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Discover the most delicious dishes during a culinary holiday in Japan. Not only will you get the chance to taste famous dishes from various places, you will also take part in special cooking workshops! This travel is an excellent starting point for creating your own itinerary. Of course we can arrange extras to your travel, such as tours, tickets and activities, to make it even more authentic or exciting. Every aspect can be adjusted to your preferences.

 

Itinerary Overview:

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Tokyo
  • Day 2: Tokyo
  • Day 3: Tokyo
  • Day 4: Tokyo
  • Day 5: Kanazawa
  • Day 6: Kanazawa
  • Day 7: Takayama
  • Day 8: Kyoto
  • Day 9: Kyoto
  • Day 10: Kyoto
  • Day 11: Koyasan
  • Day 12: Osaka
  • Day 13: Himeji/Osaka
  • Day 14: Departure Osaka

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN:

Departure: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Narita/Haneda Airport (Tokyo).
Please note that the flight to Japan usually arrives on the day after the day of departure.

Return: Kansai International Airport (Osaka) to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

BASED ON:

2 Travelers
Prices vary depending on season, availability of accommodations and exchange rates.

INCLUDED:

Accommodation
Meals (for remote areas only)
Japan Rail Pass 14-days
Attend Sumo training with Chanko lunch
Tsukiji market and sushi workshop
Ramen experience
Udon experience
Tokyo Streetfood Walking tour
Takayama food and culture walk
Cooking workshop in Kyoto
Koyasan temple stay
Koyasan World Heritage Pass
Bus Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama
Free Pocket-WiFi Router (1x)

OPTIONAL:

Flights
Meals
Travel insurance
Activities
Extra transport
Extensions

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Tokyo

You arrive in the sprawling capital of Japan: Tokyo! On your first day in the country you can explore the older areas of Tokyo:

  • Asakusa: charming district with the oldest temple in Tokyo: Senso-ji.
  • Ueno: home to Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and various museums.

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Day 2: Tokyo

In the morning you will have the option to attend a Sumo training match where you can take a picture with the sumo wrestlers after the match, or experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. In the afternoon you will visit the modern part of Tokyo by train and/or subway. For example:

  • Shibuya: with the famous Shibuya Crossing and the statue of the loyal dog Hachiko.
  • Shinjuku: a bustling district with plenty of shopping and eating opportunities.
  • Harajuku: thé area to experience Japan’s youth culture. You can find many colorful shops in Takeshitadori street, or take a break in the huge Yoyogi Park close by. Don’t miss out on visiting the beautiful Meiji Jingu Shrine, an peaceful oasis in the middle of busy Harajuku.
  • Akihabara: also known as ‘electric town’, and thé place to find anything and everything related to electronics, manga and anime.

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Day 3: Tokyo

Today you can take your time and visit the places you have not been able to visit yet, or take a day trip to one of the nearby places of interest:

  • Kamakura: a coastal town south of Tokyo, famous for the large Buddha statue, and several temples worth visiting (such as the Hokokuji Temple and its bamboo garden).
  • Mount Fuji: the iconic Mt. Fuji and its surrounding areas can be visited on a day trip. Of special interest are the lake at the foot of the mountain (Fujigoko Lake), Kawaguchiko and Hakone. In July and August, it is also possible to climb the mountain.

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Day 4: Tokyo

Today as well you have the opportunity to explore Tokyo at your leisure or you can make a day tour to the following beautiful location:

  • Nikko: in the nearby Nikko National Park you can not only find beautiful nature landscapes including the Kegon Waterfall, it is also the location of UNESCO listed Toshogu Shrine and the mausoleum of the famous Tokugawa Shogun (warlord) Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Day 5: Kanazawa

After arriving in Kanazawa you will go visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago. The reason it is a world heritage site is because there are traditional gassho-zukuri ‘farms’, some of which are over 250 years old! The houses are build to withstand heavy snowfall during the winter. This, in turn, leads to beautiful views.

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Day 6: Kanazawa

On your second day in Kanazawa you will visit the Kenrokuen gardens. These gardens are classified as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, with a unique look every season. The gardens are also divided into different sections. The garden is divided into six part which explains the name “kenrokuen”, literaly translated as garden of the six sublimities. Besides the garden it is also possible to explore the city center of Kanazawa. You can shop at the Omicho market and visit all kinds of old districts. One of the districts is Nagamachi, the old samurai district.

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Day 7: Takayama

Today you will participate in a so-called ‘food and culture walk’, where you will go on an adventure through Takayama to taste all sorts of dishes and drinks. For example: you will visit a sake brewery to taste the local sake, a Koji-ya where they make the basis ingredient for miso and a coffeehouse where you can take a break. You will have many more opportunities to taste snacks and learn about the Japanese culture.

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Day 8: Kyoto

Around noon you will follow a cooking class in Kyoto where you can try to make your own ‘Dashi’ or Japanese soup bouillon. You will also receive explanation about the correct use of seasonings in dishes, such as soy sauce and sake, and you will eventually try to cook traditional Japanese dishes yourself! Afterwards you will be shown how you can present your self-made dish in an elegant way.

In the afternoon, you will experience the real ‘Japan’ by visiting the traditional districts of Kyoto, such as the famous Gion where you might get to see a Maiko, or Geisha, hurrying off to an appointment in the early evening. Visit the awe-inspiring Kiyomizudera Temple and wander around the surrounding little streets leading up to it to experience more of Kyoto’s traditional atmosphere. In the evening, the Kawaramachi and Sanjo areas are the best place to find a multitude of local bars and restaurants, as well as plenty of Karaoke opportunities, Gamecenters and other stores, such as the Disney Store.

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Day 9: Kyoto

Like the day before, today you will also have the opportunity to partake in culinary activities. This could be a food market, more cooking classes or other interesting activities to satisfy your hunger for Japanese cuisine, as well as your hunger for knowledge about the Japanese culture!

You are free to decide what you wish to do today. Maybe visiting one of the following places is more your cup of tea:

  • Kinkakuji (the Gold Pavilion): the famously beautiful temple entirely inlaid with gold, and surrounded by a peaceful garden.
  • Ryoanji Temple: famous for its Zen style garden. The temple itself was built in the Heian period, originally as the residence of a wealthy aristocrat.
  • Philosopher’s Path: the path is named for the philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who was said to meditate on the path while on his way to school. The path is particularly beautiful in spring, when the cherry blossom trees lining it are in full bloom. At the start of the path the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji) can also be found. Though it was never finished in silver as planned, the temple features a charming garden.
  • Nijo Castle: a small castle and grounds in the southern part of Kyoto

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Day 10: Kyoto

Today you will make a trip to Nara: another former capital city of Japan, and home to many beautiful temples (including the Todaiji temple, one of the oldest temples in Japan, naturally on the UNESCO World Heritage list). Be sure to buy some deer crackers to feed to one of the many deer freely wandering around Nara Park.

In the evening you will experience a special kaiseki dinner. This means that you will go to a restaurant to eat various dishes in traditional order. In the past there used to be a very specific order in which the dishes were served, but nowadays it has, depending on the style of the chef, become different in many restaurants. Kaiseki is regarded in Japan as the haute cuisine of the Japanese kitchen.

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Day 11: Koyasan

After a train ride of about 3 hours through the impressive landscapes of Japan, you will arrive in Koyasan. In Koyasan you will have the unforgettable experience of staying overnight in a Buddhist temple. Here you will get the chance to see what it is like to be a monk, to taste the food they eat, and to attend the morning prayers. Naturally, you will get to enjoy the beautiful views in Koyasan as well.

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Day 12: Osaka

Today you will visit the lively Shinsaibashi district in Osaka. In and around Shinsaibashi there is a lot to explore. You can visit numerous shopping streets where there are a lot of different products and dishes for purchase. It is also possible to visit Dotonbori, which is located a little bit south of Shinsaibashi. There are huge screens there that projects a variety of things and of course you can take a picture with the famous Glico man.

In the evening you will enjoy one of the famous dishes of Osaka, Okonomiyaki. This is a kind of savory pancake, which can be made in different sizes, in different ways and with a plethora of ingredients. In some restaurants you could even get the chance to prepare your own okonomiyaki with the ingredients the chef brings you.

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Day 13: Himeji/Osaka

In Himeji you will visit the imposing Himeji Castle. This castle is known for its beautiful white exterior, its size, and for the fact that it is one of the 12 castles that remains intact. This means that the castle has never been destroyed, rebuild or burnt. Next to the castle itself, there are also the beautiful castle grounds to visit. These castle grounds have also been well preserved and are a nice example of what the surroundings looked like in the past.

For dinner you will get to try out ‘fugu’. Fugu is a puffer fish, which can only be prepared by chefs with a special qualification, because some parts of the fugu fish are very poisonous. It is therefore also a very exclusive experience you will never forget!

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Day 14: Osaka departure

On this final day of your journey, you will fly back home from Osaka’s nearby Kansai International Airport.

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Seasonality and Prices

Prices depend on the season in which you would like to travel. Prices in the low season (December, January, February) will be different from prices in the high season (March, April, August, Holidays).

Low season from €3299,- p.p.
Mid-high season from €3499,- p.p.
High season from €3799,- p.p.
3,299.00