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Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

1. Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

Explore the culinary wonderland of the Tsukiji Outer Market with a knowledgeable local guide and sample some delicious local treats along the way. Learn about the outer market as you make your way through its maze of narrow lanes lined with 400 shops. Listen as your guide explains the tricks of the trade and reveals the market's best-kept secrets. Chat to vendors and sample the local delicacies. Once your tour is over, stay at the market and continue shopping or visit one of the restaurants. Ask your guide for recommendations on the best areas and restaurants to visit.

Japanese Street Food Tour

2. Japanese Street Food Tour

Try the delicious side of Shibuya, a place more known for being at the forefront of culture and fashion, and rarely known for its food.  This tour will show you the places to go in Shibuya, the places the locals go, so the next time you visit you can do so as a local. Get the chance to visit 5 food stops and try: Kobe Beef Skewers, Osaka Takoyaki, Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, 5 types of Sushi and Taiyaki (Japanese dessert). Nestled in the back alleys, these places are unforgettable and an experience you wont want to miss. End your journey with a tour of Shibuya Depachika (underground food market).

Tokyo: 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night

3. 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: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

4. Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights 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: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

5. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

Learn to prepare an authentic Japanese meal in an apartment in central Tokyo. Roll up your sleeves as you enter your host's kitchen to make dishes based on traditional family recipes from miso soup to nikujaga and chirashi sushi. Get an introduction to the essential ingredients of Japanese cuisine like dashi, miso and mirin and prepare a meal that will be served on beautiful, Japanese dishes. After cooking together, you will share a delicious homemade meal with your host at the dining table over conversation about food and life in Japan. Feast on authentic Japanese home-cooked dishes such as nikujaga (a dish of meat and potatoes stewed in soy sauce) or seasonal fish (slow-cooked or grilled), eggplant with dengaku miso, dashi egg rolls, homemade miso soup, and dessert. Menu varies based on season and dietary preferences. Leave with new recipes, a full stomach, a true glimpse into a local’s life, and an appreciation of Japanese cuisine and culture.

Tokyo: Yurakucho, Ginza & Shinbashi Food Tour

6. 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 Outer Market Food and Drink Walking Tour

7. 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: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

8. Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on location in Tokyo and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your highly experienced Tokyo vacation photographers are handpicked local experts, who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. When your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. Create mementoes that will last a lifetime, and look back over your travels with fond memories.

Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

9. 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.

Grand Sumo Tournament Tour in Tokyo

10. Grand Sumo Tournament Tour in Tokyo

Don't miss this rare chance to experience the Grand Sumo Tournament Tour as a first-hand means to deepen your knowledge about Japan's culture and tradition. The grand sumo tournament tour in Tokyo is a small group tour with real-time commentaries by a sumo expert guide. This is not just about watching the sumo tournament but includes: 1. Walking tour around Ryogoku, a sumo town. Visit to sumo-related landmarks and look at sumo stables from outside where sumo wrestlers live and train. 2. Lunch at a chanko-nabe restaurant (Optional) Chanko-nabe is a Japanese hotpot dish commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers. The dish typically contains chicken broth soup, rich protein sources like chicken, fish, tofu, and vegetables. This nutrient dish is in the centerpiece of sumo wrestlers’ diet to gain weight and muscles to build their bodies. We will have lunch at Tomoegata, a well known chanko-nabe restaurant. 3. Use of an earphone guide system during the tour to deliver the guide’s voice securely to each participant while keeping proper social distance. 1) Sumo Town Walking Tour Walking tour around Ryogoku, a sumo town. Visit to sumo-related landmarks there and look at sumo stables from outside where sumo wrestlers live and train. 09:45 Meet and Greet Learn how the earphone guide system works. Self-introduction. 10:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 14:30 Visit to sumo related landmarks, must-see spots, Kokugikan arena, and stables. Landmarks: Nomino Sukune Shrine, Hokusai Museum, Edoyu, Edo Noren, Japanese Garden, Japanese Sword Museum, sumo statues, Eko-in Temple Inside the Kokugikan stadium: Exhibits and murals, sumo museum, kiosks, Stables: Hakkaku, Nishikido, Dewanoumi, Kasugano, Michinoku (2) Lunch at a chanko-nabe restaurant (optional) 12:00 – 13:00 Chanko-nabe is a Japanese hotpot dish commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers. The dish typically contains chicken broth soup, rich protein sources like chicken, fish, tofu, and vegetables. This nutrient dish is in the centerpiece of sumo wrestlers’ diet to gain weight and muscles to build their bodies. We will have lunch at Tomoegata, a well known chanko-nabe restaurant. (3) Grand Sumo Tournament Viewing 14:30 Enter the Kokugikan Stadium to join a group photo session with a recently retired master wrestler; your participation is optional. 15:40 Ring entering ceremonies by – Makuuchi wrestlers – Yokozuna (Grand champion) 16:00 Immerse yourself in sumo as you listen to the guide’s real time commentaries through the earphone guide system. 18:00 Tour ends.

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4.7 / 5

based on 486 reviews

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!!! :)

Brilliant, unique Tokyo experience. A must do if you’re a ramen or food in general fan! So cool to be in the kitchen. Guide & chef super knowledgeable & friendly. Delicious bowl of ramen at the end. 10/10

Highly recommend! Tetsu-san was very knowledgeable about the area and I really enjoyed talking to him throughout the entire tour! Next time you're in Tokyo I highly recommend this tour!

Tomoko san was great. She guided us through the fish market knowledgeably and efficiently. she knew immediately what our group required and was very patient and amiable.