This 13-night trip will give you a whistle-stop tour of all the best food and culture hotspots across Japan. From the buzz and bustle of Tokyo and Osaka, to rural mountain towns, to historical Kyoto and the serenity of Mount Koya – this trip is a cultural and culinary journey.
Discover the many faces of Japan's phenomenal capital city: from the top of the world's tallest tower to Senso-ji Temple.
Accommodation: Richmond Asakusa
Meals: Dinner; Breakfast; Breakfast;
Try your hand at making soba noodles in the shadow of Matsumoto's samurai castle.
Accommodation: Marunouchi Hotel
Wander through the morning markets of an alpine town, sip some local sake and admire Takayama's elaborate festival floats.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner; Breakfast;
En-route to Kanazawa visit the UNESCO village of Shirakawago, before arriving at the garden city known for its fresh seafood.
Accommodation: Trusty Kanazawa Korinbo
Roll your own sushi, sample the delicacies of Nishiki food market, test the defences of Nijo Castle and wander through the gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine as you discover the “City of Ten Thousand Temples”.
Accommodation: Gracery Kyoto Sanjo
Meals: Breakfast; Breakfast; Breakfast/Lunch;
For a taste of vegetarian Buddhist fare, stay at a shukubo temple lodging in atmospheric Mount Koya, where the monk Kobo Daishi has been sitting in meditation for over a millennium.
Accommodation: Fudoin Shukubo
Come back to earth with an evening street food tour of Osaka, aka "Japan's kitchen".
Accommodation: Cross Hotel Osaka
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner; Breakfast; Breakfast;