Japanese businessmen enjoy the "after 5" in a very casual way and on this tour, that's exactly what we'll do. Sample some of Tokyo's most iconic flavours and dishes in the places where they originated. Feel like a true Tokyo local and indulge in food at places you'd never find on your own.
Tokyo's vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this Tokyo tour enjoy the food culture of Tokyo from an ordinary salaryman's perspective, as well as the tradition of foods in everyday life of Tokyo. Throughout your Tokyo food tour, your local guide will explain the history of food and places you visit, sharing with you his own personal experiences and food-related family traditions and customs during the tour.
We'll begin our tour in Yakitori Alley, near Yurakucho, an area with many casual bar-style restaurants and the birthplace of yakitori, one of many Japanese people's favorite appetizers. As many businessmen and women do after work, we'll 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.
After having a drink to go with the yakitori, travel to Tsukishima to visit "Monja" Street, where "Monja-Yaki" is said to have originated. Often compared with Okonomi-yaki in Osaka, Monja-yaki is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. The ingredients are finely chopped and mixed into the batter before grilling. Have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate. In true local style, use a small metal spatula for cutting it to pieces then chopsticks to eat with right from the grill.
Take a quick stroll through Ginza and find great confectionery shops. Discover 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.
At the end of the delicious Tokyo food tour, your guide can recommend other cool local bars in small alleys, or a karaoke place for more fun into the night. You're welcome to explore longer or return to the start point with your guide.
5 assorted skewered yakitori, Monja-yaki and 1 local drink (sake, beer)
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Five assorted skewered yakitori, monjayaki, one wagashi, and one local drink (sake, beer).
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
Meet Up at JR Yurakucho Station Central Exit
Enjoy yakitori in its birthplace, Yakitori Alley in Yurakucho. As its name suggests, it is home to several restaurants serving yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). Have a drink of sake or beer to go with this local favorite.
Monja Street in Tsukishima
After finishing your yakitori, your guide will bring you to Tsukishima's "Monja Street". This area is where monjayaki was first made and is still a big local favorite. Enjoy the fresh dish made of several ingredients mixed into a batter and cooked right in front of you on a grill.
Walk Through Ginza
You will then take a walk around some of Ginza's sweets shops. Choose one traditional sweet to try... you will be spolt for choice!
Local Izakaya (Pub)
The last stop on the tour will be a local izakaya, a Japanese-style pub. Follow the guide back to the meeting point or hang out in the pub after the tour ends. If you like, ask your guide for recommendations about other local bars, pubs and other interesting places to spend the rest of your evening.
Tour Disbands at JR Yurakucho Station
Price & Options
Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.
Any other drinks aside from the one choice listed above and tips for your guide are not included in the tour price.
The legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old. Those under 20 will be served non-alcoholic drinks only.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 17:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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