Eat, train, and fight like a real Japanese sumo wrestler during this sumo demonstration and authentic ‘Chanko Nabe’ (hotpot) meal. Discover the history, training, and rules behind the typical sumo match as you watch real clashes. You can even try it yourself during a skirmish with a retired wrestler. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into a tasty Chanko Nabe, a filling meal of hotpot, rice, miso, salad, French fries and more, used by these hulking fighters to gain weight. Admission to the demonstration and meals are both covered.
Seeking out the well-concealed back-alley bars of Tokyo's Shinjuku district is notoriously tricky for outsiders. Take the guesswork out of your trip on this guided tour that takes you barhopping to Izakaya bars in two different alleyways—a small group of no more than eight people means that you can easily access tiny bars with just a few seats. Between drinks and snacks (included) your guide shares insights into local culture in this atmospheric part of the city.
Take a deep dive into the world of Japanese seafood during this tour of the outer Tsukiji Fish Market. Rub shoulders with Michelin-starred chefs as they shop for ingredients at this sprawling, 80-year-old market for all things aquatic. Investigate the various stalls selling fish, shellfish, and everything in between, and sample Japanese favorites such as sushi, fresh Tuna, and sake. A local guide and all food on the tour are included.
Refine your cooking skills and enrich your knowledge of Japanese cuisine during a kaiseki ryouri (haute cuisine) cookery class in Tokyo. In a small group, limited to a maximum of 10 people, prepare up to eight different dishes featuring Wagyu beef, Japanese vegetables, and traditional seasonings. Then, sit down to feast on the fruits of your labors, accompanied by sake and green tea.
Combine the cultural delights and delectable bites of Tokyo on this 3-hour food tour of Japan’s capital. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the culinary scene of the city by visiting several popular bars and restaurants. Sample local specialties like succulent grilled meat skewers, sweet cakes and refreshing sake. Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 12 people.
Take a fascinating 'deep dive' into Japanese seafood cuisine during this combination walking tour of Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and cooking class. Shop for the freshest ingredients amidst the labyrinth-style aisles of Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, showcasing everything from sushi-grade tuna to octopus tentacles. Then head to the largest gourmet cooking school in Asia as you learn to prepare traditional-style ‘washoku’ food items like sushi and a Japanese omelet. An English-speaking guide, transport, cooking ingredients and tools, and lunch with a beverage are all included.
Take a closer look at the fascinating world of sushi, extending from the ocean to your plate, during this 4-hour sushi-making class and a visit to the outer Tsukiji fish market. Tour one of the world’s largest seafood markets with a guide as you learn how fish is caught, distributed, and sold. Then turn your attention to sushi-making, learning to prepare nigiri sushi with the help of a sushi master. Finish your experience by enjoying your creations for lunch.
Raise a glass as you experience Tokyo’s legendary nightlife and make some new friends during this city pub crawl. Get off the typical tourist ‘trail’ as you down a few drinks at three local bars and clubs, choosing between Friday and Saturday night trip options. All venue cover charges, one ‘welcome shot’ per bar, special drink discounts, and unlimited ‘bottle shots’ in between bars are included.
Get a taste of Japanese food and culture during this walking tour of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Escape the tourist hordes as you eat like a Japanese local, sampling favorites like ‘okonomiyaki’ (savory egg pancakes), Wagyu beef skewers and more in the area’s off-the-beaten-path eateries and hangouts. Toast your adventure, and new friends, with an included glass of beer, ‘shochu’ (rice liquor) or soft drinks.
-Try the classic Japanese foods in Shinjuku!
You will head to the first restaurant on your tour. It is located at the lively east exit area in Shinjuku. In this area where numerous restaurants, accommodation facilities, sightseeing spots and restaurants can be found, there stands a Japanese restaurant, which even local people can hardly find.
-Help yourselves with copious amounts of Wagyu!
In the second restaurant, you will be able to grill your own Wagyu with a custom made Shichirin (Japanese barbecue grill).
-For dessert, enjoy the atmosphere and taste of Japan at the cafe in Shinjuku
Once your stomach is full, have a dessert at a quiet cafe. Let's take a break with an artisan Gelato, in a cozy store in the middle of the bustling city of Shinjuku.
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Go beyond the typical dining establishments frequented by tourists and get a real taste of local life on this guided food tour in Tokyo. In the company of a local host, discover local ingredients and dishes you have never heard of, and visit eateries you'd never find on your own. Eat your way around the city, visiting 6-8 different places that might include from side street yakitori, tiny sushi joints, and lively izakaya, while your host shares insights into Tokyo food culture.
Explore the izakaya bars of the Ueno, Shinbashi or Ikebukuro districts of Tokyo with an expert local guide. Your 2-hour tour takes you into popular local spots that most visitors never see. Delve into the heart of Japan’s izakaya — a casual bar that serves up small plates of delicious Japanese fare (think tapas). Your guide translates the menus and helps you to choose a range of tasty food and drinks at three different venues. Don’t miss this chance to experience local culture and food traditions firsthand.
Enjoy classic Japanese experience at our selected restaurants. Local food & drinks as we journey through Tokyo’s busiest area in Shinjuku.
- 7+ mouth-watering Japanese food tastings, enough for a full dinner meal, served from three selected restaurants.
- Drinks to taste great Izakaya style dinner. You may also choose your drinks (Beer, Sake & other drinks). Non-alcoholic beverage also available.
- Explore Shinjuku visiting famous must-see spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy unique views of Tokyo’s neon town, Kabukicho.
Please let us know if you have any food restrictions beforehand.
Master the basic techniques of Japan’s most famous food during a 3-hour sushi making class in Tokyo. In a small group limited to ten, you’ll prepare sushi fillings and toppings, such as fish, soup stock, and sushi rice, before rolling three varieties of sushi. Then, feast on the fruits of your labors accompanied by grated wasabi, miso soup, and green tea.
In 4 hours, you will experience Japanese culture and hospitality at home. Experiences include origami, handmade udon, Japanese food, sushi and tempura. Experience matcha and Japanese sweets after meals. We make with you. Drinks (sake, beer, shochu and soft drinks) are free. As a souvenir, Keiko writes your name on colored paper in calligraphy. Through this experience, you will become a member of your home (homecoming TAKA) and make friends all over the world. The next time you visit our home, we welcome you as a family!
Tokyo is known for its incredible food and culinary expertise. Make the most of your Japan trip by having a private cooking class, and learning tips that you can use at home. By having a private cooking class, you can ask questions along the way, and learn at your own pace. Your Japanese local teacher will show you how to make several authentic home-cooked dishes, and you can eat them when you’ve finished too.
Savor authentic Tokyo food on this "izakaya" tour of Sangenjaya, a vibrant neighborhood that’s away from the city tourist trail. You’ll tour the Japanese pubs, known as izakaya, where after-work drinkers and friends go to socialize over local snacks and beer. Giving you an insight into Tokyo culture, the experience is perfect for those looking for a taste of local life with delicious Japanese food that won’t be found on any tourist menus.
- Taste a variety of great food samplings as we explore non-touristy part of Asakusa, Tokyo. Visit 4+ local food vendors with more than 100 years of history in Asakusa.
- Learn and practice authentic Japanese eating style and eat like a local at a local standing sushi bar and soba restaurant.
- Discover other parts of Asakusa outside of your guidebook. Connect with local business owners to learn the history and local culture.
Discover the history and traditions of Asakusa on a half-day tour of this older part of Tokyo. Get an in-depth experience as you ride through the district by rickshaw, then stroll along the main shopping street where you sample traditional Japanese snacks. Stop into the famous Sensoji temple, then head to Kappabashi Kitchen street. Finish the tour at a traditional restaurant where you learn to make okonomiyaki (savory pancake).
You’ll explore Shinjuku with one of our friendly hosts, sampling different varieties of Japanese rice wine - better known as sake! Whether you’d prefer a tiny izakaya (traditional Japanese bar, which actually means ‘stay in sake shop’) or a standing bar (a tachinomiya) where only 10 can squeeze in at a time, the choice is yours! Discover the different temperatures, varieties and ways of enjoying sake with your host!
Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
Go off the beaten track in one of Tokyo's most-trafficked areas on a food tour of Shibuya. In a small group of no more than 10 people, your guide will take you to some hidden dining venues, missed by most visitors, where you can try traditional Japanese foods you may never have eaten before.
Discover the coolest bars, themed venues, and some hidden surprises too on this bar crawl in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. It’s a great choice for first-time visitors to Tokyo who want to discover great drinking spots and meet like-minded travelers too. Conveniently, a free shot is included at each venue, as well as reduced drink prices. You won’t have to worry about capturing photos as a professional photographer will accompany you to capture pictures along the way.
Learn to make two styles of sushi during a cooking lesson that ends with a delicious sushi lunch. Your sushi chef-instructor shows you how to prepare ‘gunkan maki’ and ‘nigiri’ sushi with simple utensils that help you easily make sushi. Hear insightful commentary from the instructor throughout the lesson, then enjoy the meal that you helped to prepare. Upgrade your experience to include a sake or tea tasting session (additional cost).
What can you expect in this Tea Ceremony Workshop? We show off cultural activities with a difference!
Traditional clothing available for you to wear
A friendly host will explain the correct etiquette and symbolism for this ceremony
Try traditional food and drink given during this ritual
Held in a traditional tearoom with beautiful historic decor
Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout.
Your workshop will include: