Guided tour

Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure

4.5 / 5

33 reviews

Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure

From US$ 124 per person

Taste some of Tokyo’s most iconic dishes in the vibrant places they originated on a food tour around the city. You'll venture off the beaten path to eat like a Tokyo local, tasting yakitori, monjayaki, and taiyaki at authentic cafes and street stalls.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Make like a local and savor famous Tokyo flavors and dishes
  • Devour yakitori (skewered BBQ chicken) at a street yakitori bar
  • Enjoy Monja-yaki in the neighbourhood where it originated - Monja Town (Tsukishima)
  • Visit a confectionery shop and learn about wagashi, a traditional Japanese sweet that changes with the season
  • Experience the clash of decades in modern downtown Tokyo
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Public transport
  • 5 assorted skewered yakitori
  • Monjayaki
  • 1 Taiyaki
  • 2 local drinks (sake, beer or soft drink)
  • All other drinks (sake, beer, or soft drinks)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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JR Yurakucho station, Ginza exit, in front of JR reservation ticket office (entrance is on the street level).

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  • Effective September 1, 2021, travelers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6 to 17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. View full policy at https://www.urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • The legal age for drinking alcohol is 20 in Japan. Customers under 20 will be served non-alcoholic drinks only.
  • Travelers must be 12 and older to join this tour.
  • You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 33 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    2.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Kiri showed us the real Tokyo, bustling as city and with food !!

The nice thing about a tour like this is the company of people that enjoy the same universal thing around the world : good food. Kirir as a guide was enthusiastic, answered all questions and introduced us to yakitori, japanese sweets, okonomiyaki and more, including an extra melon bread at the end. Also the stop at Tsukiyima is a place that for most tourists will not be on the map for a few days in this great city. So : well worth doing this !!!

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April 14, 2019

3 hour walking tour and eating at 3 different places

It was a little hard to find the tour guide at the meeting place but I didn't know the original tour company name. I had purchased my tickets thru a 3rd party. It was a great experience. The price included everything. It was just enough food and just enough walking (9,000 steps) Our guide was very social/nice/polite and answered all my questions. It was great to be with someone who knew the local places to eat.

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August 3, 2018

Very fun and interesting

Guide was great, very attentive and thorough. Interesting mix of food sampled. Wonderful areas toured. Only negative (and not the fault of the guide) was the screaming/yelling child (related to the owner??) in the very small, sit down restaurant. I would not go back there on my own because of the lack of concern the owner showed for the customers. So, possibly talking to the owner of the restaurant would be important.

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November 26, 2017

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