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13 Days Culinary Holiday and Food Tour in Japan

Culinary Tour Japan

This exciting tour will take you through a fascinating culinary discovery of the multi-faceted cuisines of Japan. This is an enchanting journey of luxury, adventure, and cultural encounter. As you are whisked around the country using the hi-speed shinkansen or bullet trains, you will embark on a complete immersion into Japanese culture and cuisine as you discover the tasteful delights of this remarkable coastal region.


  • Enjoy fabulous food and wine
  • Attend a private cooking and sake matching class
  • Take in the tranquility of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Stroll the Philosophers Walk and the intriguing Gion district in Kyoto
  • Visit local markets and the most elegant department stores
  • Dine in luxurious and traditional restaurants
  • 12 nights accommodation


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Park Hyatt

Located in the heart of the vibrant district of Shinjuku, the Park Hyatt in Tokyo occupies the top 14 floors of the Shinjuku Park Tower and is the epitome of understated elegance. This luxury hotel boasts some of the largest rooms available in Tokyo, each one immaculately finished and decorated with beautiful artworks.

Ritz Carlton

Overlooking the banks of the Kamogawa River, with views of the legendary Higashiyama mountains range, the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto offers 134 beautifully appointed rooms, some with traditional tatami mats and futons en-suite, others have western-style beds with their own Japanese gardens.

Beniya Mukayu

Founded in 1928 in the spa town of Yamashiro, Beniya Mukayu is an exceptionally well designed hotel, elegantly emphasizing the contrasts between light and shade. Each room has its own private onsen, a spa bath, with wonderful views of the authentic Japanese gardens. The Beniya has also developed its own bath products, coffee and wine.

Epicurious Travel Culinary Journey to Japan Itinerary

Concentrating on revealing the culinary and cultural highlights in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, the tour will also include some time at the outstanding art island of Naoshima and the beautiful island of Miyajima, along with a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. You will visit the fantastic fish markets in Kanazawa and take in the wonder of the food halls in Tokyo's most elegant department stores.

Later on, you will discover the pleasures of home style cooking at a private cooking and sake matching class in the comfort of a relaxed environment. In Kyoto, you will visit the Nishiki market, stroll the Philosophers Walk, and discover the enchanting Gion District of old Kyoto along with the popular geisha district before enjoying a day at riverside Arashiyama exploring the stunning gardens.

Included excursions

  • Visit fish markets in Kanazawa
  • Visit the food halls in Tokyos most elegant department stores
  • Visit to the art island of Naoshima
  • Visit to the beautiful island of Miyajima
  • Visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Visit to the Nishiki market and Philosophers Walk in Kyoto
  • Visit to open air hot springs


This holiday takes place in Japan, a sensational region which is home to one of the most beautiful and diverse cultures in the world. Modern Japan opens up a world of technology and wonder from slick and stylish luxury hotels and ryokans, to the shinkansen or bullet trains. Cultural and culinary secrets are unveiled in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto while Japan's beautiful countryside offers up heightened awareness of relaxation in some of the best mountain hot spring retreats. An intriguing and captivating land with astonishing natural beauty, charm and mystery awaits.



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fitness center nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Gym nearby
  • Hot spring
  • Massage
  • Sauna nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Yoga


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Mini-bar
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental nearby
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance


During this trip, you will be dining in a combination of Michelin star and local traditional restaurants, where you will have the opportunity to discover all the amazing regional dishes, taste sake in a paper-lantern lit izakaya and try local specialties such as tonkatsu.

Things to do (optional)

  • Art tour
  • Assist to a Kabuki play
  • Attend local events
  • Dine at renowned restaurants
  • Go shopping and sightseeing
  • Handmade soap workshop
  • Immerse in the local culture
  • Japanese sweets
  • Kimono experience
  • Origami
  • Partake in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Sakura viewing and hanami
  • Samurai experience
  • Sushi masterclass
  • Stroll through Yamashiro Onsen town to find fine Kutani pottery shops
  • Visit the Kutaniyaki Kiln Site Exhibition Hall, Yakuoin temple, and Hattori shrine
  • Watch sumo wrestlers train or compete for the championship of the seasons tournament
  • Yoga practice

What's included

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Dining in a combination of Michelin star and local traditional restaurants
  • Entry to open air hot springs
  • Excursions specified in the itinerary
  • Land transportation
  • Private cooking and sake matching class
  • Visits to local markets and department stores
  • Visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airports are Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita International Airport (NRT).

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