Experience Tokyo’s Culture: 10 Best Tours In Tokyo, Japan - Updated 2023

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Tokyo is steeped in rich centuries-old tradition, yet has all the nuance of a bustling modern city. There is so much to experience and take in with a city like this, one wonders where to begin. Look no further because on these tours you’ll experience the scenery, nightlife, food, traditions, history, and landmarks, and best of all you’ll learn from the local people. Read on to find the best tours in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Visit a fish market and learn how to make sushi (from USD 135.0)

Visiting a foreign country is much more fun and memorable when you can experience their local niches such as visiting the world-famous Tsukiji fish market and learning how to make sushi from a local sushi master! Cam Carter writes, “The Tsukiji was one of the highlights of our stay in Tokyo! Our tour guide had fantastic insights into the inner workings of the fish markets and all the weird and wonderful things we saw in the fish market. The sushi-making class was a great way to finish off a tour of the markets!” You’ll be able to interact with the locals and learn new skills from them with this fun tour!

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1) Savor local fish delights with byFood

Starting at Tsukiji Hongaji-Temple, the Tsukiji Market food tour is a gastronomic adventure in Tokyo’s culinary heart. Tsukiji Outer Market holds a vibrant charm and offers fresh seafood from Toyosu for you to enjoy. You will also sample delectable treats such as tamagoyaki, fried fish cake, and fresh tuna on this tour. Explore the bustling Tsukiji Uogashi wholesale market and savor high-quality sushi at a local restaurant. Delight in Japanese sake tasting as you delve into history and culture.

Tsukiji Fish Market Visit with Sushi Making Experience

Duration: 4 hours

223 reviews

Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Tour

Duration: 3hours

10 reviews

2. Take an evening food tour (from USD 109.0)

You don’t want to leave Tokyo without trying local favorites such as yakisoba, moniayaki, and wagashi and tasting Japanese beer or sake. This evening walking tour will give you a chance to visit three eateries with a small group and knowledgeable guide. Duane writes, *“This Food Tour was one of the best things we did during our 8-day trip to Japan. Our tour guide, Meg, was absolutely outstanding and took us to places we never would have found on our own. To top it off, our son totally enjoyed the Japanese vegetables that we cooked table side even though he doesn’t usually like vegetables. We would highly recommend this tour to all!”

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1) Bar hopping tour

Make your evening in Tokyo even more magical by savoring traditional alcohol. On this byFood tour, experience a four-hour long Kichijoji bar hopping adventure in Tokyo’s Harmonica Yokocho, the alley known for its hidden gems. You can taste unique foods and drinks, from horse meat dishes to oolong shochu, while mingling with locals at bars and restaurants. Gain insights into Japanese drinking culture from your trilingual guide, as you dive into the atmosphere of 1950s-themed pubs, where camaraderie and conviviality thrive.

Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food and Drinks Experience

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

480 reviews

The Midnight Diners: Tokyo Experience

Duration: 4hours

16 reviews

3. Harajuku Food Tour with the host of Japan by Food (from USD 206.0)

Embark on an enriching gastronomic journey in Harajuku in the company of Shizuka, the charming host of Japan byFood’s acclaimed YouTube channel. Immerse yourself in the vibrant allure of Takeshita Street as you indulge in an array of delectable sweet and savory street treats. Capture cherished moments through ‘purikura’ photography and indulge in souvenir shopping.

As the culminating activity, relish the culinary favorites, okonomiyaki and monjayaki, Japanese pancakes, at Shizuka’s favored restaurant. Secure your spot for this captivating experience and discover the culinary treasures of Harajuku.

Harajuku Food Tour with Shizuka: Kawaii Sweets & Street Food

Duration: 3.5hours

2 reviews

4. Tour through the streets of Yurakucho, Ginza, and Shinbashi (from USD 151.0)

Embark on this tantalizing Tokyo food tour, a journey through flavors that change with the seasons. Dive into Japanese traditions while delving into Izakaya (pub) culture, relishing local delicacies at five unique stops. Traverse Tokyo’s culinary tapestry, from upscale Ginza to Yurakucho and Shinbashi, while being enriched by your guide’s insightful commentary.

On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse in the vibrant mix of locals and travelers, sharing laughter and toasts in a lively atmosphere. Wander through streets where old-world charm meets modern allure, including Yokocho alleys reminiscent of post-war Japan. Unearth culinary treasures, such as Japan’s oldest fruit shop, and conclude your adventure with the sweet notes of local desserts.

The All Star Tokyo Food Tour

Duration: 3hours

4 reviews

5. Experience a traditional tea ceremony (from 81.51 USD)

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Participating in a tea ceremony is more than a mere tea tasting. Tea Ceremonies were a Samurai custom in which everyone in the tea room enters as an equal. Join a small group and learn from a Sensei all about tea ceremony customs, history, culture, and traditional dress in an abbreviated ceremony (a full ceremony lasts several hours, this one is 90 minutes). Take it from me, you’ll treasure your photos and memories of this unique experience for a lifetime!

Tea Ceremony Experience

Price: from 81.51 USD


6. See a national park, a shrine, and enjoy a Japanese lunch (from USD 103.0)

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Spend the day with a group and a knowledgeable local guide taking in Japan’s breathtaking countryside as you take a bus ride to Nikko National Park. A protected park since the early 20th-century, Nikko is a UNESCO World Heritage site to Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples. The firs, maples, sugi, and cedar trees are sure to provide year round interest and gorgeous backdrops for your vacation photos.

While there, you’ll be able to see Toshogu Shrine with its impressive carvings and historical significance. You’ll be able to opt for a Japanese lunch in the middle of the tour, followed by a viewing of one of the park’s most magnificent waterfalls. The tour is completed with shopping at Ginza or Shinjuku station where you can peruse shops, eateries, or entertainment of your choosing then ride back to your hotel.

Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls

Duration: 11 hours

606 reviews

7. Go on a biking tour (from USD 103.0)

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Want to get moving and see the city up close and personal? This 6.5 hour small group biking tour will allow you to do just that! You’ll be able to visit famous landmarks and attractions and view the city from the top of a 48-story high building, while your guide gives you the inside scoop. Bring some currency to get a lunchtime Bento Box at the market the way a busy local would!

Tokyo Bike Tour with Meiji-jingu Shrine, Aoyama Cemetery

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

897 reviews

8. Catch a bullet train to Kyoto (from USD 355.0)

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A google search of Kyoto will swiftly convince you that while in Tokyo you won’t want to miss a chance to see this picturesque city. The bullet train will get you there fast and it’s another chance to view Mt. Fuji along the way. From breathtaking natural scenery to vibrantly colored temples, you’ll certainly have many glorious photo ops! Be sure you have your walking shoes and bring some currency for lunch!

1-Day Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

Duration: 12 hours

335 reviews

9. View Mt. Fuji, dip in an Onsen, and go outlet shopping (from USD 59.0)

Mt. Fuji view from Lake Kawaguchi
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For captivating views of Mt. Fuji and an authentic cultural experience, this tour delivers. You’ll travel to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, a popular destination that can be reached by car or bus, which is especially scenic on a clear day. If the weather disappoints, you’ll be glad this tour includes a trip to an Onsen (Hot Spring, public bath) near Lake Yamanakako at the base of the mountain. Finish the day shopping at Gotemba Premium Outlets! Doreen writes, “I am glad we made it for this tour trip! Highly recommended if you want to see Mount Fuji, experience Hot Spring Bath and Outlets shopping all in one day. Even my kids, 14 and 9 enjoyed the entire day!”

Mt Fuji and Outlet Shopping in One Day from Tokyo

Duration: 12 hours

10 reviews

10. Learn history on a river cruise and visit street vendors (from USD 58.0)

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Experience areal views, take pictures in front of an imperial palace, tour a temple, visit high end shops and small street venders, and enjoy an enlightening cruise on the Sumida River all in about 3 ½ hours one afternoon. This tour will deliver a lot of bang for your buck as you experience many of Tokyo’s highlights! You’ll enjoy learning history from a knowledgeable local expert guide and the convenience of hotel pick up! This tour would be an easy place to start or finish a Tokyo vacation!

Tokyo Afternoon : Asakuasa, Sumida River Cruise Half Day Tour

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

Make the most of your Japanese adventure

Tokyo is a big city that merges old history and modern busy culture. From theme parks to anime and manga shops in Tokyo, there is so much to explore! Try these tours that have received rave reviews from their visitors. You’re sure to have a memorable trip full of diverse cultural and touristy experiences while learning about Japan’s rich heritage and modern lifestyles!

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