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KYOTO

Geisha Show & Lunch in Gion (Kyoto)

Join Ken, a professional guide, to uncover Gion's history, culture, & landmarks during this walking tour. Experience a Japanese lunch (tempura, sushi, or karaage) & a captivating geisha show on this journey through Kyoto's historic district.
from ¥17,950
(2)
Food Tours
OSAKA

Osaka Food Tour (13 delicious dishes at 5 hidden eateries)

With Andy, your Japanese-Australian cultural guide and interpreter, you’ll experience Osaka like a local. Hop between food stalls and eateries, drinking and eating your way through the city’s best hidden gems.
from ¥13,000
(30)
With 2 drinks
Food Tours
TOKYO

The Midnight Diners: Tokyo Experience

In the eclectic Harmonica Yokocho drinking alley, hop from bar to bar, chatting with your trilingual guide and locals, and trying creative food and drinks like horse meat shumai and tea-infused cocktails.
from ¥15,500
(27)
No strollers
Food Tours
KYOTO

Small Group, All-Inclusive Kyoto Night Food and Culture Tour

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Kyoto! This intimate tour takes you along the cobbled walkways of the geisha district of Gion, and along the historic streets of Pontocho, stopping for dinner and drinks at cool local restaurants and niche bars.
from ¥12,725
(23)
With 2 drinks
Food Tours
OSAKA

Engaging, Immersive Osaka Foodhood Tour (15 foods, 3 drinks)

Join this food tour in Osaka, the food capital of Japan, to dine like a local at the standing bars and gastropubs of Tenma and Kyobashi. With a small, intimate tour group, you’ll visit a local shopping street, shrine, and a retro drinking spot.
from ¥12,400
(18)
With 3 drinks
Food Tours
OSAKA

The Ultimate Osaka Night Tour

Dive into the nightlife of Osaka with a local guide, hitting the best local gastropubs and hidden bars in Japan’s vibrant food capital! Explore the backstreets of Namba, the neon-lit waterside of Dotonbori, and the party hub of Shinsaibashi.
from ¥16,500
(28)
Near station
Food Tours
TOKYO

Shinjuku After Dark Izakaya Tour

With a local bar-hopping expert, discover Shinjuku’s nightlife and the best bars and restaurants in the area. Dine at izakaya gastropubs and standing bars and fill up on classic Japanese bar foods during this fun night out!
from ¥18,000
(59)
With 3 drinks
Food Tours
TOKYO

Tasting 6 Mini Bowls of Ramen at 3 Award Winning Shops

Hit 3 top ramen spots in Shibuya and Ebisu. Eating a total of 6 mini bowls, discover the range of Japanese ramen types and get insights into ramen culture!
from ¥18,500
(21)
Food Tours
HIROSHIMA

Food Tour Adventure in Hiroshima at Night

This Hiroshima tour features 10+ different foods besides the standard okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) that’s famous in the area. Visit Hon Dori, one of Hiroshima’s shopping streets, then check out the winding alleys and bars with a local guide.
from ¥13,500
(13)
With dinner
Private Experience
Tastings
KANAGAWA

Sommelier-Guided Craft Beer and Regional Food Pairing

Come along with a certified cicerone (beer sommelier) and eat and drink your way through Japan, without ever leaving Tokyo!
from ¥12,000
(1)
Regional food
Food Tours
OSAKA

Deep Backstreet Osaka Tour (With Dinner)

During this unfiltered tour of Osaka, get to know the cuisine of “Japan’s Kitchen,” trying 8 local dishes at authentic eateries with a Japanese-Australian guide. Between food stops, hear stories about Osaka’s retro area, yakuza presence, and more!
from ¥9,700
(18)
With dessert
Food Tours
KYOTO

Dinner With A Geisha In Kyoto Including Traditional Show

Dinner with a geisha & a traditional geisha show in Kyoto? Look no further. Take a walking tour of Kyoto’s historic Gion district with an expert guide, visit key landmarks, then enjoy a delectable Japanese dinner with a geisha & a traditional show.
from ¥25,500
(9)
Dining Experiences
MIE

Farm-to-Table Matsusaka Beef Sukiyaki at a Farmer’s Inn

Spend the night at a farmer’s inn, harvest veggies, collect spring water, and make a luxurious sukiyaki hot pot with Matsusaka wagyu. This rare beef is native to Mie, and only 2500 Matsusaka cattle are available each year, making it highly coveted.
from ¥18,343
(10)
Cooking Classes
TOKYO

Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class in Asakusa

In this cooking class located between the historic Asakusa area and Kappabashi Kitchen Street in Tokyo, you’ll learn to make two iconic Japanese dishes: succulent gyoza and comforting ramen.
from ¥15,900
(29)
Near station
Food Tours
FUKUOKA

Hakata Yatai Hopping: Fukuoka Street Food Tour

Take to Hakata’s streets and numerous yatai food stalls with a local expert and fellow food lover! Experience the various foods, from ramen and gyoza to international cuisine, and enjoy some special stalls popular with the locals.
from ¥20,000
(12)
Regional food
Food Tours
TOKYO

Tuna Cutting Show with All-You-Can-Eat Fresh Tuna Sushi

See how these giant tuna are transformed from fish to sashimi! Groups will be taught different aspects of tuna preparation and history in Japan with unlimited food and drink and the opportunity for light audience participation.
from ¥30,000
(5)
Tabehoudai
Cooking Classes
TOKYO

Mochi Making Class in Tokyo

Love chewy mochi? Join this cooking class in Tokyo and learn how to make 4 versions of the beloved Japanese sweet, including ice cream mochi, strawberry mochi, dango, and cinnamon mochi. Then, savor your sweets alongside a rejuvinating cup of matcha.
from ¥12,000
(20)
Rain or shine
Food Tours
TOKYO

Shibuya Food Tour With An Expert Guide

Explore the bustling streets of Shibuya on this 4-hour Tokyo food tour! With an English-speaking guide to give you his local cultural insights, you'll sample five delicious foods at eateries like a DIY barbecue restaurant and a Japanese-style pub.
from ¥19,500
(20)
With dessert
Dining Experiences
HYOGO

Luxurious Kobe Beef Teppanyaki Course in Kobe En Steakhouse

Seated at the counter, watch as 3 different cuts of the most luxurious Kobe beef is masterfully prepared by the chefs. This teppanyaki restaurant in Kobe sources their beef, the best meat that money can buy, from the award-winning Nakanishi Ranch.
from ¥25,000
(6)
With dinner
Food Tours
KYOTO

Bar Hopping in Downtown Kyoto

Kansai region residents will guide you through the streets of Kyoto, sharing the city's rich and beautiful history and culture. Drinking alongside the locals, you can experience Japan in a way most tourists can only dream of.
from ¥6,000
(11)
With sake
Food Tours
KYOTO

Private Tea Ceremony Next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site

At a teahouse located next to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ryoan-ji, experience a private tea ceremony overlooking a Japanese garden. This immersive and restorative ritual will leave you feeling relaxed and zen.
from ¥12,000
(1)
Private Experience
Food Tours
TOKYO

Vegan / Vegetarian Ramen Tour in Tokyo

Taste 2 mini bowls of Hokkaido-style ramen and 2 mini bowls of fusion ramen during this vegan food tour in Tokyo!
from ¥13,800
(8)
Near station
Food Tours
TOKYO

The All Star Tokyo Food Tour

Traverse the maze of retro, 1970s-style eateries of Yurakucho’s Gado Shita, a favorite watering hole of Japanese businessmen that’s built under the train tracks. Then hit glitzy Ginza, and the workingman’s off-hours playground of Shinbashi.
from ¥25,200
(7)
No strollers
Food Tours
OSAKA

Kuromon Market Food Tour: Flavors of Osaka

Experience the culture and flavors of Kuromon Market, an authentic Japanese food market in Osaka, Japan. Your local guides will help you navigate this bustling market and take you to try some incredible dishes!
from ¥8,000
(4)
With dessert
Cooking Classes
TOKYO

Japanese Fake Food: Food Sample Making Workshop in Tokyo

Curious about the colorful world of Japanese fake food samples? Find out how these realistic-looking plastic food samples are made and join a hands-on workshop to create your very own bowl of ramen, tart charm, cupcake charm, or parfait.
from ¥2,940
(51)
Has a gift
Food Tours
TOKYO

Wasabi Farm Tour in Okutama, Tokyo

Join your guide, an Aussie journalist-turned-farmer, and discover Japan’s precious fresh wasabi, tasting the real deal for yourself. A rare treat, come and learn how one of the world’s most expensive crops is cultivated in Okutama.
from ¥7,000
(37)
Food Tours
KYOTO

Kyoto Tea Ceremony and Sweets Experience

A Japanese cultural practice that originated in Kyoto, take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony with a licensed tea ceremony instructor. Enjoy high-quality Kyoto matcha and intricate Japanese sweets, as you learn about tea ceremony etiquette.
from ¥9,900
(15)
With dessert
Cooking Classes
TOKYO

Tokyo Wagyu and 7 Japanese Dishes Cooking Class

Discover the refined flavors of Japanese cuisine during this kaiseki cooking class in Tokyo. Learn traditional techniques and recipes to create a multi-course meal that’s colorful, elegant, and balanced.
from ¥10,200
(14)
With dessert
Tailor-Made Tours
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Yosuke provided a great in depth look at the various teas produced in Japan and brewed samples on the spot for us to try. It was really great to taste the impact that different production methods have on the humble tea leaf and it is an experience we would happily recommend for those interested in Japanese tea. Special thanks to Yosuke as well because I incorrectly wrote down the wrong time in my diary and we made it an hour late to our appointment but he was happy to stay and take us through the experience anyway which he definitely didn't need to do!
Mohammad Shahid Hasan
May 20, 2024
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Tokyo Tea Tasting: 12 Types of Matcha, Sencha, & Gyokuro
Tastings
A lovely experience! It was great to see how tea is prepared and to make a bowl ourselves. The host was very kind. I recommend!
Fanny HUANG
May 20, 2024
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Traditional Tea Ceremony in Ginza
Food Tours
Amo and Yoshi were wonderful hosts and amazing teachers! We had so much fun cooking gyoza and ramen with them and learned lots. They made us feel very welcome in their home, took us through the process of making Ramen and even gave us some local food recommendations for later!
Paul Benson
May 20, 2024
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Tokyo Ramen-Making Masterclass with Chef Yoshi Shishido
Cooking Classes
We booked a cooking class for Udon, Tempura and Gyoza. What makes the class so special is the hands-on style of Emi and the opportunity to really experience the making of some comfortfood-dishes. We had no problem understanding Emi and we are excited to try the dishes at home. Thank you so much!
Boening
May 20, 2024
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Tempura Udon and Gyoza Cooking Experience in Tokyo Home
Cooking Classes
Alejandro was great! We learned a lot about Japanese culture and sampled some great food! He answered all of our questions and gave us more insights into Japanese life.
Lexie Kowatch
May 19, 2024
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Engaging, Immersive Osaka Foodhood Tour (15 foods, 3 drinks)
Food Tours

Find The Top Gourmet Experiences in Japan

At byFood, we believe that one of the best ways to experience Japanese culture is to dive in with your chopsticks! Food is a universal human experience, something that people from all walks of life can talk about with joy and fond memories. While some might associate the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies with Christmas, the Japanese might be reminded of Japanese New Year by the smell of sweet red beans and toasted mochi. Japanese food is inextricably linked to culture and history, and it’s the celebration of these traditions that make each culture unique.

On a trip to Japan, you’ll likely plan to visit temples and shrines, Japanese parks and gardens, amusement parks and shopping districts. These areas are packed with tourists, and you could probably go back to your country without even speaking with a Japanese person, without feeling in touch with the culture at all. That’s why byFood offers hands-on, immersive food experiences in Japan with local guides, such as food tours, cooking classes, tastings, and dining experiences.

During a food tour in Japan, you can learn about the food scene in a particular area by visiting several different Japanese restaurants and establishments, or touring one place in-depth. This might be a tour of a specific neighborhood, shopping street, or market such as a fish market. Food tours also include bar hopping experiences and bike tours in Japan, which get your heart pumping as you burn off the calories from your meals (or your drinks!).

ByFood also offers cooking classes in Japan, which are hands on cooking experiences that vary in intensity. While there are many cooking classes suitable for home cooks and children, there are also intensive courses with lessons that take place over several days and offer a certificate of completion. Cooking classes can take place in cooking studios, restaurants, or homes.

Dining experiences are sit-down food and drink experiences that include experiential dining experiences like intimate dinners with a personal chef, creative themed restaurants, casual dining experiences at little eateries and izakayas, and home dining with locals.

Our food experiences also include tastings in Japan, which allow you to try different varieties of a beverage, such as tea and sake, with a local guide. You can enjoy everything from sake tastings to beer tastings to whisky tastings during a byFood tasting experiences, but it isn’t limited to just alcoholic drinks. There are also dashi and tea tastings available. The category also includes tours of breweries and distilleries that culminate in a tasting.

Whether you’re visiting Japan for the first time or the tenth, there are always new things to be discovered! Browse food experiences in Japan on byFood and find your perfect food tour, cooking class, dining experience, or tasting.