Shinjuku City
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  • Tokyo: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

    1. Tokyo: Private Customizable Walking Tour with Pickup

    Meet your private guide at your Tokyo accommodation and head out on a walking tour to explore the city. Customize the itinerary to suit your interests and schedule. Be spontaneous and choose where you want to go. Make the most of your time with a knowledgeable local who is eager to share all the tips and tricks. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Tokyo that aren’t in the guidebooks and that are popular with the locals. If you’ve just arrived in the city, start by getting familiar with the neighborhood where you’re staying. Experience the city like a resident, get recommendations for the best places to eat and shop, and learn the easiest ways to get around. See some of the top attractions, wander through the charming old town, or indulge your senses at local food markets. Learn more about sights that you can visit on your own after the tour.

  • Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

    2. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home

    Learn to prepare an authentic Japanese meal in an apartment in central Tokyo. Roll up your sleeves as you enter your host's kitchen to make dishes based on traditional family recipes from miso soup to nikujaga and chirashi sushi. Get an introduction to the essential ingredients of Japanese cuisine like dashi, miso and mirin and prepare a meal that will be served on beautiful, Japanese dishes. After cooking together, you will share a delicious homemade meal with your host at the dining table over conversation about food and life in Japan. Feast on authentic Japanese home-cooked dishes such as nikujaga (a dish of meat and potatoes stewed in soy sauce) or seasonal fish (slow-cooked or grilled), eggplant with dengaku miso, dashi egg rolls, homemade miso soup, and dessert. Menu varies based on season and dietary preferences. Leave with new recipes, a full stomach, a true glimpse into a loca...

  • Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

    3. Tokyo: Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef

    Cooking local food is the best way to get to know Japanese culture. Learn how to cook these meals at a little cute apartment in Shinjuku. The menu changes depending on the day of the week. You will cook one of the menus below with 2 to 4 items. The weekly menu schedule is below: SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUEDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Standard meal days - Menu: teishoku, donburi, obento, tonjiru and rice ball WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Heavy food days - Menu: curry rice, okonomiyaki, gyoza, ramen, rice burger, kara-age, yakisoba. SATURDAY (Morning class : 10:30AM-1PM / Evening class : 6PM-8:30PM ) Real home-sushi day - Menu: temaki-sushi, bara-chirashi-sushi. An optional short trip (1PM-3:30PM) takes place everyday after the morning class. You will go to several amazing places which are not fou...

    Had such an amazing experience learning traditional Japanese cooking today!! Sato is a great chef, great company and great tour guide. Best ramen and gyoza’s we’ve had (and first time making). Definitely recommend this cooking experience with Sato!!! :)

  • Tokyo: Private Eat & Drink Like a Local Tour

    4. Tokyo: Private Eat & Drink Like a Local Tour

    Enjoy 6 authentic, delicious tastings and a drink included in this unforgettable personalized food tour of Tokyo with a friendly local guide. Explore the food scene in the electric streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku, Tokyo’s fast-paced commercial hubs and a foodie havens. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. First, meet your guide at the iconic Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world, and make the mad dash across to a depachika – expansive food halls in the basements of luxurious department stores – to stock up on traditional snacks like Gyoza dumplings for a quick picnic in Yoyogi Park. Explore Cat Street, a quiet backstreet with limited car traffic where well-heeled locals move between high-end fashion boutiques and cool cafes...

    Our guide Sergio was great! He was able to give us a unique mix of a food tour, history lesson, and sightseeing experience. This was a great way to start off our trip in Japan!

  • Tokyo: Evening Photography Tour

    5. Tokyo: Evening Photography Tour

    Set off from the meeting point and follow your guide (and photographer) on a nocturnal adventure through metropolitan Shinjuku. See the contrast of the area: from quiet, hidden shrines to the bars and izakayas of Omoide Yokocho. Walk through the legendary Golden Gai, through Hanazono Shrine and to the corners of Kabukicho. Your guide will give you tips on how to best take photos of the area, as well as snapping high-quality photos of you along the way. Arrive at the famous Scramble Crossing in Shibuya, take in the views from ground level as well as from high up. Visit the LOVE Statue and explore Shinjuku as guide snaps photos to commemorate your trip.

  • Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

    6. Tokyo: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

    The tour provider will organize the locations for your photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the information you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on location in Tokyo and let them work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Your highly experienced Tokyo vacation photographers are handpicked local experts, who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. When your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. Create mementoes that will last a lifetime, and look back over your travels with fon...

    Eliana is very friendly and soon put us at ease while having our photos taken. We had a great time during the photo shoot, and the quality of the photos was amazing. Elaina is a professional and would highly recommend to anyone who wants a special memento of Tokyo.

  • Tokyo: 3-Hour Food & Cultural Tour - The Best of Izakaya

    7. Tokyo: 3-Hour Food & Cultural Tour - The Best of Izakaya

    Discover the Tokyo that only locals know as hidden gems. You will explore Shinjuku, the busiest station in the world. Shinjuku is a hub for shopping, entertainment and dining. The tour will last for about 3-hours from 17:00 to 20:00.  You will see different parts of Shinjuku for 40 to 50 minutes while walking around the surrounding areas of Shinjuku. You will then visit two popular restaurants among the locals. The tasting menu will vary depending on the fresh ingredients of the day. Typically, you will taste chicken skewers, a fresh sashimi platter and handmade Japanese croquettes etc. Your food request can be accommodated based on your food allergies and restrictions.  Don't forget about the drinking culture in Japan. The tour price also includes two alcoholic drinks of your choice. You will taste a smooth sake that you might not have tried back home. If you do not drink, it is ok as...

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What people are saying about Shinjuku City

Tokyo is a fantastic place for food, but Sato enhances the food experience to another level! Sato opens his home to you to give you a true appreciation of Japanese culture as well as the deliciousness of Asian cuisine! His friendly and open personality puts you at ease from the moment you meet him. He’s willing to share his story and history which creates an atmosphere of trust. The class becomes more than just a cooking class, rather it’s cooking with friends! The absolute star attraction however is the food! We made Ramen and Gyozas which were just out of this world. Sato gives great, simple tips that you can take home with you. If food is something you love (and surely that’s why you’re coming to Tokyo?), an evening with Sato is highly recommend! Thanks so much Sato for an incredible night!

Satoru-san was a great teacher who was happy to share his life story and why cooking is so important to him, as well as answering our questions and making fun conversation in the appropriate moments. Also, it was very interesting to visit a local's home and see what delicious Japanese food can be made at home! We didn't only watched the cooking but also participated in the process, chopping, seasoning, prepping, and so on, while learning about the ingredients, the recipe and their place in Japanese cooking, making it all the more fun.

Had such an amazing experience learning traditional Japanese cooking today!! Sato is a great chef, great company and great tour guide. Best ramen and gyoza’s we’ve had (and first time making). Definitely recommend this cooking experience with Sato!!! :)

My tour guide was Patrick. I can only recommend him to everyone, he knows Tokyo very well and was able to show me many places that I would never have found on my own. The food, drink and the trip through the alleys - everything was just awesome!

Great experience, Sato is a very professional but accessible chef, the food made is delicious and very tasty, I would recommend this cooking class to everyone