This trip around Japan is filled with foodie experiences – from creative cooking classes to fantastic food markets, a delightful dinner cruise and more. Book this 10-day adventure to combine great eats with some of Japan's most amazing sights.

Day 1-2: Tokyo

Day 1
At Tokyo airport, you’ll meet your transfer driver who will take you to your accommodation. Once you’ve settled in, enjoy a tour of Japan with a local guide, followed by a delicious Japanese dinner. Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 2
Go shopping at the famous Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can find all kinds of traditional ingredients. Explore the Asakusa district and Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Visit the remarkable Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest structure in Japan. Spend the evening on a delightful dinner cruise, as you travel along the Sumida River. Overnight in Tokyo.

Gateway to Asakusa Sensoji Temple in JapanThe gateway to the Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Japan © FOTOGRIN/Shutterstock

Day 3-4: Tokyo / Takayama

Day 3
Leave Tokyo and take the bullet train to Takayama, located in the beautiful Japanese Alps. Here you’ll 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. Here you’ll have your dinner – a delightful selection of regional Takayama delicacies. Overnight in Takayama.

Day 4
Adventure out to browse around the morning markets. Enjoy a visit to the local brewery where you’ll sample and learn about the Japanese sake-making process. In the evening you’ll return to Takayama and sample more of the town's dining delights. Overnight in Takayama.

Shirakawa village, TakayamaShirakawa village, Takayama © Supasak Pilawan/Shutterstock

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Day 5-6: Takayama / Kanazawa / Osaka

Day 5
Take the scenic train from Takayama along Japan's northern coastline to Kanazawa. On arrival, 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, with its well-preserved streets of old wooden tea houses 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, in particular, fresh local seafood. Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 6
Head to Omicho Market, where Kanazawa’s quality food producers gather. There are almost 200 stalls to get lost in. Later, hop on an express train and make the journey to Osaka – Japan’s third-largest city and unofficial culinary capital. Discover sprawling shopping hubs and tiny back streets full of restaurants and bars serving up local delicacies as well as street food stalls. After checking into the accommodation in Osaka, take a walk through Osaka’s “must-visit” Dōtonbori district to sample some amazing street food as you stroll along its neon-lit waterways. Overnight in Osaka.

Japanese Garden at Kenrokuen Garden, KanazawaThe Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa © Amstk/Shutterstock

Day 7-8: Osaka / Mt. Koya (Koyasan) / Kyoto

Day 7
Take the train to Mt. Koya, an important region for Shingon Buddhism – one of the major schools of Japanese Buddhism. Visit Okunoin cemetery, one of the most revered sites in the religious history of Japan. In the evening enjoy an introduction to shojin ryori, or monastic cuisine, prepared by local monks. Your unique accommodation tonight is in one of the temples, as you live alongside Buddhist monks and follow their routine of evening meditation and morning prayers. Overnight at in Koya-san.

Day 8
Travel from Koya-san to Kyoto via Osaka. On arrival, your guide will get you acquainted with the beautiful city on an orientation walk, taking a stroll through the glass-covered walkway of Nishiki Market. Explore the narrow streets of Kyoto's charming Gion district and learn about the city’s geisha culture. Enjoy a dinner sampling some of Kyoto's trademark cuisine. Overnight in Kyoto.

Temple pagoda on the sacred mountain of KoyasanTemple pagoda on the sacred mountain of Koyasan © Sergey pozhoga/Shutterstock

Day 9-10: Kyoto

Day 9
Master the art of preparing authentic Japanese dishes in a traditional Japanese wooden townhouse. You’ll find a beautiful Japanese garden that you can sit in while enjoying the dishes you made. 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. Overnight in Kyoto.

Day 10
Spend your last day at your own leisure before your transfer to Kansai International Airport in Osaka for your flight home.

Maiko geisha walking on a street of Gion in Kyoto JapanTop and above image: Maiko geisha walking on a street of Gion in Kyoto Japan © Juri Pozzi/Shutterstock

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Important Details

Prices start from $6,000 per person sharing a twin room. This includes accommodation, in-country transportation, some meals, excursions, cruise boat dinner, cooking class in Kyoto and English-speaking guides. Flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, and any local taxes are not covered. Please note, peak season supplements may apply during Cherry Blossom season, Autumn Leaves season, National Holidays and weekends. To avoid higher costs if you're visiting during the busy season, we recommend you book up to 12 months in advance.

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