March – April 2020 Sakura Series
22 – 28 March 2020 – SOLD OUT
29 March – 4 April 2020
5 – 11 April 2020 – SOLD OUT
* tour departures subject to minimum of 4 guests
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Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to your hotel.
On arrival at check in you will receive an orientation pack. Unpack and settle in.
Welcome and orientation. We begin the tour with introductions and an overview of the week along with a Japanese style breakfast. Following breakfast, we set off on the metro to Shinjuku.
We visit the food hall at Isetan department store, perhaps the best food hall in the world. Wander the aisles and marvel at the displays of prepared meals, cakes, desserts, seafood, meats, fruit and vegetables and typical Japanese snacks.
Lunch is at a nearby tempura restaurant. Serving tempura since 1935, this restaurant has turned the preparation of this lacy delicacy into an art, using the freshest ingredients and their own blend of sesame oil. We will see the chefs prepare lunch from our front row seats.
The afternoon is free to explore. You may want to head back to Isetan or do some shopping in Shinjuku. Shibuya Crossing is just three stops away. It is said to be the busiest crossing in the world with an estimated 3000 people crossing during peak times.
Optional: Enjoy a sake and shochu tasting in the early evening. Join Christopher Pellegrini at a sake bar in Shinjuku for a 90 minute experience sampling a selection of top-notch sake and shochu. See how different and dynamic the two national drinks can be. Christopher is the author of the first English language book on shochu and a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. Please note that a minimum of four guests is required for this option.
Dinner tonight is at a neighbourhood izakaya in Yoyogi-Uehara. Serving modern Japanese cuisine, this izakaya has a Michelin Bib Gourmand, special recognition for outstanding food. The well-chosen sake list offers over 60 varieties of Japan’s national drink.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Rise and shine. We start the day with a trip to Tsukiji market for a breakfast of chirashi sushi. Afterwards we wander through the laneways and stalls selling fresh fish, vegetables, pickles and dried goods, knives and kitchenware. We will stop to sample some snacks along the way.
Lunch is at a restaurant specialising in yakiniku. Here we dine on Japanese beef, grilling four different cuts at the table. From our private dining room, we have a view over the leafy streets of Kyobashi.
The afternoon is free to enjoy. The shops of Ginza are close by and Hibiya Park is just a 15 minute walk.
Dinner tonight is at a modern kaiseki restaurant in Ginza with many small and beautifully presented courses. Learn about the history of kaiseki while enjoying seasonal cuisine in this intimate restaurant.
Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner.
Join us for morning tea at Almond Café in Roppongi. The original branch opened in 1946 in Shimbashi with this café at Roppongi Crossing opening in 1964. The catchphrase “Meet me at the Almond” makes it probably the best-known café in Tokyo.
We then walk to lunch. Our restaurant has views overlooking a park in the heart of Roppongi. Our menu features miso and vinegared products and is based around home-cooked dishes from Nagano prefecture.
The afternoon is free to explore. The National Art Gallery and Mori Tower are both a short walk away in Roppongi. Alternatively, take the metro to to Naka-Meguro for a stroll along the cherry tree lined canal with its many cafes and boutique shops.
We meet again in the early evening to visit a yakiton standing bar in Akasaka. We will select a few pork skewers before dining at a lively seafood izakaya with links to the fish market.
After dinner, weather permitting, we can navigate the backstreets of Akasaka to your hotel.
Morning tea, lunch, pre-dinner drink and yakiton, dinner.
This morning we journey to Asakusa and visit the laneways lined with traditional shops and restaurants. We stop to sample pickles and rice crackers, mochi and taiyaki.
We continue through to Kappabashi, kitchen town where you can purchase knives, crockery and all things kitchen related.
Lunch is a short taxi ride away in Nezu, dining at a famous udon restaurant in peaceful surroundings. Here the noodles are made in-house daily. While waiting for our noodles we will order a selection of delicious side dishes. This restaurant holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
The afternoon is free to explore. While in Nezu, you may choose to visit the Nezu Shrine. There is also a lovely walk between Nezu and Yanaka, two very old suburbs of Tokyo. Ueno Park is nearby and home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo and several shrines.
Dinner tonight is at a popular yakitori restaurant in Yoyogi-Uehara. Chef Suzuki has been serving delicious Jidori chicken cooked over bincho charcoal since 2003. The seasonal grilled vegetables are almost as good as the chicken.
Snacks, lunch and dinner.
This morning we take the metro to Omote-Sando for a tea experience. Learn about the preparation of Japanese tea and enjoy delicious Japanese sweets at this very Instagrammable tea laboratory.
Lunch is at a well-known tonkatsu restaurant serving panko-crumbed pork at its best. Chef Oishi has spent a lifetime perfecting this dish and personally cooks every meal. The restaurant is set in a traditional house in the Nishi-Azabu neighbourhood.
The afternoon is free to explore. Walk with us back to Omote-Sando from where you can peruse the shops along Omote-Sando Dori though to Harajuku, exploring the side streets and alleyways filled with high fashion, cafes and quirky Japanese shops.
In the early evening we head to the Andaz Tokyo Hotel for a pre-dinner cocktail and watch the sun go down and the lights go on over Tokyo from the bar on the 51st floor.
Tonight’s farewell dinner is at a top sushi restaurant. From our counter seats we see the chefs prepare our sushi piece by piece, using the freshest seafood on offer that day.
Tea experience, lunch, pre-dinner drink, dinner.
Check out of your hotel and return to the airport or continue on your own Japan adventures.
Printable copy of Eating Tokyo Itinerary
Who is this tour suitable for?
They make it their mission when travelling to uncover where locals dine and love sharing their finds with other food enthusiasts.
- Eating Tokyo hosts Sue Dempsey and Janice Kirkwood
- Welcome breakfast
- Breakfast at Tsukiji market
- Lunch and dinner daily
- Morning tea at an iconic cafe
- Pre-dinner drink and morsels at a standing bar
- Street food snacks and samples
- Farewell drink at the Andaz Hotel 51st floor bar
- Japanese tea and wagashi tasting
- Escorted daily events and markets as per itinerary
- Local transport- subway, taxis
- 6 nights hotel accommodation (Sunday to Friday, check out Saturday)
What’s not included
- Airport transfers
- Insurance and visa documentation
- Alcohol and drinks
- Items of a personal nature including shopping
- Optional experiences
Cost of tour
2019 Eating Tokyo tours
From $3995 per person – double occupancy
From $4315 per person – single occupancy