Delight in a foodie’s paradise home to some of the world’s finest cuisines and beverages during your 9-day culinary tour of Japan. You will have expert guides who reveal the secrets of preserved culinary tradition and sample remarkable dishes ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants to mouthwatering street food. From master chefs to artful sake, comforting ramen to smokey whiskey, your Japan tour will satisfy the most insatiable appetite.
Tokyo – Welcome to Japan!
Your flight to Japan touches down at Narita International Airport in mid-afternoon. Even if this is your first trip to Japan, you feel right at home due to the specially prepared itinerary you received before your departure. At the airport, you are greeted by airport staff, who take your bags as you board a private transfer to your luxury accommodation located in the fashionable Roppongi District. With the check-in lobby located on the 45th floor, you are greeted by panoramic views of Tokyo, including the Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, and Mt. Fuji. Every room offers specular scenery along with high-quality services and amenities.
This evening, there are no planned activities other than dinner. You may elect to dine at one of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, or choose from a list provided in your travel itinerary. No matter your selection, expect the highest-quality dining experience, a perfect way to end a day of international travel.
Tokyo – A Day of Sumo and Sushi
Tokyo – Fish Markets and Robots
Kyoto – Zen Mediation to Fine Dining
Kyoto – Religious and Cultural Traditions
Osaka – Out on the Town
Osaka – Japanese Whiskey and Ramen
Kobe – A Pairing of Sake and Beef
Kobe – Until Next Time
- Dine at the finest Michelin star restaurants throughout Japan
- Tour of Tsukiji Fish Market, the market where top sushi chefs (such as Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi) acquire their fresh seafood
- Visit a sumo stable in Tokyo, seeing the timeless Japanese sport up close
- Indulge in a tour and tasting at the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
- Club seating at a Japanese baseball game in Osaka
Your culinary tour of Japan begins in Tokyo, Japan’s capital and home to more Michelin star restaurants than any other city on Earth. As you tour the city’s sights, dine at the best restaurants, and learn the methods that Japanese chefs have refined over hundreds of years.
Your tour continues to Kyoto, Japan’s capital until 1868. Kyoto’s culinary history goes back over 1,000 years when the finest chefs prepared meals for the imperial court. Feast like an emperor as you sample kaiseki cuisine. Also, experience a tour of the old city led by a geisha-in-training. Then, be the honored guests at a stunning geisha performance. To enhance your time in Kyoto, your accommodations are at one of the most superb and traditional Japanese inns in the city, featuring hot onsen baths with spectacular views.
Osaka, known as ‘Japan’s kitchen,’ is home to unsurpassed cutlery and comfort food. Sample these delights before touring the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, where master distillers turn grain and spring water into some of the most fragrant and complex whiskey in the world. On the same day, see how care and dedication are put into another Japanese staple: Cup Noodles. Finally, enjoy a truly local experience by indulging in a baseball game.
You head to Kobe, where besides dining on melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef, you tour the city’s famed sake breweries, where the same families have made this iconic beverage for generations. There, you receive an in-depth lesson on how this simple looking beverage expresses a wide variety of unique traits.
Throughout the tour, expect luxury accommodations in every city and private transportation. This tour is perfect for couples of all ages. It is best taken in spring or fall when Japan’s outdoor weather is perfect for touring. Expert guides are on hand at all times, and can help you will any concerns or problems that may arise during the tour.
$3,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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