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Tokyo: Japanese New Year Food Tour in Shibuya

Tokyo: Japanese New Year Food Tour in Shibuya

From $215 per person

A 3-hour walking food tour in Shibuya to celebrate the New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu), the most important holiday in Japan. You will encounter traditions, food, and symbols of this holiday before ringing in the new year.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a 3-hour tour of Shibuya, visiting local food stops
  • Learn about Hatsumode, visiting shrines and temples according to New Year’s tradition
  • Try some symbolically “good luck” New Year’s dishes
  • Enjoy a dinner featuring the classic Japanese winter dishes Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki
  • Toast to the New Year with free-flowing sake, wines, local beer, and other beverages
Full description
New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan, and on this special evening you can explore the traditions, food and symbols of the season during this walking tour. You will be shown this famous area from a different view, enabling you to discover the best of Shogatsu's culture and winter flavors. Your evening will start off at the famous Hachiko crossing, from where you will head out to try your first “lucky” New Year’s dish, Soba (which according to Japanese culture provides you with a longer life). Next, you will discover a hidden shrine and learn about the customs of Hatsumode. You can then explore the symbolic dishes that make up Osechi (traditional Japanese New Year celebration foods). Later on for dinner, your guide will take you to a favorite local spot for a table-side cooking experience. You can make your own hot-pot dishes, trying both Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki, which are perfect as a cozy winter meal. After dinner, you can try some authentic Kobe beef, street-food style. Finally, finish up your evening with an amazing view of the Shibuya Scramble partnered with a traditional New Year's dessert. You can experience and learn all about this important Japanese holiday season all in one evening.
Includes
  • Dinner and free-flowing drinks
  • Shogatsu (New Years) in Japan
  • Traditional snacks and dessert
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up (can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • Gratuity
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional food and drinks (possible to purchase at the guest’s expense)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

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
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Date

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Meeting point

In front of the Wall Mural of Hachiko (the famous local dog) right outside the station, at Hachiko Exit. Your guide will be there holding an "Arigato Japan" sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • The tour starts promptly at 4:00PM and ends at 7:00PM
  • This tour has a 2 person minimum, and a 10 person maximum
  • This tour is vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and gluten-free friendly
  • The operator reserves the right to expel any participant from the tour who is intoxicated, acting belligerently, endangering others or behaving in a way which may tarnish or act upon the operator’s reputation or cause distress
  • The operator and its guides reserve the right to refuse or withdraw guests that are unfit to take the tour for any reason, or act in a dangerous manner
  • You must be 21 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult/parent
  • A passport copy is required for children aged 10 and older
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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It was one of the most personable and best tours I’ve had. Norma went above and beyond to bring us to our food locations, making sure things were running smoothly, and even invited us to celebrate NYE with her! We had wonderful companions on this tour as well, and we all had good laughs and conversation. Really nothing bad to say about this, other than wishing there was more special New Years food stuffs!

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January 6, 2020

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Product ID: 190175