During this Sake Tasting and Izakaya Experience, you will explore the old part of Tokyo, starting off with a sake tasting at a liquor shop with an “Irori.” An Irori is a type of sunken hearth, a Japanese traditional fireplace over which a suspended kettle can boil, or various dishes can be grilled. There, we will taste 5-6 kinds of sake from various regions of Japan. This will give you the chance to learn deeply about sake and its many types with an expert. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between the grades of Japanese sake, like Junmai-shu, Ginjo-shu, Nakazake (raw sake), and more, this is the tasting experience for you! Should sake be served chilled or warm? What are the characteristics of high-quality Japanese sake? Ask all your burning questions and educate your palate.
After the sake tasting, we'll visit an izakaya restaurant that is popular among the locals. They serve not only beer but also sake from various parts of Japan, and mouthwatering traditional Japanese foods. Enjoy the local atmosphere of this izakaya, rubbing elbows with regulars there, and chatting over tasty food and a drink. One glass of sake (or your drink of choice) and one dish is included. Throughout the evening, you will learn all about Japanese food culture, etiquette, and history with our food tour guide.
And, for more fun, this experience can be combined with the Backstreets of Tokyo Bike Tour for a full-day adventure!
Learn about traditional Japanese food culture with a knowledgable tour guide
Try 5-6 varieties of sake during a Japanese sake tasting and learn about the different varieties of nihonshu
Visit a local establishment, a classic Japanese izakaya with a unique atmosphere, and enjoy a dish and drink of your choice
Experience Japanese drinking culture and learn about drinking etiquette from your guide
5-6 tasting glasses of sake at the first location
1 dish at the izakaya restaurant
1 drink at the izakaya restaurant
Transportation to/form the meeting point
Additional orders of food and drinks (these dishes/drinks will be reasonably priced, but please bring extra cash)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time:
5-minute walk from Minowa Station (Tokyo Metro)
Please note that the legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old, and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided for underage participants
Please wear suitable clothes and shoes, as there will be some walking