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Evening Tokyo Walking Food Tour of Shimbashi

Highlights
  • Eat like a local on a walking food tour of Tokyo's Shimbashi district
  • Join thousands of 'salarymen' (Japanese office workers) for after-work snacks and drinks
  • Sample Japanese drinking food like ‘yakitori’ (grilled skewers), ‘gyoza’ (dumplings), and sashimi
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Evening Tokyo Walking Food Tour of Shimbashi
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Evening Tokyo Walking Food Tour of Shimbashi
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Overview
Pretend you’re a Japanese ‘salaryman’ for the evening on this 2.5-hour visit to the hidden drinking dens and casual ‘izakayas’ (food pubs) of Tokyo’s Shimbashi area. Loosen your tie and pour yourself a drink, because it’s quitting time in Tokyo – also known as the hour for eating, drinking and socializing. Snack on local favorites like "okonomiyaki" (Japanese-style savory pancake), "gyoza nabe" (dumpling hot pot), sashimi, "taiyaki" ( fish-shaped dessert) as you grab a quick bite and beer with thousands of Tokyo’s famous office workers. A local guide, plus food and drink tastings as specified, are included.
What to Expect
At 5pm, meet your guide at Shimbashi train station. Come hungry and thirsty, and ready for a 2.5-hour tour in which you will experience the endless rows, alleys, and twists and turns of Shimbashi, the 'salaryman center of the world.'  Known for its rustic izakayas and abundant food stalls, discover some of the area's most tucked-away places to grab some delicious food.
Begin your tour outside Shimbashi Station and enter the chasm of eateries filled on a nightly basis by the working class of Japan. You are instantly surrounded by thousands of salaryman descending upon their favorite izakaya bar to grab a quick bite and cold beer before taking the long train ride home.
Not far into your journey, stop for okonomiyaki, a savory pancake made by mixing ingredients like finely sliced squid, shrimp, pork, beef, and cabbage into a batter made from flour before grilling on a flat-iron grill. Wash your okonomiyaki down with a cold drink.
Continue winding your way through the maze of izakayas and long alleys filled with local eateries. Head to another spot that specializes in food from the south of Japan. This place grows their own vegetables and raises their own chickens so everything is extremely fresh. Try four different varieties of local food, each with a very distinct taste from this region of Japan.
Finally, enjoy a special traditional Japanese dessert called taiyaki, a fish-shaped street dessert with a choice of filling, cream or azuki (bean paste). Take advantage of the opportunity to see how the dessert is prepared; taste one of the best taiyaki you'll find in Tokyo and discover why it is the locals' all-time favorite. Take your time at the last spot and once everyone has satisfied their appetites, end the tour back at Shimbashi Station.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.
Reviews (19)
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Reviewed October 14, 2018
Fun, relaxing food tour of Ginza/Shimbashi area

Also described as the 'Allstar Food Tour', we had a fun evening, wandering around various locations in the Ginza and Shimbashi area, excellently led by Jennifer. It was a small group (four altogether), so felt more like a private tour. An interesting and diverse range...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank clubsandwich
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile
Hidden Gems!

So my wife and I bumped into Satoshi and Matthew whilst trying to find somewhere to eat in Shibuya. As luck would have it they were the best people in Japan to ask for food advice. Brilliant service. Enthusiastic people. Thoroughly would recommend to anyone...More

1  Thank AlexMartyniuk
Reviewed September 10, 2018
The perfect food tour!

Our hotel concierge arranged for a private tour with Arigato Tours. This tour is the closest to the one we had arranged. Our guide, Yoko, was wonderful and was able to answer all of our questions (we had a lot about manners, customs, etc) and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Serena T
Reviewed August 24, 2018
An amazing cultural and gastonomic experience

On the last night of our brief time in Tokyo prior to flying out to Vancouver our travel agent booked us a Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shombashi and Ginza operated by Arigato Japan. We met our guide, Ann, at the predetermined meeting place in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank johnt673
Reviewed July 31, 2018
Fun and Delicious

This was so much fun. It feels like you are being guided around by a good friend. The guide was so much fun and very informative. They offered insider knowledge about Japanese culture and how to eat Japanese food. The food was great by the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Kristina N G
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Response from 4mr1811 | Reviewed this property |
Probably about a ten to fifteen minute walk, depending on your pace. We stayed at the Mitsui Garden Ginza hotel, which is about three blocks straight down the street from the Courtyard, and Shimbashi was about ten-minutes... More
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