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Shimbashi Night Food Tour - visit izakayas and ramen shops where only locals go

Enjoy a Tokyo night out in Shimbashi, an oasis for businessmen

Overview

Pretend you’re a Japanese ‘salaryman’ for the evening on this tour to the hidden drinking dens, ‘Izakaya’ (Japanese style food pubs) and ramen restaurants of Tokyo’s Shimbashi area.

The first restaurant we visit, Sato, is a small Japanese izakaya. At Sato, quality is more important than quantity, both in terms of food and alcohol. The tuna is bluefin tuna and the pickled mackerel is fresh enough to be eaten raw and lightly vinegared. The seasonings are carefully selected so that you can feel the quality of Japanese ingredients: the soy sauce for sashimi comes from Kagoshima, the ponzu from Kyoto and the salt from Ishikawa. The tour includes six different items from the menu (appetizers, hot dishes, sashimi, fried dishes, Japanese delicacies and grilled fish) and an all-you-can-drink bar with a selection of Japanese sake, beer and other alcohol. Your izakaya-loving guide will explain the contents of the menu as appropriate.

Next, your guide will take you to a ramen shop that offers pork, seafood, soy sauce, salt, vegetable or other types of ramen according to your preferences. Shimbashi is one of the most popular areas in all of Tokyo with extremely high-level ramen shops. In Japan, there is a culture of ending a drinking party with a bowl of ramen noodles, so enjoy an evening unique to Tokyo in Shimbashi, where local Japanese people frequent after work.

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Sato offers a seven-course izakaya menu unique to Japan, using a variety of seasonal ingredients purchased by the owner. Please note that the menu is subject to change depending on availability and the time of year. The following is a sample menu.

Examples of dishes served at Sato:

1d7a9ab0de3569ef68aaf88ba4eb22956d454220.jpegAppetizer: Asparagus, Bitter gourd with miso paste, Deep-fried and soaked eggplant

c960b8be4a0c67f3ea3de48a8eb28b720d28d3a6.jpg②Nimono: Deep-fried fresh onion

b1287a1e44ad2e05856712b68d94066af1ecff54.jpg③ Sashimi: bonito, tuna, vinegared mackerel, etc.

3d62e70e6050528130ff89d06d143b982590a188.jpg④ Deep-fried snow crab croquette

9c4080db3f3e70e03d35228a311c91f11f2d6848.jpg⑤ Deep-fried octopus

352610d088a18f74fb7d241fb9388eb20ea02d1b.jpg⑥ Sake snack: firefly squid with vinegared miso, iburigakko cheese, dashimaki tamago (rolled egg)

535fc3cc26ab08cf0c8c1e6e5e32f9efca0b81bb.jpg⑦ Hot dish: grilled Spanish mackerel

Please note that the menu is subject to change depending on availability and season.

Possible ramen shops you may visit:

Ramen Horinouchi Shimbashi.jpgA. Ramen Horinouchi Shimbashi
Ramen Horiuchi is particular about its noodles, with the boiling time adjusted according to temperature and humidity to give them a sticky, firm texture. The restaurant also features a light, traditional soy sauce-flavoured soup made from chicken and pork bones, and thick, juicy pork chashu (pork cutlet). For those who want to try a slightly different ramen, zaru ramen and natto ramen are also recommended.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 7:00-27:00 / Fri: 7:00-28:30 / Sat: 11:00-27:00 / Sun & holidays: 11:00-23:00

cdd51703485f8b64afe10eba498fc0022d6f4fb9.jpgB. Ramen Tanise-ya
At Ramen Tanise-ya, you can enjoy the classic Iekei-ramen (a style of ramen with fatty pork-soy-sauce flavored soup with thick flat noodles). The pork bone broth simmered for a day, which matches the slippery noodles, is very rich but not boring. So, it is easy for everyone to eat, and many people queue day and night to get a taste. The service is also attractive: you can choose the firmness of the noodles, the amount of oil and the intensity of the flavor to your liking, and rice and refills are free of charge.
Opening hours: 11:00-26:00

Highlights

・Get off the beaten path and explore the Shimbashi district, an area still popular with locals only
・Fresh and picky Japanese cuisine served by popular Japanese izakayas in Shimbashi
・Delicious local sake purchased by the owner who is particular about sake
・Talking with regular Japanese customers through a guide
・Delicious ramen enjoyed at a popular ramen restaurant
・A guide explains in English the characteristics of each dish and drink

Note

・Reservations are confirmed 2 days prior to the scheduled arrival date due to the preparation of ingredients. No refunds will be made after the reservation has been confirmed.
・If you have any food allergies or cannot eat any foodstuffs, please contact us at least 7 days before the tour date.
・Please note that the menu is subject to change depending on availability and season.

  Price ¥22,000 / person
  Duration 4 hours (approx.)
  Hours of availability

18:00-22:00 (Monday to Saturday)
Hotel pick up time :18:00
Hotel drop off time:22:00

※Tours do not run on Sundays

  Inclusions

・A course meal at an izakaya (6 dishes and all-you-can-drink set) with free drink *You can choose freely like beer, sake on your choice.
・One bowl of ramen noodles
・English speaking guide
・Hotel pick up & drop off (Minato-ku, Chuo-ku, Shibuya-ku, Shinjuku-ku, Taito-ku, Shinagawa-ku, Bunkyo-ku, Chiyoda-ku, Toshima-ku, Meguro-ku and Sumida-ku only, other areas please contact us to arrange)
・Round-trip transportation from hotel to Shimbashi

  Exclusions

・Other foods not included in the set menu

  Participants From 2 people

Reviews (4)

SUSIE(Australia)★★★★★

Be escorted by a delightful English speaking Guide to a Tokyo dining experience you will always remember.

Evening Ramen and Izakaya Tour - fabulous tour to take where a delightful English speaking guide, we were fortunate to have Hana, escorted us by train to a wonderful little restaurant. We would never have found on our own, to a tiny 15 seated restaurant, downstairs off the street. We enjoyed a magnificent seven course dinner accompanied by as much as you wished to drink of beer, saki, or non-our alcoholic beverages. The chef owner cooked the meal in front of us. Hana then escorted us through streets to a little Ramen bar, where we finished the evening with a bowl of delicious chicken and vegetables, Ramen. We were then taken by train again, back to our hotel. Highly recommend particularly when you first arrive in Tokyo to experience the train system, the night life and the most fantastic dinner.

Roland Matters(Australia)★★★★★

Fabulous experience

What a fabulous experience with Mutsuko as our guide through Shimbashi; the people, the food, the sake and our visit to the shrine were utter perfection. My partner and I have no Japanese so Mutsuko conversed fluently with us in English, she is a beautiful lady and a wonderful guide, Please favour yourself by using her and her company's services when in Tokyo.

SALLY HEADING(USA)★★★★★

Wonderful evening on the Shimbashi Night Tour!

We had a wonderful evening on the Shimbashi Night Tour. Mutsuko was an amazing host and we enjoyed great food and many laughs with her. Highly recommend! Arigato Mutsuko!

Howard Husock(USA)★★★★★

Great food and great experience.

The night food tour was exceptionally good and not only for the exquisite traditional Japanese cuisine. We went to an out of the way place down an alley way that tourists did not frequent. Great food and great experience. Good conversation as well!

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