5. 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).