Sake Tasting Experience

Sake, pre-war yokocho, standing bars and gyoza. And some more sake.

  • (2 reviews)
  • Private &
  • 3 hours
  • From $122.50 per person
  • Walking
  • Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.

What you’ll do

You’ll weave (not stagger) your way through Shinjuku with one of our friendly hosts, sampling different varieties of Japanese rice wine - better known as sake! Here, in this ultra-modern neighborhood, with beautiful towering spaceships... we mean skyscrapers, above you, you can still discover the alleyways that lead back into a Japan of old. Stopping off at three unique bars, you will sample various kinds of sake, along with small, handmade appetizers to accompany your drinks. Whether you’d prefer a tiny izakaya (traditional Japanese bar, which actually means ‘stay in sake shop’) or a standing bar (a tachinomiya) where only 10 can squeeze in at a time, the choice is yours! Learn about sake etiquette, its different flavor notes and about the different regions in which it is made. As you wind through the labyrinth of Shinjuku’s streets, absorb the warm, merry and utterly urban atmosphere of your landscape. Your host can even take you to a specialist sake bar where rare bottles are housed. Perhaps you’d like to buy one for those back home, wow’ing them with your cultured palate and general brilliance.

Our Picks

  • Join a sake-loving host in Shinjuku and taste your way around some of Tokyo’s favorite sake bars

  • Visit three different bars and enjoy two samples of sake at each, along with a small plate of appetizers to accompany your drinks

  • Discover the diverse types of sake as you taste varieties from different regions, at different ages and at different temperatures

  • Enjoy delicious food which enhances the flavor of your sake

  • Learn about sake culture, the history of the drink and how to choose it as you visit each bar

  • Get tips from your host about the best places to buy sake as a gift for those back home

Good to know

What’s not included
  • Food and drinks (other than the ones included in the experience)
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)
Cancellation Policy

Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

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This experience’s reviews


5 average | 4 reviews

May 2019

It saved the day!

We did this tour on a rainy day (not on purpose) but it really was so much fun that we forgot it was raining! Hiroshi was super friendly and funny and he is a big sake fan so he explained everything very well. Who says you can drink and learn at the same time? The sake was delicious and we learned a lot.

Review by Jeremy T


5 average | 4 reviews

April 2019

The highlight of our trip

This experience was the highlight of our stay in Tokyo... Daniela was great and we really felt at ease with her and even though it was like drinking with a friend, she was very informative and we learned a lot! We really enjoyed tasting the different types of sake and learning about how Japanese sake is made. If you like sake then we really recommend this experience, and if you can have Daniela as your guide even better!

Review by Maneesh K

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