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Eat & Drink like a Local in Tokyo

Tokyo

15 reviews
4 hours | from $105.00 pp
Food is at the heart of modern Japanese culture and Tokyo is the ultimate destination for foodies. From street side yakitori to six seater sushi joints and traditional izakaya bursting with life, you’ll be dreaming of Tokyo’s food long after you leave. Taste the foods in your "must try" list but also discover an incredible variety of other delicious dishes that you've never heard of and which you can only discover with a local who knows where to find them! If you want an authentic experience of Tokyo then this is it!
4 hrs
Start when you want
Private & personalised
Walking

What you'll do

Join a Local Host who knows where to find the best eateries and izakaya (drinking & eating houses) in the city and eat your way around the city together, discovering incredible eateries where the locals really love to eat.

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Get to know Tokyo’s food scene; from traditional izakaya where the locals gather with friends and colleagues to share food and drinks, to hole in a wall eateries with big character and some of the best ramen bars where locals line up at 6 am, your local will take take you to well known as well as off the beaten path spots where you can taste the best local dishes and get an authentic taste of local life.

Immerse yourself in the local food culture with a Local Host who will select 6-8 of their favourite foods to try out based on your food preferences and while you're at it, discover markets, stores, street food and local eateries together. 

Spend time getting to know your Local Host, chat about your favourite foods and get some insider recommendations for the best local places to eat for the rest of your trip. 

 

What To Expect

We’ll be in touch within 24 hours of booking by email to find out more about your personality and tastes, as well as any dietary requirements so we can assign a like-minded Local Host who will create a bespoke experience for you. 

Your Local Host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience you can always change your mind about what you want to do.

Your Local Host may also suggest adjustments or new routes if they feel that there is something just around the corner that you may enjoy, or perhaps if the weather affects your itinerary.

Although you will visit well known eateries and markets in the area, your Local host will also help you to discover the places, foods and stories that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make Tokyo unique.

  

What's Included

* Private and personalised experience
* 4 hours with a Local Host
* 6-8 foods to taste selected by your Local Host based on your preferences
* 2 beers or soft drinks
* Tastings of unique Japanese soft drinks from the vending machines or convinience stores
* Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)

 

What's Not Included

* Food and drinks other than the ones included in the experience
* Tickets to any attractions
* Transportation costs 
* Gratuities (optional)

 

Meeting Point

Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Local Host. Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested, or your Local Host will meet you at a convenient location close to the start of your experience.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 14 days before your experience and get a full refund.

Experience Highlights

* Eat and drink like a local!
* Discover the eateries where locals really love to eat, and try the different dishes they make 
* Learn about the food culture in Tokyo from your local 
* Try new dishes and discover local ingredients 
* Try a couple of the most popular drinks unique to Japan from the hundreds of vending machines in the streets
* Get tips and recommendations for other dishes to eat and the best places to find them  

Total: USD
per adult
Experience type
Private and personalised to what you want to see and do.
Money back guarantee
We'll refund your money if you're not happy with your experience.
Languages
Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.
Kids go free
Kids up to 15 years old go free

Reviews

Michael A

Tokyo is more than only Sushi

We had a great time with Mithila as our guide. Four hours of culinary adventure! During our tour we had many local specialties across Tokyo, without any hurry. At the end Mithila showed us some great places we could explore by our own, with even more delicious japanese food. This excursion is really highly recommended!

Michael D

A culinary adventure

We had Mithila as our guide for this trip. Four hours of culinary adventure. During our tour we had many local specialties across Tokyo, without any time pressure. At the end Mithila showed us where some great places we could explore by our own, with even more delicious japanese food. This excursion is really highly recommended!

Taylor  O

Tokyo, Marin, and Smiles all around

Our tour guide Marin was extremely friendly and well-versed in getting around the Shinjuku and Shibuya area of Tokyo!! She met us promptly at the desired time and aided both me and my wife to any desired destination we wanted to visit. We initially made plans to eat specific foods, but we’re offered alternatives that were well within our budget and were more illusive than what we could have obtained ourselves. This made the experience feel much more wholesome than stumbling our way through communicating in restaurants where English speakers and menus were not available. Marin, being from another country, also offered a well-versed explanation of the differences between Japanese, French, English, and Australian cuisine. We enjoyed speaking with her about her past experiences with traveling, the ways in which she became accustomed to eating and living in Japan. This was a special trip for us (honeymoon) and we wanted to feel immersed but comfortable in our travels. She did all of this and more, adding little hints of information about the districts we were exploring and all of the options of food she could offer! Japan, as a country that is often shrouded in mystery, became much more relatable with her guidance during our excursion with her. I would say that a part that was unfortunate, but not Marin’s fault, is that we chose a Sunday to do our food tour which caused some eating spaces to be closed earlier than expected. Again, not her fault! Just bad timing on our part. I would suggest doing a food tour with her 100%. She even stayed with us after her appointed time and showed us more spots to explore on our own accord. We took her out for a drink and more food after because we appreciated her kindness and wanted to get to know her even better! After, she even directed us to the JR railway, and showed us how to get home. This made us feel safe in an unfamiliar city, and we left feeling satisfied and smiling. Thank you Marin! We hope to see you again in the future as a tour guide again, and perhaps even a friend! Much love, Taylor & Taylor

Ranji D

THANK YOU!

On behalf of Christina and myself I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for your time and the tour yesterday. It wasn't the easiest of conditions, but thank you for working around the pouring rain (POURING!) and for finding a way to incorporate the things we wanted to eat and try (subway negotiations! food halls! gyozas! macha icecream!) while showing us Ginza and Shibuya. And for the tips, too. Enjoy your well deserved time off and if you're in Singapore, holler!