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Culinary Backstreets

1 Dogenzaka | Shibuya Train Station, 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
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Great way to see Japanese cuisine

Mari, our guide took us on a very enjoyable tour of suburbs and their food. She made allowances... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jocgerard
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Unforgettable experience, definitely worth doing

This tour took us to parts of Tokyo that we might not have explored without a guide. We tasted some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jessica L
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In order to fully appreciate Tokyo and its deep food scene it’s necessary to not only peek behind the curtain of yesterday, but also join the constant flow of people eating their way through the city of today and even tomorrow. Our Tokyo walk will allow us to do just that, taking us on a journey that serves as an edible survey of the city’s culinary past, present and future.
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“fugu” (8 reviews)
“puffer fish” (5 reviews)
“rice crackers” (9 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Dogenzaka | Shibuya Train Station, 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
Shibuya, Harajuku, Ebisu
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mari, our guide took us on a very enjoyable tour of suburbs and their food. She made allowances for my injured knee. This is a great way to experience the wide range of Japanese food from restaurant to street food. The local bbq was a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour took us to parts of Tokyo that we might not have explored without a guide. We tasted some things that we could never get in the US (like 12 different kinds of miso) and learned about the history behind what we were eating....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our second experience with Culinary Backstreets (our first was in Tbilisi, Georgia) and again it was fantastic. Michelle was a wonderful guide. The experience felt much more like visiting a friend in a different city than a paid tour. She showed us a...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback and thanks for joining us again in Tokyo this time! We are glad to hear that it did not disappoint. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will continue to join us on...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I took the Tokyo tour and this was my second tour with Culinary Backstreets (first was Istanbul) and they DO NOT disappoint! The tour is 6+ hours of food, drink, and knowledge. The guide, Mairi, was fantastic and brought us to so many interesting places...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Highly recommend. Some unique experiences. It may be more expensive than other food tours but there's good reason. There are many and plentiful food tastings. Marie was a wonderful guideMore

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Mairi was a great guide for the tour which took us to some Wonderful places to eat fantastic food: the best sushi with brilliant chefs, pickles, fugu, sake, wagu beef balls, handmade rice cakes, beer, more different types of miso than you knew existed, sweets....all...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Fantastic as for Michelle she is brilliant had a fantastic day and Michelle made it even more so a must do in Tokyo 😊More

Thank Carolyn S
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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Anywhere there is a Culinary Backstreet Tour it is, a "must" activity to go. Tokyo was no exception. Mairi started us off with a sushi lunch in the basement of a department store, that any local person would consider great at home. It only got...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

We did a daytime tour in Tokyo with Michelle who introduced us to the wonderful world of department store basement food courts and backstreets of Kichijoji. We sampled sushi, rice crackers (senbei), fugu, various misos, wagyu meatballs, fish cakes, red bean waffle cakes, and sake...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

This was my fourth Culinary Backstreets tour (Istanbul, Lisbon, Mexico City) and it did not disappoint. Good pace and good amount of food without filling overly full. Great insight to the department store grocery store, a fun visit to a lovely rice cracker store to...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your feedback and thanks for joining us again in Tokyo this time! We are glad to hear that it did not disappoint. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will continue to join us on...More

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the
Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops
that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest
areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's
Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to
recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh
yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast,
Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool.
...More
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Book through culinary back streets website search Tokyo it is not cheap but worth every $ spent it was $390 USD for 2
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