based on 11 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Bullet Train Transfers
Please note if travelling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.
Japan has offers some of the most interesting and creative cuisines and restaurants in the world and through this itinerary you'll be able to experience some of the country's highlights
Take a fun and vibrant street food tour in Osaka, a city known for its love of eating
Visit two local markets, Omicho Market and Nishiki Market, to see and taste the freshest local produce of each region
Take part in a private sushi lesson on Tokyo with a local chef
Japan kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant, warm days, and, of course, cherry blossoms – early April is probably the best time to view the blooms. Summer (June to August) is hot and muggy. Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. Apart from spring, autumn (late September to November) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine. Autumn also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red.
This itinerary is perfect for foodies, who love venturing through a new country led by their taste buds. With such an array of regional cuisines, cooking styles and the capital boasting more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Japan is a culinary delight and through this itinerary you’ll be able to experience some its many delicious highlights.
Starting in Osaka you’ll have two nights to explore Japan’s third largest metropolis and one of the country’s key foodie scenes. On arrival you will be met at Kansai international airport and driven just under an hour into the heart of Osaka. Known throughout the country as a city that loves to eat, there is no better place to start your adventure. On your first day in the city, with your private guide, using the public transport system you’ll experience the local foodie scene with an amazing street food tour. Explore, Dotonbori, the main ‘eating street’ full of interesting things to try including takoyaki, okonomiyaki, oden, sushi, ramen… the list is endless!
From Osaka you will then head over to Kyoto, which you can easily reach taking the local train line taking just under an hour. Kyoto is known worldwide as Japan’s cultural heart with over 1,000 temples and shrines to visit and a wealth of history and culture to explore. Alongside these, Kyoto boasts some incredible restaurants serving Kobe Beef which is one of the region's specialities and we can of course make some fantastic recommendations for you. We have included three nights for you in Kyoto and on your first full day in the city have included a day of guiding so that you can explore some of the historical gems in the city alongside a visit to Nishiki Market. Known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’ locals venture to the market to source all of their local produce and for visitors it provides a chance to uncover authentic local cooking ingredients. Throughout the market you’ll find plenty to taste and try as you venture through the stalls, full of the weird and wonderful.
Next up, you’ll head back west to Kanazawa located on the coast of Japan. From Kyoto you’ll take a direct bullet train at just over two hours and in the station make sure to treat yourself to a wonderful bento box to enjoy on the journey! Famed for its variety and freshness of seafood, no foodie led trip to Japan would be complete without a stop in Kanazawa. With three nights in the city you will have plenty of time to explore the culinary scene alongside the beautiful and easily accessible cultural sites including the Kenrouken Garden and incredibly well-preserved Geisha and Samurai districts. We have included one day with a private guide for you here to explain the history of these areas and also lead you on a tour through Omicho Market, a bustling and lively market providing the seafood for restaurants, locals and commercial buyers alike. It’s a great place to people watch but also to try some of the freshest and most delicious sashimi and sushi imaginable.
For your final stop on the journey you will take the bullet train to Tokyo taking just over three hours. Home to some of the best restaurants in the world and a city that has the most Michelin stars out of any in the world, you can see why we saved this one to last. With three nights in Tokyo you’ll have plenty of time to indulge your taste buds and again we can give you some fantastic recommendations. Like in your other stops in Japan, we have included one day of private guiding for you so that you can experience the culture and history of the city with a local but also have some time to explore on your own. During the day with your guide, we have included a private sushi lesson with a chef in the city, uncovering the secrets behind this incredible art form and globally loved cuisine. You’ll be able to learn how to roll your own Maki and how to chose the freshest fish for sushi before enjoying the spoils of your creations – the perfect way to end this culinary adventure!
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