Shinjuku, the busiest station in the world. Shinjuku is a hub for shopping, entertainment and dining. The tour will last for about 3-hours from 17:00 to 20:00.  You will see different parts of Shinjuku for 40 to 50 minutes while walking around the surrounding areas of Shinjuku. You will then visit two popular restaurants among the locals. The tasting menu will vary depending on the fresh ingredients of the day. Typically, you will taste chicken skewers, a fresh sashimi platter and handmade Japanese croquettes etc. Your food request can be accommodated based on your food allergies and restrictions.  Don't forget about the drinking culture in Japan. The tour price also includes two alcoholic drinks of your choice. You will taste a smooth sake that you might not have tried back home. If you do not drink, it is ok as well. You will still enjoy more than 7 food samplings and the authentic izakaya atmosphere. 

Tokyo After 5 Food Tour: Culinary Adventure

5. Tokyo After 5 Food Tour: Culinary Adventure

Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this 3-hour Tokyo tour you’ll join a local guide to dive into the city’s food scene, tasting some of the city’s best dishes. Get a truly local perspective as your local guide explains the history of the food you’re tasting and the places you visit, sharing personal experiences and food related family traditions and customs during the tour. Begin in Yakitori Alley, near Yurakucho, an area with many casual bar-style restaurants and the birthplace of yakitori, one of many Japanese people’s favourite appetizers. Enjoy a drink of sake or a local beer, then sample yakitori at one of the many local restaurants, each with their own “tare” (sauce) mixed with their secret ingredients. Travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated, a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. You’ll have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate.  Take a quick stroll through Ginza, where you can find great confectionery shops and learn about the rich variety of traditional Japanese sweets — and, best of all, choose one to try! Usually made of rice and red beans, these sweets change based on the ingredients available at each time of year, and even their shapes are inspired by what you can find in nature during that season. Your tour ends here but don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see do and eat during your stay. Fancy a cool local bar or a karaoke place? Your guide is happy to recommend  favourite spots so that your night can continue. Equally, your guide can help with directions back to your accommodation, or you can return to the start point with them.

Retro Shibuya Food Tour

6. Retro Shibuya Food Tour

Step back in time to visit spots and have experiences that locals have enjoyed for decades. Visit drinking and dining stalls that are hiding in plain site. Learn about the culture of Tachinomi bars, where diners snack on local seasonal dishes and drink with friends and coworkers. Try some of the best local Ramen at a shop that has stood the test of time - serving its local fans for over 60 years. Then, have a dessert experience that you will never forget - your inner child will have so much fun at this last dessert stop. You will start off the evening in a classic Tachinomi – Tachinomi are Japanese standing bars. Traditionally, they were a no-frills type of bar located around train stations or in working-class areas, where salarymen would come to unwind after a hard day’s work. Japanese ramen has taken the world by storm in recent years but there is nothing quite like a real bowl of ramen enjoyed in the back streets of the big city. You will be visiting a ramen shop with a lot of history that has even been featured in a Japanese manga (graphic novel). Please note on days when this shop is closed you will visit a back up shop serving amazing regional ramen. Wind your way along back streets and take a sneak peek inside one of the best spots to buy souvenirs as you head over to a hidden gem izakaya (Japanese pub) wonderland where your guide will help you enjoy some of the best local dishes and drinks in a retro atmosphere like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Choose your own sake, beer, or special mixed drinks at this spot (non alcoholic beverages also available). Afterwards, head off to a sweet finish with a surprise dessert experience.

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What people are saying about Tokyo

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Really great tour. Great drinks and food around Shibuya seeing places I likely never would have seen otherwise. There were also fun people on the tour, and it made for a great evening. 100% recommended.

It was just amazing, you get to know places and food you would’ve never found on your own! The guide was really awesome, making you feel welcomed and had a lot of interesting stories to share!

Loved this tour was very insightful, delicious and full of laughs. Ken & Jeff are real friendly people, real glad to have them as my tour guides.

I loved the experience! The guide was friendly, polite and funny.

It was a fun night out with Sho and guests. Highly recommended.