On this Japan culinary tour, you’ll enjoy the best of Japanese cuisine, such as kaiseki, all while being immersed in the culture, history, and art of this beguiling country. While a relaxing stay at a ryokan will reveal the artistry of a bygone era, a trek through Tokyo’s neon jungle will introduce you to Japan’s dazzling modernity.
Because hiring a private guide in Japan is often cost prohibitive, this tour offers several “guide-free” days with plenty of itinerary ideas to explore at your own pace. We also offer optional tours and activities to customize your trip.
In Tokyo, we’ll explore Tsukiji Fish Market—a sushi lover’s mecca. You’ll enjoy a stroll through the private garden of a former Edo lord and sip a bowl of matcha, Japanese green tea. A river cruise will reveal Japan’s capital from a different angle, and a trip to Tokyo’s “old town” will give you a taste of the region’s famous tempura. You might also opt to learn how to make soba or join a family-friendly cooking class.
Next, it’s on to Takayama, an important stop on any culinary tour of Japan. The Hida beef here is second only to Kobe beef, and this small town in the Japanese Alps boasts some delicious regional dishes, as well as a beautiful natural setting to explore the laid-back side of Japan. Soak in an onsen (hot spring) and enjoy the beauty of your ryokan (Japanese-style inn).
In Kyoto, a guided tour will introduce you to many of this historical city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Nijo Castle to Kinkakuji, these buildings are a testament to Japan’s proud history and samurai culture. Optional cycling, cooking, and family-friendly activities will help you maximize your time in this gem of a city. Then, it’s on to fun-loving and friendly Osaka, where you’ll wrap up your culinary tour of Japan with visits to some of the country’s most famous restaurants. Your culinary journey of Japan will end from Kansai International Airport with mouthwatering memories.