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Taste Japan 2019/2020

Taste Japan 2019/2020

10 days/ 9 nights

€6,950 / £6,300 / US$8,100 / AU$11,400 (Per Person sharing twin, double or triple room)
€8,950 / £8,150 / US$10,400 / AU$14,700 (Single room throughout)
If you are willing to share a room with a fellow traveller, let us know. We will do our best to match you with a suitable room-mate.

“Did you know that Tokyo has more Michelin star awarded restaurants than any other city in the world?”

Join us on a luxurious journey of cultural experiences; Michelin star restaurants, world heritage sites, deluxe hotel and luxury ryokan stays. This five star culinary and cultural tour ‘Taste Japan’ is perfect for those who appreciate outstanding food, wine and beautiful surroundings. Japan has quite the reputation for culture and cuisine. No matter how often you’ve frequented a ‘foreign’ Japanese restaurant in your own country or on your travels, none will compare to what you are about to experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo on your scheduled flight. You will be met on arrival by our transfer staff and taken to your Tokyo hotel.

We will begin our trip with a welcome dinner at a nearby Shabu-Shabu restaurant.

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in seasoned water and served with delicious dipping sauces. Enjoy cooking your shabu-shabu at your own little cooker placed out in front of you. For non-meat eaters, you will be given extra vegetables as an alternative.

Day 2: Tokyo Sightseeing

Breakfast at your hotel

Meet our local Tokyo guide who will take you on a full-day guided tour
Highlights include:

  • Hamarikyu Garden
  • Sushi lunch at one of Tokyo’s exclusive Michelin star restaurants
  • Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park

Evening at leisure in Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo

Today you will have free time apart from 2.5-3 hours over lunch. Today’s lunch will be all about Ramen! Follow our Tokyo ramen masters who will bring you on an adventurous fun ramen tasting 2 hour tour of the city.

Japan’s most popular noodle dish, RAMEN, is taking the world by storm. You’ll find yourself surrounded by thousands of ramen shops all over Tokyo. This speedy tour will educate you on which ramen to go for allowing you sample a variety of ramen recipes!

You’ll not only dive into delicious ramen, but get to learn all about this magical dish – it’s history, preparation, different types, and even its future.

After your ramen tour you can choose your preferred place to see in Tokyo. We will guide you on where to go and how to go there, so if you have no idea, just ask us!

Day 4: Travel to Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transfer to Kyoto on the first class car of the shinkansen (high speed bullet train)

Highlight: Kyoto Michelin-starred restaurant dinner

Day 5: Kyoto

After breakfast, you will enjoy a full day tour in Kyoto. Highlights include a special visit to the Imperial Palace and dining with a beautiful Kyoto Geisha. We will also visit a Kyoto housewife for a Japanese home cooking demonstration.

Highlight: Seasonal cultural event in the evening time (theatre, performance, arts).

 

Day 6: Kyoto at leisure

Breakfast at your hotel

Explore Kyoto or Nara with suggestions from your travel consultant and local guide.

You will have the option to visit the heart of Japanese Buddhism on the mountain of Koya-san and experience the rich heritage of Japanese traditional monastic life and exquisite vegan cuisine.

Day 7: Osaka - Japan's Good Cooking Capital!

Breakfast at your hotel

You will be taken on a morning tour of Osaka with our local guide.

Highlight: Lunch at celebrated restaurant in Osaka

Day 8: Shizuoka & Mt. Fuji

After breakfast at your hotel you will have the option to take part in a tea-tasting session to start off the day (please pay for this locally)

On our journey back to Tokyo, we will spend some time sightseeing around Japan’s most famous mountain

Day 9: Tokyo

Breakfast at your hotel before enjoying your final day in Tokyo at your leisure. Speak to your travel consultant for ideas on where best to spend your last day.

Highlight: Farewell dinner with your group of newfound friends to round off your culinary adventure!

Day 10: Tour Ends

Breakfast at your hotel

You will be transferred to Tokyo Haneda or Narita airport for your scheduled flight

Post-tour options are available, please speak to your travel consultant if you would like to extend your stay in Japan!

Dates and Prices

Tour Starts:

Taste Japan September 09th

Tour Ends:

September 18th

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Tour Starts:

Taste Japan November 04th

Tour Ends:

November 13th

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Tour Starts:

Taste Japan December 28th

Tour Ends:

January 6th

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Tour Starts:

Taste Japan April 12th

Tour Ends:

April 21st

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Tour Starts:

Taste Japan June 07th

Tour Ends:

June 16th

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Tour Starts:

Taste Japan September 27th

Tour Ends:

October 6th

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Tour Starts:

Taste Japan December 27th

Tour Ends:

January 5th

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What’s Included?

DateService
Accommodation 8 nights deluxe Western hotels, 1 night in traditional Japanese style accommodation (9 nights total)
English Speaking tour leaderWhen 6 or more are in the group you will be escorted by our English speaking tour leader. If your group is less than 6 people, you will be doing the tour on a semi-escorted basis (Met in each area by our local assistants and guides).
TransfersAll transfers required for your tour as well as arrival & departure airport transfers to & from Tokyo hotel
Private Tour GuidesLocal English speaking tour guides in Tokyo & Kyoto
Entrance Fees
Included into all sights listed in itinerary
Cultural Activities/ExperiencesTokyo City Sightseeing, Kyoto City Sightseeing, sushi-making instruction, ramen tasting tour, sake rice-wine tasting with all meals, traditional performance in Tokyo, Kyoto home cooking demonstration, Kyoto World Heritage sites, tea with a Kyoto Geisha, vineyard visit, onsen hot springs, kaiseki multi-course meals
Meals Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 evening meals
Other Inclusions:
  • Comprehensive Travel Pack
  • Local Emergency Contact
  • All Taxes & Accommodation Surcharges
  • Fixed Price Policy
  • Minimum 6 / maximum 16 people
  • No hidden costs
This package does not include:
  • International Flights [Arrange own flights into and out of Tokyo’s Haneda or Narita Airports – Always check the arrival date on your flight e.g. if flying from Europe/US, you will arrive into Tokyo the following day (depending on airline you use)]
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary. Generally, you can expect to pay 1,000yen for lunches and anything from 2,500yen for your evening meals.
  • Beverages consumed at any meal (Water served freely)
  • Baggage Handling (You are requested to carry your own bags so be careful when packing! Your tour leader will help you arrange luggage forwarding on some journeys by the reliable ‘Takkyubin Service’)
  • Tour Leader, Guide or Driver Gratuity – can be arranged among your group (Optional)

Accommodation

Allamanda Aoyama (5*) or similar

Three Nights

One of Tokyo’s newest and smallest five star hotels with just thirty bedrooms, this boutique hotel comes with lots of benefits. Located downtown in the heart of the major shopping districts of Omotesando and Harajuku, your stay at Allamanda will be nothing short of perfect while in Tokyo. Rooms are very spacious for Tokyo standards with the superior doubles starting at 50 square metres in size. An indoor pool and Spa facilities are there for you in the early morning or evening after a productive day out seeing the sights!

Kyoto Hotel Okura (5*) or similar

Three Nights

Kyoto Hotel Okura is one of Kyoto’s best located five star hotels, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kyoto, located close to the business district and Kyoto’s central shopping area of Shijo-Kawaramachi. Many local attractions are a short distance from the hotel, including the Imperial Palace, Kyoto’s oldest temple, Toji, and Nijo Castle. The Kyoto Hotel Okura is also a 15-minute drive from the Kyoto Train Station. Combining stylish décor with the high level of service synonymous with Okura Hotels & Resorts, the Kyoto Hotel Okura is dedicated to guests’ comfort and relaxation.

Kai Enshu (5*) or similar

One Night

Hoshino Resorts are a selection of Japan’s top five star ryokans. KAI Enshu is a hot spring ryokan situated by Lake Hamana in the historic city of Hamamatsu, just 1 hour from Nagoya or 2 hours from Tokyo (by train). All rooms offer views of the lake and are decorated with traditional local weave items. Meals feature eels from the lake, a local delicacy, while activities include regional tea tastings. Some rooms have their out ourdoor hot spring. Free shuttle bus departs to and from Hamamatsu station at set times throughout the day.

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Two Nights

From the moment guests arrive and slip off their shoes to step onto fragrant tatami mats, HOSHINOYA Tokyo, in the prestigious Otemachi district promises sublime and authentic Japanese ryokan hospitality. Native woods, natural stone, and subtle modern Japanese styles are what make the Hoshinoya brands stand out as world class leading luxury ryokans.

Hoshino Resorts was first established as a Japanese inn/ryokan by Kasuke Hoshino in 1914 in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture before it began the operation of other resorts in Japan. Today, it has evolved into a highly influential hotel management company and is run by 4th-generation family member Yoshiharu Hoshino. Providing a unique experience focused on the local charms of each destination and a high level of omotenashi Japanese-style hospitality, the company has expanded rapidly out of Karuizawa since 2001 and now operates 37 properties both in and outside Japan.

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Join us on a luxurious journey of cultural experiences, Mitchelin star restaurants, world heritage visits, deluxe hotel and luxury ryokan stays. This five star culinary and cultural tour ‘Taste Japan’ is perfect for those who appreciate outstanding food, wine and beautiful surroundings. Japan has quite the reputation for culture and cuisine. No matter how often you’ve frequented a ‘foreign’ Japanese restaurant in your own country or on your travels, none will compare to what you are about to experience, with the ultimate explosion of the senses.

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