Tokyo Ramen Tours

If you or your group are coming to Tokyo with food in mind, I am happy to provide private food tours. I have given hundreds of food tours since 2013 for chefs, food writers, restaurant groups, and tourists. Just email me at [email protected] with your request!

My tours fall into two categories — normal and crazy.

Tour Description Price
Ramen-Ramen Our most popular tour!
We’ll visit 2 ramen shops in about 2 hours.
First up, something light and full of umami flavors.
Next is something a bit heavier, fatty, and flavorful.
$100 per person
Ramen-Izakaya A bowl of ramen, followed by a visit to a local seafood izakaya.
Izakayas serve small plates that go great with Japanese sake or beer.
Sushi, sashimi, tempura, the menu here change daily based on the fresh catch.
Lots of food and two drinks are included.
$150 per person
Ramen-Yakitori Yakitori shops serve up small skewers of meat (usually chicken),
as well as small plates of snacks and tasty drinks.
We’ll hit up a very local yakitori shop after a bowl of ramen.
Squeeze in with the regulars, and relax with a big kanpai!
$125 per person
Custom Craft beer, high-end sushi, mountaintop udon, local sake?
Let me know what you are into, and we can make it happen.


Tours for one person are charged a flat $200 rate. Tours run anytime and are completely private. All the food and drinks are inclusive in the cost.

Cancellations: There is a $100 cancellation charge within a month of booking. Within three days I cannot offer a refund.

Crazy tours:

Tour Description Price
Ramen Ride Let’s get you on a motorcycle. We’ll leave Tokyo in the morning,
do some epic bike riding, and crush a couple countryside bowls.
All-day thing. I can help arrange a rental motorcycle as long as you have a license.I’ve been riding in Japan since 2007.
$300 per person
plus the cost of
I’ll take you out on a small pleasure boat around the canals of
Tokyo. We’ll stop under the landing planes at Haneda for a Japanese
sake tasting. Then it’s back to land for a bowl of ramen.
$300 plus $50
per person
Ramen Critic I work for Japan’s largest ramen magazine and need to stay abreast of new shops. Join me on an extended ramen hunting trip to a nearby prefecture. All-day kind of tour. $200 per person

About your guide:

Brian MacDuckston has been writing about ramen and the ramen scene in Japan for over 10 years.
He is a ramen critic for Japan’s top ramen magazine Ramen Walker, has been to over 1300 shops, has published two books on the subject, and has appeared on television as a ramen expert many times.
A native of San Francisco, he loves showing travelers his favorite restaurants, both ramen and non-ramen alike.