Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho, Kabukicho and Golden Gai Food Tour

Food & Drink Tour
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    Arigato Japan Food Tours

    We are Arigato Japan Food Tours and our goal is to help you make delicious memories of Japan during your travels to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima! On our tours you’ll taste local and regional specialties like okonomiyaki, yakitori, sashimi, taiyaki, gyoza, nabe, yakisoba and so much more. We will show you places locals cherish for an off-the-beaten-path, foodie experience of daily life in Japan that you won’t soon forget.

    • Cultural ExperienceAuthentic local eateries and izakayas in Tokyo
    • 7 Days a WeekPromptly starts at 5:00pm
    • Yurakucho, Ginza, Shinbashi

    We love this charming nightlife tour! You will get a chance to enjoy many kinds of sushi and yakitori (skewers) as well as classic RAMEN! (on everyone’s MUST TRY LIST) Throughout your adventure you will have the chance to try 10 different Japanese foods.

    Start your tour by walking through the busy streets of Shinjuku heading straight for Omoide Yokocho (literally “Memory Lane”) as our first stop. Omoide Yokocho is rightfully named as it is littered with rustic food stalls and bars from the 1950s. Anyone of the older generation will feel as if they stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century. Many of these spots still stay true to their roots, serving roasted giblets with beef and pork, which was a staple when food was scarce after World War II. We will have a drink together and some skewers in one of the most charming parts of Tokyo; it will give you a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine mostly with locals. (Please NOTE this tour is for Adults over 20 years of Age)

    From there we will make our way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest, yet safest, red light district. Learn more about this very famous area as your guide explains to you Japanese izakayas, the amazing world of karaokes and Robot restaurant as well as other hidden gems of Kabukicho. You will enjoy two delicious famous foods. First, Tonkotsu Ramen with a pork broth simmered for hours and hours delivering a very creamy, savoury taste! We will also explain the history, and manners for eating different types of ramen. Next we head to Golden Gai. You will sample some very local sushi that you will surely enjoy! We will end our tour with a ramble through the back drinking alleys at GoldenGai where you can continue on and choose the cozy bar of your choice.

    As we wander in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood you can explore an area known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique izakaya, tiny bars, and pub-nightlife. A glimpse back to what Tokyo was like during the early and middle of the 20th century; Golden Gai venues are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Despite the run-down appearance, Golden Gai generally attracts well-off clientele and their prices match accordingly and has become one of the most expensive places to drink in the city. Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars where most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely packed nightlife area in the world, Golden Gai will be a glimpse of Tokyo you will never forget.

    Meeting Location

    After exiting the JR East Exit gate, take the exit for Kabukicho

    Our staff will be waiting in front of the Police Box (Koban) holding an “Arigato Japan” sign. There is a lot of walking on the tour so please wear comfortable shoes.

    WEATHER REMINDER: 
    On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.

    Monday – Sunday (7 days)
    Meeting Time Frame 4:45 – 5:00 pm
    Start Time 5:00 pm
    End Time 8:00 pm

    Tour Details

    For this tour, it is possible (with advanced notice at the time of booking) to make adjustments to support the following dietary restrictions:

    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • Pescatarian
    • Gluten Free
    • Shellfish Free
    • Pork Meat Free

    Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.

    Please Note

    Add more fun to your tour with our Karaoke After Party package.

    We are able to take single traveler bookings for this tour. Please feel free to book directly and we will add you into an existing tour group.

    We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team.

    • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
    • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
    • Children 13 and above – full price

    Most people get caught up in the lights and sounds of Shibuya which often lead you astray to commercialized restaurants with cheap introductory prices that charge you for compulsory add-ons no on really wants.

    Tour Notes

    Minimum of 2 people needed to book this tour. If you are a single traveler, please email us directly. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

    We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team at [email protected] 

    • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
    • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
    • Children 13 and above – full price

    We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.

    Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case. 

    Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However if you would prefer a private tour please see the additional fees below and click the add on button on your cart when you check out. 

    For a more customized experience, make your tour private for an additional $175 + TAX (min. 2 people) (5+ $250 + TAX)

    Private Food Tour Add-on (1-4 people) (+$175.00)
    Private Food Tour Add-on (5+ people) (+$250.00)

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