Meet up with your guide in the morning or at noon (please select departure time at checkout) in front of Tsukiji Honganji Temple, located just outside the famous seafood market. Visit the popular Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and browse the shopping and sample tasting areas. As you wander the aisles of this colorful, chaotic market you’ll observe everything from giant tuna to sea urchin to octopus arranged for sale.
If you select the tour departing at noon, time permitting, you will stop at the Namiyoke Shrine to learn some tips about how to pray in a traditional way. Stop by some local shops with your friendly local guide and see some Japanese traditional knife and kitchen tools, local pickles and more.
Once you’ve had your ‘fill’ of seafood, proceed with your guide to the gourmet cooking studio of one of Asia’s largest culinary schools, boasting more than 150 studios throughout the region. Following the instruction of an experienced cooking teacher, you’ll learn to prepare two ‘washoku’ recipes, a style of Japanese cuisine emphasizing traditional and homemade techniques. This typically includes a sushi roll along with a Japanese-style omelet, called ‘tamagoyaki,’ plus side dishes.
Finish your session by digging into your tasty creations for lunch, enjoying your meal accompanied by your choice of wine, plum sake or soft drinks. You’ll leave with a full stomach and a newfound appreciation for the wondrous world of Japanese cuisine and its top-notch ingredients.