San Francisco is home to one of only three remaining Japantowns in the United States. Make your way to a plaza in the center of this unique area, where you’ll meet your epicurean concierge and set off on a leisurely walking tour to sample some of the neighborhood’s must-try eats.
Your guide will take you to many tucked-away spots and hidden gems often missed by casual visitors. Stroll through markets featuring specialty ingredients used in Japanese cooking, and chat with restaurant proprietors to learn the story behind the food they serve. Along the way, your guide will share interesting aspects of the area’s history and culture.
The exact itinerary may vary by day, but expect to enjoy six to seven tastings of truly authentic Japanese favorites, such as okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza), sticky-sweet mochi, or onigiri (traditional rice balls). You may taste traditional salads from a specialty market, taiyaki (a red-bean cake) at a local café, and flavorful green teas at an omiyage shop.
At the end of your tour, you’ll leave with satisfied taste buds and a newfound appreciation for Japanese cuisine.