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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.

Tokyo: Shibuya District Street Food Tour

2. 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

3. 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: Tsukiji Fish Market Discovery Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

Tokyo: Guided Walking Tour of Tsukiji Market with Breakfast

6. Tokyo: Guided Walking Tour of Tsukiji Market with Breakfast

Enjoy a tasting of Japanese street food for breakfast as you walk through the busy streets of the famous Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo on a guided tour. Savor a variety of freshly prepared fish and meat specialties while learning about the local culture. Begin your tour at the main gate of Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple and admire its unique ancient Buddhist-inspired architecture from the exterior. Venture to Tsukiji Outer Market, one of the largest wholesale fish markets in the world and a popular destination among food lovers. Marvel at the market's charismatic workers and unusual products as you pass by restaurants, shops, stalls, and other businesses. During your visit, delight your palate with 7 tastings that will include grilled seafood or beef skewers, a Japanese-style omelette, tuna sandwiches, fried fish paste skewers, a drink, a sample of Japanese tea, and a sample of dashi soup stock.

Tokyo: West-Side Cycling and Food Tour with Guide

7. Tokyo: West-Side Cycling and Food Tour with Guide

Jump on board a salvaged ‘mamachari’ bicycle and join a like-minded group of guests on an all-inclusive cycling, walking and food adventure in West Tokyo. Delve into the eclectic local neighborhoods of Nakano, Koenji, and Asagaya as you pedal to the rhythm of everyday life on this all-season, all-weather neighborhood jaunt. With the insider knowledge of a seasoned local, nothing is off-limits as you encounter the urban landscapes, neighborhood attractions and enticing cuisine that gives these culturally rich areas their distinctive character. Pedal the twisting backstreets, enjoy a tailored selection of popular local snacks, experience Tokyo's unique cycling culture and jostle for counter space with hungry ‘salarymen’ as you refuel for lunch. The possibilities are endless as you set off to explore a captivating side of Tokyo on a sometimes creaky, sometimes squeaky, but always immaculately maintained ‘mamachari’ bike.

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

8. 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. 

Shinjuku: Golden Gai Food Tour

9. Shinjuku: Golden Gai Food Tour

Start your tour by walking through the busy streets of Shinjuku heading straight for Omoide Yokocho (literally “Memory Lane”) as your first stop. Omoide Yokocho is rightfully named as it is littered with rustic bars from the 1950s. Anyone of the older generation will feel as if they stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century. Many of these bars still stay true to their roots, serving roasted giblets with beef and pork, which was a staple when food was scarce after World War II. From there you will make your way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest, yet safest, red light district stopping at a kushikatsu stall for some authentic regional cuisine called kushikatsu (specialty food from Osaka of deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables). Each of the guests will get 4 kushikatsu and 1 drink. From here you will walk through the rest of Kabukicho, weaving in and out to give guests a sense of its intoxicating atmosphere until you arrive at your second stop, a local eatery famous for highlighting the authentic regional flavors of southern Japan where guests will get to try 4 different dishes ranging from char grilled chicken, gyoza, chicken namba, miso and vegetables, yakisoba (grilled noodles, vegetables and meat), and cod roe with rice (menus change seasonally). After this, you'll move into Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique izakaya, bar stall and pub nightlife. A glimpse back to what Tokyo was like during the early and middle of the 20th century, Golden Gai locations are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Despite is run-down appearance, Golden Gai generally attracts well-off clientele and their prices match accordingly with it being one of the most expensive places to drink in the city. Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars where most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely packed nightlight area in the world, unique in every stall measured in inches rather than feet, Golden Gai will be a glimmer of Tokyo you will never forget and you'll look forward to having a cold-one with you in this historic place. This tour covers all food costs, 1 drink at kushikatsu and 1 drink at Golden Gai. The tour operators asks for a minimum of 2 travelers for the tour. If you are 1 traveler please contact them.

Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Guided Tour & Sushi-Making Experience

10. Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Guided Tour & Sushi-Making Experience

Join a guided foodie experience that is a mix of a local market tour and a cooking class. Walk through the Tsukiji Market glistening with fresh fish, and find out where top chefs go shopping. Then, take part in a sushi-making masterclass with an instructor, with all ingredients included. Start by meeting your guide and venturing into the streets of Tsukiji Outer Market, Japan's most famous market and once the largest seafood market in the world. Browse through a colorful variety of freshly sliced sashimi, dried seaweed, fruits, vegetables, tuna, and other cooking items on sale. Walk past expert merchants at work and visit the stores where Michelin-star chefs buy their produce. Learn about the history of this fascinating area from your guide. After getting familiar with the market, purchase fresh fish for your sushi-making experience. Then, take public transportation to travel to a state-of-the-art kitchen. Learn what goes behind making nigiri sushi (traditional hand-rolled sushi), hosomaki sushi (thin sushi rolls), and gunkanmaki sushi (sushi wrapped in nori seaweed with a soft topping of your choice). After learning about the history of the cuisine and hygiene techniques, it's time to get to work. Make your own under the supervision of an expert instructor. Finally, get introduced to Japanese dining etiquette and sit down to enjoy the rich taste of your own handmade sushi.

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based on 368 reviews

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!!!

Really great food tour - not a touristy area at all - it was all family-run hole in the wall shops. Much more 'authentic' than a lot of the other tours out there. Tomo (my guide) was really helpful and knowledgeable.

We had a good time with Yoko. She took us around the market and found us fresh Bluefin Tuna. We finished the tour with a Sake and Sushi brunch. Informative tour on a cold day.

Great tour with excellent guide Norma. Some authentic places to eat and drink. Food was good quality and filling. Amazing Ramen. Recommend the tour to all.

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