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Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

1. 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.

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Tsukiji Outer Market: 3-Hour Food & Drink Walking Tour

2. Tsukiji Outer Market: 3-Hour Food & Drink Walking Tour

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.

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Tokyo: Classic Tsukiji Food Tour

3. Tokyo: Classic Tsukiji Food Tour

Meet at the designated meet up point where your guide will give you an overview of the tour over a delicious cup of coffee, After the coffee, walk around the outer market with around 700 stalls in the fish section and 120 shops in the fruit and vegetable section, each unique in their own way. Spend time touring the inner wholesale market, seeing some of the world's best seafood specialists that make Tsukiji world famous. Stop off and get a blessing at the local shrine. Take a small tasting break and then tour the bustling outer market where you will try famous dishes from the area, learn about the history, controversy and possible future of the market community and end your tour with a delicious sweet snack. During the outer market experience you will find many great things to purchase. Most vendors do not take credit cards so please bring cash in local Japanese currency so you can bring home some wonderful souvenirs. Many guests like to purchase a Japanese cooking knife as a memory of our Tsukiji day, knives range from 5000 yen to 70,000 yen or more (US$50.00 to US$700.00).

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Tour

4. Lonely Planet Experiences: Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. 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.

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Tokyo: Kabuki-za Gallery Guided Tour and Concierge Service

5. Tokyo: Kabuki-za Gallery Guided Tour and Concierge Service

Kabuki performances tend to be between 4-5 hours long and often involve long queues for one-act tickets, so before you go to all that effort, join this tour of the Kabuki-za Gallery and learn everything you need to know about Kabuki!  With this essential background information, your Kabuki experience will be much more understandable and enjoyable. Your expert guide, who has been watching Kabuki since the age of 5 and running Kabuki tours for nearly 7 years, will be sure to give you all the information you will need or want to know about this Japanese tradition. The tour begins with a "What is Kabuki?" presentation over Japanese tea and sweets before exploring the museum. You will be shown many props and costumes used for the shows throughout the years, and enjoy short films about this classical Japanese dance-drama. There are even hands-on activities such as a chance to play the classical instruments which give Kabuki its distinct sound. As part of the personal concierge service offered in this tour, your guide will also help you make bookings and suggest places to visit based on your interests.

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Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

6. Tokyo: Tsukiji Market Walking Tour & Rolled Sushi Class

Visit the Tsukiji Outer Market and experience its lively and messy but also charmingly authentic atmosphere. Your local tour guide will show you around and give you insights about the area.  Then, continue to the cooking school and learn how to prepare some of the most typical Washoku (traditional dishes) at Japan’s largest cooking school. Prepare authentic dishes, such as rolled sushi, temari sushi, egg omelet and miso soup. A professional instructor will show you various cooking techniques. Finish your experience by enjoying your creations for lunch.

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Tokyo: Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour

7. Tokyo: Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour

Eat and shop like a Japanese local during this immersive, 3.5-hour, food-themed trip inside Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Market. If you want to gain a sense for Japanese culinary culture, you couldn’t possibly start at a better place. You will meet up with your guide at Tsukiji Honganji Temple, just outside the market’s main gate in the morning. As you navigate your way through this labyrinth of all things seafood, learn from your guide about the market’s history, and why many of Japan’s top chefs visit here daily to pick up the freshest-quality ingredients. You never know what you might find as you stroll past the stalls of this amazing food center. You might see piles of sea urchin (uni) stacked neatly in boxes, watch as vendors carve massive bluefin tuna or spot puffer fish floating in tanks. The tour takes you to vibrant stores, selling the best quality foods at the outer market. You will eat a variety of Japanese foods ranging from finger foods to delicacies. Your knowledgeable guide will also share tips about the Japanese culinary culture during the tour, and your tour will conclude at an authentic sushi restaurant with a serving of fresh sushi. After moving to Asakusa, you will see a Buddhist temple which is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples. When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), which is the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo. You will enjoy shopping of typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, as well as sample various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area. Finally, the tour will conclude at a Japanese style cafe, complete with Japanese savory sweets and tea. You will finally be dropped off  at Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line).

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Tokyo: Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Market and Tuna Auction Tour

8. Tokyo: Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Market and Tuna Auction Tour

Watch the morning tuna auction at Toyosu fish market, the world's biggest fish market and seafood lover's delight. This market is also home to various museum-style exhibits showcasing Japan's seafood history. See the famous Uogashi Alley which is full of amazing seafood, cutlery, and tasty miso. Take a bus to the hustling bustling market of Tsukiji. In this never-sleeping market, you will be able to partake in a food sampling tour with your local guide. Sample some local favorites such as a savory egg omelet, grilled eel, and many more. Have a savory breakfast at a classic seafood restaurant at the heart of Tsukiji Market. The sashimi included in the bowl depends on the day's catch so changes all the time. Be prepared to taste something you've never had before. If you are unfamiliar with any food, your local guide will share with you their knowledge of seafood.

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Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market Guided Tour with Tastings

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Chuo City

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.

What a nice way to start the day! We had a very interesting morning learning about Tsukiji market, Japanese history and food culture. It's a good way to have a feel of the market and the stalls without being completely clueless in a sea of options. Our guide, Akiko, was very sweet and tried her very best to answer our questions and explain about the different food and places we visited. She was definitely a highlight of the tour and made us feel very welcome in Japan. Sometimes our guide's English language knowledge wasn't enough to answer all our questions but she made the biggest effort to help.

Kazumi, our guide, helped make our food tour of the markets a most amazing experience. She has a bright friendly personality, spoke English which was easy to understand and was happy to answer our questions with her wealth of local knowledge. Arigato Kazuni.

Loved walking through the market and learning about the customs, foods and seafood. Found our guide very knowledgeable. We had lots of fun trying the different foods and exploring.

Thanks to Toshi-san. He gave us a lot of interresting information about the market during the tour. Arigato gozaimasu!