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Bring your appetite and your walking shoes for a delicious Japantown food tour. Learn about the history of this unique neighborhood in San Francisco and visit several authentic markets, restaurants, cafés, and tea houses with your gourmet guide. Discover where locals go for the best Japanese food in town, and taste six to seven samplings, from red bean ‘taiyaki’ to sweet rice ‘mochi.’ 

Highlights

  • Take a guided food walking tour of Japantown in San Francisco
  • Taste 6-7 authentic Japanese food samples
  • Uncover the historical relevance of this unique cultural area and discover its hidden gems with a local guide

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown

Watch skillful chefs prepare unique Japanese treats before your eyes

San Francisco is home to one of only three remaining Japantowns in the United States. Make your way to a plaza in the center of this unique area, where you’ll meet your epicurean concierge and set off on a leisurely walking tour to sample some of the neighborhood’s must-try eats. 

Your guide will take you to many tucked-away spots and hidden gems often missed by casual visitors. Stroll through markets featuring specialty ingredients used in Japanese cooking, and chat with restaurant proprietors to learn the story behind the food they serve. Along the way, your guide will share interesting aspects of the area’s history and culture.

The exact itinerary may vary by day, but expect to enjoy six to seven tastings of truly authentic Japanese favorites, such as okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza), sticky-sweet mochi, or onigiri (traditional rice balls). You may taste traditional salads from a specialty market, taiyaki (a red-bean cake) at a local café, and flavorful green teas at an omiyage shop. 

At the end of your 3-hour tour, you’ll leave with satisfied taste buds and a newfound appreciation for Japanese cuisine.

Customer Reviews

Stuart C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My partner and I went on the Japantown Tour food tour a couple of weeks ago and it was great. We were a relatively small group 5 of us - a couple of other guests had cancelled on the day and Lisa we were very lucky to have the company owner leading this tour and she was perfect kept us entertained, informed and fed as we wandered around the historic and vibrant area. The tour is a very interesting mix of culture, history and food...lots of food! We visited, amongst others, a cafe for sweet potato latte a delicious, caffeine free start to a morning tour!, a ramen restaurant for noodles and soup a real stand out and is the best ramen we have EVER tasted...and we have been to Japan - as we were in the city for a while we returned to the restaurant!, a Japanese market for snacks and a little shop around!, onigari very tasty rice and seaweed snack with tea, mochi sweet Japanese rice cake, okinamiyaki Japanese pancake/pizza and finished the tour with a visit to an Indian restaurant. I am sure I have forgotten some food stops along the way! Come hungry and expect to leave very satisfied/full. We have been on a number of food tours in different countries and this ranks as one of the best. We would recommend this food tour without hesitation.

Thyra A J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This food tour offers a mix of Japanese history and food for which Japan is widely known as well as a few surprises. This included stopping at some stores to buy items that are not easily found elsewhere. Additionally, it was very nice to become acquainted with others also taking the tour.

Mark K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is a great tour lead by a knowledgeable guide that is into not only the food but the history of the area as well.

Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Loved the tour, and loved Alice! Great food, and interesting information.

Jade R

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Loved the tour!

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