Lonely Planet Experiences: A Tour Through Tokyo’s Kitchen (with World's Most Famous Fish Market)

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  • Food tour
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  • duration 2.5 hours
  • tour type Small group
  • max group size 8
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
  • Cross the most famous fish market in the world off your bucket list with a local on hand to guide you 
  • Sample a couple of fresh, tasty snacks in Tsukiji’s pulsing outer markets 
  • Discover the best craft and souvenir shops and meet the vendors behind the counter 
  • Enjoy a Japanese sake tasting and learn why sake is still the classic goto drink for locals
The Lonely Planet Experiences: A Tour Through Tokyo’s Kitchen (with World's Most Famous Fish Market) tour starts and ends in Tokyo. The Lonely Planet Experiences: A Tour Through Tokyo’s Kitchen (with World's Most Famous Fish Market) is a food tour that takes 2.5 hours.

Stroll through Tokyo’s kitchen and delight in the tastes, smells and sights of the world’s most famous fish market. Discover new flavour sensations and find out more about the people that work here. Round off the morning with an introduction to sake and a spirited tasting to whet your appetite. 

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  • Ms. Kathy
  • On Jan 24 2016
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“The walk far exceeded my expectations. Miguel was an excellent guide. He tailored the walk to the needs and interests of the group.”
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  • On Jun 26 2016
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“This class was great! We loved having the full experience- shopping for the ingredients, learning to make traditional Moroccan tea, learning to make a tajine, and of course getting to eat our work at the end!”
  • Mr. John
  • On Dec 25 2015
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“An exceptional Tour, the guide was excellent and the selection foods well representative (and Very good). We appreciated her knowledge of the local, and culture which complemented the food. We love Urban Adventures tours and this was one of the best.”

Spend your morning with us exploring the famous Tsukiji Fish Market              

We will start by wandering through Tsukiji’s outer market, which is brimming with vibrant food stalls and retail shops. This is the place to be if you’re looking for the freshest and dare we say, most delicious sushi breakfast one could ever hope for! 

The wholesale portion of the market where the famous tuna auction takes place has moved from the original Tsukiji site, a few kilometers across the water to Toyosu but Tsukiji still is the best place to check and try all the products sold in Toyosu. 

With over 2,500 tons and 450 types of fish coming through the wholesale market every day, you’re bound to come across some foods and fish you’ve never seen before. Squid jerky, anyone? Or perhaps scrambled eggs on a stick? No matter what kind of unusual snacks you may encounter, Tsukiji promises to be an experience for all five senses. 

Along the way, your tour guide will explain about the history of the market, all the different seafoods on offer, the legendary tuna auction (not included in the tour) and what a typical day is like for all the vendors who work inside the inner markets. We’ll stop to sample a couple of fresh foods, and you’re free to try any additional snacks at your own expense that may catch your eye or make you drool. Of course, it can be difficult to know where to start so your guide can point out some recommendations as well. 

Once we’re finished snacking, we’ll make our way to a nearby sake shop for a tasting and introduce you to Japan’s beloved beverage of choice. Learn how to taste the difference between different sakes and about the role it has played in Japanese culture. Be sure to tell us your favourite!  

Before you go off on your own, don’t forget to ask your local guide for additional tips on where else to visit during your stay in Tokyo.  

A visit to the new wholesale market is not included on this tour, but if you are interested in visiting, you guide will give you directions on how to get there. 

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tour of outer market
  • 2 popular snacks
  • Sake tasting.
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • tips/gratuities for your guide. Note this tour does not include the inner market
  • as guided groups are not permitted. However
  • your tour leader will give you tips for exploring on your own after the tour has finished.
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For any tour departures within 20 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 January 2022, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

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Meeting start point :

Higashi-ginza Station, Exit 3, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Toei Asakusa Line, at top of escalator on street level, in front of the little shrine at the Kabukiza Theatre.

Meeting end point :

Tsukiji Fish Market, accessible on Tsukiji Station, Hibiya Tokyo Metro Line

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated.
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