Ultimate Japanese Gourmet Food Tour

CODE: PJDQ8R  |  Class Size: 8-16 people  |  Skill Level: All  |  Ages: 15+ 21 DAYS  |  Japan START BOOKING NOW

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Japan showcases a culturally fascinating past that blends into phenomenal country today. With iconic Mount Fuji, dynamic cities and exquisite foods, be transported through its rich history and emerge in unique architecture and traditions.

HIGHTLIGHTS

Authentic Japanese Food Tour

This is a journey that you will never forget…Our aim is take you where most Westerners who visit Japan never go on Japan tours. 

  • Osaka – Osaka Castle, Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Nara – World Heritage listed Todai-ji (Big Buddha) and the Kasuga Grand Shrine
  • Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo-jo Castle, Nishiki Market, Gion Area
  • Mie – Ise Grand Shrines, Mikimoto Pearl Island
  • Hiroshima – Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Peace Park
  • Fukuoka – Yanagawa Canal City (Japan’s Venice)
  • Kagoshima – Mt Sakurajima Volcano

YOUR HOSTS

Tamaki at the market

 

OTAO kitchen features Chef Tamaki for our Japanese cooking experiences. Tamaki and her husband will lead your tour to her country of birth. Tamaki was born and raised in Osaka and obtained her Chef qualifications in Melbourne Australia. Tamaki’s passion is food. She loves creating amazing dishes that simply make people smile (and want more of course). But her heart has and always will, remain with the exquisite dishes found in the japanese culture. What really annoys Tamaki is that many of the existing cultural tours of Japan, simply don’t show its ‘true food culture’. To the Japanese, the places the tourists are eating in are a bit like going to a fast food take away. That is why Tamaki has launched her gourmet food tours because she wants to show you all the hidden treasures and allow you to indulge in some of the most exquisite culinary delights that Japan has to offer and that no one else knows about, except the locals.

MAP AND ITINERARY

TOKYO AREA – 6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS SAT 4TH – FRI 10TH NOV

Stay at Shinagawa Prince Hotel

DAY 1: SHINAGAWA, TOKYO

  • 6pm @ Shinagawa Prince Hotel
  • Quick overview of the tour
  • Hand out Wi-Fi routers
  • Welcome dinner at Izakaya (Japanese tapas bar)
  • Explore Shinagawa’s night life

DAY 2 SHIBUYA, HARAJUKU, SHINJUKU

  • Shibuya crossing
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Harajuku shopping street
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Eat at MOSS Burger in Omote-sando
  • Izakaya in Shinjuku

DAY 3: TSUKIJI FISH MARKET

  • Tsukiji – explore the biggest sh market
in Japan
  • Sunset and Tokyo’s beautiful night views from the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower
  • Eat at Sushi restaurant next to Tsukiji Market
  • Teppanyaki restaurant in Sky Tree Tower

DAY 4: KAMAKURA

  • Day trip to Kamakura area
  • Big Buddha statue
  • Enoden – local electric train railways
  • Enoshima Island
  • Eat at  Seafood restaurant on Enoshima Island
  • Tonkatsu (deep fried pork) in Shinagawa

DAY 5: SHINAGAWA

  • Full free day to explore
  • Ramen noodle restaurant in Shinagawa
  • Ask Chef Tamaki for optional activities or just chill at your accommodation and go for a walk later.

DAY 6: ASAKUSA

  • Asakusa Senso-ji temple
  • Kitchen tools street in Kappabashi
  • Ginza night walk
  • Cocktail bar in Ginza
  • Eat at Tempura in Asakusa
  • Farewell dinner at Ginza cocktail bar

DAY 7: SHINAGAWA

  • Souvenir shopping in Shinagawa Area

 

 

KANSAI AREA – 6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS SAT 11TH – FRI 17TH NOV OSAKA, NARA, MIE, KYOTO

Stay at Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka and Shin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

 

DAY 1: NAMBA, OSAKA

  • 6pm @ Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka
  • Quick tutorial of the tour & Wi- routers
  • Welcome dinner at Izakaya (tapas bar)
  • Night walk around Namba area

DAY 2: ISE, MIKIMOTO, MATSUSAKA

  • Ise Jingu – oldest Shinto shrine in Japan
  • Mikimoto Pearl Island
  • Wagyu beef BBQ
  • Eat at  Ise’s local food
  • Matsusaka Beef BBQ

DAY 3: OSAKA

  • Japanese street food cooking class
  • Explore chef’s street
  • Japanese knife shop
  • Eat at  Osaka’s famous street food – Kushikatsu
  • Osaka style Okonomiyaki (DIY cooking)

DAY 4: NARA

  • Walk around Nara City and oldest wooden temples
  • Big Buddha at Todai-ji temple
  • Feed wild deer
  • Harushika Sake brewery
  • Eat at Unagi (eel) lunch box
  • Tempura restaurant

DAY 5: OSAKA

  • Full free day to explore
  • Ramen noodles, street food and everyday Japanese life

DAY 6: KYOTO

  • Check out of Osaka hotel – transfer to Kyoto
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Old houses street
  • Nishiki market
  • Nijo-jo castle
  • Geisha hunting in Gion & Ponto-cho
  • Eat at Sukiyaki (Beef hot pot)
  • Farewell dinner at yakitori restaurant

 

DAY 7: SHIGA, KYOTO

  • Arashiyama area  
  • Toei Kyoto Studio Park
  • Eat at Eatery inside of the park

 

WESTERN JAPAN – 7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS SAT 18TH – SAT 25TH NOV HIROSHIMA, FUKUOKA, KAGOSHIMA DAY 1: SAIJO SAKE BREWERY

Stay at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, at Miya-rikya (ryokan), at Premier Hotel Mojiko, Hotel Forza Hakata, JR Kyushi Hotel Kagoshima, Futari Khizuka Ryokan


DAY 1: SAIJO SAKE BREWERY

  • 12pm at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
  • Hand out wifi routers
  • Saijo sake brewery
  • Eat at Hiroshima’s local food, Tantan noodles
  • Welcome dinner of Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
  • Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

DAY 2: HIROSHIMA PEACE PARK, MIYAJIMA ISLAND

  • Hiroshima Peace Park
  • Explore Miyajima
  • Eat at Oyster lunch box at Miyajima
  • Traditional kaiseki ryori dinner at ryokan
  • Miya-rikyu (ryokan)

DAY 3: MIYAJIMA, MOJIKO

  • Miyajima Island hiking
  • Mojiko Port sites
  • Lunch box whilst hiking
  • Japanese curry with local craft beer
  • Premier Hotel Mojiko

DAY 4: KARATO FISH MARKET, HAKATA

  • Sushi buffet at Karato sh market
  • Blow sh sashimi
  • Tour of the fish market
  • Kanmon channel ferry
  • Eat fresh sushi at dockside sushi restaurant
  • Hakata hot pot restaurant
  • Stay at Hotel Forza Hakata

DAY 5: YANAGAWA

  • Yanagawa river cruise  and Hakata night walk
  • Steamed unagi (eel) rice box
  • Hakata style ramen noodles
  • Hotel Forza Hakata

DAY 6: KAGOSHIMA

  • Dashi (Japanese soup stock) master class using local bonito flakes
  • Green tea making class
  • Lookout of Mt Kaimondake Ikeda lake
  • Makurazaki’s local food
  • Kurobuta (black pork) shabu-shabu
  • JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima

DAY 7: KAGOSHIMA

  • Sakurajima volcano
  • Sakurajima park
  • Sakurajima pottery gallery
  • Black vinegar brewery
  • Japanese spirit Shochu factory
  • Early check in at hot spring ryokan
  • Black vinegar inspired lunch
  • Farewell dinner at ryokan
  • Futari Shizuka Ryokan 

DAY 8: KAGOSHIMA, OSAKA

  • Fly back to Osaka or Travel back to Australia
  • Part ways after lunch
  • Local Namba restaurant

SPECIFIC JAPAN FOOD TOUR TERMS

  •  The tour is for 14 nights over 15 days. Starting at 6pm on Day 1 and finishing at 10am on Day 15. 
  • The maximum number of guests on the tour is 12-16  (plus your hosts, Chef Tamaki and Michael).
  • The tour price includes all accommodation, domestic transport, entrance fees and meals whilst on the tour; except for alcohol, personal use of taxi and the Free Time Days in Osaka.
  • The tour includes Free Time Days. These are days with nothing scheduled in the morning and the afternoon and evening being optional activities. These days are scheduled in order for you to be able to regulate the tempo of your trip up and down depending on your desires.
  • Accommodation is four star and above and on a twin share basis. For an extra $50 per night you can upgrade to a single room).
  • The tour price does not include international flights to and from Japan. The tour starts and ends in Osaka at the aforementioned times.
  • For tour members wanting to arrive prior to the start or leave after the end of the tour, we have information kits for further activities in the region.

 


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