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Private Tokyo Food Tour - Retro Akabane Izakaya Experience provided by Tokyo Memories

Private Tokyo Food Tour - Retro Akabane Izakaya Experience

Private Tokyo Food Tour - Retro Akabane Izakaya Experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Japanese, English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Japanese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 89977P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided tour of Retro Akabane's food scene.
  • Try more than 10 local delicacies (you will be full).
  • Visit to three izakayas where you'll experience local Japanese food culture.
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Entry/Admission - Kita
Exclusions
  • Transport to and from Akabane
  • Gratuities (optional)
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Akabane Station, 1 Chome-1 Akabane, Kita City, Tokyo 115-0045, Japan The meeting point is in front of the ticket gates of the north exit of JR Akabane station. Akabane is located 14 minutes from Shinjuku on the JR Saikyo line, 9 minutes from Ikebukuro on the JR Saikyo line, 9 minutes from Ueno on the JR Takasaki line or 15 minutes from Tokyo station on the JR Takasaki line.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The legal drinking age in Japan is 20. Soft drinks will be served to those under the age of 20
  • Dietary Requirements. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to make sure you are catered to.
  • We will be experiencing izakaya the Japanese way and so sharing plates between the group. (Dont worry you will be full!)
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Smoking is permitted in most Japanese bars and restaurants so we don't recommend this tour for pregnant travelers.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • We will be doing some mild walking so comfortable footwear is advisable.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Guided tour of Retro Akabane's food scene.
  • Try more than 10 local delicacies (you will be full).
  • Visit to three izakayas where you'll experience local Japanese food culture.
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Entry/Admission - Kita
Exclusions
  • Transport to and from Akabane
  • Gratuities (optional)
Departure details
  • Akabane Station, 1 Chome-1 Akabane, Kita City, Tokyo 115-0045, Japan The meeting point is in front of the ticket gates of the north exit of JR Akabane station. Akabane is located 14 minutes from Shinjuku on the JR Saikyo line, 9 minutes from Ikebukuro on the JR Saikyo line, 9 minutes from Ueno on the JR Takasaki line or 15 minutes from Tokyo station on the JR Takasaki line.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The legal drinking age in Japan is 20. Soft drinks will be served to those under the age of 20
  • Dietary Requirements. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to make sure you are catered to.
  • We will be experiencing izakaya the Japanese way and so sharing plates between the group. (Dont worry you will be full!)
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Smoking is permitted in most Japanese bars and restaurants so we don't recommend this tour for pregnant travelers.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • We will be doing some mild walking so comfortable footwear is advisable.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 4 Apr. 2022
A note from Private Tokyo Food Tour - Retro Akabane Izakaya Experience
Social distancing will be enforced in low traffic areas however many of the venues are very small so it will not be possible to enforce social distancing in such places.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Akabane Station
    1 Chome-1 Akabane, Kita City, Tokyo 115-0045, Japan
    The meeting point is in front of the ticket gates of the north exit of JR Akabane station. Akabane is located 14 minutes from Shinjuku on the JR Saikyo line, 9 minutes from Ikebukuro on the JR Saikyo line, 9 minutes from Ueno on the JR Takasaki line or 15 minutes from Tokyo station on the JR Takasaki line.
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    Akabane Ichiban-gai Shopping District Promotion Association Office
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    Spend the night enjoying the laid back charms of Akabane's retro food and drink scene. Stop by a raucous local standing bar to enjoy a selection of tasty Japanese bar snacks and drinks. Enjoy traditional 'oden' at an Akabane institution washed down with the local speciality of sake mixed with broth. Brush shoulders with the locals at a traditional izakaya before grilling seafood at a speciality seafood grill. Experience traditional food and drink in this down to earth and of the beaten track neighborhood.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Paniagua
2 contributions
Feb. 2020
I'll be honest, upon arriving at Akabane I wasn't sure what to make of it. I'd just spent the last few days with a friend exploring Shibuya and central Tokyo and the atmosphere was very different. However, knowledge is key and after meeting our convivial guide, we were transported to a world of small, intriguing "izakaya" style restaurants within minutes. This was definitely not the kind of place we would have found on our own and there were plenty of photo opportunities - from the glowing evening lanterns to the old ladies serving "oden."

Beyond simply giving us a tour Simon genuinely seemed to have a rapport (not that we understood the Japanese!) with the staff in the restaurants and he translated for us when necessary. The jovial owner of the BBQ restaurant was our personal favourite!

The one problem we did have was that one of the izakayas we visited was full at the time, so we had to wait on a chilly evening for around 20 mins. Simon did offer an alternative, but as he said that particular restaurant was one of the best, we persevered. We were rewarded for our patience with some awesome food though! Simon thoughtfully suggested the best things on the menu, based on our preferences.

I'm not usually one to post reviews, but Simon deserves credit for providing an authentic experience which goes beyond what many people offer. Thanks to his help and guidance we learned the basic izakaya etiquette and gained confidence in these kinds of restaurants - we were far more adventurous with the places we tried on the remainder of our trip! Cheers!
Written 1 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jummywidnes
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK1 contribution
Feb. 2020
Booked this tour with a friend, hoping to see an area of Tokyo that was a bit off the beaten track. We had an amazing time! Simon took care of everything, and was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The highlight of the tour for me was the seafood restaurant, where we had tuna heads, shrimp, and plenty of drink! Was totally satisfied and I'd recommend this tour highly. The area seemed to be devoid of tourists and felt very genuine, which was exactly what we were looking for.
Written 25 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anand M.
1 contribution
Dec. 2019
I booked a private tour for myself with Simon - he was great with email communication and working with me to setup a tour specific to what I wanted to see and do.

We had a great afternoon of eating, drinking, chatting and learning about Tokyo, Food, Culture and Life.

Simon was easy to spend the day with, took me to some great places, and gave me quite a few other tips and insight into traveling.

If the kinds of tours that Simon offers are what are you looking to experience in Japan - you cannot do much better than Simon.
Written 3 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

msim9803
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
To be honest I’m a little intimidated by Japan’s Izakaya because they’re like a club and I don’t have the language or cultural know how to walk right in and and not embarrass myself or someone else which is why this tour was so great. While drinking some genuinely tasty beverages I was able to try some Japanese foods I’d only read about and enjoy the atmosphere inside the izakaya of Akabane, a little gem that apparently specialises in an almost prohibition worthy speak easy vibe.
Written 1 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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By: Tokyo Memories
murphdog16
murphdog16
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Good times, better sake
Our time spent with Simon was amazing. A lot of good information, fantastic views and delicious sake. I would highl
scotradamus
scotradamus
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Wow! I honestly didn't want the night to end
I've been to Tokyo numerous times. On this trip I wanted to find some new spots, so I decided to book a nighttime w
LPACK2260
LPACK2260
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Outstanding
Simon tailored a 8 hour daytime food and drinking tour which was outstanding. All the crew had a great time, canno
shelleyr0se
shelleyr0se
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Mrs
We had a fantastic time and the highlight of our experience of Tokyo. I couldn’t recommend this experience more. Lo
Myrcen
Myrcen
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amazing time, discovered places not in tourist books
had an amazing time, simon was great and very helpful, would love to be my first time all over again. i definitely
749marykatherinew
749marykatherinew
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Amazing night!
Simon was an excellent guide! It was not only a food tour but also a drink tour! Be prepared! We got to eat and dri
Gene G
Gene G
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Excellent
Simon was awesome. Places you would never find on your own and his relationship with the different restaurants made
Barbara G
Barbara G
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Back Alley Izakaya
This tour was absolutely the highlight of our stay in Tokyo. Our tour guide Simon was knowledgable and fun. We we
Edilenysanchez
Edilenysanchez
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More drinking than you expect
Simon made it easy to find the meeting spot and showed up on time. We started the day with a turmeric drink to help
Cleona1
Cleona1
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Fantastic Tour
What a wonderful experience we had with our guide Simon from beginning to end of this tour. Communication with this
50katrinad
50katrinad
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Simon was amazing
This tour was by far the highlight of our two weeks in Japan. Simon was so helpful, knowledgeable, and professional
Meander762289
Meander762289
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This tour set the tone for our visit to Japan
Our private tour (which included only the three of us in our party and our guide) of the back-alley izakaya's in To
nationoflaws
nationoflaws
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This was awesome!
Simon met us at the Shinjuku station at 9 and started us off with a beer apiece and a drink called "Power of Turmer
Stay61945
Stay61945
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Excellent fun!
Simon was a legend, we had the best time. He was very informative. It was a chance to see another side of Tokyo aw
Alexandre B
Alexandre B
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Perfect activity
My wife and I did the tour with Kenichi and we absolutely loved it. He brought us to 4 different places that had go
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