Japan Real Food Adventure

11 Days | Feast your way from Tokyo to Osaka on a food lover’s adventure

4.3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
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Take your tastebuds on an 11-day culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots, relishing the flavours of the land of the rising sun. Uncover the secrets of sushi in Tokyo, pick local produce with an expert in Kanazawa, feast on plant-based monastic cuisine in Koya-san, meet local farmers in Uji and go on a food crawl in Osaka. Take part in cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and market visits, feasting on local delights along the way. From temples to tempura, shrines to sashimi, seafood markets to sake breweries, you’ll 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
Start
Tokyo, Japan
Finish
Osaka, Japan
Theme
Food
Destinations
Japan
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
CJZF
This trip generates 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
  • Learn the tricks of the trade when you take part in a hands-on sushi-making class in Tokyo, pick local produce from the market before a cooking class in Kanazawa and make your own okonomiyaki in Osaka.
  • Meet local farmers during a day trip from Kyoto to the Uji region, the home of green tea production. Tour the green tea and matcha farms, enjoy a hot cuppa, then walk the streets of Uji city, stopping on the way to see the Ujiami Shrine.
  • When you’re not busy eating, enjoy iconic experiences like wandering the streets of Tokyo, Kenroku-en garden in Kyoto, the glowing signs of Osaka’s Dotonbori district, learning Buddhist history in Koya-san and walking through Kyoto’s Gion district.
  • Feast on delicious Japanese cuisine, from street food to restaurant favourites – including ekiben, sushi, matcha, takoyaki, okonomiyaki and fresh seafood.
  • Sip on sake, the national drink of Japan, during a visit to a local sake brewery in Kyoto. Learn how sake is made and maybe even pick up a bottle (or two) to take home.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

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.
  • During the monastery stay in Koya-san, you'll get to experience traditional Japanese accommodation. It’s a great cultural experience, but not everyone finds futon mattresses on tatami mat floors, tiny bathrooms and proximity to other guests as comfortable as more western-style hotels and beds. Read more in the ‘Accommodation’ section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking, 10 km/6 mi 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.

Itinerary

Map of Japan Real Food Adventure including Japan

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Bus, Train, Bullet train

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights), Temple (1 night)

Activities
  • Tokyo - Welcome dinner
  • Tokyo - Asakusa guided walk & Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo - Tsukiji Outer Market & Sushi Tasting
  • Tokyo - Art of Sushi-making class
  • Kanazawa - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kanazawa – Chaya gai district walking tour
  • Kanazawa - Kenroku-en Garden
  • Kanazawa - Home cooking class
  • Kanazawa - Omicho market tour
  • Kyoto - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kyoto - Gion District walk
  • Uji - Green Tea Farm Visit with tea tasting
  • Kyoto - Nishiki Market walk
  • Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto - Sake Brewery & tasting
  • Koya-san - Okuno-in Mausoleum
  • Osaka – Tour of Kuromon Market and Doguyasuji Arcade
  • Osaka - Dotonbori Tour
  • Osaka – Depachika visit

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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. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Please note that there are generally less double rooms in Japanese hotels, even those in Western style. While every effort will be made to accommodate double room requests, this may not always be possible.

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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Reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
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Rachel · Traveled May 2024
Had an amazing time! The hotels weren’t the best or had awkward bathrooms but at the end of the day, I had an amazing time in Japan- eating all the foods I wanted to try. Yuki was an amazing tour guide!
Review submitted 22 May 2024

Peter · Traveled May 2024
I expected a food tour would be taken by people with some knowledge of Japanese food looking to expand their knowledge and be challenged. This tour didn’t live up to my expectations.
Review submitted 26 May 2024

Kellie · Traveled April 2024
This was NOT a food tour. Most days the only meal was the breakfast included with the hotel stay. Most of us on the tour were quite disappointed with the lack of focus the tour was suppose to have and are still trying to figure out where all the money went we paid for the trip. We paid about $700 a day to have to share a room at a budget hotel which most nights (when I looked up were $50/night). So where did the rest of the $675 go? We took public transportation everywhere. The trip made it seem we'd be given private access to markets - nope. Dropped off and said meet you in an hour. If this was just a simple country overside tour would have been fine. I was pretty disappointed as were most of the other tour members.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Linda · Traveled April 2024
This was a great trip with a fun group of people and an excellent guide, Yuko. The exposure to the food of Japan was thorough and enjoyable. I also learned a lot about how to get around on public transportation, and was able to use all that I learned when I traveled solo for ten days after the tour concluded.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

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
Japan Real Food Adventure
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USD $4,412