Self Guided Adventure


Gastronomic Adventure

13 Nights: from US$3820 per person (twin share) Trip Code: GADC

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. Read more >

Travelling and food go hand-in-hand and Japan is very much the place for a cultural and gastronomic adventure. From top class restaurants to backstreet noodle bars, Japan's kitchens have something for every palate - and  its cities are sure to slake the hungriest culture vulture's appetite for impressive sights and new experiences.

With tens of thousands of restaurants and more Michelin stars than Paris, Tokyo is a foodie's dream and the perfect place to start your trip. An evening in an izakaya (traditional Japanese pub) drinking and eating side-by-side with the city's salarymen is a great introduction to Tokyo social life.

The adventure continues as you make your way to the mountains of Nagano, home to the castle town of Matsumoto where the imposing "Black Crow" castle sits amid the towering peaks. This area is renowned for its soba noodles, made by hand using fresh spring water and buckwheat.

Leaving Matsumoto you'll take a bus journey through the mountains to the craft town of Takayama, where you'll stay at a traditional guesthouse and sample the local specialities: hoba-miso and Hida beef.

The stunning Kenrokuen gardens and old teahouse districts of Kanazawa are the precursor to complete cultural enlightenment in Kyoto: home to the secretive world of the geisha and literally thousands of shrines and temples.

In atmospheric Mount Koya you'll have the opportunity to join in morning meditation with the monks and try traditional shojin ryori at a Buddhist temple lodging before visiting the haunting Okunoin mausoleum. It's said that the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi, has been sitting in meditation here for more than 1,150 years.

The serenity of Koya will be stark contrast to your next destination, Osaka - often referred to as the "Kitchen of Japan". Known for a range of food specialities and for its straight-talking, down-to-earth inhabitants, a street food tour will be a real treat before you return to the hubbub of Tokyo's Shinjuku district for your last night in Japan.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 13 nights' accommodation (three nights Japanese style)
  • Transport between all destinations in Japan
  • Airport transfers
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Breakfast every day, four dinners and two lunches
  • Sushi breakfast at Tskuji fish market
  • Dinner and drinks with an InsideJapan tour leader at a Tokyo izakaya
  • Soba noodle-making class
  • Kaiseki dinner in Takayama
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Kyoto and Tokyo
  • Private cookery lesson in Japanese home
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (subways, buses, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Eat out at an izakaya with an InsideJapan tour leader
  • Have a sushi breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Learn to make soba noodles and try Japanese home cooking
  • Take a street food tour of Osaka
  • Discover Buddhist shojin ryori at Mount Koya
  • Experience a delicious kaiseki dinner

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Gastronomic Adventure - 14 Days - Accommodation

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