Every day from March 25th until April 15th, the cherry blossoms will be at their peak bloom and I will be hosting a special Hanami food trip throughout Nakameguro - the most gorgeous area for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo.
Every day at 10am we will meet at Nakameguro station’s main gate in front of Tok convenience store and at 10:10am sharp we will head out as I guide you through the neighborhood, showing you all my favorite spots along the way! We can enjoy anything from pink cherry blossom champagne, to taiyaki treats, black sesame ice cream, artisanal pudding, third wave coffee, baked goods and more!
Where: Nakameguro River
When: 10am - 2pm
Price per person: $75 (Lunch is included. All additional items are at your own expense)
(Sake Tasting Option is an additional $30 per person and will be conducted at 2pm)
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 Nakameguro station, after which we will set out on foot 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, some of which include a gorgeous sky garden overlooking Tokyo, or a historic home built in 1919 boasting architecture from the Taisho era and a beautiful Japanese garden. The world is our oyster!
When: 11:30am - 3:30pm
What: Lunch set is included as well as other snacks along the way. All beverages and coffee are at your own expense. Options include: Sushi, Karaage, Shabu Shabu, Yakitori Don, Artisanal Ramen, Japanese Curry, or Handmade Soba.
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 some bites 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 a few more locations for more deliciousness. 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, sushi and more. You have the option of being dropped off at a secret bar after the food trip concludes for that perfect extra night cap if you wish.
When: 5pm - 9pm
What: Includes food at four locations plus one beverage per location.
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 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 price that Jiro charges - 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 afficionado wanting to hit the coolest third wave spots, or simply an epicurious Japanophile looking to experience a secret sake members only bar - the possibilites 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 just 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 fluid and fun!
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)