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10 Best Food Tours in Shinjuku for Ramen, Bar Hopping, and More

By Emily Suvannasankha
March 3, 2021
Updated: March 23, 2021
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Looking to experience one of the most vibrant, iconic commercial centers of Tokyo? Then visit Shinjuku, a hub of everything bustling, bright, and electric about Japan! Home of the famously busy Shinjuku Station, more skyscrapers than you can imagine, and a red hot nightlife, Shinjuku has something to excite every traveler. Whether you're grilling yakitori next to locals in an izayaka or immersing yourself in Tokyo's craziest ramen experiences, these Shinjuku food tours will ensure that you come home with a deeper understanding of Japanese cuisinenot to mention some thrilling stories to tell your friends!

10 Best Shinjuku Food Tours

Here are 10 of the best food tours in Shinjuku to join to explore what one of Tokyo's busiest wards has to offer!

  1. Virtual Tokyo Tour: Online Experience in Shibuya & Shinjuku
  2. Craziest Ramen in Tokyo Ramen Hopping Adventure
  3. Tokyo Tuna Show Food Tour
  4. Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour: "Be a Local Tonight" in SHINJUKU!
  5. Shinjuku After Dark Izakaya Tour
  6. Tokyo Yakitori and Ramen Tour in Shinjuku
  7. Golden Gai Food Tour in Shinjuku Golden District
  8. Ramen and Izakaya Tour in Shinjuku
  9. Shinjuku Izakaya Bar Hopping Tour
  10. Tokyo Ramen Tour with the Ramen Adventurer

1. Virtual Tokyo Tour: Online Experience in Shibuya & Shinjuku

Crowd of people on busy city street with lit up ads and restaurant signs

Planning the perfect future trip to Japan? Check out this Virtual Tokyo Tour: Online Experience in Shibuya and Shinjuku, where a local expert will help you gain valuable insight into the nuances of Japanese culture and cuisine. Learn about the secrets of yakitori and ramen in Tokyo and ask your virtual guide all your questions about traveling to Japan. You'll even get a resource guide to help narrow down your Japan bucket list after the tour!

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2. Craziest Ramen in Tokyo Ramen Hopping Adventure

Two people in colorful neon seats with animatronic figures behind them with red and blue headpieces

Of all these Tokyo food tours, this Craziest Ramen in Tokyo Ramen Hopping Adventure might be the boldest! Challenge your assumptions about ramen by visiting two of the most creative ramen shops in Tokyo. You'll try ramen made with wildly special styles, like matcha ramen and a new type of ramen called "mixing ramen." Delve deeper than the usual spots and learn the tastiest spots to eat unique ramen in Shinjuku from a seasoned local on this adventure of a lifetime!

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3. Tokyo Tuna Show Food Tour

Black bowl of colorful seafood; shrimp, fish roe, cucumber, tuna piled on top of each other

Is seafood your specialty? If so, be sure to book this Tokyo Tuna Show Food Tour for the opportunity to see the giant Tokyo tuna cutting show, try all kinds of Japanese tuna dishes, and grill your own savory okonomiyaki. Then, let loose in Shinjuku by playing games at an arcade and tasting traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. This Shinjuku food tour gives you a little bit of everything!

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4. Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour: "Be a Local Tonight" in SHINJUKU!

Two people in bar alley holding canned beer surrounded by red restaurantsigns

For a boozy fun and adventure on a Tokyo night out, join the Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour: "Be a Local Tonight" in SHINJUKU! Try delicious traditional Japanese bar food and drinks, like highballs, umeshu plum wine, sake with fugu pufferfish, sea cucumber sashimi, horse meat, and more. Experience the authentic charm of clinking glasses with locals in the back alleys of Shinjuku on this izakaya tour of a lifetime!

Join the Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour: "Be a Local Tonight" in SHINJUKU! >>

5. Shinjuku After Dark Izakaya Tour

6 people and a bartender clinking glasses of beer in narrow bar with bottles of alcohol on counter

Searching for a Shinjuku food tour of Tokyo's famous red-light district, Kabukicho? Don't miss this Shinjuku After Dark Izakaya Tour, which will take you on a whirlwind of an evening through the best izakaya in Tokyo. First, try out Japan's unique tachinomi standing bars, then be whisked along to Kabukicho for more tasty treats, and round off the night in a famous drinking district that houses over 200 tiny bars! You'll come away from the experience a true expert on Shinjuku izakaya gastropubs.

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6. Tokyo Yakitori and Ramen Tour in Shinjuku

4 skewers of light meat yakitori, 2 darker red meat skewers, 1 green bell pepper skewer on grill

On the Tokyo Yakitori and Ramen Tour in Shinjuku, you'll gain valuable knowledge about yakitori, a wildly popular izakaya food that's grilled to perfection, and ramen, a traditional dish best enjoyed in its birthplace of Japan! If you're looking for a more focused, private tour of the highest quality yakitori and ramen in Tokyo, this local Shinjuku experience is for you. Your guide has visited over 1300 ramen shops and literally written books on ramen, so you'll be in excellent hands.

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7. Golden Gai Food Tour in Shinjuku Golden District

If you ask a Tokyo local where to eat in Shinjuku, it's likely they'll point you to Golden Gai, or the Golden District. The Golden Gai Food Tour in Shinjuku Golden District will guide you through nostalgic Omoide Yokocho, the electrifying nightlife of Kabukicho, and end with yakitori and drinks in Shinjuku's Golden Gai for a night you won't soon forget! A golden gai tour is the quintessential way to experience Shinjuku drinking culture in Tokyo's most dazzling alleys.

Check out the video below to find out more about Japanese drinking culture before the tour!

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8. Ramen and Izakaya Tour in Shinjuku

White and blue patterned ramen in bowl with light broth, green garnish, and meat inside, with person's hands in background

Interested in a broader Shinjuku food tour that includes a stop at a local seafood izakaya? Join the Ramen and Izakaya Tour in Shinjuku for an expert's inside look at ramen, yakitori, izakaya food, and drinking culture in Japan. You'll have a blast sampling small plates of shared food with sake or beer like a Tokyo local!

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9. Shinjuku Izakaya Bar Hopping Tour

Dark street alley with hanging red lanterns saying izakaya hanging in restaurant doorways

Eager to try the best street food in Tokyo and drink the night away? The Shinjuku Izakaya Bar Hopping Tour will take you down Yakitori Alley, a traditional izakaya in Kabukicho, and a spot in the famous Golden Gai for a bar crawl to remember. Anyone with a penchant for yakitori who wants a general sample of izakaya in these areas will want to check this tour out!

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10. Tokyo Ramen Tour with the Ramen Adventurer

Two white bowls of dark broth ramen topped with naruto, egg, greens, meat; dishes of toppings on counter

The Tokyo Ramen Tour with the Ramen Adventurer may interest travelers in search of an unforgettably satisfying Tokyo food tour focused on ramen. You'll visit two ramen shops and try two different bowls of ramen: the first light and refreshing, and the second heavy and intensely-flavored. Learn about the different kinds of ramen and how to slurp your ramen from a ramen expert!

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There's never a lack of things to do in Shinjuku, from strolling through Shinjuku Gyoen to spotting the giant Godzilla in Kabukicho. So while you're sightseeing, don't forget to book yourself a delicious food tour to gain knowledge on all the best izakaya, ramen, yakitori, seafood, and more that Shinjuku has to offer!

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Emily Suvannasankha
Masquerading as a grad student in Linguistics, Emily can typically be found counting the minutes ‘til her next peach chūhai. She has two years in Nagoya before her need for jumbo peanut butter sends her crawling back to the US.
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