Spoil the senses on a culinary tour from Tokyo to Kyoto
Pack your chopsticks and celebrate thousands of years of food artistry by diving into one of the world’s most elegant, eclectic and harmonious cuisines. Spend your time spent seeing the sights and scouting out prized eating and drinking spots. Watch yakitori sizzling in front of you in Shinjuku's Memory Lane, eat fresh-off-the-boat sashimi at the incredible Tsukiji Fish Market and learn to make soba noodles in a hands-on cooking class. Glimpse a geisha drifting through the alleyways of Gion while in Kyoto and experience a charming obanzai dinner of Kyoto-style home-cooked dishes. Stay in a traditional ryokan in Takayama and eat vegetarian shojin ryori (monastic fare) with monks in Koyasan. If you're looking for a trip that tantalises the tastebuds as well as sates a sense of adventure, this Japan Real Food Adventure ticks all the boxes.
Food is taken seriously in Japan. From the station tonkatsu restaurant to the highest end sushi, Japanese people take pride in the cooking and presentation, and any bad meal is incredibly rare
Tasting the succulent Hida beef in Takayama is the definition of a melt-in-your-mouth moment
Exploring the unexpected underground foodie treasure trove that is a depachika (department store food court)
Staying alongside the brothers of a monastery in Koya-san and discovering shojin ryori – vegetarian buddhist food that seeks enlightenment through perfection in cooking
Experiencing the simple pleasures of obanzai ryori – the traditional home cuisine of Kyoto – in a cooking class
Snacking on awesome and adventurous street food in the unofficial culinary capital of Osaka
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of Japan's cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Japanese food does have a focus on seafood (the most common stock dashi has a fish base) and can also be challenging for severe gluten intolerances – there is gluten in soy sauce, pre-made wasabi and other unexpected places. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
This itinerary is a great overview of Japan, however there is a lot to take in - especially in Tokyo and Kyoto. If you wish to spend more time exploring these cities, beyond what is included in your itinerary, we recommend extending your stay at the start and/or finish of your trip. We are confident you won't run out of things to see or do!
Due to the high number of travellers seeking to view the Tsukiji Fish Market tuna auctions, it is now necessary to arrive at the market just after 2am and queue up to 3-4 hours in advance to be one of the 120 viewers permitted entry. Even then, this does not automatically ensure entry. While we endeavor to assist travellers seeking this experience, unfortunately there are no guarantees.
At the monastery in Koyasan, you’ll get to experience traditional bathing facilities. If you’re not into communal bathing though, it’s just one night so you won’t be far off your next shower. You can also expect a meat-free meal - all of the fare prepared here is vegetarian.
A good degree of fitness is recommended for this trip as there is a lot of walking involved (up to 10 kilometres each day), particularly around Kyoto which is best seen on foot. Bring comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to spend most of the day on your feet.
We are not able to offer a Single Supplement on this trip due to limited rooms at many of our properties and high demand for accommodation in Japan.
We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and to hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs in crowded areas.
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JAPAN RAIL PASS
A 7 day Standard/Ordinary Japan Rail Pass is included in the price of your trip and will be validated on day 3. For those wishing to stay and travel longer in Japan, a Japan Rail Pass extension (total 14 days) is available. Please contact us at time of booking regarding this service.
Please note that Japan Rail Passes are only valid for foreign tourists visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing under the entry status of temporary visitor (tourist visa).
Accommodation in Japan can be difficult to secure at short notice. If you are travelling in Japan before or after your trip, we recommend booking accommodation at least 1 month in advance of travel, especially in high season (March to May, September to November).
A single supplement is not available to be purchased on this trip.
Our Real Food Adventure - Japan trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 33 reviews in the last year.
This trip definitely lives up to expectations. The included activities were excellent but there was plenty of free time to do your own thing. The highlight of course was the food and we had too many great meals to remember
Review submitted 08 Jul 2017
It is convenient for people who haven't been to the country. Some people are game to do their own way instead of going on a tour.
Review submitted 30 Jun 2017