Tantalise the taste buds with this full day Tokyo food tour. Explore the different facets of Japanese food culture, from traditional tea houses to bizarre displays of plastic food to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Dine on sushi, tempura and other exotic delicacies on this delightfully delicious day out.
A Taste of Tokyo - Full Day
Today’s tour will begin at 08:30. It’s an early start to make the most of this full day Tokyo food tour. Set off for the Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest fish markets. Explore the stalls, learning about the various marine products on sale and observing the deft skills of the fish mongers as they clean the seafood.
Stop for a breakfast of fresh sushi at a nearby restaurant before continuing to Hama-Rikyu Teien. Once the private garden of an Edo-period lord, the tranquil compound is now open to the public. Stroll through the grounds to a traditional tea house which overlooks the park’s lake. Enjoy a snack and a cup of matcha, Japanese green tea, while the guide explains about the rituals and ceremonies surrounding tea drinking.
Then it’s time to see Tokyo from a different angle with a short cruise along the Sumida River. Watch the city’s skyline pass by as the boat makes its way to Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s old town. Wander along the vibrant streets, enjoying a bit of window shopping at the main craft stalls that fill the district. Around midday, pop into one of Asakusa’s restaurants for lunch. The set menu will include tempura, a speciality of the Asakusa district.
The experience continues this afternoon with a walk to Kappabashi. Also known as ‘Kitchenware Town’ this unusual neighbourhood is filled with stores selling everything that restaurateurs need from pots and pans to signs and lanterns and much more. Take a closer look at the bizarre plastic food models which are often placed outside of restaurants to lure diners. Learn how this craze started and how these tiny sculptures are produced.
Last stop for the day is Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Formerly the site of a black market after World War II, this bustling market is now filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices. Take note of the food on sale as the guide points out some of the items that are most popular with Tokyo’s residents.
Depending on time, wrap up this Tokyo food tour with either a transfer back to the hotel or remaining in the Ameyokocho area.
- Tsukiji Market is closed on Sundays, national holidays, and occasionally on Wednesdays.
- The planned relocation for the inner markets has been postponed until further notice.
- Most of the shops in Kappabashi are closed on Sundays and national holidays.
- The tour may be cancelled in case of heavy rain.
- Please contact your Travel Consultant for availability. Please note that all of the services and tours have yet to be booked and that they are proposed for your reference only. We will start making reservations after we receive your confirmation.
- Please inform your Travel Consultant of any special dietary requirements and physical conditions that you may have. We strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance that also covers emergency medical evacuation.
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