Beyond the Neon: Unveiling Ueno & Okachimachi’s Elevated Food Scene

Beyond the Neon: Unveiling Ueno & Okachimachi's Elevated Food Scene

Ueno & Okachimachi! Explore Ueno & Okachimachi, a historic district buzzing with life. Discover temples, railway history, and savor 3 unique restaurants on this exclusive VIP food tour.

From ¥16,900 /person
Includes Dinner and Drinks 3 Hours (approx.) Up to 6 people (9 for private tours)

Elevated Tokyo Food Tour

Step beyond the tourist hotspots and delve into the culinary heart of Tokyo. Our exclusive food tour takes you on an unforgettable gastronomical exploration of Ueno and Okachimachi – a district steeped in history and brimming with delicious secrets.
Ueno and Okachimachi boast a rich history, predating the rise of Shinjuku and Shibuya. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as we explore festive streets and bustling markets. But worry not, our adventure doesn’t end there. We’ll expertly guide you through the quieter backlanes, where a hidden world of culinary delights awaits.
We’re bringing you three restaurants, and three unique experiences. Prepare to tantalize your palate at these meticulously chosen restaurants, each offering a distinct dining experience. From the rich history of the district to the innovative culinary techniques employed by local chefs, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Tokyo’s varied food scene.
Our journey isn’t just about food. As we navigate this fascinating area, we’ll uncover hidden gems like a serene Buddhist temple nestled amidst the bustling streets. Learn about the historical significance of Ueno as the southern terminus of Japan’s great northern railway lines, and explore the area that witnessed the birth of the first Asian subway system.
Each restaurant on our tour promises a unique perspective. Expect to experience a diverse range of flavors and cooking styles, from traditional Japanese fare to innovative interpretations of classic dishes. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or simply appreciate the finer things in life, this tour caters to the your palate. This exclusive VIP food tour goes beyond the typical tourist experience. We’ll delve into the heart of Ueno and Okachimachi, revealing the district’s fascinating past and introducing you to its hidden culinary treasures. Join us on this delectable adventure and unlock the secrets of Tokyo’s food scene – one delicious discovery at a time.
Pinpoint Traveler has an average score of 4.7⭐ across over 500 reviews on multiple review sites. Below is a sampling of some of our most recent reviews for our Tokyo Night Food Tour
Tour Like a Local
Tour Like a Local
@Molly F
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We had a fantastic tour with Andrew! We got to explore parts of Tokyo that we never would've gone to on our own and eat at small izakayas we never would've found on our own. If you want to get outside of the touristy areas of Tokyo and explore like a local while learning a lot about Japanese culture, I highly recommend this tour.
Fun and enjoyable food and drink tour
Fun and enjoyable food and drink tour
@QGBassist
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Very well organized, informative, and declious. The stops all featured solid food and drink options, and our tour guide Andrew was helpful and highly knowledgeable. We really enjoyed exploring a neighborhood we otherwise wouldn't have travelled to ourselves. Would definititely recommend!
Wonderful Evening
Wonderful Evening
@Allison_E
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This was a great tour with our family (adult children). We weee taken into establishments that we would have never considered trying before. We ate like locals and not tourists. Culture was explained well. Exactly what we were looking for and more. Lukas was great! Bring comfortable walking shoes. Be open to trying new foods.
Book this tour!
Book this tour!
@W7376SEchristinek
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Honestly this was the most fun experience we had in the 7 days we were in Tokyo! Our guide Andrew was so awesome and taught us so much! It was very cool to see a part of Tokyo that most tourists don’t visit and also interact with the locals who were all very kind and friendly. Would highly recommend this experience!
Great way to see the lesser known side of Tokyo!
Great way to see the lesser known side of Tokyo!
@Vaughn_R
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Our guide andrew was brilliant, added many great parts to the tour as well as immense local knowledge. We highly recommend this tour to anyone!
Visited local spots
Visited local spots
@Venture32895887290
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My tour guide Andrews was great. He was fun to talk to and really knew the history of Japan. He took me to spots where the locals go and not to any tourist trap.
Special walking tour in special places
Special walking tour in special places
@David_L
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Andrew was a perfect young guide for discovering special places far from usual tourists ones. Funny moments with testing different kind of food and drinks… you definitely have to try this tour…
Local Tokyo
Local Tokyo
@HenrikKamp_D
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Amazing guide and an amazing way to see Tokyo with the locals - and cozy area you would never find yourself. Highly recommend
Back Alley Food  and Drink Tour
Back Alley Food and Drink Tour
@bobmA5147HZ
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Andrew led an amazing offbeat night tour of Oimachi and Kamata's hidden food and drink spots. The five guests explored streets and alleys they wouldn't feel comfortable in alone at night. They savored exotic street food, beer, and sake. Even if some places had to close, Andrew effortlessly found new spots. Moreover, his extensive knowledge about the districts' history and Tokyo satisfied the guests' hunger for food, drink, and knowledge.
Great night out in Tokyo
Great night out in Tokyo
@Paul_M
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A great way to see Tokyo away from the tourist areas. Very interesting with some Japanese history and culture. Andrew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We both really enjoyed the whole experience and would definitely recommend for anyone who is interested in going off the beaten track with delicious sake and food!
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Historic Landmarks

These very old parts of Tokyo are overflowing with history, some from very long ago, and some from the post-war era.

Professional Guide

Real English, real skills, and great personalities. Our guides have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with interesting, fun, and memorable tours.

Fully-Narrated Tour

Our tours never leave you to wander about on your own. Your guide stays with you the whole time to answer questions, offer insights, and share plenty of laughs.

Easy Access

This tour starts just outside a rail or subway station, making meeting up an anxiety-free experience.

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Brief Stop at a Classic Izakaya

Our first stop dives right into the heart of Tokyo’s food scene – a no-nonsense izakaya pub. Get ready for an energetic atmosphere and delicious bites! Imagine a casual Japanese hangout where locals unwind, clinking glasses and sharing plates. We find these kinds of establishments capture so much of what day to day Japanese culture is, and want to share it with you.
Think “Japanese tapas bar” with sizzling skewers (“kushiyaki”) stacked high. Grilled meats and veggies tempt your taste buds, while smaller side dishes like pickled onions and bamboo shoots offer a taste of classic flavors. Grab a seat or stand with the friendly crowd – this is a true Tokyo experience! It’s the perfect way to start our tour, soaking up the energy and whetting your appetite for more.

Restaurant #2 – Introducing you to the “Kappo”

Next up, we shift gears from the lively izakaya to a more refined experience – a “kappo” restaurant (often referred to as a high-end izakaya). Think traditional Japanese dining with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Here, the chef takes center stage. Imagine homemade miso paired with crisp, farm-fresh vegetables, sashimi so fresh it practically jumps off the plate, and slow-cooked dishes that melt in your mouth. Tempura, a classic Japanese dish of lightly battered and fried seafood and vegetables, might also be on the menu.
The key to kappo is the daily market finds. The chef acts as your guide, crafting a personalized tasting menu based on the freshest seasonal ingredients available that day. No pressure to try anything outlandish – this is about expanding your culinary comfort zone in an approachable way. Get ready for top-quality ingredients, expertly prepared, in a special setting.

Final Stop – a Tokyo Institution

 Our final stop whisks you back in time to a legendary Ueno/Okachimachi institution – serving up delights since the 1850s! This restaurant is a living testament to Tokyo’s rich culinary heritage.Prepare for a feast for the senses, with dishes that showcase the changing seasons. In colder months, we might savor a steaming “nabe” hot pot, perfect for warming you up. Spring could bring seared “katsuo” (bonito), while fall offers buttery “buri” yellowtail sashimi. Summer boasts dishes celebrating the season’s fresh harvest.The menu is a delightful surprise: expect expertly baked fish in classic Japanese style, comforting noodle dishes, sizzling grilled options, and even a touch of 1980s Western influence! This incredible variety ensures a truly memorable experience.To complete the experience, we’ll include a selection of beverages throughout the tour, featuring both sake and shochu, allowing you to explore the world of Japanese alcohol alongside the delicious food. Get ready for a final stop that’s a true celebration of Tokyo’s culinary journey, past and present! 

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Itinerary for Our Elevated Evening Food Tour in Tokyo

A classic Japanese Izakaya where you can indulge in small bites, and wet your whistle in preparation for the rest of the evening.
Here we will really kick things off with beautiful seasonal dishes.
Classic seasonal Japanese cooking with something for everyone.

Quick Tips for Our Tokyo Foodie Tour

There are a few things we’d like you to take note of before joining us.

  • The legal drinking age in Japan is 20
  • All participants must be 18+ to participate in this experience

  • Please come wearing comfortable shoes, and dress for some time both indoors and outdoors
  • Unfortunately, we cannot wait for late-comers, so do plan on arriving a bit early

Inclusions:

  • A dinner’s worth of food across three different restaurants
  • Up to three alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks (one at each stop).
  • Train fare between our two neighborhoods

Exclusions:

  • Drinks beyond the three provided (you can purchase more directly from the restaurant if you wish)

 

Easy Access

We start our tour at JR Oimachi Station’s East exit. There are many exits, and one is even called “Central East exit”, so it is very important to use the exit that is labeled as “East exit”.

Our Tour Guides

We've got around a dozen guides at your service. Here we showcase a few of our most active ones.

Kevin

We think it's important that everyone who works for Pinpoint Traveler is an active guide too, even the owner. Kevin's been in Japan thirteen years, but spent the first ten in the corporate world. Now he shares his love for Japan outside the confines of the office.
Shoji Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Shoji

Born in Japan, but moved to Canada when he was still quite young, Shoji is back and ready to share is passion for Japan with you. His main dominion is Osaka and on down to Koya-san and Wakayama, but he's such a popular guy that we often send him even further afield by request.
Mardi Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Mardi

Mardi's our Kyoto guide-in-chief, and her love for the city is infectious. She's got an uncanny ability for giving people just the right amount of information while still ensuring the tour stays light and fun. Be it temples and shrines, gardens, or nightlife, Mardi's your gal.
Dan Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Dan

Dan is a Spaniard, so of course his Spanish is native level, but his English is fantastic as well. He's got a warm personality and consistently makes our guests feel like they've made a new friend within minutes of meeting him. He also knows Osaka and Kyoto like no one's business!
Levy Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Levy

With nearly twenty years in Osaka, Levy's got this place WIRED. He's a major samurai and history aficionado, and in addition to knowing all the top sights like a true pro, he knows Osaka's nightlife better than (dare we say it!) the vast majority of Japanese who call Osaka home. Levy's originally from Israel, and runs tours in Hebrew too.
Suzie Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Suzie

Suzie is Japan born and raised, and we can't recommend her enough for tours in Tokyo and Yokohama. Our prior guests frequently say nicer things about Suzie than any of our own mothers have said about us! The consummate pro, she's not just got all the info, but also an uncanny knack for knowing what to show our guests.

Not profiled here are guides who speak Spanish (Kyoto, in addition to Dan in Osaka), French (Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo), and German (Kyoto and Tokyo).

Pickup Point

Please meet us at the Oimachi Station's JR East Exit. Note that there is something called the Central East Exit, but you don't want that.

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