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Food Lover's Guide to Tokyo

Food Lover's Guide to Tokyo

Tokyo has earned a reputation as one of the world's top dining destinations, thanks to its traditional cuisine, modern Japanese fare, and international flavors. The city's restaurants have more Michelin stars than Paris and New York combined, yet amazing meals can be found at street stalls and hole-in-the-wall joints too. Here are a few dishes and activities you won’t want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes

Local Tokyo specialties, often calledEdo-mae***, have become so globally popular that they're often synonymous with standard Japanese cuisine as a whole.Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, gained popularity during the Edo period and are now eaten across Japan, whilenigiri*, a popular type of sushi, started as a fast food dish in Tokyo before blasting into worldwide popularity.

A savory pancake made of chopped seafood, cabbage and a flour-and-water batter,monjayaki has also made its mark—there’s even a street nicknamed after the dish in Tsukishima.Hot potsare popular in Tokyo too, with varieties including***sukiyaki***,shabu-shabu***and***chankonabe, a chicken-and-vegetable hot pot originally cooked for sumo wrestlers. One of Tokyo's most popular***wagashi***, or traditional sweets is a small, waffle-like cake filled with sweet red bean paste.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Sit down next to a localsalaryman after a long day of work for a drink and bar fare at a localizakaya bar.

  • Eat your fill ofyakitori skewers in the city's famed Yakitori Alley.

  • Take in the Tsukiji Fish Market's rowdy tuna auctions and diverse offerings on a guided tour that can be combined with a sushi-making class, where you'll learn how to prepare nigiri from a master chef.

  • Taste a variety of Tokyo's iconic dishes on a food walking tour that hops from street food vendor to traditionalizakaya bar to restaurant.

  • Sample some green tea or sake on a guided tasting.

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Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour

Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour

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Combine the cultural delights and delectable bites of Tokyo on this 3-hour food tour of Japan’s capital. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the culinary scene of the city by visiting several popular bars and restaurants. Sample local specialties like succulent grilled meat skewers, sweet cakes and refreshing sake. Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Food Tour of Shibuya at Night

Walking Food Tour of Shibuya at Night

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Get a taste of Japanese food and culture during this walking tour of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Escape the tourist hordes as you eat like a Japanese local, sampling favorites like ‘okonomiyaki’ (savory egg pancakes), Wagyu beef skewers and more in the area’s off-the-beaten-path eateries and hangouts. Toast your adventure, and new friends, with an included glass of beer, ‘shochu’ (rice liquor) or soft drinks.
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Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master

Tokyo Local Food and Drink Experience with a Bar Hopping Master

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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.
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Sushi-lover’s tour :Sushi Making and Explore Tsukiji Fish Market in the morning

Sushi-lover’s tour :Sushi Making and Explore Tsukiji Fish Market in the morning

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Enjoy the perfect sushi-lover’s experience during this visit to the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, followed by a sushi-making class led by master instructor and lunch. Get lost in the labyrinth of seafood stalls with your guide at the world’s largest seafood market, then head to your cooking workshop, where you learn to make sushi favorites including rolls and nigiri alongside your class of Tokyo locals. Your combined Tsukiji and sushi-making class also includes subway transport to the market.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Experience Local Food and Drink on Sunamachi Ginza Delicatessen Street

Experience Local Food and Drink on Sunamachi Ginza Delicatessen Street

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Let a knowledgeable guide lead you on a Tokyo food-tasting tour at Sunamachi Ginza shopping street, especially popular with locals. Stroll past traditional fishmongers, grocers and other family-run shops selling ‘osozai’ (prepared food). During this 3.5-hour walking tour, you’ll sample enough delicious dishes and drinks for lunch and learn about Japanese culinary culture while you interact with vendors.
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Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza

Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza

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Explore the streets of Tokyo during an evening food walking tour with an expert guide. Sample yakitori accompanied by drinks and enjoy food tastings plus dessert at popular and traditional venues. Start amid Yurakucho’s rustic charm, continue on to modern Ginza, and finish your tour among a maze of local eateries in Shimbashi.
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  • 3 hours
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