Self Guided Adventure


Gastronomic Adventure

13 Nights: from US$3497 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. One of our Insider experts will take you out to an izakaya or traditional Japanese gastropub for a night of eating and drinking side-by-side with the city's salarymen.

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. Here you'll learn how to make the regional speciality: soba buckwheat noodles at a historic soba shop.

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. We've thrown in a cooking class in a Kyoto home to help you roll your own sushi. Once you've mastered the technique behind sushi, you'll be able to recreate it at home - a great souvenir of your culinary adventure.

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 final 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 guided street food tour will be a real treat!

Please note: This trip is designed to start in Tokyo (either at Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airports) and finish in Osaka with a departure from Osaka Kansai Airport. For this you will need an "open-jaw" flight ticket into Tokyo and out of Osaka Kansai. Alternatively if you would prefer to fly home from Tokyo we can tailor the itinerary to take you back to the capital - please contact us for more details.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 13 nights' accommodation (three nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast every day, two lunches and four dinners
  • Transport between all destinations in Japan
  • Airport transfers
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Insider foodie night tour in Tokyo
  • Soba noodle making class
  • Kaiseki dinner in Takayama
  • Shojin ryori vegetarian dinner at Mount Koya temple stay
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Sushi making lesson in Kyoto
  • InsideJapan Tours' restaurant reservation service
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • 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

  • Dine at an izakaya with one of our Insider staff
  • Roll your own sushi in Kyoto
  • Learn to make soba noodles in Matsumoto
  • Take a street food tour of Osaka
  • Discover Buddhist shojin ryori cuisine at Mount Koya
  • Experience a delicious kaiseki dinner

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

What, where, when and how...

Gastronomic Adventure - 14 Days - Accommodation

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

Show all Gastronomic Adventure Reviews

Other trips you may like