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Tsukiji Market Tour & Sushi-Making Experience

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One of the most diverse food markets in the world, Tokyo offers over 480 varieties of seafood. Tsukiji, its most famous seafood market, is home to over 360 food-related establishments alone, offering not only seafood but the tastiest Wagyu beef, poultry, snacks and more.

In this program, our nationally accredited tour guide takes you through Tsukiji, introducing you to its history and importance in Japan’s capital city, before accompanying you to our state-of-the-art kitchen in Shiba park. There you will learn to make delicious and beautifully-shaped sushi from freshly-caught fish bought at the market.

HIGHLIGHT

◆ Walk through Tsukiji Market, the most famous market in Japan,

and see up close fresh seafood, sushi, yakitori skewers, and Wagyu beef etc..

◆ Purchase freshly-caught tuna for your sushi meal

◆ Learn about the history and culture of Tsukiji Market

◆ Practice sushi-making under the guidance of a national licensed instructor
◆ Dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice (vegan, kosher, halal, etc.)

◆ Receive an easy-to-use sushi making kit as a souvenir

◆ Walk through Tsukiji Market, the most famous market in Japan, and see up close fresh seafood, sushi, yakitori skewers, Wagyu beef, and more

◆ Purchase freshly-caught tuna for your sushi meal

◆ Learn about the history and culture of Tsukiji Market

◆ Practice sushi-making under the guidance of a national licensed instructor
◆ Dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice (vegan, kosher, halal, etc.)

◆ Receive an easy-to-use sushi making kit as a souvenir

 

Students will make the following three types of sushi:

  1. Hosomaki-zushi:

At thinly sliced ingredient, such as cucumber or tuna, wrapped in rice and rolled in nori seaweed

  1. Gunkan-zushi:
    Rice wrapped in nori seaweed topped with soft ingredients such as salmon roe, cod roe, or minced tuna
  2. Nigiri-zushi:

rice topped with sliced fish such as tuna, shrimp, white fish, etc.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple
Our tour begins at the main gate of Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple. Tsukiji Hongwanji was founded in the 17th century and is one of the largest temples in Tokyo. Its unique exterior is modeled after ancient Buddhist architecture from India and other South Asian countries, and it is known for its stained-glass windows and numerous animal sculptures, distinctively rare features for a Japanese temple.

Tsukiji Market
Following Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple, you will venture to the Tsukiji Outer Market. Opened in 1935, Tsukiji Market was until recently the world’s largest wholesale fish market, and it remains Japan’s most popular food-related tourist destination. With over 360 establishments, it is home to a mix of wholesalers, restaurants, shops, market stalls, and other businesses, some of which can trace their history back to the market’s very beginning. Owing to its closeness to Tokyo Bay, food lovers from all over the country flock to the area in search of the best and tastiest seafood ⁠— and they stay to marvel at the market’s charismatic workers and unusual products.

While visiting the energetic Tsukiji, you will purchase fresh tuna to enjoy in a sushi-making experience. Once purchased, it is time for the sushi experience!

Sushi-Making Experience
To start the program, participants will learn all about the culture of sushi and practice the hygiene techniques necessary to prevent contamination. Your instructor will also tell you a little about the history of the cuisine, and how it has come to be as it is today.

Then you will get to work making your sushi! Though restaurant chefs may make it look easy, acquiring the techniques to make beautiful and artistic sushi pieces can take years of practice. In our lesson, however, you will master some of the basics in just a few hours (with a little help from our handy rice-molding kits should you need them). Using these techniques, you will learn to make three delicious types of sushi: nigiri zushi (classic hand-molded sushi), gunkan maki (sushi wrapped in nori seaweed), and hosomaki zushi (thin sushi rolls). 

Our classes are flexible, designed for everyone from beginners to expert chefs, and we offer instruction on handmaking sushi, as well as information on the use of sushi-making kits. Whichever way fits you; we can teach you how to make tasty and photo-worthy sushi that can compete with any of Tokyo’s best sushi joints.

After you have made your sushi, you will then sit down to enjoy it as a tasty meal. As you eat, your instructor will teach you all about the condiments related to sushi, as well as introduce you to Japanese dining etiquette. Our knowledgeable instructors all have high-level language skills, so this conversation can be almost as delicious as the meal. Bon Appétit!

ITINERARY

10:00~13:15
Tsukiji Market→Tsukiji Station → Daimon Station → Zojoji Temple → Kikai Shinko Kaikan Building
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Food
As part of the tour, you can enjoy a variety of Tsukiji’s best food products, many of which are cooked right in front of your very eyes. Some of these foods include:

• Sushi items fresh from the Pacific Ocean
• Charcoal-grilled seafood, such as scallops, oysters, squid, octopus, shrimp, and eel
• Premium grade Wagyu beef skewers
• Yakitori grilled chicken skewers
• Japanese-style omelet
• Japanese-style hot pot
• Beautifully decorated Japanese sweets
• Ice cream and soft serve ice cream

(Foods may be subject to change depending on the season.)


The market is much more than just the food on sale too! As a major distributor to Tokyo restaurants, Tsukiji also sells some of the best seasonings, condiments, and sauces the city has to offer. This includes everything from shiitake mushrooms and pickles to uniquely Japanese flavorings like fresh wasabi and miso. What’s more, many of the market sellers also allow you to try these top-notch seasonings for free too!

As you eat, our guide will teach you all about how Tsukiji’s delicious items are made and eaten.

Knives & Supplies
Tokyo’s high-quality food would be nothing without the equipment that makes it, and that’s why some of the most renowned utensil stores in the city can be found in Tsukiji too. The area houses many kitchen supplies stores, including those selling Japanese-style kitchen knives, well known for their precision and diversity, as well as other stores supplying useful equipment like food baskets and specially-made pottery. As part of the tour, your guide will take you around some of these stores, where you will learn the history of the Japanese food trade.

The People Behind the Food
Finally, Japanese food would be nothing without the people who make and supply it – and thanks to Tsukiji’s open streets, the market is the best place to see some of these people at work. You will see everyone from merchants to expert knife sharpeners and more, all part of the eclectic atmosphere that is Tsukiji. And as you walk, our expert guide, nationally certified and professionally trained in the history of Tsukiji, will teach you all about the formation of this spectacular area – as well as the people that make it.

Sushi-Making
The venue for the sushi experience is Grand TJT, located in the Kikai Shinko Kaikan Honkan building, a one-minute walk north of Tokyo Tower. It is a government-certified hygienic facility with water supply, drainage, refrigeration, and other facilities.

As an optional extra, you can also experience a sake tasting and/or Japanese tea tasting along with your sushi-making experience.

For those who have participated in this sushi making experience, the following experiences will be offered at the following prices

5 kinds of Japanese sake: 9,800 yen → 5,000 yen

3 kinds of Japanese sake: 3,900 yen → 3,000 yen

5 kinds of Japanese tea 7,800 yen → 5,000 yen

3 kinds of Japanese tea 3,900 yen → 3,000 yen

However, some snacks for sake will be reduced.

CANCELLATION POLICY

・In the event of cancellation, the following fees will apply:
(1) 3-14 days prior to the program: 20% of the program fee
(2) 2 days prior to the program: 50% of the program fee
(3) One day before the program or on the day*: 100% of the program fee

*In the case of a no show, a separate remittance fee will be charged.

PROGRAM FEE

Basic Fee (Per Group)
0JPY
Fee per Person
20,000JPY

Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax

STARTING TIME
10:00~
DURATION
3 hours & 15 minutes
LOCATION

Tsukiji Market→Tsukiji

B2F (Kikai Shinko Kaikan Building)

Access MAP

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
2 persons
INCLUSIONS

・Guided tours in English by a nationally licensed interpreter
・Sushi-making experience in English 
・Sushi kits (to take home as souvenirs)
・Sushi ingredients
・Transportation from Tsukiji to our facility

EXCLUSIONS

・Transportation to the meeting place

・Transportation expenses after leaving the experience site

・Fees for shopping for ingredients other than those required for sushi making

NOTIFICATIONS

◆The minimum number of participants is 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 children.
◆ Be sure to follow the guide's instructions during the program. We are not responsible for any accidents caused by not following the instructions of the guide.
◆ The time required is an approximate time. Please note that this may change depending on the number of customers and the implementation status.
◆ If you need special consideration due to religious reasons, physical condition (illness, allergies, etc.), or children, age, etc., be sure to contact info@truejapantours.com in advance to inquire about the possibility. Please note that we cannot guarantee arrangements for programs purchased without prior inquiry.
◆Our tours and services are mainly offered in English. If you would like to request a service in another language (including Chinese, French, Spanish, German, and Italian,), require an additional charge of JPY1,100(Inc tax).please contact us at info@truejapantours.com. We will endeavor to reply to you regarding the availability of the service as soon as possible.
◆Our business hours are from 8:00-17:00 on weekdays and from 8:00-10:00.on Saturday. Please note that inquiries received outside of business hours will be handled on the next business day.
◆Please contact info@truejapantours.com in advance to inquire about the availability of this program. Please note that we cannot guarantee arrangements for programs purchased without prior inquiry.

◆The booking deadline for this program is 10:00am 2 business days (Japan Standard Time) prior to the program. When booking after this deadline, please email us at info@truejapantours.com.
Please note that any programs booked after the deadline without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.

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