Tokyo Food Tour: Savoring Tsukiji Outer Market

Explore (and taste) the delicacies of Tsukiji Outer Market
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3 hours
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Tsukiji Outer Market
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  • Learn about the history of Japanese cuisine
  • Led by a culinary expert
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Tour Description
Immerse yourself in Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji Market on this 3-hour Tokyo food tour, led by a local expert deeply knowledgeable about the market. Together, you'll visit the outer market and look at how Japan’s cuisine is heavily influenced by the seasons and geography, the central role that seafood plays in the Japanese diet, and—of course—taste some amazing Tsukiji sushi.

The Tsukiji district was built from land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay; Tsukiji translates to “reclaimed land.” To see what the area looked like before the market was built in 1935, you'll start our walking tour at an exhibition of historical woodblock prints and of photographs of the market’s famous tuna auctions. You'll then begin our market visit, starting at a handful of small shops that sell restaurant-quality kitchen supplies like hand-forged knives. As the market comes to life around us, with a bustle and energy unique to this place, our guide will explain how different items are used to create some of the dishes you'll see later in the tour. 

Japanese food really plays to the senses. As you taste our way along the walk, you'll see how impeccably presented the meals are, from a hearty selection of humble rice balls to delicate sashimi. You'll sample a variety of key ingredients, such as a rainbow of pickled things (tsukemono), Japanese plums (ume), or authentic miso soup broth ingredients.

You'll continue eating our way through the outer market, where you may make stops for tamagoyaki, the rolled, slightly sweet omelet, pomegranate vinegar, meat dumplings, or gluten in assorted forms. For our sit-down lunch, you may go for raw fish served over bowls of rice (kaisendon), tempura, or sushi. 

After a delicious walking tour of Tokyo’s Tsukiji outer market, you'll leave with all five senses satisfied and with a better understanding of the influences, seasonal, cultural, and beyond, on Japanese cuisine.

  • You're a food lover eager to indulge in a culinary adventure and taste local specialties.
  • You’re hoping to discover the Tsukiji Market through the eyes of a local expert.
  • You like to discover history and culture through food.
  • Tsukiji Outer Market - A mixture of wholesale and retail shops, along with numerous restaurants, line the streets, and where new culinary trends are born.
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You are prepaid for the tour and for several tastings associated with the itinerary stops.

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Where do we meet? Where does it end? Generally speaking, the walk begins near Tsukiji Market. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map. The walk typically ends at a restaurant nearby.

How much food will I be tasting on this tour? 
While exact tastings vary by guide and your tastes, we can guarantee that you will not leave this experience hungry. The tour through the market culminates in a sit-down stop for either a filling bowl of kaisendon, a plate of tempura, or a variety of sushi. 

Can the tour accommodate those with allergies or dietary restrictions? We do our best to accommodate everyone. If you have severe allergies to seafood or nuts, there will be items you can eat during the tasting, but cross-contamination may be a problem during lunch. The best thing to do is let us know when you book if anyone in your party has allergies or dietary restrictions. We can check in on dishes, order ahead, and do everything possible to ensure you enjoy your tasting and meal. Vegetarians can join, but there will be fewer samples available as the vast majority of the market is seafood. Gluten-free diets are easy to accommodate, but there are trace amounts of wheat in soy sauce, which is common but can be avoided.

Is there a maximum on group size? Yes, we strongly recommend a max of 6 per group. Tsukiji Market is busy and the pathways are narrow.

Does the tour include the tuna auction? No, unfortunately, the wholesale market section of Tsukiji Market (also known as the 'inner market') where the famous tuna auctions took place closed in October 2018 and moved to a different site.

Is it okay to tip my guide in Japan?
Yes. Context clients generally tip anywhere from 10-25% of the purchase price of a personal service such as this, depending on the quality of the experience and their tipping habits.
We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.
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John was absolutely amazing! Very professional, very knowledgeable, and his English was fantastic! We wished he could be with us throughout our trip to Japan! I will recommend him to all my friends and colleagues!
Niccolo was great. Very knowledgeable and personable.
John was phenomenal, in every way. His deep knowledge, energetic personality and insight made this experience one our family will treasure, always!

Discover the Flavors of Tokyo: An Expert-Led Culinary Journey Through Tsukiji Outer Market

Embark on a culinary adventure with our Tokyo Food Tour: Savoring Tsukiji Outer Market. Dive deep into the heart of Tokyo’s vibrant food scene, exploring the renowned Tsukiji Outer Market. This tour is more than just tasting – it’s a journey through Japan’s rich culinary history, led by expert guides who share their profound knowledge and passion.

Experience the market atmosphere, where you’ll sample fresh seafood, traditional sweets, and other local delicacies. Each bite tells a story, bringing you closer to Tokyo’s culture and traditions. Our guides provide educational depth, enriching your understanding of the foods you taste and their cultural significance.

To enhance your experience, we recommend reading our detailed Tsukiji Outer Market guide before your tour. For a broader perspective on day trips around Tokyo, check out our engaging lecture.

Our commitment to sustainability and personalized experiences ensures that your journey is both responsible and uniquely tailored. Book your Tokyo Food Tour: Savoring Tsukiji Outer Market today and immerse yourself in an unforgettable gastronomic exploration.