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About Japan Food Tour
Our Japan Food Tour from the UK includes a 15 Day tour of Japan that is world-famous for not only its culture but also, its authentic gastronomical delights. This tour takes you to Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone and back to Tokyo exploring the unique cooking culture, take some cookery classes from an expert soba chef and a sushi-making master-class, with some of the country’s finest cultural treasures.
With this, we will also be exploring the Japanese cuisine including a visit to Toyosu, that houses the world’s largest fish market, and Osaka’s famous Dotonbori restaurant quarter. There will be enough days for you to spend at leisure with a local guide so that you could have a self-guided tour of Japan.
Japan Food Tour Route: Tokyo – Takayama – Kyoto – Koyasan – Osaka – Hakone – Tokyo
- Visit Tokyo for it’s a food lover’s paradise.
- Explore Tokyo’s markets and restaurants
- Join a cooking class.
- Kyoto – the Imperial capital of Japan is famous for temples, palaces and gardens.
- Explore geishas and temple inns in Kyoto
- Osaka – Japan’s port city on Honshu Island is famous for its modern architecture, nightlife and delicious street-food.
- Visit 16th century Osaka Castle.
This tour includes direct flights to Japan from London Heathrow with British Airways, Japan Airlines, ANA and Virgin Atlantic. There are also indirect flights available from most major UK airports to Tokyo and other Japanese cities including Osaka and Nagoya. You can get a connecting flight with connections in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Hong Kong and other main Asian cities.
The average flight time of a direct flight from London to Japan is between 12 and 14 hours. Connecting flights with stopovers can take considerably longer.
Japan is +9 hours ahead of GMT.
If you are travelling to Japan from the UK for Japan Food Tour, and if you are UK citizens, please note that you do not require a visa before arrival in Japan as long as the visit lasts less than 90 days.
Do’s and don’ts
Since we are taking a food tour in Japan, just make sure you read these few do’s and dont’s since Japanese culture is complex and often confusing for foreign visitors. However, the Japanese people are quite welcoming and appreciate your every effort.
- Do bow in every social situation, be it you need to say hello or saying goodbye. Bow with hands at the sides and with a deep nod of the head. You will surely be making more friends if you do.
- Remove your shoes outside if you are visiting private housings, some public areas like restaurants and temples. Just make sure you check if you have to remove the shoes before you enter.
- Remember, if you are drinking from a shared bottle, usually rice wine or sake, pour for others and wait for someone to pour for you as pouring for yourself is considered impolite.
The currency of Japan is the Yen.
Tipping is not a custom in Japan.
If you are interested in any current information on Japan, we will advice you to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) which is a comprehensive resource and updated regularly. We would also recommend visiting the Safer Tourism Foundation website (https://safertourism.org.uk/) before you travel and will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.
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UK to TOKYO
Today you will depart from the UK to Tokyo on a non-stop flight.
This day you arrive in Tokyo and you will be transferred to your hotel on an airport shuttle. Acclimatise this afternoon and relax at your hotel or wander through Tokyo’s bustling streets.
Today we will be exploring Toyosu Fish Market, one of the world's largest fish markets. Later, enjoy a sushi breakfast in one of the market’s fresh sushi bars. In the afternoon, we will take a walk through the nearby Hama-Rikyu Teien garden and stop in a tea house, then visit Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s old town which is home to the Sensoji Temple.
Today, you will be interacting with the expert soba chef to uncover the secrets of the Japanese soba buckwheat noodle and learn about this staple of Japanese cuisine. Rest of the day is at leisure. You can either explore electronics district of Akihabara or spend time in Tokyo’s world-class museums and art galleries.
TOKYO to TAKAYAMA
Self-Guided Tour: Take the Shinkansen Bullet train to Nagoya then connect on to a further train to Takayama. Believe us, this is one of the most scenic train journeys in Japan. Later in the evening, we will be visiting many sake breweries.
A self-guided tour to the Miyagawa morning market selling locally produced products and food. Later take a bust to the Hida No Sato Folk Village which is home to an open-air museum exhibiting homes and buildings. Later that day visits the Takayama Festival Museum, displaying floats from the town’s famous festival.
TAKAYAMA to TOKYO
In the morning, we will leave for Takayama and travel by train to Japan’s cultural capital Kyoto. In the afternoon, we will visit a restored wooden house and take part in a ‘Tea Ceremony’ – a quintessential part of Japanese culture.
Today, we will be taking a tour of the Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavillion temple), the 17th-century Nijo Castle, the Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex, home to one of Japan’s best Zen rock gardens and the Kiyomizu Temple which offer fabulous views over the city. Later in the day, we will explore the old wooden buildings and atmospheric lanes of Kyoto’s historic Higashiyama district.
The morning is at leisure. We will later visit the mile-long Nishiki covered food market. Here, it is the ideal place to buy ingredients for your cooking class. Later, we will take a stroll through Kyoto’s traditional neighbourhood and stop to taste test at a local sake brewery. In the evening you will be cooking your own meal - rolled sushi, miso soup and Japanese-style salad.
KYOTO to KOYASAN
Today we will leave for Koyasan on a local train into the mountains of Wakayama Prefecture to Mt Koya (Koyasan) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
KOYASAN to OSAKA
Wake up early as we will be seeing the monks chanting their morning prayers. After breakfast explore Koyasan and then take the train to Osaka, a city known for its extensive food culture.
We will start touring Osaka with the 3rd century Sumiyoshi Taisha, which is one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. Later visit Osaka Castle, the Doguyasuji shopping arcade and Dotonbori, an Osakan street-food favourite.
OSAKA to HAKONE
Today, we will be taking the train to Hakone the gateway to Mount Fuji. Later explore Hakone National Park, ride the world’s second-longest cable car up Mount Owakudanin for a birds-eye view of Mount Fuji.
HAKONE TO TOKYO
Following breakfast, reach Hakone Station to catch the Shinkansen Bullet to Tokyo. Rest of the day is at leisure.
TOKYO to the UK
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