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 A Tour Through Tokyo’s Kitchen, Tokyo tour

A Tour Through Tokyo’s Kitchen (with World's Largest Fish Market)

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

Highlights:
  • Cross the largest fish market in the world off your bucket list with a local 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 go-to drink for locals

Tour style:Family friendly tour; Iconic sites
Inclusions:Local English-speaking guide, tour of outer market, 2 popular snacks, sake tasting.
Exclusions: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.
Group size:Maximum 8
Schedule details:
  • Duration:2.5 hours
  • Meeting 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.

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  • Start time: 8.00 AM
  • Finish point:

    Tsukiji Fish Market.


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Additional information: Since this tour starts in the early morning during rush hour, we recommend you leave your hotel with plenty of time to make it to the meeting point. Note that as group tours are prohibited in the inner market, this site will not be included in the tour. However, your tour leader will provide all the relevant details for a self-guided visit.
  • Dress standard: Please wear closed-toe shoes, due to wet floors in the inner market. We recommend sneakers.
  • Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • Language: English


Itinerary:

Spend your morning with us exploring Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest market of its kind in the world.                

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!

With over 2,500 tons and 450 types of fish coming through the 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! 

As tour groups are prohibited from entering the inner markets, we’ll leave you at the door to Tsukiji’s inner markets where you can go explore on your own and watch the wholesale vendors in action. Watch your step because things can “get a little fishy” as you carefully maneuver through the market’s chaotic, narrow and wet streets. Though visitors are not allowed to take photos inside the inner market, you won’t forget this extraordinary experience!

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


Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 8 people.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.