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Tokyo by Night: Japanese Small Group Food Experience

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Chiyoda City, Japan
Tokyo by Night: Japanese Small Group Food Experience
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Overview

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.
  • 3-hour walking tour of Tokyo’s nighttime food scene, with all tastings included
  • Visit 3 eateries that few visitors know about
  • Try local favorites such as yakitori, monjayaki and wagashi
  • Wash your food down with a refreshing beer or sake
  • Learn about Tokyo’s culinary scene from your expert local guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
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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
Gratuities
Additional drinks (available for purchase)
2 Chome-9 Yurakucho , 2 Chome-9 Yurakucho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan

JR Yurakucho station, Ginza exit, in front of JR Reservation Ticket office (entrance is on the street level)

5:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Greet your guide at Yurakucho Station and embark upon your epicurean exploration of the city. Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Yakitori Alley, an atmospheric enclave replete with informal restaurants serving delectable yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). Smother this staple snack in home-made sauce then sip a sake for a refreshing aftertaste. 

Next, venture to Monja Street to sample the local delicacy of monjayaki, a pan-fried pancake favored by locals. Learn about the snack’s interesting origin as you chat with your chef and listen to your pancake sizzling on the grill.

Continue to Ginza, a district thronged with confectionery shops, while learning about the rich variety of Japanese sweets. Sample a sweet then conclude your culinary tour at a local pub that serves refreshing local beverages (own expense). Bid your guide and group farewell but feel free to remain in the bar after the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Yūrakuchō Station
The Tokyo nightlife starts after 5 pm and that’s when the tour starts. We will meet at a train station exit and we will walk along the under the train track Izakaya bars. You will see the unique part of Tokyo.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yurakucho Yokocho
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ginza
After being filled with good food, we will walk through Ginza filled with night lights and people who are enjoying the nightlife. We will also stop at a Japanese sweet shop and enjoy a seasonal or traditional sweet.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tsukishima Monja Street
Monja restaurant - We will catch a subway to a very local downtown area. This town is known for Monja, which is originally from Tokyo. We will enjoy cooking it on the grill on the table.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Japan
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tokyo by Night: Japanese Small Group Food Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tokyo by Night: Japanese Small Group Food Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Tokyo by Night: Japanese Small Group Food Experience.

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  • "I especially recommend this for solo travelers because it's a good chance to meet up with other people for part of a day." See review
  • "This is also a great way to meet people if you're looking for a bit of company on your trip." See review
  • "One drink was included with the meal, but everyone had the option of ordering more drinks at his or her own cost." See review

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star-4
Nice Tour, thanks Kiri!
Nick_P
, Mar 2020
We went on this tour to experience some restaurants we would not have ventured into on our own like the self cook Teppanyaki, it was great fun and food was delicious. Our host Kiri spoke good English and was very accommodating.
star-5
Great tour - a must do!
Helen_K
, Feb 2020
This was a great tour - Kenji our guide was lovely and very personable. The places we went to we would never have found by ourselves and we got to taste food that was really good and traditional - both the yakatori and savoury Japanese pancake were fantastic. This was by far the best tour we had while in Tokyo - could not recommend it enough. A lot of other tours are way too touristy and you don’t experience out of the ordinary things - also great to spend time with the lovely locals - this Kenji!
star-2
Not as exciting as I would have hoped for
Nigel
, Feb 2020
Would have preferred more of an underground tour. This was pretty dull. We just went to two restaurants which had been booked for a group.
star-5
Excellent
Carolyn_B
, Jan 2020
The food tour was a fabulous experience. I loved being lead to local, out of the way restaurants. We toasted with and talked to the locals which was such an uplifting experience. Our female guide was so helpful even regarding how to get back to the hotel. The food was delicious
star-5
Great night exploring off the path places
Patricia_Q
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Tomomi, provided our group of 9 with a great experience visiting restaurants that didn't have many tourists in them which was great. She made sure we all were taken care and understood the food and beverages. Definitely would recommend this to a friend.
star-5
Great evening, great food and new friends!
964beverlyp
, Nov 2019
Kiri was a terrific tour guide and went above and beyond to make us all comfortable and to be sure we were enjoying ourselves. He shared so much information about Tokyo, the culture, shopping and the best part, of course, was the food! He was so knowledgeable and took us to such fun places. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to get the flavor of Tokyo! Thank you Kiri!
star-5
Tokyo Night Food Tour
Sandra_K
, Nov 2019
Fun tour! Great guide that spoke wonderful English. Experienced local cuisine and customs. Saw Tokyo by night which was exciting! Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Stuff!
Ilkka_R
, Nov 2019
We enjoyed the tour. Walking, food and 2 drinks included!! Guide knew her stuff and kept 12 people very happy.
star-5
Great food tour
louissinclair
, Oct 2019
Snoopy was a great guide. The group sampled food we've never eaten but enjoyed. We visited restaurants that were off the beaten path where the locals eat. I would tour with him again.
star-5
Wonderful Experience
wilbyonclyde
, Oct 2019
This trip was wonderful. Our guide spoke good English and had a lovely personality. There were eight on our tour. Our guide took us to several different places to eat and we had some interesting local dishes that we would never have had the opportunity to experience if not for this tour. We had plenty to eat and we thoroughly recommend this tour.
star-5
great tour with a great guide
Paul I
, Oct 2019
some wonderful food experiences with a great guide that helped us understand not just the food,but also the history of the places that we visited and also the traditions surrounding the Japanese culture
star-5
A great food tour!
Wade_Q
, Oct 2019
Highly recommend this food tour. Aya was a great guide and really made it an excellent experience. Great food and a few ideas of places to visit in the future. Good job!
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Tina Y
, Oct 2019
Kiri was a friendly and knowledgeable guide and the food was great. Especially nice since I was travelling on my own and it was nice to chat with everyone.
star-1
Waste of money and time
Svetlana_N
, Oct 2019
I cannot call a tour a food tour because we spent most of the time walking leisurely at the streets and getting to places. Food was 6 very salty chicken little sticks divided between 2 people, so you are lucky to try one tiny peace, and cabbage pancakes that they cook in front of you. I am not a big fan of cabbage and was expecting much of different type of dishes rather than sitting in a small smoky cheap joint for 2 hr. Overalll, it was a ripoff. With abundance of restaurants on every corner, you can easily try different dishes yourself and for the price of tour-at least 5 whole meals. Waste of money, waste of time.
star-5
Amazing Experience!
Damian_J
, Sep 2019
We loved our Tokyo by Night Tour! The food was amazing and we went to very authentic Japanese places which we would not have gone to by ourselves! I also thought we would hungry by the end of it but we had more than enough food! Our guide was also excellent and very funny and kind. Would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
A great first night in Tokyo.
Grace_C
, Aug 2019
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+++.
star-4
Excellent food and guide
John Z
, Jul 2019
The food and guide on this tour were excellent. The only reason I didn't give it a fifth star is that I found the walking and train ride parts a little disjointed. I think that part could have been better coordinated. But if you want great food and a Monjya St restaurant experience, this is it.
star-5
Great evening tour with Tomomi
Venture23070432004
, Jun 2019
Tomomi-San was a great guide, making sure the small group of 3 was comfortable and given enough time in each location. Food was abundant and very tasty. Thank you for all the valuable information!
star-1
Not the Best Tour
Will_B
, May 2019
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.
star-5
Incredible Tour
Carly_W
, May 2019
This was an incredible tour and one that we would do again. Our guide Kiri took us to many places my boyfriend and I would have never found. The food was very authentic. Kiri was knowledgeable not just about food, but about the surrounding area. This is also a great way to meet people if you're looking for a bit of company on your trip. We went out with another tour mate to a bar (recommended by Kiri) after the tour was over.

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