See Japan; from the neon lights of Tokyo to Kyoto's temples

Steeped in centuries of culinary tradition, Japan is nothing less than a treasure trove of exotic cuisine, potent sake and sweet delights. From Tokyo to Kyoto, our trip takes us into the heart of Japan enjoying a smorgasbord of treats in a variety of settings. To complete the recipe, we mix in plenty of culture and top it off with some of Japan’s best attractions. Be tempted by tempura, savour your sushi and tickle your tastebuds as we discover the endless variety of Japan and its cuisine.

Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 4 Max 12
Carbon offset
700kg pp per trip


  • Experience Osaka's neon nightlife
  • Challenge your tastebuds with fugu
  • Enjoy a cooking class in Kyoto
  • Design and devour your own okonomiyaki in Hiroshima
  • Feast on mountain views and traditional cuisine in Takayama
  • Visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Combine Zen meditation with great food in Koya-san
  • Tour a 600-year-old market


Arrive in Japan and travel beneath the neon lights of Tokyo city. Embark on an epicurean adventure through a city that dazzles with excellent restaurants, making it an ideal launching pad into the diversity of Japanese cuisine. Learn to make soba noodles and visit Tsukiji Fish Market, where more than 400 different types of seafood are sold.
Travel from Tokyo to Takayama. Nestled in the mountains, this beautiful town is a quaint cluster of traditional inns and sake breweries. Check out Takayama's 600-year-old morning market, visit the outdoor museum of the Hida Folk Village and sip on some local sake.
Steeped in mysticism and religious history, the Koya-san temples provide a tranquil setting for trying its shojin ryori (vegetarian cuisine) and joining the resident monks in meditation. Visit the temple of Kongobu and the delightful rock garden of the Shingon complex.
Partake in the local custom of 'kuidaore' (to eat until you drop) and indulge in the smorgasbord of delights on Dotombori - Osaka's 'eat street'. Don't miss the local treat of takoyaki (octopus balls), while the culinarily courageous can feast on fugu (pufferfish).
Be inspired by the beauty of Itsukushima-jinja on the island of Miyajima before sampling the city's famed okonomiyaki, an egg-based savoury pancake. Hiroshima city is also renowned for its oysters and momiji manju, a treat filled with sweet bean paste.
Revel in the opulence of Himeji-jo en route to Kyoto, a city steeped in tradition and which boasts incredible natural beauty and a noticeable lack of tall buildings. Learn to prepare traditional cuisine that emphasises freshness, seasonality and elegance. Finish up the adventure by exploring the many Kyoto temples and a group dinner.
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13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
Bus, Train, Train (bullet)
Hotel (9 nights), Monastery (2 nights), Ryokan (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Cooking class
  • Himeji - Himeji Castle
  • Kongobu-ji
  • Kyoto - Temple/Shrine entrance (2)
  • Sake brewery tasting
  • Soba noodle class
  • Takayama - Hida Folk Village
  • Takayama - Market visit
  • Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market


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Important notes

All travellers must arrive with a 14-day Japan Rail (JR) pass. Please see Trip Notes (Transport) for more details.

In 2013 this trip will be called 'Japan Experience''

Trip notes

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