Japanese New Year Food Tour in Shibuya, Tokyo

SPECIAL LIMITED SEASONAL TOUR- Celebrate Japanese New Year's season in Tokyo!

Cultural Experience

Shogatsu, New Year Holidays

Every day 12/27-1/5

Starts promptly at 4pm

Tokyo

Shibuya

New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan. Come with us for a special evening, exploring  the traditions, food and symbols of the season. Join our 3 hour walking food tour in Shibuya. We will show you this famous area with a different view, to discover the best of Shogatsu culture and winter flavors.  This tour is limited so book early.

 

This tour will be offered only from December 27th 2018 to January 5th 2019 

Our evening will start off at the famous Hachiko crossing and we will head out to try our first  “lucky” New Year’s dish,  Soba (for a long life). Next, let’s discover a hidden shrine and learn about the customs of Hatsumode. Explore the symbolic dishes that make up Osechi (traditional Japanese New Year celebration foods.) For dinner your guide will take you to a local favorite spot for a table-side cooking experience. Make your own hot pot dishes. You can try both Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki, perfect for a cozy winter meal. After dinner, try Kobe beef,  street-food style. Finish up your evening with an amazing view of the Shibuya Scramble and a traditional New Year dessert. You can experience and learn all about this important Japanese holiday season in one evening!

Minimum Booking 2 people (single travelers please contact us)

We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team at Bookings@ArigatoJapan.co.jp 

 

  • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
  • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
  • Children 13 and above – full price

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 hour tour of Shibuya exploring local food stops and New Year’s special locations
  • Learn about Hatsumode, visiting Shrines and Temples in the New Year’s tradition
  • Try symbolic “good luck” New Year’s dishes
  • Find out all about Shogatsu symbols and flavors with a knowledgable, English speaking,  local guide
  • Enjoy a dinner featuring the delicious winter dishes Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki
  • Toast to the New Year with free flowing sake, wines, local beer and other beverages
  • Enjoy great views of the famed Shibuya Crossing
  • Finish up with a classic New Year’s Japanese dessert and a special Shogatsu gift from us

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.

Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However, if you would prefer a private tour, our rates are an additional per group fee of $150 for a group of 1-4, $200 for groups of 5-8 and $250 for groups of 8-12. Larger groups, please contact us by email to arrange your tour. 

Tour Schedule:

 

Every Day during Shogatsu Season 12/27/2018-1/5/2019
Meeting Time Frame 3:45 – 4:00 pm
Start Time 4:00 pm
End Time 7:00 pm

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$ 195 / Person

If you will be in Tokyo for the New Year season, I recommend this tour. Arigato Japan really gave me a great taste of what the Shogatsu holidays are, and It was fun to celebrate in another culture!

Marti R.

Tour Details

  • 5 FOOD STOPS WITH TASTINGS AND DINNER YES

 

 

  • FREE FLOWING BEVERAGE TASTING WITH DINNER  YES
  • SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S DISHES AND INFORMATION YES
  • TRADITIONAL DESSERT  YES
  • WALKING LEVEL  MODERATE YES

Meeting Location

The meeting point is in front of the green Information Bus (facing the Shibuya crossing) that is near the Hachiko statue. The nearest exit from Shibuya Station to the meeting point is the Hachiko Exit. You can copy and paste this address below to Google Maps or just search “Hachiko Square”

 

2-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 150-0043

 

Our guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.

 

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.

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