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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.

Highlights

  • Sample a variety of small dishes and drinks while visiting three izakaya spots
  • Enjoy an authentic Tokyo experience with help from the local guide
  • Go into establishments that are popular with longtime residents
  • See places that are off the tourist trail

What You Can Expect

Tokyo Izakaya Tour with a Local Guide

Try okonomiyaki in a local izakaya

Customer Reviews

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour consisted of my husband and I, a married couple from New Zealand, and a local tour guide, Takayuki. Takayuki was friendly and brought us around 4 Izakayas, starting from a mellow, less crowded place. At each place, we enjoyed a drink or 2 and a variety of food. I would recommend the beer in the first Izakaya and the sake in the second. He is a great entertainer indeed he starts the conversation rolling, checks if you have any dietary or drinking preferences, and openly shares about the Japan culture. Greatly appreciate that he is a straightforward talker and is just as curious about cultures in other countries. He speaks English well too. I enjoyed getting to talk to a local guide. :

beridgeway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a great time with our guide, Taka! He was a lot of fun and made sure we had a good time. He introduced us to places, foods, and drinks we would never have otherwise experienced. We went to several different bars, each with a different feel. It was awesome to see a different side of Japanese culture! I highly recommend this tour.

Melissa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing! Highly recommend if anyone wants to experience local bar-hopping! Taka-san will guide you the whole way through, making you laugh constantly and makes sure you get to the subway station safely afterwards!

Gayle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was heaps of fun and very informative. Sam was great! So engaging and warm. We really felt we had an authentic Japanese experience. We would not have been able to have such a truly wonderful time in these wonderful little bars without Sam's guidance. We tried local food and drinks and Sam was able to explain their origins and what made each so unique. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Japan.

Rachelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour with Mr Taka Ono was great! He brought us to cool bars we never would have noticed or had the nerve to go into if we were alone since we don't speak or read Japanese. We ordered tons of different food to try and explained what each dish was. He also asked our taste in drinks and ordered different cocktails and beer for us. He was easy to talk to, his English was great and we enjoyed spending a few hours with him.

Daisy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was great! Mr. Ono was very nice and funny to hang around with. He knew good places to eat and drink. Highly recommend this tour package. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

rustytheaussie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If you're thinking a food and drink Izakaya tour isn't for you, think again! You have to do this tour!! We had a lot of fun and tried many different food and drinks around the Ueno station area. Mr Taka Ono was a great tour guide, explaining the food and Japanese culture as we made our way to a few different places. Would 100 book this tour again! You wont regret it!

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour was super!!! Toka ia an Excellent guide, so much fun to talk and meet the locals. places i would never dare to go in alone and also i wouldn't even get there. Good food Good drinks and the best vibes. Im so happy i did this tour, ill do it again when ill be inTokyo and will ask Toka to take us to different places. I recommend this tour for sure!

Ari N A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was the highlight of our trip! We ate and drank to our heart's content and ventured to places that we normally would not know about unless we were with a local like Taka. He was super friendly and took his time to allow us to try what we wanted. You could tell he did his research for the places to show visitors that had a local but representative feel. The locals at the bar were also very friendly and gave us a few Kanpai when we were there. We left the tour wanting more and even stayed around to finish the night. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to have an authentic experience in Tokyo.

Hal B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was exactly the experience imagined. Our guide really gave us a perfect mixture of excellent conversation, description of Japanese Izakaya culture, and showed us some wonderful hidden gems.

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