A Culinary Guide to Japan

 

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Come travel to Japan with a chef and former restaurant owner for a personally guided tour through the culinary scenes of Tokyo, Nagano and Yamanashi.  In this intimate group tour, discover the culinary side of Japan by visiting old temples for century old vegetarian cuisine, making sushi at the Tsukiji fish market, and learning to make soba noodles from scratch.  Sample whiskey, visit a wasabi farm in the Japanese Alps, and harvest vegetables from a farmhouse garden. This tour will give guests an ultimate, hands on, one of its kind experience.  You will see Tokyo as well as the countryside, a Japanese farmhouse, mountains, ride bullet trains and more.  We would love to see you there!

Day 1 > Arrive in Tokyo

Welcome to Japan. You will be meeting your guide at the hotel in Tokyo. We will be staying in Ginza - Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district.  Arrive early and experience the nightlife of Tokyo. Your guide will be available to answer any questions about transportation and nearby shopping and restaurants.

Day 2 > Tsukiji Market Tour and Sushi Workshop

After breakfast, a hands on learning opportunity awaits you at Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest fish market.  Located between Sumida River and the Ginza district, Tsukiji carries over 400 different kinds of seafoods and handles more than 700,000 tons of fish every year.  

Today we will learn about fish at the market and how to make sushi at a restaurant.  Tsukiji is also known for shops selling knives and kitchen equipments for professional chefs.  Take this opportunities to shop like professional chef at the market.  

Afternoon will be available for you to explore Tokyo on your own. Visit museums, Japanese gardens, the Imperial Palace, shopping and more.

Day 3 > Vegetarian Cuisine & Tour of Zen Temple in Nagano

We are taking the Shinkansen today, one of the fastest bullet train in the world, to Nagano Prefecture for Japanese culture and zen experience.  This landlocked region is located in Chubu region and known for their clean water, buckwheat, wasabi, miso & more.

After lunch, we will visit Zenkoji, the largest buddhist temple in the prefecture.  Tonight we are checking in at a dorter that once housed buddhist monks paying visits to the temple for zen training.  Enjoy delicious, eye opening vegetarian meals of the region.

Day 4 > Wasabi Farm, Scenic Kiso & Japanese Ryokan

We will visit a destination wasabi farm nestled in the Japanese Alps, and then visit the historical architecture of Kiso, known for traditional dishware. In the evening, we will check in at traditional Ryokan and enjoy the “virgin landscape of Japan”.  The afternoon is open to relax, shop and hike.  

Day 5 > Tour of Suntory Distillery & Afternoon Soba Class

Today we will travel to Yamanashi prefecture, and attend a soba making class at a dojo.  Afterwards, we will tour the famouse Suntory Whiskey Distillary which is known for using the best mountain water for spirit making and exceptional quality.  

Tonight, we are checking in at a private Japanese farmhouse that has been converted into a country inn.  Take a walk around the garden and harvest vegetables for dinner.  Relax in their Goemonburo, a bath heated with fire from beneath, while the viewing beautiful nature. We will have diner as a group prepared by the farmhouse chef using local and seasonal ingredients.

Day 6 > Back to TokyO

The tour will complete in Tokyo. Feel free to stay longer in Tokyo if you'd like. We can provide information on activities and shopping.

Dates and Prices

April 9 - 14, 2018
June 4 - 9, 2018
September 30 -  October 5, 2018

$2950 Per Person, Double Occupancy
$3450 Single Reservation

Tour Length

5 Days & 5 Nights

What's Included

Hotels, Local Transportation, Bullet Train, English and Japanese Speaking Tour Guide, Eight Meals

What's Not Included

Flight to/from Japan, Personal Spending, Transportation To and From Airport, Some Meals