Small Group Tokyo Food Tour - A Journey Through Time Through Food

This 5.5 hours tour takes you on a journey through time, through food! Spanning three geographical districts of Tokyo and three periods of time this food tour covers the foundation of Japanese food and cooking (the Edo period), the most popular present-day foods in Japan and finishes in the future with some fusion twists on traditional flavours. Visit Nihonbashi, Ginza / Tokyo Station and Akihabara. Enjoy 14 Japanese food tastings. Come hungry!
* Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
* Starts: Chuo City, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




This 5.5 hours tour takes you on a journey through time, through food! Spanning three geographical districts of Tokyo and three periods of time this food tour covers the foundation of Japanese food and cooking (the Edo period), the most popular present-day foods in Japan and finishes in the future with some fusion twists on traditional flavours. Visit Nihonbashi, Ginza / Tokyo Station and Akihabara. Enjoy 14 Japanese food tastings. Come hungry!

Itinerary
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Stop At: Nihonbashi, Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto

Starting in Nihonbashi, in the past, we will look at key ingredients and flavours that underpin Japanese food. We will learn about Dashi, the stock that forms the base of many Japanese dishes. We will focus in on two key ingredients; Katsuobushi and Kelp. From there we will enjoy some traditional Japanese snacks that have been eaten for generations. Satsuma-age (fried fish cake), Amazake (a healthy fermented rice drink), Imo Kenpi (sweet potato chips) and Daifuku (glutinous rice mochi with a sweet filling). All of the shops that we have chosen have been carefully curated. All are over 100 years old, several date back to the Edo period itself!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Nihonbashi Bridge, 1-chome, Nihonbashi, Chuo 103-0027 Tokyo Prefecture

Nihonbashi Bridge

Stop At: Fukutoku Shrine, 2-4-14 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo 103-0022 Tokyo Prefecture

Fukutoku Shrine: Discover the differences between Shrines and Temples. Learn how to cleanse your spirit and pray at a shrine.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ginza, Chuo 104-0061 Tokyo Prefecture

Arriving into Ginza / Yurakucho we learn about how Japan industrialised after the war. With industrialisation came Salarymen and with Salarymen came Gado Shita’s (small bars and restaurants built under the railway tracks) to serve the working men before their commute home. We will eat and drink like Salarymen at an Izakaya (Japanese style pub) and noodle stall under the tracks. On our menu we have Yakitori (grilled meat on skewers), a Sour (an alcoholic drink which is unique to Japan) and tempura soba or curry udon ( noodle soup dishes).

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stop At: Yurakucho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan

Arriving into Ginza / Yurakucho we learn about how Japan industrialised after the war. With industrialisation came Salarymen and with Salarymen came Gado Shita’s (small bars and restaurants built under the railway tracks) to serve the working men before their commute home. We will eat and drink like Salarymen at an Izakaya (Japanese style pub) and noodle stall under the tracks. On our menu we have Yakitori (grilled meat on skewers), a Sour (an alcoholic drink which is unique to Japan) and tempura soba or curry udon ( noodle soup dishes).

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stop At: Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture

From the railway tracks of Ginza and Yurakcho, we stroll to Tokyo Station calling in at the impressive International Forum Building on the route.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kitte Marunouchi, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture

Kitte Building

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba, 1-9, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture

At Tokyo Station we will try some foods popularly eaten on a commute home; Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) and a Fruits Sando (Japanese milk bread sandwich filled with fresh fruits and whipped cream).

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Daimaru Tokyo, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-6701 Tokyo Prefecture

At Tokyo Station we will try some foods popularly eaten on a commute home; Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) and a Fruits Sando (Japanese milk bread sandwich filled with fresh fruits and whipped cream).

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Akihabara, Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

Arriving in Akihabara, an area famous for its many electronics shops, Maid Cafes and Anime culture, we consider the future of food in Japan. We will be trying a selection of desserts which combine traditional foods or flavours with a modern fusion twist. In addition to our three fusion desserts, we will discuss Akihabara’s prominence in bringing new technology, ideas and subcultures to Japan.

Duration: 45 minutes