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Seasonal Japan Culinary Tour

Japan in early spring is a great time to visit! The weather is cool and you may catch the beginning of the cherry blossom season. This seasonal Japan tour is the best way to experience a lot of Japan in just over a week. Visit Japans world heritage sites in cities like Tokyo, Odawara, Hakone, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Take a boat ride around Lake Ashi, learn how to cook kamaboko, enjoy watching the deers in Nara Park, and visit many other iconic locations of Japan.


  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Visit Hachi dog statue in Shibuya
  • Visits to Japans world heritage sites
  • Visit Hakones Owakudani volcanic area
  • Experience the cherry blossom season
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Guided excursions
  • Daily breakfast


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Japanese, English
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From days one to four, you will stay in the Tokyo Metropolitan Hotel or in a hotel of a similar category; on day five, you will stay in the Palace Hotel Hakone Hotel or in a hotel of a similar category, and from day six to eight you will stay in the New Miyako Hotel, or in a hotel of a similar category. Bob Hayashi Tours will include first class hotels or the best available.


Day 1, Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the hotel surroundings.

Day 2, Tokyo

Today is a free day to explore Tokyo on your own. Please check Things to do section for suggested activities.

Day 3, Tokyo sightseeing

Today will be a full-day tour of Tokyo. Areas that you will be visiting will include Asakusa Kannon Temple, Ueno / Ameyoko shopping district, the Hachi dog statue in Shibuya, Harajuku shopping district, and the 100-yen store.

Day 4, Tokyo-Odawara

Today you will be leaving Tokyo for Odawara. In Odawara, you will be visiting a shop that specializes in making kamaboko (fish cake), a popular Hawaii staple. Put on your chefs hat as you will be making your own kamaboko to snack on later! You will then be heading to Hakones Owakudani Volcano site which is popular for their black eggs that are said to add seven years to your life.

Day 5, Odawara-Hakone

Today you will continue on with the Hakone tour which takes you on a boat ride around Lake Ashi. After the lake excursion, you will head back to Odawara as your transit point to Kyoto via Shinkansen.

Day 6, Kyoto-Nara

Today you will be on a full-day tour of Kyoto and Nara. You will be visiting Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji), the Imperial Palace, Great Buddha, and the Deer Park.

Day 7, Nara-Hiroshima-Kyoto

Today will be a full-day tour of Hiroshima. You will be visiting Miyajima Island and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Then you will head back to Kyoto by train. Today, lunch will be provided.

Day 8, Kyoto-Tokyo

Today, you are free to explore the area until you leave for the flight to Narita. Once you arrive at Narita airport, youll have some time for last minute shopping within the airport before your flight back home.

Included excursions


On day 5, you will head to Hakone, famous for its onsen (hot spring baths) and close proximity to Mount Fuji. Hakone is a favorite destination for many visitors, especially during the cooler months. In Hakone, you will be visiting Owakudani, which is the area around an active volcanic crater. You'll smell the sulfurous fumes and see the bubbling pools where staff will prepare hard-boiled, blackened eggs for you; it is said that these eggs will prolong your life by seven years. Take a couple of those to go!


On day 6, you will visit the 7th largest city in Tokyo with over 1.4 million people. Kyoto is home to countless temples and historically important structures, many of which were spared from damage during World War II. Here, you'll be visiting Nijo Castle, the former residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji - ), a Zen temple in Northern Kyoto. You'll then be traveling on to Nara where you'll be stopping off at the Nara Deer Park and the Great Buddha in Nara.

Miyajima Island and Hiroshima

On day 7, you will visit one of the most recognizable structures in Japan, the Torii Gate in Miyajima Island. Miyajima means "shrine island". Then you will continue to Hiroshima. The first atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima destroyed nearly everything within 1.5 miles of the blast radius. It was said that the city would never be able to recover and that the land would remain uninhabitable. However, the city was restored and a large park was built in remembrance. You will be visiting this park, the Peace Memorial Park, and its museum.


About an hour away from Kyoto is Nara. Park near the Nara Deer Park where you can purchase deer senbei (shika senbei) to feed to the many deer that are roaming between the park and the Nandaimon Gate, the pathway to Todaiji Temple. One of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Japan is housed in the Daibutsuden of Todaiji Temple, currently the world's largest wooden building.


This tour will take place in Japan, visiting Tokyo, Odawara, Hakone, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.


The tour will include seven breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner. Breakfasts will be provided in the hotels.

Things to do (optional)


With a myriad of shopping, entertainment, and dining options, you will definitely need the three full days here. An optional side tour is available for those of you that would like to visit Tokyo Disneyland and / or Tokyo Disney Sea. The two parks are next door to each other and going to both is an all-day affair.

What's included

  • 1 boat ride around Lake Ashi
  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • 1 train travel from Hiroshima to Kyoto
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Guided excursions as per the itinerary
  • Transportations, admissions, and sightseeing, as stated in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Baggage and personal travel insurance
  • Foreign airport fares
  • Meals and beverages not listed above
  • Medications
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Personal items
  • Special services
  • Tips

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT). Bob Hayashi Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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