Tokyo Sake Tour with a Local Guide, Private & Tailored to Your Taste

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From $190.27

5 reviews   (4.60)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Tokyo, Tokyo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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You’ll explore Shinjuku with one of our friendly hosts, sampling different varieties of Japanese rice wine - better known as sake! Whether you’d prefer a tiny izakaya (traditional Japanese bar, which actually means ‘stay in sake shop’) or a standing bar (a tachinomiya) where only 10 can squeeze in at a time, the choice is yours! Discover the different temperatures, varieties and ways of enjoying sake with your host!

Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.

What's Included

3 hours with a city Host

6 sake samples

Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

One accompanying dish to share at each bar

Private and personalised experience

Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)

What's Not Included

Food and drinks other than the ones included in the experience

Gratuities (optional)

Tickets to any attractions

Transportation costs

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 21 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • City Unscripted and all City Unscripted hosts follow the WHO (World Health Organization) and local government’s health and safety recommendations at all times. To keep up to date with the latest news we recommend visiting these World Health Organization (
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Shinjuku Golden Gai
Join a sake-loving host in Shinjuku and taste your way around some of Tokyo’s favorite sake bars

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may

differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

• Admission Ticket Free

Visit three different bars like Sake Bar Otonari and enjoy two samples of sake at each, along with a small plate of appetizers to accompany your drinks

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may

differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences.

• Admission Ticket Free

Omoide Yokocho
Enjoy delicious food which enhances the flavor of your sake as you hop along the bars of Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho, a tiny and atmospheric alleyway that’s packed with bars

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

• Admission Ticket Free

Ohsawa Japan Shinjuku
Learn about sake culture, the history of the drink and how to choose it as you visit each bar- maybe even Izakaya Nishio San and get tips from your host about the best places to buy sake as a gift for those back home

IMPORTANT: As this is a private and personalised experience, the places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences

• Admission Ticket Free


Great Personalized Sake Tour
Arlene_B, 22-01-2020
We highly recommend this tour. Sami took us to several locations for sake tasting which always included some type of food to go with it. And the final spot allowed you to taste a huge variety with as much as you wanted! Sami was a font of info and provided us with lots of specifics about sake and many other things about Tokyo. At our request she even took us to the Hachiko statue which thrilled our daughter. All in all a really great experience.
Sake Tasting Tour
jenblair25, 07-12-2019
We enjoyed Sami, our tour guide for the City Unscripted Sake Tasting Tour, immensely. She was new to guiding tourists, but you certainly would not have known it. She took us to four local bars to experience the sake and local pub food. For anyone planning to visit Tokyo, this is a tour that we highly recommend. It gives you a great insider’s perspective of the food and sake scene – but you must be willing to be adventurous with your food. Some of the food that we tried is not for the faint of heart!

Our first stop was at a neighborhood sake bar that frowned upon tourists, but since we were with Sami, we were welcomed. I tried to take a photo, but that is considered very rude and unacceptable – they made sure that I was brought up to speed about the rules quite quickly. Everything was in Japanese, so we are not even sure what the name of this bar was. We liked that there was no seating. Everyone just stood around small tables eating and drinking. We tried both Junmai-shu and Honjozo-shu sakes, both cold sakes. These sakes were served in a chilled glass within a pine box. It is customary to overpour the glass so that it spills into the box – that spilled sake is for drinking as well. In addition, we sampled motsunabe (a tripe stew prepared with a base of soy sauce, garlic, chili pepper or miso, topped with cabbage and chives); chicken yakatori (grilled chicken skewers covered with tare, a sweet soy sauce and mirin mix); tsukune (Japanese chicken meat balls on a skewer, coated with sweet sauce); and fried tofu in a miso glaze.

Our next stop was just down the alley, at a little local joint where we could watch the cooking. They were a little more accepting of tourists and we snapped a few photos. In addition to both a cold sake and a hot sake, we sat on a little picnic table and sampled another array of interesting foods including motsunabe (tripe stew garnished with konjac and tofu); a beautiful tuna tartare ball served with chives and a perilla leaf; hard boiled quail eggs on a skewer; shiro (pig colon seasoned with salt and citrus soy sauce served on a skewer); grilled tan (pork tongue served on a yakatori skewer); and a breaded fish cake. Here, Sami presented me with a beautiful artisanal sake cup for an early birthday present – what a surprise!

Next up was a sake bar specializing in taruzake or cask sake. The sake is stored in a cedar cask to improve the flavor – and it really was quite good. These glasses were served in a natural pine box which added additional flavor as well. Sami continued to order too much food, but she was committed to making sure that we truly got a taste of Japan. At this bar, we sampled kamaboko (a cured, processed seafood product created by forming pureed deboned white fish into loaves, then steaming them until they are firm); motsunabe (tripe stew served with carrots, onions, and chives); a sampling of nigiri sushi including ika (squid), hotate (scallops), and maguro (bluefin tuna); fried saury (Pacific mackerel pike); and korokke (Japanese-style ham and cheese croquettes).

We could absolutely not eat any more food at this stage, a fact that seemed to make Sami a bit sad. However, we were able to stop at one more sake bar to try nigori sake (unfiltered milky sake) and a Sho Chiku Bai Shirakabegura brut sparkling sake. What a fabulous end to a truly incredible three-hour tour!
Sake Tasting Tour
Jennifer_B, 06-12-2019
We enjoyed the Sake Tasting Tour through Viator. Sami was our guide and she did a truly exceptional job. We visited several local restaurants/bar in the Ueno area of Tokyo. Not only did she order us an array of sake, but she paired the sake with a variety of traditional Japanese dishes to try, many of which we would have never known how to order on our own. It was a true tasting experience of Tokyo. This is highly recommended!
Sake Tasting in the back alley of Nakano, Tokyo
loriej106, 12-11-2019
We didn't want to get trapped in the touristy area of Tokyo so our wonderful & fun-filled tour guide, Kenji-san took us to the wonderful & exciting back-alley of Nakano! He was so kind to pick us up from our hotel and educate us as to how to get a metro card to operate the subway system. We loved the lights and the atmosphere of Nakano. This was our first time experiencing standing only izakayas' which we had so much fun. He brought us to wonderful sake/sashimi places to eat at. The people in the restaurants were so friendly. A couple of regulars at one of the Izakaya's, were so hosptitable that they had also treated us to the last sea urchins on the menu. The best I've had in my life! Kenji brought us to the best sashimi places, according to my husband, the best sashimi he has had by far in Tokyo. We really enjoyed Kenji, thank you for a wonderful experience! It won't be our last. With sincere gratitude, Lorie & Andrew (NYC-USA)
Super Fun - But Nothing Learned About Sake
itrac, 06-01-2020
While this was definitely a bang for our buck (lots of sake!), I wish we could have learned more about sake. Our tour guide started the tour with "I don't know anything about sake. I don't drink it much." Great...? I was glad that we went still, we went to a lot of cool places that we wouldn't have otherwise known about, but it really just felt like a really expensive walking "open bar" as opposed to learning about sake & culture, which is what I thought the price would have covered

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