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Welcome to Foodie Japan!

Foodie Adventure Japan is your unique guide through Tokyo taking you on a tour through the unknown, the quirky or the traditional side of this versatile city. On the hunt for the craziest bits & bites that Tokyo has to offer you’ll come along rainbow cotton candy, savory street food or monster ice cream.

However, our tours are not just about food – along the trendiest eateries you’ll find hidden temples, interesting facts and modern design. Dive deep into Tokyo’s history with us and learn to understand the soul and taste of this city.

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Multi-lingual
5-star Rated
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The Face Behind Foodie Japan

Gizem Sakamaki is the creative mind behind Foodie Adventure Japan.

Gizem is Turkish, born in Germany, married to a Japanese. She has been living in Japan since 2015, after falling in love with Japan during her Work and Travel Year in 2013.

Gizem is a polyglot with an ongoing interest in learning new languages. She speaks German, Turkish, English and Japanese fluently. Her mixed cultural background led to a broad understanding of intercultural communication, its difficulties and its advantages. Her love for languages and the unknown made her a passionate traveler and eater.

LOVED our vegan food tour with Jackie! She has a great knowledge of how to vegan in Japan, which can be a real struggle. She took us for lunch at an amazing local restaurant for a traditional Japanese lunch which was all vegan. She then showed us what we can/can't buy in the shops which was super helpful and gave us SO much advice!! We had a fab time with Jackie. She was really lovely and super super helpful. HIGHLY recommend doing a food tour through these guys! Imogen H.
Whether you are a visitor or a local, I highly recommend this unique and intimate vegan experience. Jackie and Giz were extremely friendly, engaging, and truly provided one of the best food tour experiences I’ve ever had. Jackie’s knowledge and genuine excitement for vegan food and Tokyo was incredible. She made the tour so much fun and cultivated a community among all of us tour-goers. She introduced me to spots I would have never known about and I loved how they were all local and mom-and-pop shops, so we could support and get to know the local small businesses. I truly recommend this experience for vegans and non-vegans alike. The food was delicious and the company was even better. Jackie and Giz even surprised us with special vegan treats for the hot day on the tour. They went above and beyond to ensure we were all taken care of. I learned a lot and will definitely be joining future tours and telling everyone about this! Susan D.
My husband and I recently had a wonderful tour with Gizem exploring the crazy Harajuku neighborhood and it's back streets. Her knowledge of Tokyo and Japan is fantastic as is her love of sharing that with her guests. We found some hidden gems (both restaurants and shops) that we would never had the chance to experience otherwise. It felt more like we were wandering the streets with a friend rather than a guide. Communication while arranging the tour was fantastic, she's super responsive to emails and went out of her way to answer all of our MANY general Tokyo/Japan questions. Highly recommend this tour! Thank you Gizem!!! Lauren M.
Thank you for a wonderful tour of Tokyo in a personalised fashion, taking into account our needs of the day. Starting with Tsukiji fish market, even on a holiday was enjoyable. Special sushi shop was a treat. The day proceeded to Omotesando with Oriental bazaar curios and cute Cat cafe. Gumi, the cat pics were liked by many pf our friends. Simple joy of walking around the streets of Omotesando and having an ice cream cone and chatting up in local trains (Tokyo train stations are surely confusing to the best of Japanese locals too!) was memorable! Thanx for arranging Robot restaurant razzmatazz! Having dinner yakitori and "Hoppy" in the small lanes of Omoide yokocho reminded us to come again. And of course, u made a special effort to come back and drop us at the hotel, late and tired as we all were, and waving us goodbye will be taken back as memories......Thanx once again and till ours paths cross again.... Very Hospitable and best guide we could wish All the best Tosha and Sangam Kurade, Goa, India Sangam K.
First things first: I took the vegan tour in German. I joined the tour because I wanted to learn more about being vegan in Japan. What I learned from Gizem, who is extremely knowledgeable about the intricacies of veganism, is that it's extremey hard. There's something in everything basically. But Gizem shares not only two absolutely lovely restaurants that are vegan friendly, but also gives tips on how to survive as a vegan if the only thing you have nearby is a 24-hour convenience store or what kind of edible souvenirs you can bring home to your vegan friends. What I found especially cool is that this is not "just" a food tour, but you are also shown tons of photo spots and unique places. So while this is not the Insta-licious tour, you should absolutely bring your camera! Claudia O.
What a wonderful afternoon and evening we had - beautiful sights, amazing food, honest and lovely conversations. Your personalized tour was in a very interesting and beautiful part of Tokyo, perfectly tailored to my gluten free requirements. Thank you for going out of your way to bring us the best experience and share so much of your knowledge with us. I loved the fabulous dinner party. When we left to go back to our hotel, it felt like we'd spent time with our best friends. I highly recommend anyone who visits Tokyo to book a foodie tour with Gizem! Marianne S.
Gizem is wonderful: smart, friendly and a true foodie! I liked how easy-going she was and it truly felt like I was touring with a friend. Mostly toured Asakusa and Ometesando Hills. Very easy to adjust itineraries with her as well as receive guidance based on the interests you share with her. Plus, her English AND Japanese is quite fluent, making it very easy to ask her any questions. Thank you! Carly B.
Thanks for our vegan food tour Giz! It’s been hard to find good vegan food but you managed to make it look easy and gave us lots of tips for the remainder of our trip. I’m going to be dreaming of that vegan karaage for a loooong time! Kristin H.
Gizem is the best of the best! What a sweet and fun soul � We enjoyed every bit of our tour in Asakusa. 100% recommendable! You'll get to visit places people would not normally know about it Janina M.
My husband I spent a delightful day with Gizem enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of Asakusa. Giz more than delivered on our request to focus on gluten-free options to enhance my enjoyment of such a beautiful country and amazing cuisine. Giz is personable, knowledgeable and incredibly thoughtful - she even had heat packs and hand towels to hand if needed. We can’t recommend Giz and Foodie Tours Japan highly enough and look forward to joining another tour on our next visit. Merran F.
Really nice and interactive food tour around Tokyo! Cherry on the ice-cream: a private cooking class! Thank sooo much for such an intimate program! Sophie L.
Just got back from an exiting day in Tokyo. Truely the best part was Gizem’s food tour. Although we had a lot of rain, she let the city shine, showing us the best and most crazy foodspots ever. We had an awesome time doing things we never thought we would do!!. Many Thanks 💚 Corne
We booked the Harajuku Foodie Tour and it was an amazing experience. Gizem was a very friendly and competent host. She knows the area really well and showed us many hidden treasures which we would never have found without her. The food was delicious and we got to do a little shopping as well. It's also really helpful that she speaks Japanese fluently, since many people in Japan don't speak English. Fabulous experience!! Thoralf S.
A very personalised and genuine experience, combined with delicious food and awesome cultural/historical spots that wouldn't have been easy to find online. Thank you so much for a fun day! Alexander C.
I loved my tour around Tokyo with Gizem. She is really knowledgeable about the culture, traditions, and current trends in the city. She helped me cover as much as possible during the few hours I had and managed to customize and adapt the tour based on what I wanted to do and eat. I highly recommend Gizem and her team! Gabo M
We had such a great adventure with Giz! If you like sugar and colourful things then you will love her Instalicious Foodie Tour through Harajuku. We tried lots of delicious treats and saw many different sides of Harajuku. The time went by so quickly! Not only was it great tasting the food and taking some photos but we also loved being able to ask lots of questions and learn more about Japanese culture and customs! Sam H.
What a pleasant experience! I took the vegan food tour in Shibuya with Jackie. This was my first time explicitly eating vegan. She was very knowledgable and accommodating, and made sure all the guests enjoyed themselves. Highly recommended. Kevin K.
Gizem’s tour of Asakusa was such a highlight of my trip! She presented this usually very touristy area is such a different light, her tour was very unique! I got to learn about Japanese culture and traditions, try delicious gluten free treats from local artisans and take lots of fun pictures. Gizem was very attentive and knowledgeable. I would recommend her tours to anyone who wants to discover authentic part of Tokyo! Thank you Gizem! Masha E.
We booked the Harajuku Foodie Tour and it was an amazing experience. Gizem was a very friendly and competent host. She knows the area really well and showed us many hidden treasures which we would never have found without her. The food was delicious and we got to do a little shopping as well. It's also really helpful that she speaks Japanese fluently, since many people in Japan don't speak English. Fabulous experience!! Thoralf S.

Dive Deeper - Travel like a Local

Building on my three years as an Airbnb host in Tokyo and inspired by world-famous chef, local traveler and TV host Anthony Bourdain, I decided to share my love for Japan and its local food through food tours! These tours welcome everybody from passionate travelers to long-term Tokyoites, as I came to realize that Tokyo is a city full of never-ending adventures!

Explore Tokyo with me and my team on our down-to-earth, fun and fresh tours and dive deeper!