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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
(21)
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
(25)
No strollers
Dining Experiences
TOKYO

$100 Ramen: Tokyo’s Most Expensive Ramen w/ Luxury A5 Wagyu

Tokyo’s most expensive ramen at an award-winning restaurant? Exclusively on byFood! Created using the finest A5 wagyu beef, truffle oil, handcrafted noodles, a decadent beef broth, gold flakes, & beyond. This bowl is one in a million.
from ¥14,500
(6)
byFood Original
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
(16)
With 3 drinks
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
(18)
With 2 drinks
Food Tours
SHIZUOKA

Glamping Eco Tour with Mount Fuji Views

Unwind during a 2-day glamping experience at the foot of Mt. Fuji. You’ll harvest local veggies, enjoy a yakiniku BBQ, tour a sake brewery, and take a trek to the scenic waterfalls nearby, during this sustainable eco-tour.
from ¥75,000
(1)
byFood Original
Private Experience
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
(26)
Near station
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
(20)
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
(7)
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
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
TOKYO

LGBTQ+ Tokyo Eating and Drinking Tour

Check out two of Tokyo’s thriving LGBTQ+ neighborhoods, historic Asakusa and the Nichome gayborhood, which is home to 300+ bars. Learn about the history of the areas, and chat about Tokyo’s queer communtity with a local guide over dinner and drinks.
from ¥12,000
(10)
With 2 drinks
Cooking Classes
TOKYO

Nerikiri-Making and Matcha: the Flowers and Flavors of Japan

Use traditional wagashi molds to form delicate sweets in the form of Japan’s seasonal flowers while you sip hand-made matcha tea.
from ¥8,700
(1)
With matcha
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
(54)
With 3 drinks
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
(27)
Near station
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
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
(8)
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
(15)
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
(5)
With dinner
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 ¥14,000
(1)
Private Experience
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
(5)
Regional food
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
(6)
No strollers
Cooking Classes
TOKYO

Private Tokyo Sushi-Making Class at 100-Year-Old Sushi Bar

Learn the traditional art of sushi-making at a 100-year old restaurant in Tokyo! Enjoy a hands-on class with a sushi industry professional, learning two methods of shaping sushi: kotegaeshi and tategaeshi.
from ¥8,500
(21)
Private Experience
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
(36)
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
(13)
Rain or shine
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 ¥8,800
(12)
With dessert
Food Tours
TOKYO

Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Tour

Experience the hustle and bustle of Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market on a guided tour! Learn about the culture and history of this iconic market, sample seafood delicacies, and get an inside look into the daily lives of fishmongers.
from ¥13,000
(20)
With sake
Tailor-Made Tours
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Yuichi was a very meticulous, kind and nice guy who displays great passion in coaching us to create the best version of parfait for ourselves. He was also kind enough to guide us to a nearby mall by drawing out a detailed map for us, we greatly appreciate the extra effort that he put forwards.
Cheng
April 12, 2024
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Japanese Fake Food: Food Sample Making Workshop in Tokyo
Cooking Classes
Wonderful experience! We booked a sushi making class for 2 (private), and had a wonderful time. We got invited into the home of Saeko, the chef who taught us, and saw a side of sushi making we hadn’t before. Saeko taught us how to make two different types of rolls, nigiri, miso soup and tamagoyaki. We learned every part of making the rolls, from preparing the ingredients and cutting the fish to fill the rolls and rolling them. Throughout the lesson she was very professional, and made sure to explain every little process, so we could do it ourselves. The class was through and through exceptional, and we will be recommending it to all of our friends and family. Definitely a 10/10 experience!!
Daniel
April 12, 2024
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Osaka-Style Kitchen: Sushi, Tamagoyaki, & Miso Soup
Cooking Classes
Ms. Shizuka is truly exceptional! While you may have glimpsed her vibrant personality in her YouTube videos, meeting her in person is an absolute delight. From the moment you meet her in Harajuku, it feels like catching up with an old friend and embarking on a thrilling adventure together. Shizuka's warmth and friendliness are infectious, making the experience all the more enjoyable. Beyond her affable nature, Shizuka is an outstanding tour guide, offering invaluable insights into the history of Harajuku. Her preparation is evident as she shares exclusive knowledge about the area's iconic shops and landmarks. Adding an interactive twist, she peppers the tour with engaging quizzes, enriching your understanding of Harajuku's cultural significance. The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the visit to one of Shizuka's favorite restaurants, featured in her videos. It's like stepping into one of her Instagram stories, offering a unique and memorable dining experience. Even if you've explored Harajuku before, I wholeheartedly recommend joining Ms. Shizuka's tour. Her dedication to providing a truly distinctive experience for every guest is unparalleled. Don't miss out on the opportunity to discover Harajuku through the eyes of this exceptional tour host!
Alan lee
April 12, 2024
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Harajuku Food Tour with Shizuka: Kawaii Sweets & Street Food
Food Tours
The hosts were extremely friendly, informative, and very patient with teaching us how to make udon. The location was comfortable and quiet for the overnight stay and really close to the train station. The whole family had a memorable experience and we learned many new things about udon, its ingredients, and many other foods, as well.
James Kell
April 12, 2024
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Udon Master Class and Udon Tour in Kagawa with 1 Night Stay
Cooking Classes
Such a great experience! Loved by all! We made a few too many Taiyaki but a great variety of fillings available. A fun class for us all! Thank you!
Raathika Saranthan
April 12, 2024
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Taiyaki Making Experience in Asakusa, Tokyo
Cooking Classes

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.