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7 Days Culinary Tour Japan

7 Days Culinary Tour Japan

  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Hamamatsu - Osaka

Food Tour Japan

From tradition to modernity, culture to flavors, nature to fashion; this tour gives you an incomparable sampling of Japan. Explore Tokyo's famous attractions. Release yourself at a traditional inn (ryokan) in the hot springs (onsen) and dine on gourmet Kaiseki cuisine. Get an original Japanese insight from Kyoto's gardens, temples, castle, shrine, and specialty shops. Experience a genuine green tea ceremony, remarkable sake taste, and a kimono fashion show. Be inspired by the intricate architect and towering monuments, and finally take a piece of Japan with you in a last minute shopping at Osaka.

Highlights

  • Taste Japanese food
  • Experience a tea ceremony
  • Tour of Toyota Kaikan Museum
  • Sampe street food at Dodonbori district
  • Enjoy sake and a kimono fashion show
  • Visit beautiful shrines and temples
  • Explore Japan's night life
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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During this holiday, you will spend two nights in Tokyo, one night in a Onsen Ryokan at Hamamatsu, two nights in Kyoto, and two nights in Osaka.

ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Osaka

Providing an oasis of comfort and quiet in the midst of the city's frenetic activity, the ANA Hotel Osaka looks out over picturesque Nakanoshima on the winding Dojima river and provides easy access to Osaka's business and entertainment centers. The ANA Hotel Osaka has all of the amenities, facilities, and levels of comfort you would expect from a hotel of this class and maintains the meticulous standards required by a worldwide traveler.

Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

This 4-star Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Kyoto. Designed with flair by noted architect Togo Murano, the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto features spacious guest rooms, elegant banquet halls, multiple restaurants and a Sukiya-style teahouse at the Japanese garden on the property.

Hotel Kikusui-tei

The Kikusui-tei is located on the east side of Hamamatsu lake which spreads out over the western end of Hamamatsu city. It is a ryokan that not only has an outdoor bath with a view of the entire lake, but also serves the most colorful and freshest cuisine using seasonal ingredients produced locally. Here, you can also find complimentary public hot spring (onsen) bath room.

Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Surrounded by a gorgeous ten-acre Japanese garden, with the bright lights of Tokyo glimmering nearby, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo has achieved a zen-like balance between traditional beauty and stylish modernity. Each room is appointed with plush linens, the most modern technological accessories, and floor-to-ceiling windows which provide you with breathtaking views of the lush grounds.

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

Located within the Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) Aeroplaza a short walk from both passenger terminal and train station, the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport combines superb convenience with world-class facilities and the famed hospitality of Nikko international hotels. With its seafront setting and harmonious design, this is a hotel with the ambience of a resort, yet with direct access to Osaka and the entire Kansai region. The local area also offers a number of attractions, including Rinku park, Rinku premium outlets and Nakami shrine.

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyo

The Narita Excel is conveniently located ten minutes from Narita International Airport (NRT) and eighty minutes by car from central Tokyo. Guests can relax in the tranquility of the hotel’s traditional Japanese garden or explore nearby places of historical beauty such as the Narita shrine and Shinshoji temple. The rooms are functional, well-kept, and convenient with essential facilities such as direct line telephones, and cable TV. There is an excellent choice of sports and recreational activities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and a fitness club. Guests can be spoiled by the choice of dining options which include restaurants specializing in Western, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine in locations with impressive views of the airport.

All rooms include: private bathroom, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, slippers, TV, refrigerator and in-room massage available.

Day 1: Narita International Airport (NRT)

Welcome to Tokyo. Your tour guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel.

Day 2: Tokyo

In the morning, you will be taken to Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. Here, discover the difference between a Shinto shrine, and a Buddhist temple. Afterwards, explore the Nakamise Market, which resembles a traditional style shopping street of a bygone era. Next is a visit to Edo Tokyo Museum, where you can learn the history of Tokyo from the time when it was a small village called Edo. The museum also offers many good picture taking opportunities, for example, with vehicles and items which were used in the past. Then, you will proceed to the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo castle. You can explore the park, surrounded by moats and stone fortifications, in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, you will visit the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. At 333 meters high, Tokyo Tower is thirteen meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. You will go up 150 meters to the main observatory deck and get a bird's eye view of Tokyo. From there you will cross the Rainbow Bridge, and be treated to stunning views of Tokyo Bay. You will travel to the man-made islands of Odaiba and see cutting edge architecture, as well as the night view of Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 3

You will depart from Tokyo to Fuji Mount on your private luxury coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands, to rolling clouds. Stop at Fuji Mount fifth station (depending on weather) to admire the world famous peak. You will take a tour of Hakone by taking a 20-minute rope-way from Togendai to Owakundani. Most of the area around Owakundani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Hakone Mount, some 3,000 years ago. Now, you can experience hot springs and hot rivers there, where sulfurous fumes still linger. Owakundani also has splendid views of Fuji Mount in good weather. Next, take a Shinkansen bullet train ride for experience, which can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour. You will stay at the Onsen Ryokan at Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast our first stop is the Toyota Kaikan museum, which has displays of Toyota's new car models and technologies. From Toyota, your coach departs to Kyoto, a historical city that it was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. Then, you will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. Next, you will experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 5

Today, you will continue your tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center. First is a visit to the Nijo Castle, built in the early seventeenth century. Ninomaru- goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. At the Nishijin textile center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show. Visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with eighteen carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. Next, is the Ryoan-ji Rock Garden, famed for its exceptional rock and sand garden (seki- taki). Lastly, you will tour Gion, the old Geisha quarter, and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 6

The day begins with a visit in the scenic and historic Fushimi district, which is also one of the brewing capitals of Japan. First is a visit to the stunning vermilion colored Fushimi Inari Shrine, whose 4-kilometer long tunnel of scarlet torii gates was featured in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that includes mountains, streams, and ponds; the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. At the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, you will learn the fascinating history of sake brewing with its nostalgic buildings, tasting experience, and valuable collection of traditional brewing tools. From there you continue to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan. You will visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha at 16 meters high, and the surrounding park is filled with over 1,000 sika deer. In the afternoon, you will travel to Osaka by private coach. Your last visit for the day is Dodonbori, which runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. A popular shopping, entertainment, and food district, Dodonbori is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line the street, including the famous Glico running man and Kani Doraku crab signs.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 7

After breakfast, your tour officially ends. Check out time is 11:00 a.m. and Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) can be reached in a three-minute walk.

Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Explore Ryoan-ji Rock garden and Kyoto Gion (Geisha district)
  • Explore the Imperial palace, Tokyo Tower, and Odaiba Island
  • Tour around Nijo Castle, Nishijin textile center, and Kinkaku- ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
  • Tour of Fuji Mount and Owakudani volcanic valley
  • Tour of Fushimi Inari-taisha grand shrine
  • Visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Market, and Edo Tokyo Museum
  • Visit Gekkeikan Okura sake museum, Todai-ji Temple in Nara, and Dodonbori district
  • Visit Toyota Kaikan Museum and Kiyomizu-dera Temple

This vacation will take place in and around Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Kyoto, and Osaka, Japan.

Located in the far east, Japan is an archipelago of more than 6,800 islands stretching about 1,800 miles from northeast to southwest. Japan is a country of stark contrasts. On one hand, it is a country steeped in traditional culture and rituals founded thousands of years ago. On the other, it is a country whose technological advancement and ever changing fashions continually test the limits of imagination and ingenuity.

There are four major islands: Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Honshu, the largest and most populated and home to Tokyo, Kyoto, and other major cities, is subdivided into five geographical regions. From north to south, they are Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, and Chugoku. Hokkaido, in the north, is subarctic and boasts spectacular mountain scenery and wide open plains, while southern Kyushu is subtropical and is famous for its balmy weather, beaches, and hot-spring resorts. Shikoku, connected to Honshu via three bridges yet off the beaten path for most foreign tourists, is known for its many Buddhist temples and views of the Seto Inland Sea.

During this tour your palate will be delighted with daily savory breakfast, four refreshing lunches, and two abundant dinners.

Japan is a traveler's paradise. With a myriad of attractions, you will never get tired of exploring this vast and exciting country. Japan is home to centuries old castles, shrines, and temples. Visit art museums designed by renowned modern architects, or fine wooden mansions surrounded by tranquil gardens. There are theme parks and sports facilities, or, for a change of pace, resorts in the subtropical south islands.

During this enchanting tour you can enjoy an in-room massages at any of the mentioned hotels. You can also take a relaxing spa bath in therapeutic waters at Hotel Kikusui-tei.

  • 1 meet and greet upon arrival
  • 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • 2 delicious dinners
  • 4 tasty lunches
  • 5 nights Western style accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Bullet train ride
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums
  • Gratuities
  • Green tea ceremony
  • Hakone ropeway
  • Nishijin kimono show
  • Private luxury coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Sake tasting
  • Airfares
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at the Narita International Airport (NRT). All Japan Tours will pick you up from the airport and will take to the airport. The pick-up and drop off are included in the price.