Self Guided Adventure


Gastronomic Adventure

13 Nights: from US$5538 per person (twin share) Trip Code: GADS

This trip will take you on a gastronomic journey across Japan, from Tokyo to the Japanese Alps. Combining the tenets of freshness, variety and appearance, Japanese cooking never fails to delight the senses - and this trip is jam-packed with opportunities to experience it at its best. Read more >

This gastronomic adventure begins in Tokyo before journeying through the Japanese Alps to the cultural capital of Kyoto, with stays at traditional ryokan inns and a Buddhist temple lodging along the way. Needless to say, there will be a mouth-watering array of food opportunities and experiences in every location.

On your first night, you will eat out in a typical izakaya - Japan's idiosyncratic take on pub dining. These lively establishments are the preferred after-work dinner spot for Japan's legions of salarymen, and one of our Insider staff will accompany you for this experience to translate the menu and explain the all-important dining etiquette! Later in Tokyo we'll also take you on a guided lunchtime safari through the capital's best ramen joints.

In Osaka, you'll be treated to a mouth-watering evening tour of the city's street food with our resident local guide. In Kyoto you'll visit a typical Japanese house for a lesson in Japanese home cooking, whilst in Matsumoto you'll try your hand at making the local speciality, soba noodles, before checking out the town's impressive "Black Crow" castle.

Aside from these foodie experiences, there will be plenty of time to explore the many sides of Tokyo, discover the charms of traditional towns in the Japanese Alps, get in touch with your spiritual side at Mount Koya, and wonder at the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sights in the historic capital of Kyoto.

Throughout the trip we can make advance reservations for you to eat at Japan's best restaurants. We have lots of recommendations for great places to eat across the whole country from Michelin star sushi restaurants to tiny standing bars and street food stalls that only the locals know. From sushi to Kobe beef, from ramen to yakitori, from green tea Kit-Kats to sake - we have every confidence that this will be a gastronomic adventure to savour.

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, five lunches and four dinners
  • Transport between all destinations
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Dinner and drinks with a guide at a Tokyo izakaya
  • Private guided lunchtime ramen experience
  • Soba noodle-making class
  • Kaiseki dinner in Takayama
  • Shojin ryori vegetarian dinner at Mount Koya temple stay
  • Evening street food tour of Osaka
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto including lunch and entrance fees
  • Private home cooking class
  • InsideJapan Tours' restaurant reservation service
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

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

Trip Highlights

  • Take a guided ramen safari through Tokyo
  • Try Buddhist shojin ryori at Mount Koya
  • Make your own soba noodles
  • Dine kaiseki style in Takayama
  • Take a street food tour of Osaka
  • Have a cooking lesson at a private local house

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

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