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Gourmet Walks: Japantown / Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3 hour walking tour of San Francisco’s Japantown and Fillmore St
  • Alternate Saturdays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm through the fall
  • Flat route, approximately 1 mile long, with limited seating
  • 8 stops, with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins and ends at Japantown Center (10 minutes or less from downtown SF)
  • $65 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is no better place to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine in America than in San Francisco. Beginning in the Gold Rush years, Asian immigrants have settled here and opened restaurants and markets from Chinatown to Japantown to Little Saigon. This tour will lead guests from San Francisco’s historic Nihonmachi, the country’s largest and oldest Japantown, to the Fillmore, with its bebop jazz heritage and upscale boutiques.

In between street food bites, you’ll learn about the history of the Japanese in San Francisco and the growth of ethnic cuisine. While visiting a classic Korean market, you’ll be taken back to the Fillmore of the 1950s and 60s when city dwellers flocked here for ice skating, movies, amusement park rides and, of course, jazz. The tour will visit Pacific Heights on Fillmore where, according to Gourmet Magazine, “fashion and funk meet, and everyone comes to eat.”


  • Thai specialties Miang kham and potato curry puffs
  • Gourmet onigiri, a popular Japanese snack food and green tea
  • Banh mi sandwiches, San Francisco’s latest “It” lunch item
  • India’s most popular street beverage, masala chai
  • Hot taiyaki, Japanese waffles filled with chocolate
  • Kimchi from an authentic Korean market
  • Cherry Blossom or red bean mochi
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies from a Fillmore institution

We will also visit a gourmet spice shop, for an overview of spices used in Asian cooking.

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Edible Excursions: Japantown Culinary Tour – San Francisco, CA

One of San Francisco’s most culturally-rich culinary experiences is right under your nose, yet its edible value is even unknown to most locals. Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods in the United States, is the latest destination offered by Edible Excursions, uncovering the area’s historical relevance and “hidden” restaurants and markets.

Unassuming and peaceful, San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood is home to artisans of ancient fare and traditional crafts. Strolling from cobblestone pathways to surprisingly unrelated mall floors and amongst naturally-simple landmarks, you’ll find yourself popping into several food markets, shops and restaurants.

You’ll come across neighborhood “secrets” often passed over by rushed visitors, hear shop-owner stories, learn about cultural talents and taste specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients. After your stroll throughout the neighborhood, you’ll sit down to a ramen lunch where noodles are housemade and the dashi is divine.

On this tasting tour of 7 businesses through Japantown, you’ll grow to appreciate and understand why this neighborhood is such an important place to San Franciscans and to the United States.

Tastings may include:

  • Osaka-style Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza)
  • Red bean filled taiyaki at the local coffee shop
  • Savory salads from a Japanese specialty food market
  • Mochi from one of the last remaining manufacturers
  • A tad sweet and creamy sweet potato latte
  • Japanese tea tasting inside an omiyage shop
  • Sit-down ramen lunch
  • Onigiri, traditional rice balls, with a modern twist

The tour is offered from 11-2:30 on Fridays and the SECOND Saturday of every month. Additional experiences may be added, and private tours (min. 8 guests) can also be arranged.

Price: $85.00 per person

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Six Taste – Little Tokyo Tour

On this walking food tour through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district, guests will learn about the history and the culture of the neighborhood while stopping multiple times to sample local delicacies. Little Tokyo is home to several restaurants, bakeries, and over one hundred years of history, which provide some fascinating stories.

  • Explore one of only three official ‘Japantowns’ in the United States
  • Skip the lines and bite into a red bean filled imagawayaki from Mitsuru Café.
  • Sip on 4 different loose-leaf teas at Chado Tea Room (morning only).
  • Taste 3 of Spitz’s signature sangrias.
  • Enjoy the original gelato mochi from Mikawaya, the company that brought ice cream mochi to the masses.

When: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: 10:00AM and 2:15PM
Length: 3 hour 30 minute walking tour
Price: $55/person (all food included in price)
# of Stops: 7

What’s included:
– A Six Taste bag
– Sampling of pastries at Yamazaki Bakery
– Seafood Donburi at Wakasaya
– Sample of Fugetsu-Do’s famous mochi
Mitsuru Café’s famous Imagawayaki (Red Bean Pastry)
– Mochi-lato at Mikawaya (Gelato Mochi)
– Plus more rotating locations
* Tastings subject to change without notice.

Check our schedule and buy tickets online:
Little Tokyo Gastronomy Tour

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