Japan Real Food Adventure

12 Days | Feast your way from Tokyo to Kyoto on a food lover’s adventure

4.4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews submitted.
USD $5,015
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Take your tastebuds on a 12-day culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots, relishing the contrasting flavours of the land of the rising sun. Uncover the secrets of sushi in Tokyo, experience the monastic cuisine of Koya-san, explore the tantalising takoyaki stalls that line Osaka’s vibrant streets and take part in a traditional obanzai cooking class in Kyoto. From temples to tempura, shrines to sashimi, seafood markets to sake breweries, join a local leader on a food-focused adventure that has all the best Japanese ingredients.

Trip overview

Map of Japan Real Food Adventure including Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 31.37 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take part in a truly unique Obanzai cooking class in Kyoto. This ancient style of multi-course feast focuses on using locally grown seasonal produce and reducing waste.
  • Learn the tricks of the trade when you take part in a hands-on sushi making class in Tokyo and a super tasty okonomiyaki demonstration in Osaka.
  • Get a fresh perspective on Japanese cuisine when you explore the stalls of seafood and produce markets in Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Osaka and Kyoto.
  • When you’re not busy eating, enjoy iconic experiences like the shinkansen bullet train, Hida folk village, Kenroku-en garden and Kyoto’s Gion district.
  • Sip back and relax when you visit a sake brewery in the alpine town of Hida-Furukawa and learn about the importance of tea during a private ceremony in Kyoto.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Japan includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Japan which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • In some destinations you may be staying in a ryokan, which is a Japanese-style inn. It’s a great taste of tradition, however not everyone finds futon mattresses on the tatami mat floor, tiny bathrooms and proximity to other guests as comfortable as more western-style hotels and beds. Read more about ryokans in the ‘Accommodation’ section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking, 10km/6mi or more each day. You’ll also be going up and down stairs frequently, particularly at train stations. Bring comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to spend a lot of time on your feet.
  • 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. There’s an optional luggage transfer offered on this trip so if you’d like to take up this option, bring a small backpack or overnight bag for one night.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners


Bus, Train, Bullet train


Hotel (8 nights), Ryokan (2 nights), Monastery (1 night)

  • Tokyo - Welcome dinner
  • Tokyo - Asakusa guided walk & Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo - Tsukiji Outer Market & Sushi Tasting
  • Tokyo - Art of Sushi-making class
  • Takayama - Hida Folk Village
  • Hida-Furukawa - Sake Brewery visit
  • Takayama - Morning Market visit
  • Kanazawa - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kanazawa - Kenroku-en Garden
  • Kanazawa – Chaya gai district walking tour
  • Kanazawa - Omicho market tour
  • Osaka - Dotonbori Tour
  • Osaka – Tour of Kuromon Market and Doguyasuji Arcade
  • Osaka – Depachika visit
  • Osaka – Okonomiyaki experience
  • Koya-san - Okuno-in Mausoleum
  • Kyoto - Gion District walk
  • Kyoto - Nishiki Market walk
  • Kyoto - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kyoto - Obanzai cooking class
  • Kyoto - Private Tea Ceremony experience
Add on activities
  • Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine - Free
  • Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple Visit - JPY400
  • Kyoto - Nijō-jō - JPY1000
  • Kyoto - Sanjusangendo Temple - Free

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is currently not available for this trip due to limited rooms at many of our properties.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. We are currently unable to book pre or post trip accommodation at our start and finish point hotels due to limited room availability. We recommend booking a hotel of your choice through your booking agent.
4. A 7 day Japan Rail Pass is included in the price of your trip (validated on Day 3). For those wishing to stay and travel longer in Japan after the trip, a Japan Rail Pass extension (total 14 days or 21 days) is available for purchase at time of booking. You can't purchase the rail pass or extension after arriving in Japan.
5. It is essential that you pack light and compact for rail travel in Japan. There are size restrictions for luggage on Shinkansen trains. Luggage from 160cm to 250cm may require an additional JPY1000 oversize luggage fee per train journey. Luggage over 251cm will NOT be permitted on the Shinkansen trains at all. Please notify your tour leader at your Welcome Meeting if your luggage is from 160cm to 250cm so they can make the necessary arrangements.
6. We are not able to book airport shuttle service for Japan now. Japan has an extensive and efficient public transport system and the joining and finishing point instructions are listed in the Essential Trip Information.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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4.4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews submitted.
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Andrew · Traveled September 2023
Our food trip was the trip of a lifetime. It was not just about food. Between sampling delicious Japanese cuisine we got to see a lot of local culture, and sampled food in places normally only visited by locals. It really could not have been better. Thank you to Yuko our awesome guide and thanks to Intrepid
Review submitted 05 Oct 2023

julie · Traveled September 2023
Had a really great time on Japan Real Food Tour- while not fine dining the food was varied and interesting. We had a wonderful group, up for anything. Hotels were a bit hit and miss and some of the breakfasts were shocking , while others were gorgeous. Our leader was fantastic and she really helped make this tour special.
Review submitted 20 Sep 2023

Margaret · Traveled May 2023
A fabulous window into the food and culture of Japan. Made all the more worthwhile by our guide Yuki. Going home with great memories, new friends and a huge admiration for the Japanese people. Arigato🙏🙏
Review submitted 11 Jun 2023

Leah · Traveled May 2023
Real food Japan was everything and more than we expected. The tour leader’s knowledge was expanse , everything Japan , trains, buses,bars, restaurants ,amazing desserts ,shopping suggestions , Yuki had all the answers . We found her assistance took the guess work out of ordering whilst teaching us along the way . The cooking classes were A highlight. Our group was fantastic , all like minded people who loved food , fun ,laughs and a couple of beers .
Review submitted 09 Jun 2023

Victoria · Traveled May 2023
Small size of the group, carefully chosen itinerary and excellent choice of the leader made this trip very comfortable, interesting and worth every penny.
Review submitted 12 Jun 2023
Japan Real Food Adventure
USD $5,015