Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
Bottoms up, Tokyo-style! The “sake” experience
  • Private & 100% personalized tour

  • 3 hours

  • Matched to your ideal host

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Cantonese, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish)

  • Meet at your accommodation or a central location

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Reviews

    The Sake experience is very nice because it gives you time to sit and have a good conversation with the guests. Sharing sake and food also helps to relax and to break any tension you may have at the beginning (if you had). This time also I spend an excellent time with my guests and the time flew very fast. When you realized the time of the experience already finished.

    February 2021

    Saya Cristina E

    We highly recommend this tour. Sami took us to several locations for sake tasting which always included some type of food to go with it. And the final spot allowed you to taste a huge variety with as much as you wanted! Sami was a font of info and provided us with lots of specifics about sake and many other things about Tokyo. At our request she even took us to the Hachiko statue which thrilled our daughter. All in all a really great experience.

    January 2020

    Arlene B

    We enjoyed Sami, our tour guide for the City Unscripted Sake Tasting Tour, immensely. She was new to guiding tourists, but you certainly would not have known it. She took us to four local bars to experience the sake and local pub food. For anyone planning to visit Tokyo, this is a tour that we highly recommend. It gives you a great insiders perspective of the food and sake scene – but you must be willing to be adventurous with your food. Some of the food that we tried is not for the faint of heart! Our first stop was at a neighborhood sake bar that frowned upon tourists, but since we were with Sami, we were welcomed. I tried to take a photo, but that is considered very rude and unacceptable – they made sure that I was brought up to speed about the rules quite quickly. Everything was in Japanese, so we are not even sure what the name of this bar was. We liked that there was no seating. Everyone just stood around small tables eating and drinking. We tried both Junmai-shu and Honjozo-shu sakes, both cold sakes. These sakes were served in a chilled glass within a pine box. It is customary to overpour the glass so that it spills into the box – that spilled sake is for drinking as well. In addition, we sampled motsunabe (a tripe stew prepared with a base of soy sauce, garlic, chili pepper or miso, topped with cabbage and chives); chicken yakatori (grilled chicken skewers covered with tare, a sweet soy sauce and mirin mix); tsukune (Japanese chicken meatballs on a skewer, coated with sweet sauce); and fried tofu in miso glaze. Our next stop was just down the alley, at a little local joint where we could watch the cooking. They were a little more accepting of tourists and we snapped a few photos. In addition to both a cold sake and a hot sake, we sat on a little picnic table and sampled another array of interesting foods including motsunabe (tripe stew garnished with konjac and tofu); a beautiful tuna tartare ball served with chives and perilla leaf; hard boiled quail eggs on a skewer; shiro (pig colon seasoned with salt and citrus soy sauce served on a skewer); grilled tan (pork tongue served on a yakitori skewer); and a breaded fish cake. Here, Sami presented me with a beautiful artisanal sake cup for an early birthday present – what a surprise! Next up was a sake bar specializing in taruzake or cask sake. The sake is stored in a cedar cask to improve the flavor – and it really was quite good. What a fabulous end to a truly incredible three-hour tour!

    December 2019

    Jennifer B

    We enjoyed the Sake Tasting Tour with CityUnscripted. Sami was our guide and she did a truly exceptional job. We visited several local restaurants/bar in the Ueno area of Tokyo. Not only did she order us an array of sake, but she paired the sake with a variety of traditional Japanese dishes to try, many of which we would have never known how to order on our own. It was a true tasting experience of Tokyo. This is highly recommended!

    December 2019

    Jennifer B

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