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Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master

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Taito City, Japan
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

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.
  • 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
One drink and two dishes, or two drinks and one dish at each bar
Tour guide
Additional food and drinks
Transportation to/from bars

Departure Point

1: Okachimachi Station, 5 Chome-27 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
2: Shimbashi Station, 2 Chome-17 Shinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0004, Japan
3: Super Hotel JR Ikebukuro-Nishiguchi, 2-chōme-14-12 Ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tōkyō-to 171-0014, Japan

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 20 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements or food allergies at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master.

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Awesome adventure in Tokyo with...
Stefanie L
, May 2018
Awesome adventure in Tokyo with Taka. He took us to a bunch of spots that we would have never gone into on our own. Taka has a great personality and puts together a great night for everyone on his tour.
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We had a great experience during the...
op-op
, Dec 2017
We had a great experience during the tour in Ueno. Our guide, Taka-san brought us to different types of Izakaya restaurants and we ended the night at a tachinomi bar, which was a cool experience. Taka-san took great care of us, ordering a perfect choice of food and drinks, and guided us through the local bar culture dos and don'ts. He is indeed a bar hopping master!
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What an amazing, fun and hospitable...
Peta A
, Apr 2017
What an amazing, fun and hospitable host is Mr Takayuki Ono 'Taka'. Our tour was an unforgettable journey in Japanese food and culture, full of laughs and great conversation. Taka showed us a truly unique Tokyo experience, taking us to places that would not be accessible to the non Japanese speaking tourist. Being our first night in Tokyo it was an insight into the hustle and bustle of this crazy city and the hospitality of the wonderful Japanese people. We will definitely book this tour on our next trip to Japan. Arigato gozaimasu Taka-san!
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I highly recommend most western...
timothyliese
, Apr 2017
I highly recommend most western tourist do this. Unless you don't drink of course. We had a great time talking with Taka, The master of the bar hop! He took us into a couple of Izakaya small pubs that we never would have gone into as Westerners without much Japanese under our belts. We tried some of the local food we never would've thought to touch before, and it was great! We did it on the second night of our stay, and he gave us great advice on what to do during our visit to Tokyo. We cannot recommend Taka enough, great time!
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Fantastic experience! This tour was...
Mark A
, Mar 2017
Fantastic experience! This tour was likely going out with a buddy to take you to places that, without Japanese language skills, you likely would never go!! Fantastic, great, local type experience. Great for folks that like the experience of going out in the evening, having a few drinks, and talking about anything under the sun. We had a ton of fun and really enjoyed the experience with our tour guide.
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I took this tour with two friends...
Shad
, Mar 2017
I took this tour with two friends and we all had a terrific time. Our guide, Taka, was timely and very outgoing. We went to several local restaurants, sampled a wide variety of food and drink specialties, and enjoyed lots of laughs learning about Japanese culture with our knowledgeable and friendly guide. Would recommend to anyone interested in eating and drinking with a fun local guide!
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Our tour consisted of my husband and...
Laura C
, Nov 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. :
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We had a great time with our guide...
beridgeway
, Oct 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.
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This tour was amazing! Highly...
Melissa J
, Jul 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!
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The tour was heaps of fun and very...
Gayle A
, Jun 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.

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