This trip around Japan is filled with foodie experiences – from creative cooking classes to fantastic food markets, a delightful dinner cruise and more. If you would like to see the full itinerary of this tour, click here.
Day 1 Tokyo
Meet your transfer driver who will take you to your accommodation. Enjoy a tour of Japan with a local guide, followed by a delicious Japanese dinner.
Day 2 Tokyo
Shop at the famous Tsukiji Outer Market. Explore the Asakusa district and Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Visit the remarkable Tokyo Sky Tree. Spend the evening on a delightful dinner cruise.
Day 3 Takayama
Take the bullet train to Takayama, located in the beautiful Japanese Alps. Explore the Hida Folk Village outdoor museum, and discover the impressive techniques used to build local farmhouses. Spend the night in a traditional Japanese inn. Your dinner will be a delightful selection of regional Takayama delicacies.
Day 4 Takayama
Browse around the morning markets. Enjoy a visit to the local brewery where you’ll sample and learn about the Japanese sake-making process. Return to Takayama and sample more of the town's dining delights.
Day 5 Kanazawa
Take the scenic train along Japan's northern coastline to Kanazawa. Head out with a guide on an orientation walk, where you’ll find a 17th-century Kenroku-en – a highly intricate Japanese garden. Visit the Chaya-Gai district and watch a traditional geisha dance and musical performance. In the evening, join your guide for dinner to sample the delectable regional food found in Kanazawa.
Day 6 Osaka
Head to Omicho Market with almost 200 stalls to get lost in. Hop on an express train and make the journey to Osaka. Discover sprawling shopping hubs and tiny back streets full of restaurants and bars serving up local delicacies as well as street food stalls. Take a walk through Osaka’s “must-visit” Dōtonbori district to sample some amazing street food as you stroll along its neon-lit waterways.
Day 7 Koyasan
Take the train to Mt. Koya and visit Okunoin cemetery. Enjoy an introduction to shojin ryori, or monastic cuisine, prepared by local monks. Your unique accommodation tonight is in one of the temples.
Day 8 Kyoto
Travel to Kyoto via Osaka. On arrival, your guide will get you acquainted with the beautiful city on an orientation walk. Explore the narrow streets of Kyoto's charming Gion district. Enjoy a dinner sampling some of Kyoto's trademark cuisine.
Day 9 Kyoto
Master the art of preparing authentic Japanese dishes. Explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Highlights in Kyoto such as Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion. Visit the Geisha district in Gion, for a special authentic tea ceremony in a local Kyoto tea-house.
Day 10 Kyoto
Spend your last day at your own leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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