• Tokyo • Matsumoto • Shirakawago • Takayama • Kyoto • Nara • Osaka
Embark on a sumptuous culinary journey through Japan, exploring the unique tastes and sights of this gracious country.
Beginning in Tokyo, enjoy a private tour of all the city’s top attractions, indulge in food tastings, and try your hand at sushi making. Next, visit a wasabi farm, winery and miso warehouse in Matsumoto before travelling on to Takayama. Stay in a traditional ryokan and savour the elaborate Kaiseki meals featuring the local specialty of Hida Beef. Arriving in Kyoto, explore the city with a full day private tour, experience a tea ceremony at a local home, and learn how to make three traditional Japanese sweets. Your journey ends in Osaka with a tasting at the Yamazaki Whisky distillery, and visits to the Dotonbori and Hozenzji food streets. Finish with a farewell dinner at a teppanyaki restaurant, including the local specialty of okonomiyaki!
Day 1 : Tokyo
Transfer to your hotel by regular scheduled airport bus.
Day 2 : Tokyo
Enjoy a full day private tour of Tokyo, including a sushi making experience and lunch. Visit Tsukiji Outer Market and Kappabashi kitchenware town, finishing your tour with street food tasting in the nostalgic Yanaka area. This evening, join a shared group ramen tasting tour including 6 mini bowls of ramen.
Day 3 : Tokyo
Your daytime is at leisure to explore Tokyo independently. This evening, join a shared group food tour in Shinjuku, wandering the backstreets and stopping to sample a wide variety of food in the tightly packed small izakayas (pubs) and bars of Omoide Yokocho, Kabuchiko and the Golden Gai.
Day 4 : Tokyo > Matsumoto
Take the train to Matsumoto. Your afternoon is free to explore independently – don’t miss the city’s famous castle.
Day 5 : Matsumoto
Enjoy a full day private tour of the Matsumoto area, including visits to a wasabi farm, winery and miso warehouse with miso themed lunch.
Day 6 : Matsumoto > Takayama
Travel by bus to Takayama. This afternoon enjoy a private walking tour with your guide. Visit Takayama Jinya house and stroll through the old streets, stopping to visit one of the town’s sake breweries. Over the next two nights, stay in a traditional ryokan and savour elaborate Kaiseki meals featuring the local specialty of Hida Beef, and perhaps have a relaxing soak in one of the shared onsen.
Day 7 : Takayama > Shirakawago > Takayama
Your morning is free at leisure. This afternoon meet your guide for a private excursion by car to nearby Shirakawago to see the famous thatched farmhouses.
Day 8 : Takayama > Kyoto
Take the train to Kyoto. On arrival, enjoy a half day private tour with your guide, including a private tea ceremony at a local home, Nishiki-koji food street, and a walk through the atmospheric Gion area.
Day 9 : Kyoto > Wazuka & Nara > Kyoto
Enjoy a full day private tour with your guide, travelling by car to the Wazuka tea area. Walk through the tea plantations and learn how to grind matcha. This afternoon, visit the old capital of Nara, including Todaiji Temple, Nara Deer Park and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
Day 10 : Kyoto
Join a shared group walking tour of Arashiyama, including the Sagano bamboo grove and the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge. This afternoon, meet your private guide for a Japanese wagashi making experience. Learn how to make three traditional Japanese sweets, and taste them with matcha.
Day 11 : Kyoto > Osaka
Your morning is at leisure in Kyoto. This afternoon, travel by car with your guide for a private afternoon tour of Osaka, including a tasting at the Yamazaki Whisky distillery, and visits to Dotonbori and Hozenzji food streets. Finish with a farewell dinner at a teppanyaki restaurant, including the local specialty of okonomiyaki.
Day 12 : Osaka
Transfer by train to the airport.
Pricing (per person), NZD
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• Tailor-made journey
• 11 nights’ accommodation in hotels and ryokans
• Transport and transfers as per the itinerary
• Mix of shared and private tours
• 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
• Overnight luggage transfers (1 bag per person) Tokyo > Takayama > Kyoto
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