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Japan Real Food Adventure

From £3308 for 12 days
Trip Overview
Ignite your tastebuds on a culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots. To the glittering skyscrapers of Tokyo and the lush alps of Takayama, slurp on soba and sample some sake as you work your way through the contrasting flavours of the land of the rising sun. This 12-day epicurean adventure takes you from the traditional monastic cuisine of Koya-san to the tantalising takoyaki stalls that line Osaka’s vibrant streets. Master the art of sushi making in an intimate cooking class, savour the flavour of sizzling yakitori in Tokyo's hidden backstreet izakaya, spot geisha with your local leader in Kyoto’s Gion district and eat all of the freshest seafood and sumo-sized feasts you can handle. From temples to tempura, shrines to sashimi – embark on a tour that has all the best Japanese ingredients.
Essential Info
Starts: Tokyo
Ends: Kyoto
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Food
Trip Code: ICJZF
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Japan
What's Included


11 Breakfasts included
3 Lunches included
5 Dinners included


Bus,Train,Bullet train


Hotel (8 nights),Ryokan (2 nights),Monastery (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   Food is taken seriously in Japan. From the station tonkatsu restaurant to the highest end sushi, Japanese people take pride in the cooking and presentation, and any bad meal is incredibly rare

•   Tasting the succulent Hida beef in Takayama is the definition of a melt-in-your-mouth moment

•   Dodging bargain hunters and fishmongers as you browse stalls of fantastical sea creatures in the organised madness of the Tsukiji Fish Market

•   Exploring the unexpected underground foodie treasure trove that is a depachika (department store food court)

•   Staying alongside the brothers of a monastery in Koya-san and discovering shojin ryori – vegetarian buddhist food that seeks enlightenment through perfection in cooking

•   Experiencing the simple pleasures of obanzai ryori – the traditional home cuisine of Kyoto – in a cooking class

•   Snacking on awesome and adventurous street food in the unofficial culinary capital of Osaka

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Departing: 8th Mar 2020
Returning: 19th Mar 2020
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2 spaces
Departing: 15th Mar 2020
Returning: 26th Mar 2020
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Returning: 2nd Apr 2020
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Departing: 29th Mar 2020
Returning: 9th Apr 2020
Limited Availability
4 spaces
Departing: 5th Apr 2020
Returning: 16th Apr 2020
Limited Availability
4 spaces
Departing: 12th Apr 2020
Returning: 23rd Apr 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 3rd May 2020
Returning: 14th May 2020
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Departing: 17th May 2020
Returning: 28th May 2020
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Departing: 24th May 2020
Returning: 4th Jun 2020
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Itinerary & Notes
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan. Bursting with contemporary urban culture, there are many sides of Tokyo to explore, from fascinating museums and world-class shopping to neighbourhood backstreets lined with izakaya and karaoke bars. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight, so you can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Afterwards, join your leader for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, perhaps to try some perfectly grilled yakitori skewers washed down with a local beer or some fine sake. For those not suffering jetlag, why not get a crew of you together to explore the night-time ambience of Shibuya's tiny backstreets, maybe stopping by a local bar for a cocktail.
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