Hidden Gem Food Tour

Explore the streets of Shimbashi on our 3 hour food tour.

Cultural Experience

Authentic local eateries and izakayas in Tokyo

Monday - Saturday

Starts promptly at 5 pm

Central Tokyo

Shinbashi, Yurakucho areas

Explore the streets of Shinbashi and experience how the Japanese working class unwind after a long day at the office in a maze of eateries, izakayas and standing bars. A highly recommended MUST do activity in Tokyo!

In this two and a half hour tour we show our guests the endless rows and alleys, twists and turns of Shinbashi, the salaryman centre of the world. Known for its rustic izakayas and abundant food stalls, we help cut through the noise to show our guests some of the most tucked away places to grab some of the most satisfying food on the planet.


Starting outside Shinbashi Station, we begin our tour by entering the chasm of eateries overrun on a nightly basis by the working class of Japan. You are instantly surrounded by thousands of salarymen descending upon their favorite izakaya bar to grab a quick bite and cold beer before taking the long train ride home.


Not far into our journey we stop for a quick bite of Okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake made by mixing ingredients like finely sliced squid, shrimp, pork, beef, and cabbage into a batter made from flour and grilling on a flat iron grill. Each guest will have one Okonomiyaki and a drink.


Once we are finished with our okonomiyaki, we continue to wind our way through the maze of izakayas and long alley of local eateries, we will head to another eatery that specializes in food from the south of Japan. This place grows their own vegetables and raises their own chickens so everything is extremely fresh. Here we will have 4 local food with very distinct taste from this region of Japan!


Finally, we will have a special traditional japanese dessert called Taiyaki, a fish shaped street sweet food with choices of cream or azuki (bean paste) filling. You will have the opportunity to watch this being cooked in front of you. This is one of the best taiyaki places in Tokyo, this is an all-time favorite!

Taking our time at the last spot and once everyone has had their fill we will end the tour back at Shimbashi station for everyone to head safely home.


  • Navigate the maze of Shinbashi’s immense with your local guide
  • Visit 4 Food stops/ Includes Okonomiyaki, 4 Local Dishes, Dessert and a Drink.
  • Sample delicious and regional Japanese dishes, try an amazing taiyaki dessert
  • Eat alongside the real working class of Japan as you have never seen
  • Walk the backstreets of Shinbashi that only most locals know about
  • Eat and travel with a foodie and get to know Japanese food up close and personal

Have even more fun by adding a “Karaoke After Party” package to your food tour. Find out more here.

Minimum of 2 people needed to book this tour. If you are a single traveler, please email us directly. Please let us know your paypal email address and if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

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

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to project 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. 

Tour Schedule:

Monday – Saturday
Meeting Time Frame 4:45 – 5:00 pm
Start Time 5:00 pm
End Time 8:00 pm

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$115 / Person

My teenage son and I spent the evening on the Shimbashi walking food tour with Anne the owner and it was fantastic. On our own we would not have found the restaurants that we visited and certainly would have ordered blindly. Anne not only explained the food to us but where in Japan it originated.
Anne was absolutely delightful dedicated and knowledgeable. I would recommend this company to anyone visiting Tokyo as a first night thing to do. It definitely points you in the right direction for the rest of your stay.

Garth and Alex Oakden

January 20, 2017

Tour Details


Meeting Location

Shinbashi Tour Starting Point:

Address: 2-7-1 Shinbashi

The area we meet is right in front of the decommissioned Steam Engine on the side with the statue of the three ladies.  If you notice on the google map, this area is directly out of the Hibiya Exit from Shinbashi Station.

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