If you've come to Japan for some good eating, you've come to the right place! Be it in Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, or our home city Osaka, we've got some nice foodie options lined up to you! And our tours don't just feed, they entertain and (painlessly) educate too, making for memorable experiences.
Learn about real-life Osaka. Then get down to some eating. Experience two of Osaka's most dynamic and delicious foodie neighborhoods on this small group (a maximum of only six guests), guided nighttime tour. With a (hopefully) humorous native or honestly native-equivalent English speaker as your guide, you'll giddily explore the Tenma and Kyobashi neighborhoods, punctuated by a healthy and hearty dinner's worth of tasty and distinctive treats. Dishes vary by night, but local favorites such as dote nikomi (slow cooked beef), sashimi and also cooked fish, vegetable dishes in the local style, kushi katsu (fried food on sticks), and so, so much more. We can accommodate most any dietary restriction, so vegetarians and even vegans need not fret. While out and about over the course of our evening, you'll also learn about the history and culture of food and life in general here in Osaka, along the way getting great insider tips about this fascinating city. With a full dinner and three drinks included in your tour, you can forget about the needless anxiety and mystery surrounding the added-cost surprises that some other evening adventures may foist upon you. Over the course of the night, there will be about one and a half hours of walking around and exploring, and about one and a half hours of eating. It's a nice balance, if we do say so ourselves! Depending on the evening, all or some of the restaurants may be the local "standing bar" type restaurants – social, lively places that have amazing in-house made food in addition to a bountiful drink selection. Osaka is famous for its food, and you're going to see it all tonight! Except takoyaki and okonomiyaki, because you can eat those on your own or with some more pedestrian Osaka walkabout! :) Prepare for a tasty and entertaining romp through a very real, very local Osaka! Bye, bye Dotonbori! Oh, and by the way, if you're interested in trying some Kobe beef, check out our affordably priced Kobe beef option at checkout! Know Before You Book The legal drinking age in Japan is 20. While not overtly risque, the tour includes commentary and contents that may not be suitable for pre-teens.
You and no more than five others will explore the local foods and entertainment districts of Kyoto on a not-so-standard, all-inclusive walking and eating nighttime tour! You'll mingle with locals, eat regional specialties at two different standing bar/restaurants, and be given a visual feast of a primer on the various nightlife scenes in Kyoto, from geiko (a.k.a. "geisha") on down. With a native or equivalent English speaking guide at your side, you'll get a clear understanding of what the area is all about. And with some great food and a couple of (included) drinks in you, the merriment will be all the more! For those looking to delve even deeper into Kyoto's foodie background, we offer an optional 1.5 hour pre-tour delve into the markets of Kyoto! We'll walk you through a local supermarket and explain the basics of a Japanese home's kitchen, and in turn, the basics of Japanese food. Then, we do a detailed dissection across an abundance of Japanese delicacies as we stroll down the famous Nishiki Market's main promenade. Know Before You Book Confirmation will be received at time of booking. The minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years old. Reservations for up to 8 people are accepted, with any group of 6 and over being guaranteed private.
Spending the night in Hiroshima? What a fantastic idea! More and more visitors are discovering the charms of Hiroshima beyond the day-trip top sights. Naturally, since we absolutely love Hiroshima, our passions flow unbridled when it comes to sharing all that's good and great about this fine city. While others may give you a drink and a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki and call it a day, we are intent on taking you deeper into real life here! And we do it all-inclusively. Because, let's be honest: Surprise charges while on tour are a real downer. Our nighttime frolic in Hiroshima focuses on two imperatives: Showing you the way locals enjoy themselves with a night on the town, and feeding you well and with great variety. We'll also ply you with a few drinks, if you're interested. Again, everything is included on our tour (gratuities too!), so no need to worry about spending a single, shiny yen while in our company. Fresh seafood, tempura, slow cooked foods, grilled items, and so much more await you. And if you've got eating restrictions, that's cool too -- just let us know. Best of all, after our tour, you'll have both a happy tummy and also a keen understanding of modern day Hiroshima culture. Please join us on this very delicious, very local, very non-mass-produced, very small group nighttime adventure. We're downright giddy thinking about your arrival! :) And perhaps a little too verbose as well.
We think everyone should experience a small group (maximum of 6 guests), food and drink inclusive Tokyo night tour that takes you deeper than what the Shinjuku or Shibuya areas can provide. Come with us and leave the canned, prefab tourist run behind, and instead get yourself a look into how locals unwind after work, all with nary a tourist in sight. Over the course of our 3 hours together, we'll visit 3 different standing bar restaurants (known as "tachinomi" in Japanese), which could roughly be depicted as bustling tapas places. There will be plenty of food, just in case the "bar" part makes you think otherwise. But there'll be drinks too. We spread our tachinomi visits across two different neighborhoods, with a six minute train ride between the two. Adjunct to the tachinomi odyssey is a slightly more anthropological one, as we cover along the way a bounty of cultural sights and topics, from nightlife to grocery shopping and more. With food, three drinks, and train fare included, you won't need to spend a single, shiny yen this carefree night. Our goal is to take you away from the visitor masses, and show you the sights, flavors, and people that make Tokyo nights special. By keeping our groups small, we can navigate relatively under the radar, and you're almost certain to get the opportunity to chat with locals too. People sometimes tell us their night with us is like a night out with friends who know where to go in Tokyo. Nothing makes us happier :) Know Before You Book Japan's drinking age is 20. Minimum participant age is 15. You will be spending most of the night walking or standing, just as the locals do when they do a night out like this.
Osaka's not known for great food for nothing, and here's an experience that will show you why. No takoyaki, no okonomiyaki: We're talking about honest-to-goodness Japanese tender, well-marbled beef from Kobe or the nearby countryside. Of course, you could go to a variety of restaurants and have a nice meal of Kobe beef here in Osaka, but for around the same price, we give you so, so much more. First, you'll get a hands-on education at a local "wet" market, where a deeper understanding of all things Japanese from fruit and vegetable to fish and of course the region's famous beef awaits you. We'll not point out ingredients in the market, but also tell you how they are used and the flavors they impart. And it bears repeating that this is a *local* market. Go to Kuromon Market if you must, but it will be nothing like what you find on this tour. Your chef/guide will then walk with you the approximately five minutes from the market to his standing-bar restaurant, which will be reserved in its entirety for the exclusive use of the tour. This is the point where we transition from ingredients procurement to utilization, as the chef, with your optional participation, prepares the beef and its accoutrements, as well as the tasty side dishes to accompany your meal. Rest assured the meat will be cooked just as you like it (which we hope will not be "well done"!) on an authentic Japanese teppan grill. With included sake (Japanese rice wine) or other drink in hand, it's time for the most fun part of all, eating! Indulge in three different meat styles and preparations, garlic fried rice, and some Japanese-style omelet too. By the time all those plates are clear, you'll be smiling ear-to-ear! Before you know it, the experience will come to a close and the restaurant will open up the the general public, at which point you are more than welcome to stick around. There's a little bit of everything here: local market adventuring, a fun cooking class, and then lots 'o spectacular food and drink to go around, all under the tutelage of a Japanese chef in this centrally located part of the city. Come get local with us.
Welcome to Nagoya! While others may have skipped over Nagoya for the bright green tourist pastures of Tokyo or Kyoto, by choice or circumstance, you, brave soul, have found yourself with time to frolic in Nagoya. Being the third largest urban area in Japan, it's got to be a fun place to hang out... right? Sadly, many of Nagoya's gems are hidden to the untrained eye. Don't worry: We've got you covered. Come to see *our* Nagoya at night, where locals and visitors can mingle, and good foods are in great supply. You'll start your evening at a local park in the middle of the business district, just as many are getting off work. Soon you'll be enjoying a drink in the midst those very same worker bees. And food too. Of course, there's going to be lots of food, and it will be spread out over three different standing bar, or "tachinomi" restaurants, with sights galore, interspersed. Local walk. Three restaurants. Major cultural insight. Come along and dive deep.
There are other undoubtedly predictably vanilla tours out there that keep their vittles to the mainstream (fried chicken is always a hit!) and the commentary minimal, but we think Japan is peculiar enough to the foreign visitor to warrant a much more thorough venture into the food and culture that is a Night on the Town in Japan. This doesn't mean we're going to force you to eat needlessly odd foods, but we do always take care to have a large variety of food options, from mild to slightly wild, on the (literal) table for you. But more than just food, we really take the time to explain modern real life in Japan -- and we do it in a FUN way. Our guides are punished severely if they are even caught being boring or even sounding remotely like a Wikipedia article.
Come with us and explore food, fun, and culture on any one of our night tours.