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Tokyo - Private Tokyo After 5 Tour with a Local Guide

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    What to Expect
    Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this private Tokyo tour enjoy the food culture of Tokyo from an ordinary businessman’s perspective, as well as the tradition of foods in everyday life of Tokyo. Come solo or book it as a private group outing for you and your travel mates!

    Throughout your Tokyo food tour, your local guide will explain the history of food and places you visit, sharing with you their own personal experiences and food-related family traditions and customs during the tour.

    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.

    After having a drink to go with the yakitori, we’ll travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated. Often compared with Okonomi-yaki in Osaka, Monja-yaki is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. The ingredients are finely chopped and mixed into the batter before grilling. You’ll have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate. In true local style, you’ll use a small metal spatula for cutting it to pieces then chopsticks to eat with right from the grill.

    We’ll take a quick stroll through Ginza, where you can find great confectionery shops and learn about the rich variety of traditional Japanese sweets — and, best of all, choose one to try! Usually made of rice and red beans, these sweets change based on the ingredients available at each time of year, and even their shapes are inspired by what you can find in nature during that season.

    Your tour ends here but don’t forget to ask for tips on what else to see do and eat during your stay. Fancy a cool local bar or a karaoke place? We’d be happy to recommend our favourites so that your night can continue.  Equally, your guide can help with directions back to your accommodation or you can return to the start point with them.

    (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Tokyo After 5 group tour.)
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    2 Chome-9 Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
    Departure Time
    5:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local English speaking guide
    • Public transportation
    • Five assorted skewered yakitori
    • Monja-yaki, one wagashi
    • Two local drinks (sake, beer or soft drink)
    • Dinner
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • All other drinks (more sake, beer, or soft drinks), tips / gratuities for your guide.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
    • Children under age 12 are not permitted to join this tour.
    • Legal age for drinking alcohol in Japan is 20 years old. Customers under 20 will be served non-alcoholic drinks only.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Kirihara Takahiro - tour escort was very informative on the areas we visited like the Ginza and also a great chef when it came to dining around the hot plate at our last food experience.
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    Our Tokyo food tour with Aya-san was one of the best experiences we had in Japan. The restaurants we visited were authentic and the food was delicious. Aya was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable of Japanese cuisine and culture, and spoke English very well. We recommend this tour
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    Response from UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo - Private Tokyo After 5 Tour with a Local Guide
    Responded 1 week ago
    Dear Mike-san and Noriko-san Thank you so much for taking the time to share and tell us about your experience! I am really glad to heard you liked the meal and the tour. I was happy to showing you part of the cities and sharing the information. I hope you are enjoying Japan and another “Shochu”. Have a great trip! Thank you so much again for your kind review. Best regards, Aya
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    Our guide Tomomi was incredibly nice and informative. Great tour of the different areas of Tokyo. Would highly recommend this tour.
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    Response from UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo - Private Tokyo After 5 Tour with a Local Guide
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! We are very pleased to read that you had nice time with informative Tomomi. Thank you so much for helping spread us! Best regards, Tokyo Team
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    This tour is a great way to sample the food and culture. Our local guide Yuki was fun and I informative . We went to a couple of restaurants and hopped in the metro between locations . Yuki made sure we had a good night and explained a lot about life in Japan.
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    Response from UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo - Private Tokyo After 5 Tour with a Local Guide
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write reviews 5 stars! We are pleased to hear Yuki delivered you enjoyable tour. We have another tour, if you come back Tokyo please try it! Best regards, Tokyo Team
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    We had a wonderful time on this tour with Aya who is a delightful, helpful and fun guide. The food was great, the company was great, and recommend this tour highly
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    Response from UA_Staff, Staff at Tokyo - Private Tokyo After 5 Tour with a Local Guide
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for choosing us for taking the time to write a lovely reviews! It was a lovely night with lovely guests, I am really glad to heard you enjoyed the tour. Thank you so much for cooperating to make great tour! I hope you will enjoy rest of your time in Japan. Have a great trip! Best regards, Aya
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