China & Northeast Asia

Japan For The Foodie

Food is a gateway into the culture of a nation, and Japan, where the focus is on the freshest, most delicious seasonal produce, spices and ingredients, this is particular poignant. For the adventurous eater who’ll munch on anything there are more than enough exciting delicacies to keep you taste buds excited for days.

This quick itinerary, themed for those who love hiking, features some of our hiking highlights and gives you an idea of the places to visit in each destination:

Japan For The Foodie Itinerary

  • Days 1-2 : Depart UK and arrive in Tokyo.
  • Days 3-5 : Explore the incredible city of Tokyo, Heading up the Sky Tree for mesmerising views is highly recommended, as is a culture hit at Senso-ji. For the foodie, take a fun and informative soba noodle making course.
  • Days 6-7 : Pop on over to Hiroshima, where you can visit the Peace Memorial Park and sample a delicious local speciality, okonomiyaki.
  • Days 8-11 : Take a short skip over to Kyoto, Japan's cultural hub. You can explore some of the temples, visit the Geisha district of Gion and, a must for foodies, go to a sake brewery.
  • Days 12-13 : Finish up in Osaka, Japan's food capital. Seriously, the motto here is 'eat, drink and enjoy life'! Soak up the atmosphere of Osaka Bay and take a street food tour to taste as much delicious food as possible.
  • Day 15 : Depart Osaka for UK.

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Highlights

These highlights have been specially picked for this themed itinerary:

Soba Noodle Making, Tokyo
Around Tokyo, the buckwheat soba noodle is king. In this class you will learn to create the dough, out of buckwheat and wheat flour, to roll it out and to slice it with a special soba knife. When the hard work is done you can sit down and slurp up your creation.

Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima
Said to originate from here (Osaka disagrees), Hiroshima loves okonomiyaki so much there are 2,000 restaurants dedicated to it. A savoury pancake stuffed with meat and vegetables, sit in front of the huge hot plate, pick your ingredients and watch as it is prepared before your very eyes!

Sake, Kyoto
Fushimi, a suburb of Kyoto, is well-known as a centre for sake production thanks to the area’s natural water springs. There is an excellent museum housed in a beautiful, old wooden sake warehouse where you can taste sake and plum wine, and plenty of sake stores where you can taste more.

Street Food Tour, Osaka
Let us arrange a walking tour that allows you to experience all of the culinary wonders of this city, from the restaurant mecca of Dotonburi to those spots that the locals like to keep a secret. Walk and eat, eat and walk – the very best way to explore Japan’s culinary capital.

Duration

15 Days

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This itinerary needs to be built especially for you – its price is available on request.

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