All About Food: Yurakucho and Tsukishima
A place where Japanese culinary culture fully reveals itself, this southern neighbourhood has gained a reputation for itself as a gritty paradise for gourmets. See this first-hand and let your tongue make unforgettable memories on a visit with a private guide.
- Explore Yurakucho and socialise with the 'salarymen'
- Enjoy two yakitori and a drink
- Take the underground to Tsukishima
- Sample some of the finest Japanese street food
- Conclude at a pub in central Tokyo
Japanese cuisine is not only the refined sushi and tempura, but it has a wide range of equally delicious, more casual dishes that the locals love. Discover these delicacies with a local guide. First, head to Yurakucho and mix with the “salarymen” (office workers) who relax with a beer and a grilled chicken skewer (“yakitori”) in the so called yakitori alley. You will enjoy two yakitori of your liking and a drink in a typical yakitori establishment. Hop on the underground and head to Tsukishima, a “shitamachi” (popular) neighbourhood just across the river from Tsukiji market. You will see that many of the retro restaurants that line its street offer a dish called “monjayaki”. It is a tasty dish consisting of a flour and vegetables batter with different toppings cooked right on the table on a hot plate and eaten with small iron spatulas. At the end of the dinner, your guide can drop you off at an izakaya (Japanese pub) in central Tokyo (you will then be on own and all orders will be on you – the guide will explain how to go back to your hotel) or take you back to your hotel.
Travel Curious Tip: If you're feeling adventurous, then we recommend bringing the authentic Japanese flavours to your own kitchen. There is a growing collection of Japanese cookbooks. Why not treat yourself to a copy of Shizuo Tsuji's book, Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art?
We built this tour because experimenting with a new cuisine can be daunting, therefore be at ease with the comfort of a private guide!