Tokyo: Classic Tsukiji Food Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
I met my guide at the designated meeting place near the station. She was early so we had extra time to get acquainted. I was the only on the tour so Kazumi was very flexible to my interests. She was informative, engaging, and warm - all along expressing her genuine love for the city and showing non-locals the insiders’ way around the market. She was prepared with literature, graphics and pictures. We had fantastic treats - exceptional quality of ingredients. I recommend this tour with Kazumi. One small recommendation: I would suggest shifting the tour time slightly to bridge the lunch time opening of some establishments in order to timely spread the tastings before, during, and after the lunch period.
What a nice way to start the day! We had a very interesting morning learning about Tsukiji market, Japanese history and food culture. It's a good way to have a feel of the market and the stalls without being completely clueless in a sea of options. Our guide, Akiko, was very sweet and tried her very best to answer our questions and explain about the different food and places we visited. She was definitely a highlight of the tour and made us feel very welcome in Japan. Sometimes our guide's English language knowledge wasn't enough to answer all our questions but she made the biggest effort to help.
Good for getting a sense of the distances and layout of Tokyo’s major tourist attractions. Taped commentary difficult to hear at times. Music accompaniment unhelpful and did not add to atmosphere. Bus stopped directly beside some attractions (Edo Museum, Tokyo Tower and Sky Tower) but others ( Asakusa, Royal Palace etc) were a couple of streets away. But, generally good value for the money.
The fastest and cheapest way to look around the city if your stay is limited. Goes all prime locations. But too bad they wouldn't stop at "Ginza" district. It was too late to get off once they have announced the beautiful location of Ginza. Some of the tourist guides are hard to understand. Other than these issues, overall I'd recommend to the visitors.
The day that we picked happened to be raining and the first available bus was an roof top only bus and only one row of seats were covered. If that is the case for the day you go, it’s worth the 30min wait for the next bus that has bottom seating as well. Otherwise the tour was useful and got to see Tokyo and plan for another visit.