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Japan Food Tour: Autumn

A small-group guided food tour through Japan's best- kept culinary traditions.

Tour Code: GTD3723782

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $5200.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Single supplement: USD $600.00

Tour duration: 11 days 10 nights

Destination:
Tokyo / Kanazawa / Gokayama / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Hida Furukawa / Osaka / Awaji Island / Kyoto / Uji

Tour cost includes:
• 10 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan and Minshuku)
• All transportation between tour locations
• Forwarding of one item of luggage
• Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide
• Gratuities
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 4 lunches & 6 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2022
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Fri. Sep 23, 2022 Mon. Oct 3, 2022 USD $5200.00 Tokyo Kyoto Discovery View Tour

Please Note:
All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!
We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! In the evening, meet your tour guide and the rest of the group members at the hotel located in central Tokyo. From there we will venture out into the city’s dazzling streets where we will enjoy a Robatayaki dinner. This traditional Japanese cooking style uses hot charcoal to fire-grill ingredients, making for a tasty and robust dinner.

Welcome Dinner

Shiba Park Hotel or similar class (Western Hotel)

Day 2

Travel to Kanazawa

We will take a train along the Japan Sea coast towards Kanazawa. As the seat of the Maeda Clan during the Edo Period, Kanazawa had a grand castle and is a city with refined and sophisticated local cuisine. Once we arrive at Kanazawa, we will have the chance to wander the Higashichaya-district for lunch. Afterwards, we head to a local market called Oomi Ichiba, Kanazawa's largest fresh food market which has attracted many residents and visitors for centuries. Allow a local chef to show you around the market, offering insight into locally produced ingredients at the many stalls. From there, with the local goods purchased, we will enjoy a cooking class at a traditional Japanese-style residence. We will learn how to transform simple ingredients into delicious dishes with the help of a professional.

Breakfast / Dinner

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa or similar class (Western Hotel)

Day 3

Foraging experience in Gokayama

Today we will travel by private motorcoach from Kanazawa to Gokayama, a World Heritage Site where you can find the very distinctive Gassho-zukuri farmhouses with thatched roofs, unique to this region of Japan. A city located in a mountainous region isolated from the rest of the country for many centuries, here you will find villagers who still keep up with their traditional lifestyles, gathering and preserving ‘Sansai’, or wild plants, all while growing their own vegetables and mushrooms as well. Here we will join local plant hunter Ms. Ueda and together explore the surrounding mountains and harvest seasonal delicacies. Afterwards, we will visit the home of Mr. Nakanishi, a local resident who grows a special variety of rice for making sake. Getting to taste home-brewed sake, called Doburoku in Japanese, is an experience like no other. To finish our night, we will experience cooking the ingredients found from the mountains and learn to create delicious dishes with locals.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Yomorshiro or similar class (Minshuku)

Day 4

Shirakawa-go and Takayama

After enjoying a traditional Japanese breakfast, we will take a highway bus to visit the nearby village of Shirakawa-go. This village has its own extraordinary collection of Gassho-zukuri houses and has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. After lunch in Shirakawa-go, we will move on to Takayama located within the mountainous Hida region. Takayama has an absolutely beautifully preserved old town and a unique culture. Takayama is very well known for its crafts, particularly yew carving, Shunkei, lacquerware, pottery, and furniture. After exploring Takayama, we will enjoy a multi-course Kaiseki dinner at our family-run Ryokan. Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, which highlights seasonal ingredients that must pass the chef's inspection before making it onto the plate. Each individual dish is a small portion, however, the colors, combinations of the presentation of ingredients, all together with tableware and the atmosphere of the area, express the aesthetics of Japanese culture.

Breakfast / Dinner

Asunaro or similar class (Ryokan)

Day 5

Classic earth oven cooking experience in Hida Furukawa

Today we will take a short train ride to the beautifully well-preserved old town of Hida Furukawa, where stunning white-walled storehouses have preserved the atmosphere of the Edo Period. Once we arrive, we will enter one of the Machiya residences, traditional townhomes, where a local grandmother will show us a traditional way of cooking. Known as 'Okudo-san', the traditional classic stove oven is rarely used today. After lunch, we will head to a sweet shop that has been making Furukawa’s specialty “Miso Senbei” crackers for more than 100 years using the famous "Hida Miso". We will then have free time to stroll the town of Takayama and a chance to dine out at one of the local restaurants.

Breakfast / Dinner

Asunaro or similar class (Ryokan)

Day 6

Travel from Takayama to Osaka

To start our day, we will board a train towards Osaka along with our Ekiben lunch box. These lunch boxes are available only on trains and at stations, and are convenient for those with a long journey ahead of them. We will soon reach Osaka, known as “the Tenka no daikokoro”, or “The Nation’s Kitchen”, and although famous for its Michelin starred restaurants, Osaka is particularly famous for its street food such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and much more. For tonight's dinner, we will visit a hidden house owned by a sake shop in downtown Namba. The shop owner's deep love for sake shows, as the owner has been working alongside other sake connoisseurs with the same level of passion and enthusiasm with over 10,000 bottlers of Sake collections. The term “Sakana” traditionally refers to food served alongside sake as a pairing as originated from the Saka (Sake) and Na (food). For tonight’s dinner you will be served special delicacies that pair well with selected Sake.

Breakfast / Dinner

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka or similar class (Western Hotel)

Day 7

Osaka - Sharpen your knowledge about Japanese cutlery

This morning, we will travel by local train to Sakai City, which was once known for the production of Samurai swords. Today, the city is known for its kitchen knives and skilled craftsmen who have perfected their art. Once we arrive, we will make our way on foot to a local smith where we will have the chance to witness the forging process of Japanese knives up close. The craftsmen will show you all the steps needed to fold steel and sharpen edges to maintain a Japanese knife. You will also have the chance to purchase your own Japanese knife if you wish. In the evening we return to Osaka, where dinner will be at leisure. Enjoy trying the different street food or trying a local restaurant.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka or similar class (Western Hotel)

Day 8

Awaji Island - Foodscape experience

According to Japanese mythology, when the gods Izanagi and Izanami first created the Japanese archipelago, they started by creating Awaji Island, also known as Ōyashima in Japanese. This island has long been known as Miketsukuni (a place of food production for emperors). We will first visit a fish auction at a port before meeting up on the coast for the ultimate beach lunch experience. If the weather is unkind, we will enjoy our delicious meal at a former primary school, now renovated as a lovely café. We will enjoy a meal from a chef who is a real artist and prepares what he calls a “Foodscape” (a food landscape). Using locally harvested ingredients, our chef uses his inspiration to create a natural landscape that will delight each sense. For the night, we will stay at a beachside property on Awaji Island. Before turning in for the night, we will browse the port's backstreets and enjoy the drinking culture of Awaji Island. Dinner is at your leisure, in which your guide can offer suggestions.

Breakfast / Lunch

Yumekaiyu Awajishima or similar class (Ryokan)

Day 9

Travel to Kyoto, Uji - Tawara Tea visiting

Today, we will travel back from Awaji island by private vehicle and make a brief stop for a local lunch. After your lunch, we make our way to Uji, an area that is famous for its superior green tea. We will visit a tea plantation and participate in a tea tasting, where you will have the chance to taste the depth of flavors from the tea. We then depart Uji for a renovated samurai residence in Kyoto, where we will participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, considered an art by many. If you would like, you can also wear a kimono during the ceremony. Afterwards, you can enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Breakfast

Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo or similar class (Western Hotel)

Day 10

Kyoto - Tofu Making and Nishiki Market Farewell dinner

We will explore the ancient city of Kyoto today, tasting local cuisine and flavorful foods. Kyoto is renowned throughout Japan for its regional Washoku cuisine, which typically consists of rice accompanied by fish, seafood, and seaweed. The lovely city is also known for the refinement and artistic presentation of Kaiseki cuisine, a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner. We will first try our hand at making traditional Kyoto- style tofu at a long-established tofu shop using locally sourced soy. With so many temples located in Kyoto, Tofu is an important staple of Buddhist cusine. Later, we head to the lively Nishiki Market, a covered shopping area which has come to be known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’. Here, we can find a wide variety of traditional foods and local specialty items such as seafood, pickled and dried Japanese vegetables, tea, sweets, and also ceramics. We will then travel to Arashiyama, where we enjoy a traditional Buddhist vegetarian lunch with a beautiful garden scenery. After a visit to the famous Bamboo Forest, we make our way to Central Kyoto for our farewell dinner.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo or similar class (Western Hotel)

Day 11

Tour ends in Kyoto

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Your guide will be happy to provide advice for traveling to the airport if you are returning home, or advice for continuing your travels.

Breakfast