Tours & activities by JRL Enterprises from Viator

  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $105.00

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Visit San Francisco’s culturally rich Japantown and discover its unique culinary offerings on this San Francisco food tour. You’ll take an afternoon walk through the neighborhood with an epicurean concierge, who will be on hand to help guide your palate and share must-try treats. Your guide will also share the historical relevance of San Francisco’s Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods in the United States, while you take in the sights, smells and sounds of this bustling area.
On this San Francisco walking tour of Japantown with a local food guide – your epicurean concierge – discover neighborhood ‘secrets’ often missed by rushed visitors. Hear stories from shop owners; taste delicious specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients; visit several food shops and Japanese markets; and learn about the history and culture of this unique American neighborhood.

Your 6-7 tastings may include onigiri (traditional rice balls), Osaka-style okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza), red-bean-filled taiyaki (a type of cake) from a local coffee shop, savory salads from a specialty food market, mochi (a rice cake) from one of the last remaining manufacturers in the US, a creamy sweet-potato latte, or a Japanese tea tasting inside an omiyage shop. The tour will end with a masala dosa and chutney tasting.

You’ll leave Japantown with a full belly and a newfound appreciation of a lesser-known San Francisco neighborhood.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Peace Plaza, San Francisco
Departure Time:
11am
Duration:
3 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Varies

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San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown

Japantown Tour

Inclusions:
  • Tastings (6-7)
  • Local guide
Exclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at time of booking
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Stuart C, November 2016

My partner and I went on the Japantown Tour food tour a couple of weeks ago and it was great. We were a relatively small group 5 of us - a couple of other guests had cancelled on the day and Lisa we were very lucky to have the company owner leading this tour and she was perfect kept us entertained, informed and fed as we wandered around the historic and vibrant area. The tour is a very interesting mix of culture, history and food...lots of food! We visited, amongst others, a cafe for sweet potato latte a delicious, caffeine free start to a morning tour!, a ramen restaurant for noodles and soup a real stand out and is the best ramen we have EVER tasted...and we have been to Japan - as we were in the city for a while we returned to the restaurant!, a Japanese market for snacks and a little shop around!, onigari very tasty rice and seaweed snack with tea, mochi sweet Japanese rice cake, okinamiyaki Japanese pancake/pizza and finished the tour with a visit to an Indian restaurant. I am sure I have forgotten some food stops along the way! Come hungry and expect to leave very satisfied/full. We have been on a number of food tours in different countries and this ranks as one of the best. We would recommend this food tour without hesitation.

Reviewed by: Thyra A J, July 2016

This food tour offers a mix of Japanese history and food for which Japan is widely known as well as a few surprises. This included stopping at some stores to buy items that are not easily found elsewhere. Additionally, it was very nice to become acquainted with others also taking the tour.