Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour
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Stop At: Yurakucho Yokocho, Unnamed Road 2 Chome-4, ２丁目-４ 有楽町 千代田区 東京都 100-0006, Japan
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.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Stop At: Tsukishima Monja Street, 1 Chome-9 Tsukishima, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0052, Japan
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.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Stop At: Ginza, Chuo 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture
We’ll take a quick stroll through Ginza, where you can find great confectionery shops and learn about the rich variety of traditional Japanese sweets — and, best of all, choose one to try! Usually made of rice and red beans, these sweets change based on the ingredients available at each time of year, and even their shapes are inspired by what you can find in nature during that season.
Your tour ends here but don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see do and eat during your stay. Fancy a cool local bar or a karaoke place? We’d be happy to recommend our favourites so that your night can continue. Equally, your guide can help with directions back to your accommodation or you can return to the start point with them.
Duration: 20 minutes
- Local English speaking guide
- Five assorted skewered yakitori, monja-yaki, one wagashi
- Two local drinks (sake, beer or soft drink)
- All necessary public transport
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Additional drinks (available for purchase)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Minimum age is 12 years old
- Legal drinking age in Tokyo is 20; customers under 20 years of age will only be served non-alcoholic drinks
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
Kirihara was amazing. He was very engaging, had a great sense of humor, and made the entire experience fun. Despite my poor sense of directions, I was able to find the group at the designated meeting point in the Ginza district . It was a party of 12, and I enjoyed my conversations with everyone I spoke to. From the meeting point, Kirihara took us to a restaurant where we were provided drinks and snacks. I was the only vegetarian, which I did specify when I booked the trip, and that entire evening, Kirihara ensured that I got vegetarian options. After that, he took us to a bakery, and we each received a mochi dessert. (I ate it a few days later, and it was still delicious.) We then went to another restaurant, where we had two different entrees. One drink was included with the meal, but everyone had the option of ordering more drinks at his or her own cost. The establishment was the kind where there was a hot griddle at each table, and Kirihara actually prepared the Japanese pancakes and "pizzas" for us. He has mad skills. At the end of the tour, he ensured that we knew our way back to our hotels via subway, and then emailed us an extensive list of descriptions and links of his recommendations on what to see and eat in Tokyo. I give Kirihara and the night tour an A+++.
Unfortunately this tour really didn't explore much in the Japanese styles of food. There were 3 stops. A Yakitori restaurant which was ok but nothing special, a sweet shop where we all got a single sweet and another place which I can't recall the name off. Unfortunately this last place allowed smoking inside, and on top of the fairly ordinary food that was served there it actually was fairly unpleasant and I couldn't wait to get out. So the tour didn't really provide a lot of insight, nor was the product we ate very good. All in all I found this poor value for money.
I used the location app recommended in information when I linked to get my ticket. Arrived at location indicated on app on time and there was nobody there.
I love Japanese food, so anything that involves around it is a winner. The tour was great but it felt a little short. Apart from that I had an awesome time.
It was excellent, even despite the rain. Eriko was an excellent guide and the places she took us were great. two places of salty dishes and two sweets. It was a great experience.
Kimmi was a fabulous tour guide. We learnt a lot about Japanese culture and food. There was plenty of food to eat and the variety was excellent. Thanks Kimmi!
A very enjoyable experience. The food was very good at all the locations and the guide took a good amount of time to explain the surroundings and to talk about the food that we were eating. The only thing that looked like spoiling the night was a communication breakdown somewhere with booking reference details where we werent on the guides list, it was quickly sorted out.