As a local living in Nakameguro, it is my pleasure to show you this amazing neighborhood that I have called home for the last several years. Always at the top of the list for coolest places to live in Tokyo, this buzzing suburb is packed with quaint eateries, tiny bars, and coffee shops. Think vintage clothing stores, chic boutiques, places to drink along the river, and even a funky cassette shop if that tickles your fancy.
I begin the trip at one of my favorite third wave coffee shops, after which we go to what I consider to be one of the best hidden bakeries in the world. Throughout the trip, we will stroll along Nakameguro’s famed river, lined with cherry blossom trees and charming cafes. From there we will have a set meal at one of my favorite restaurants and then continue onto other snacks, boutiques, and sweets along the way. This is a fluid trip that constantly changes due to the many options we have. The world is our oyster!
When: 10am - 2pm
What: A full lunch set is included as well as coffee and other delicious snacks such as Taiyaki, Ice Cream, Croissants, and/or Karaage. Any alcoholic beverages are at your own expense. Lunch options available are: Handmade Gyoza, Sushi, Shabu Shabu, Yakitori Don, Poke, Artisanal Ramen, or Japanese Curry.
*This food trip also has the option to change the lunch course to a high end bib gourmand Omakase Sushi Experience for an additional $70 per person (please request in booking checkout).
Price per person: $175 - 1 person group / $165 - 2 person group / $155 - 3 person group / $145 - 4 person or larger group / Please email for parties larger than 6
On the evening trip we explore the young hip dinner scene of Nakameguro. Hidden streets full of lantern lit izakayas and bistros along the Meguro river make this a picture perfect setting. We begin our trip with a bite at one of my favorite local spots. Choose from a fresh lemon sour, whiskey highball, or a plum wine to whet the appetite and start things off the way the locals do at a secret Japanese Kushiage bistro hiding along the river. After that, we move onto my favorite Yakitori shop, serving some of the best chicken wings and Tsukune in Tokyo. In between bites, we will stroll the beautiful Nakameguro rive, enjoying the quaint atmosphere. Finally we round things out a standing craft beer bar with snacks or a gyoza spot with Japanese Whiskey. This is a fluid trip that constantly changes due to the many options we have, but various foods available to try are wagyu yakiniku, yakitori, ramen, gyoza, sashimi and more. You have the option of being dropped off at a secret bar when the food trip concludes for that perfect extra night cap if you wish.
When: 4:30pm - 8:30pm
What: Includes food at three locations plus one beverage per location.
*This food trip has the option to add a high end bib gourmand Omakase Sushi Experience for an additional $150 per person (please request in booking checkout).
Price per person: $195 - 2 person group / $185 - 3 person group / $175 - 4 person or larger group / Please email for parties of 1 or parties larger than 6
Maybe you’re dying to have the best wagyu in the world, or maybe you want to have a beautiful cocktail tour, or your very own ramen marathon, or maybe you just want to have some of the best sushi in the world, but don’t want to spend the steep three star Michelin prices - whatever your craving and whatever your budget - I have you covered. Whether you’re a whiskey lover looking to try the best hidden Japanese whiskey bars, or a coffee aficionado wanting to hit the coolest third wave spots, or simply an epicurious Japanophile looking to experience a secret sake members only bar - the possibilities are nearly endless.
As a food writer living in Japan, I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to knowing how to choose the best options for your culinary desires and budget. Tell me what foods you are looking to enjoy and how much you are looking to spend, or simply leave it all up to me. Once you let me know a general idea of what your are looking for, I will plan a well thought out, custom curated experience for you to enjoy.
I will initially give one general recommended rundown based on your preferences, then take care of setting up the reservations and bookings.
Choose between me coming along as a guide or go self guided once your itinerary is fully set. If you go self guided you won’t have me there to help navigate you through the streets or help you order, but part of the services provided will be having me on call to help the process run smoothly should you need to text or call for any guidance throughout your planned food trip.
Please note that some tours require me to go along as a guide because of invite only locations, but the luxury of having me there is to help you find very hard to find locations and help you order from all Japanese menus and Japanese speaking staff. Another added bonus of having me there is to recommend certain dishes and help communicate any food allergies or restrictions.
All custom trips are private so your itineraries are fully flexible and fun!
My Favorite Area Recommendations Include:
Ebisu - Delicious Food, Frozen Sake, Craft Cocktails and more on this Evening Trip.
Shibuya - Bright Lights, Underground Cocktail Bars, and Hidden Izakayas on this Evening Trip.
Sangenjaya - Hidden Alleyways, Secret Sake Bars, and an Upscale Izakaya on this Evening Trip.
Kichijoji - A quaint area full of great food next to a gorgeous park for an Afternoon Trip. Or enjoy the charming lights of the town on an Evening Trip full of well curated bites.
Yanaka / Yanasen / Nippori - A historical and mythical area, with a gorgeous udon shop, craft beer, sake, an art gallery, and plenty of temples on this Afternoon Trip.
Shimokitazawa - A quirky hipster area, full of delicious coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, awesome gyoza, and the best soup curry of your life on this Afternoon or Evening Food Trip.
Harajuku - An area full of creative sugary sweets, colorful shops, a beautiful bistro lunch stop, and the best sesame ice cream ever on this Afternoon Trip. Also a great opportunity to buy some cute overload souvenirs.
Tsukiji - Formerly the known as Tokyo’s main fish market, this area is still busting with delicious snacks. Sample things such as fresh tuna, uni, eel, Japanese egg omelette, mochi sweets, or natural sake. A perfect place to buy some kitchen souvenirs as well on this early Afternoon Trip.
Private Guided Trip - $189 per person (Transportation and food are not included. Private tours are generally four to five hours or more if needed. Parties of one and parties larger than four are subject to additional charges)
Self Guided Trip - $200 flat fee (Four location itinerary plus concierge booking services are included. Parties larger than four are subject to additional charges)
Whether you want to continue the night after your amazing food trip or simply want to skip the food and head straight to the sake, this experience is truly one you will never forget. The setting of this sake experience begins in a place truly unlike anywhere else in the world. This exclusive members-only sake bar feels otherworldly. As you step inside, you feel as though you are in the middle of an art exhibition. The main visual focal points are two traditional Ikebana arrangements, which are carefully hand crafted every day and illuminated by one light source. The dim lighting and classical music is quiet and mysterious. The sake being served here are always exclusive, hard-to-find bottles. Begin the adventure like the samurais used to do with a taste of freshly grated wasabi and a dash of salt, then enjoy the sake ride! If you’re hungry for some food after the tasting, choose the option of some great artisanal ramen for that perfect night cap.
What: Experience three different craft sakes from small batch producers all over Japan.
Price per person: $225