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Bar Hopping in Tokyo Like a Local

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Experience Details
Experience Location
2 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 4 guests
Japanese, English
Hop aboard this Tokyo bar tour and learn to navigate Tokyo nightlife like a local with the help of a seasoned guide.


Explore all forms of Japanese bars with the help of a local guide
At each of the three stops taste some delicious appetizers and sip some special drinks
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

On the lookout for lively bars, delicious booze, and an authentic nightlife experience in Tokyo? A seasoned and friendly local guide is all you need! Join this bar-hopping tour and explore one of the following areas: Ueno, Shinbashi, or Ikebukuro. Follow your tour guide on a wild bar-hopping experience and dive deep into Japan’s bar scene. From standing bars to local watering holes, to streetside seating, and more, you’ll hit the most authentic izakaya gastropubs in Tokyo. Leave the beaten path and discover a whole new world of clinking glasses, flowing sake, and finger-licking good izakaya food. The tour features 3 selected Japanese gastropubs, each with their own unique character. At each stop, you get to eat two side dishes and one drink, but sake enthusiasts can go vice-versa and have two drinks to one dish. Since the Tokyo bars we’ve chosen are authentic, hidden gastropubs that are not frequented by tourists, your menus will be in Japanese. But don’t worry as your guide will break through the language barrier and cover your back, ordering delicious snacks and appetizers on your behalf. Try crunchy and savory karaage (fried chicken), seasonal goodies, pickles, potato-salad, juicy skewers, or unusual offal specialties. Either the fantastic food or the friendliness of smiling Japanese locals sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with you, or both, will take your heart. Part with your guide at a nearby station and leave the tour with some new insights into Japanese nightlife and drinking culture!


One drink and two dishes, or two drinks and one dish at each bar (three bars in total)
English speaking guide


Any additional food or beverages

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Meet at Okachimachi Station for the Ueno bar-hopping tour, Shimbashi Station if you want to explore the salaryman’s izakaya paradise, or JR Ikebukuro-Nishiguchi for the Ikebukuro tour. Details will be provided upon booking.


Please choose a location (Ikebukuro, Ueno, or Shinbashi) and let us know in the additional notes section of the checkout page.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements or food allergies upon booking.
Please note that the minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years old.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Ueno is a popular hub of shopping, nature, and cultural institutions. Ueno Park is home to Ueno Zoo and is surrounded by big-name art galleries and museums, and Ameya Yokocho, an outdoor market. Shinbashi teems with cheap restaurants and izakayas that draw in crowds of off-hours salarymen and women, keen to loosen their ties, let down their hair, and enjoy a cold beer or three. Ikebukuro is the second busiest station in Tokyo, surrounded by hundreds of shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It is home a rooftop aquarium and other attractions of Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City.
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Earliest available date: July 19, 2024
¥ 12,500
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals