Virtual Tour Exploring Japanese Izakaya and Cocktails
Come as a foreigner, leave as a local, this phrase will be important to remember when stepping into my world. Immerse yourself in the local side of Tokyo and explore hidden Japanese bars where only the locals go.
Your guide has delved into the world of Izakaya for many years. Whats an Izakaya you ask? The literal terms is "inside drinking shop" or just Japanese bars. They are unique and all over Japan, but difficult to enter because many are Japanese only. I call these places my second home and love connecting people with the local scene.
Izakaya are known as Japanese pubs, or the literal term "inside drinking shop" Some are so off-the-grid that even Google Maps doesn’t know of their existence.
We'll be diving into the area of Kichijoji, where many consider it a hot spot among Japanese locals. We will be at a private little Izakaya where it has a laidback vibe and can choose your own music as well!
*Please note that you will only visit one Izakaya on this virtual tour.
per adult from
60 to 90 minutes
What's included :
- English speaking guide
- Online experience through Zoom
What's excluded :
- Stop At: Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto
This experience is the best introduction to Japanese bars and nightlife. It can be intimidating to experience first hand, but with my expertise, I will be able to guide you through the ins and outs of a Japanese izakaya and what to expect. This will be a backstage access into the scene.
We will start off with some basic introductions and I will go into the settings of an izakaya. I'll explain its history, what kind of people visit, and what food they serve. All this while I’m showing off the environment of the Izakaya. I'll go into brief details of what popular drinks they serve as well as the dishes. These include matcha-tea sake, whiskey highballs, yuzu-sake, and dishes like yakitori, Japanese fried chicken, beef skewers, and more.
We will also make some unique Japanese cocktails so you can share with friends and I"ll also teach you a few Japanese phrases to learn and use once you make your way to Japan or just casually as well!
Stop At: Kushiya Yokocho, Japan, 〒180-0003 Tokyo, Musashino, Kichijōji Minamichō, 1-chōme−3−２ Mrビル 地下一階
Kushiya Yokocho is a simple and traditional izakaya, packed with young hip people. The food choices here vary from traditional bar snacks and dishes like tebasaki chicken wings, beef platter, yakitori skewers, and green tea sake or oolong sake.
*Please note that Izakayas mentioned on the itinerary are sample. The location may be changed in some cases.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: 三喰撰酒 三重人 名駅店, Japan, 〒450-0002 Aichi, Nagoya, Nakamura Ward, Meieki, 4-chōme−5−１５ コスモス east4F ５ 中村区 名古屋市
Hanbey is a traditional 50s style izakaya, set to imitate the Showa style look. This place is loud but energetic, where the staff wait to greet you with a smile and open arms. The food and drinks are insanely cheap, but delicious as well. One of the best places to check out in Tokyo!
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Parco Kichijōji, 1-chōme-5-1 Kichijōji Honchō, Musashino, Tokyo 180-8520, Japan
Onigori, aka the gorilla bar, is a funky new Izakaya. Where it takes the modern surfer look and turns it into its own. They specialize in a lot of their own unique dishes like spicy tofu, gyoza, and steaks. You can even choose from a variety of unique drinks only found here.
Duration: 30 minutes
• Yakitori (Chicken Skewers)
• Japanese fried chicken
• Beef Skewers
• Matcha-tea sake
• Japanese Sake
• Local Beer
• Whiskey Highballs
• Japanese Shochu
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
This is an online experience. We will share a Zoom link and password by email.
Departure Time :Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 6/29/2020 - 7/23/2022
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 AM - 03:00 AM
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.