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Tokyo Food Tour - Past, Present, Future

food tasting

Tokyo Food Tour - Past, Present, Future

2 reviews
Duration
5.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English
food tasting

Tokyo Food Tour - Past, Present, Future

food tasting

Tokyo Food Tour - Past, Present, Future

2 reviews
Duration
5.5 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

This tour takes you on a journey through time, through food! Spanning three geographical districts of Tokyo & three periods of time we will cover the foundation of Japanese food (the Edo period; 1603 to 1868), the most popular present-day foods in Japan & futuristic fusion twists on traditional flavours. Starting in Nihonbashi, in the past, we will look at key ingredients & flavours that underpin Japanese food. We will enjoy traditional Japanese snacks that have been eaten for generations. Satsuma-age (fish cake), Amazake (rice drink), Imo Kenpi (potato chips) and Daifuku (glutinous rice mochi ). All of the shops that I have curated are over 100 years old, several date back to the Edo period itself! Next we take a short subway ride to present-day (Yurakcho). We will eat & drink like Salarymen at an Izakaya (Japanese style pub) & noodle stall under the railway tracks. We will have Yakitori (grilled meat on skewers), a Sour (alcoholic drink unique to Japan) &tempura soba ( noodle soup dish). At Tokyo Station we will try Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) & Fruits Sando. Arriving in Akihabara, an area famous for its electronics shops & Anime culture, we consider the future of food in Japan. We will try a selection of desserts which combine traditional flavours with a modern fusion twist. My special relationships with local producers allow a backstage access to their stories.

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Your host

Learn more about Laura

Laura

I am a storyteller with a special interest in everything food. I have been leading people from all nationalities on food walks since 2013. I have received excellence awards for the last 5 years from Tripadvisor and this year I received a Traveller' Choice award; the top top award that you can receive in the travel industry! I speak at travel industry conferences as an expert in quality and excellence within the field. I owe my success to the guests that come on my tours. It is their energy and enthusiasm for cross-cultural learning through the interactive tour experiences that I design that drives my passion. I am a passionate storyteller. I design culturally immersive tours around local people, local life and local stories. I integrate historical information through engaging storytelling.

What's included

Food
Satsuma-age (fried fish cake). Amazake (a healthy fermented rice drink). Imo Kenpi (sweet potato chips) Daifuku (glutinous…
Drinks
Lemon Sour (an alcoholic drink which is made from Shōchū which unique to Japan)

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Where you'll be

We will explore three key geographical areas of Tokyo. Nihonbashi (the past), Ginza / Tokyo Station (the present) and Akihabara (the future). We will visit traditional businesses who will welcome us into thier 'homes' and share their stories with us. In Yurackcho will we will eat at two small bars and restaurants built under the railway tracks! We will also visit a Shrine and learn about Japan’s indigenous religion of Shintoism.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend. This is a walking tour and you should expect to walk about 6.5 km or 4 miles in total over the 5.5 hours. You will need to be able to walk at a reasonable pace in a group environment. The group tour is not…

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Please note that this tour is not suitable for vegans or vegetarians. I can accommodate pescatarians.
Laura
Tokyo Food Tour - Past, Present, Future
2 reviews
From $158/person
2 reviews
From $158/person