JOIN AN EPIC 6 DAY TOKYO FOOD TRIP

* TOKYO'S BEST DINING EXPERIENCES 

* 7 NIGHT STAY AT THE ANDAZ TOKYO

* EXCLUSIVELY CURATED BY JOURNY

THE SCHEDULE

YAKINIKU AT NAKAHARA

VIP TSUKIJI MARKET + TUNA AUCTION

DAY 1

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

EACH DAY, YOU'LL HAVE DINNER AT ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN TOKYO — PLACES THAT ARE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO RESERVE ON YOUR OWN. YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY KEY VIP EXPERIENCES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. 

THE REST OF THE TIME, JOURNY WILL CURATE ACTIVITIES AND RESTAURANTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR UNIQUE PREFERENCES, WHETHER THAT BE THE ROBOT SHOW, MARICAR, AN OLD TOKYO WALKING TOUR, SHOPPING, OR ANYTHING ELSE.

PLEASE NOTE: 1-2 OF THE RESTAURANTS ABOVE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED WITH A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE. ALL RESTAURANTS WE INCLUDE FOR DINNERS WILL BE MICHELIN-STARRED AND/OR TABELOG GOLD & SILVER RESTAURANTS.

DAY 1

IN ADDITION TO ALL DINNERS AND VIP EXPERIENCES, THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE ANDAZ TOKYO TORANOMON HILLS

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THE DETAILS

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7 NIGHT STAY AT THE ANDAZ TOKYO

PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER

 7 HIGH-END MEALS

— A TOP 10 SUSHI RESTAURANT (PLEASE ENQUIRE DIRECTLY)

— L'EFFERVESCENCE

— SUSHI HASHIGUCHI

— SUMIBIYAKINIKU NAKAHARA

— NARISAWA

— TORIKADO 

— GINZA SHIMADA 

6 EXPERT-LED EXPERIENCES

— PRIVATE TOUR BASED ON YOUR INTERESTS (FOR GROUPS OF 2)

— VIP TUNA AUCTION & TSUKIJI MARKET VISIT

— JAPANESE FOOD HALL TOUR WITH A CHEF

— SAKE TASTING WITH A SOMMELIER

— NEIGHBORHOOD & INSIDER EATS TOUR WITH A LOCAL

— COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE AT GEN YAMAMOTO

PLUS: Journy's concierge service to curate your free time. Includes daytime dining recommendations for the best ramen, soba, tempura, pizza, etc. as well as unique only-in-Japan experiences such as Maricar, Robot Show, Owl Cafe, shopping excursions, and more, all based on your interests.

NOT INCLUDED: International flights, travel insurance, meals outside of those listed, additional wine / beverages, cost of any additional experiences, any other transportation beyond airport transfers

THIS EXPERIENCE IS SEMI-PRIVATE: There will be a combination of private experiences arranged just for you (and your guest), while others will be experienced in small groups of 4 to 8. 

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SUSHI AT HASHIGUCHI

CUSTOM PRIVATE TOUR

FRENCH AT L'EFFERVESCENCE

CUSTOM DAYTIME EXPERIENCE

IZAKAYA DINING AT GINZA SHIMADA

SUSHI AT TOP 10 SUSHI RESTAURANT

YAKITORI AT TORIKADO

COCKTAILS AT GEN YAMAMOTO

ASIA'S BEST AT NARISAWA

CUSTOM DAYTIME EXPERIENCE

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Double occupancy: $9000 ($1500 / day)

Single occupancy: $10,500 ($1750 / day)


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THE EXPERIENCES

Lunch at Top 10 Sushi Restaurant

Due to the exclusive nature of these restaurants, we cannot publicly review their names. Please enquire with us directly to learn the names of these restaurant choices.

Sushi Hashiguchi (鮨 はしぐち)

Tabelog Gold

Hashiguchi has long been one of Tokyo's top sushi restaurants. Its Tabelog ratings put it just after the best sushi-ya in Tokyo, but it doesn't have any Michelin stars. If the no-photo policy is any indication, Chef Hashiguchi, with his anti-establishment mentality, has shunned the Michelin-inspectors. All the better to keep this intimate 9-seat spot under wraps. Here, Chef Hashiguchi works at the counter, assisted by his wife who serves drinks and cooks some dishes in the kitchen where there is no other staff.

Torikado (鳥かど)

Tabelog Silver

With a spacious open kitchen and cedar counter, Torikado is not like other yakitori joints in Tokyo. An offshoot of Torishiki, Yoshiteru Ikegawa opened Torikado 10 years after he set up Torishiki, where his son Kohei Onoda mans the grill. In addition to the cuts of meat and seasoning that you'd find at Torins the grill. In addition to the cuts of meat and seasoning that you'd find at Torishiki, at Torikado you'll also find a range of excellent side dishes paired with different chicken preparations.

L'effervescence (レフェルヴェソンス)

2 Star Michelin, Tabelog Gold, #12 World's 50 Best Asia

Tucked away near Chokokuji Temple is L’Effervescence, a Modern French restaurant that boasts two Michelin stars and a spot on San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In Tokyo, L’Effervescence is consistently in the top 10 of all restaurants. Decorated to feel like a private living room, you’ll find an intimate atmosphere that Chef Shinobu Namae hopes will make people feel happy and relaxed. When it comes to Namae’s kitchen creations, he relies on precise European cooking techniques and seasonal, hard-to-find Japanese ingredients to create signature dishes.

SIX DINNER EXPERIENCES

PLUS, ONE TOP SUSHI LUNCH

Guests will have the choice of dining at one of two top sushi restaurants. One possesses 3 Michelin Stars with seats that are booked by regulars a year in advance, making it one of Tokyo's most impossible reservations. The other is equally difficult to book with locals reserving two years in advance. 

Narisawa

2 Star Michelin, Tabelog Silver, #18 World's 50 Best (#6 Asia)

Led by Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa who spend 8 years working in France, this 2-star Michelin restaurant features classical French cooking using the best Japanese ingredients. With striking plates that resemble scenes in nature, the restaurant showcases Satoyama-inspired cuisine that changes with the seasons. Enjoy tea or wine pairings alongside one of the most creatively plated and delicious tasting menus we've ever experienced. 

Sumibiyakiniku Nakahara (炭火焼肉 なかはら)

Tabelog Gold

Chef-owner Kentaro Nakahara is a celebrity amongst yakiniku barbecue lovers both for his beef and for his personality. Born in San Jose, CA, Chef Nakahara returned to Japan at a young age and became a self-taught butcher and master of beef, which he sources directly from producers. His yakiniku tasting menu features the best cuts of the finest wagyu grilled over charcoal burners at your table.


Ginza Shimada (銀座 しまだ)

Tabelog Bronze

Japan is known for its izakaya dining culture — dining bars where salarymen head after work to drink and snack. Ginza Shimada is perhaps the most refined izakaya of all. While keeping with the standing bar theme, Ginza Shimada has just a single 4-top table and a standing-room only counter where only 6-8 diners could comfortably stand. The chef, Hiroshi Shimada, used to be at the helm of the 3-star Michelin Azabu Yukimura, before opening this neighborhood spot. Here, you'll find beautiful dishes made from top quality ingredients served at the peak of perfection. Dishes include favorites like fresh soba dusted with bottarga, crab with lime, grilled beef, tempura fried cod milt, and more.

Tsukiji Market & VIP Tuna Auction Tour

Typically, Tsukiji Market opens to the public only after 8AM. You can arrive earlier with a chef companion, but note that you’ll be chided anytime you take out your camera. Most visitors to Japan have the tuna action on their list, but upon hearing what’s required to take part, they tend to shy away. 

To join the tuna auction on your own, you’d need to arrive at 2AM to snag one of 120 visitor vests which are distributed at 5AM to the first 120 people in line (it starts at the 1st floor of the Fish Information Center in the Osakana Fukyu Center). By 2:30AM, the spots are all taken.  The auction itself has two sessions, one at 6AM and another at 6:30AM. 

While waiting, you’ll be in the visitor waiting area so we recommend bringing a cushion to sit on and grabbing a drink from the vending machine at the entrance. With Journy, you'll be on a VIP tour that allows you to gain entry at 4:30AM, which significantly cuts down on the wait time and gives you a chance to get a few more hours of sleep.

Japanese Food Hall Tour with a Local Chef

One of the must-do things in Tokyo is visiting one of the department store food halls. Any time of day, this is a great option for cheap, delicious, and unique fare. The basement of Isetan Dining is a prime example, heralded as a must visit by Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa of the 3-star Michelin Aronia de Takazawa, who notes "A wonderful shop to visit in Tokyo is the basement food hall at Isetan Department Store. It has lots of interesting suppliers, including Ameya Eitaro, a sweet company that dates back to 1857. It sells beautiful, innovative sweets like “sweet lip” candy, which looks like lip gloss but is edible. The first time I saw it, I was immediately inspired to create something similar in my cooking. Food should be fun." We will be visiting one of Tokyo’s best food halls while accompanied by a local guide who is a chef and sommelier.


Sake Tasting with a Local Sommelier

Learn how to taste and truly appreciate sake. What’s the difference between a junmai, junmai ginjo, and daiginjo? How do sakes differ by region and where the rice is from? What are the different styles? What’s the proper way to taste sake? (Hint: Glass swirling and deep sniffing as if it were wine is not quite right). Do you serve it hot or cold? How do you pair sake with food? We’ll join a local sommelier and chef who will lead us through a comprehensive sake tasting and teach you all you want to know.

Cocktail Omakase at Gen Yamamoto

A must visit for Japanese cocktail lovers, Gen Yamamoto is an 8 seat counter bar that creates bespoke cocktails and features a cocktail tasting menu with a progression of flavors created from carefully selected and seasonal local fresh produce (they take shiki, or Japanese seasonality, seriously here). Bartender Gen Yamamoto previously worked at Brushstroke in New York City, and because of that, speaks fluent English and will happily explain what fruits are in season and how he approaches his cocktail-making.

The following tours and experiences are included in the price of this trip.

Nakameguro Neighborhood Tour & Lunch with a Local Food Expert

Nakameguro, located near the hip area of Daikanyama, is a charming neighborhood where boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants line flank a tree-lined canal. We’ll be exploring this neighborhood with a local resident and Tokyo food and hospitality guru who has lived here for 20 years. He’ll be taking us to some of his favorite hidden gems, while answering all your questions about Tokyo’s culture today.

Custom Private Tour (Groups of 2)

Additionally, on your first day in Tokyo, we’ll arrange a custom private tour to help you get acquainted with the city. Whether you’re interested in an Old Tokyo walking tour to get to know how the city evolved through the 16th-19th centuries, a modern architecture tour, or a street food exploration, we’ll pair you with the best private guide for the experience.

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