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Slow Food - Sendai Back-alley Bar Crawl

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Experience hosted by Mitsumasa

2.5 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Japanese

What you'll do

Sendai City might feel like a modern city, but if you wander a little further off the beaten-path you may find yourself down the atmospheric, post-war retro alleyways of ‘Bunka Yokocho’ and ‘Iroha Yokocho’. The alleys are lined with tiny hole-in-the-wall bars serving up local delicacies and crowd favourites like freshly grilled yakitori, gyoza, ramen, fresh seafood and (of course) a huge variety of local sake! Some of the bars only sit 8-10 people and have limited English menus, so it can be a little intimidating to enter alone. Not to worry - on this tour, you’ll be joined by a bilingual local to show you the ropes! After a brief walking tour of the alleys to learn about the local history and check-out what's on offer, you will be guided to three ‘izakaya’ (Japanese style bars/pubs) where you will enjoy a drink and a local dish at each. Each izakaya has its own vibe and offers fresh seasonal dishes and tastes unique to Sendai, a city blessed with both incredible seafood and abundant farmland. There are plenty of options on tap but we recommend trying some of the tasty local sake! Your guide will teach you all the lingo and tips you need to know to enjoy a night of eating and drinking like a true Japanese local. Escape the tourist crowds and make some new friends as you sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the regulars!
Sendai City might feel like a modern city, but if you wander a little further off the beaten-path you may find yourself down the atmospheric, post-war retro alleyways of ‘Bunka Yokocho’ and ‘Iroha Yokocho’. The alleys are lined with tiny hole-in-the-wall bars serving up local delicacies and crowd favourites like freshly grilled yakitori, gyoza, ramen, fresh seafood and (of course) a huge variety of local sake! Some of the bars only sit 8-10 peopl…

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What's included

  • Food
    You will enjoy one small plate of local food at each bar. Examples include...
  • Drinks
    Choose one drink from the selection on offer at each bar. Guests can typica...
From ₹7,165
/ person
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Meet your host, Mitsumasa

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I'm a Iocal guide and foodie expert, born and raised in Sendai City.
Between back-packing as a student and working in tourism, I’ve traveled overseas over 30 times. Everywhere I go, I always find the best experiences are with a local to help you discover the best (and tastiest) local secrets that you won't find in guidebooks. I want more international visitors to discover the 'real' Sendai City, so I’ve produced some bilingual walking tours and local experiences of my own! I'm a huge foodie and, working together with 'Slow Food International', my experiences have a focus on sustainability and protecting the flavours and food culture unique to the Sendai area.
As well as being a qualified tour guide and coordinator, I am also studying to become a 'sake sommelier'! Leave it to me to help you find your favourite local drop!
I'm a Iocal guide and foodie expert, born and raised in Sendai City.
Between back-packing as a student and working in tourism, I’ve traveled overseas over 30 times. Everywhere I go, I always find the best experiences are with a local to help you discover the best (and tastiest) local secrets that you won't find in guidebooks. I want more international visitors to discover the 'real' Sendai City, so I’ve produced some bilingual walking tours and local experiences of my own! I'm a huge foodi…
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About the organisation: Slow Food



Slow Food is a global network of local communities founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Slow Food.

Where you'll be

You will be guided to three different 'izakaya' style bars/pubs serving up various local dishes and drinks and enjoy one drink and one dish at each.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Please note that some of the bars visited are quite small, so you may be sitting in close proximity to other customers. You may encounter food/drink that you will try for the first time, so please let your guide know if you have any allergies or other dietary requirements where necessary.

What to bring

An empty stomach and sense of adventure!

A small amount of walking is involved and guests may be required to remove their shoes/sit on floor cushions at some venues. As such, please wear comfortable clothing.