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