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Real Food Adventure - Japan Itinerary
Travel from Tokyo through Kyoto to Osaka, learning traditional recipes, seeing the sights and dining on some of the world's most refined delicacies.
Days 1-3 Tokyo
Get an introduction to Japanese culture on a walk down Shinjuku’s Memory Lane and fuel up on some tasty street snacks. Then head up the observation deck of the Metropolitan Government Building for a stunning view of the city’s skyline. Early the next morning, dodge bargain hunters and fishmongers at Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s biggest fish market, before savouring some deliciously fresh sushi. After learning the art of making soba noodles, take some time to explore the local farmers’ market and get lost among the numerous delicacies on offer in a depachika food store.
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Days 4-5 Nikko
Head to Tosho-gu Shrine in the picturesque city of Nikko. Try yuba-ryori, a crispy bean curd speciality, or visit one of the many sake breweries that have graced the area since the 18th century.
ACCOM: Ryokan - 2
Days 6-7 Koya-san
Spot the 120 temples dotted around Koya-san, an important region for Shingon Buddhism. Try your hand at Zen meditation and enjoy a variety of traditional vegetarian dishes, as prepared by the resident monks.
ACCOM: Monastery - 2
Days 8-10 Kyoto
Become acquainted with Kyoto on a visit to one of its 1,600 Buddhist temples, or learn about the city’s geisha culture. Head to Nishiki Market, a seemingly never-ending wonderland for food lovers and shoppers. Sample mochi (rice cakes), tsukemono (Japanese pickles) or some raw oysters with a cold beer.
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Days 11-12 Osaka
Arrive in Japan’s third largest city, where some of Japan’s best street food, such as battered octopus and deep-fried kebabs, is on offer. If you’re feeling up for it, perhaps visit a fugu (poisonous pufferfish) restaurant, where they prepare and serve this infamous delicacy.
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