Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this Tokyo tour enjoy the food culture of Tokyo from an ordinary businessman’s perspective, as well as the tradition of foods in everyday life of Tokyo.
Throughout your Tokyo food tour, your local guide will explain the history of food and places you visit, sharing with you his own personal experiences and food related family traditions and customs during the tour.
We’ll begin our tour in Yakitori Alley, near Yurakucho, an area with many casual bar-style restaurants and the birthplace of yakitori, one of many Japanese people’s favourite appetizers. As many businessmen and women do after 5pm, we’ll enjoy a drink of sake or a local beer, then sample yakitori at one of the many local restaurants, each with their own “tare” (sauce) mixed with their secret ingredients.
After having a drink to go with the yakitori, we’ll travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated. Often compared with Okonomi-yaki in Osaka, Monja-yaki is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. The ingredients are finely chopped and mixed into the batter before grilling. You’ll have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate. In true local style, you’ll use a small metal spatula for cutting it to pieces then chopsticks to eat with right from the grill.
On our way back to Yurakucho, we will pick up “tai-yaki”, which literally translates to “grilled carp”, which is actually a cake with red beans inside for dessert. This type of red bean is cooked until it is soft and then mixed with sugar, and is the filling of many traditional Japanese sweets.
We’ll end our delicious Tokyo night tour by checking out a local pub for some more drinks, where you’re welcome to stay longer or return to the start point with your guide. Your guide can also recommend other cool local bars in small alleys, or a karaoke place for more fun into the night.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, public transportation, five assorted skewered yakitori, monja-yaki, one taiyaki, one local drink (sake, beer).
Exclusions: All other drinks (more sake, beer, or soft drinks), tips / gratuities for your guide.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher then your tour is confirmed. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting point. If you need to contact us for any reason please use the number on the voucher during business hours.
Additional Information: Legal age for drinking alcohol in Japan is 20 years old. Customers under 20 will be served non-alcoholic drinks only.
Child Policy: Travellers must be 12 and older to join this tour.