Our classic end of year gourmet tour, giving you the opportunity to live the best of Japan in terms of hospitality, culinary traditions, cultural and leisure experiences. 10 days to discover classic Japan with complete peace of mind, a unique intercultural guidance and exclusive experiences.
Check our “PLACES” tab to see all places we will visit including: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kanazawa and many more…
Read about the “EXPERIENCES” included in the dedicated tab like: Tea Ceremony, Sushi Master, Kaiseki, Zen meditation and cuisine and many others and contact us using the form on the right for a skype call or for consulting on any question you might have.
The tour will be guided by leaders speaking: english, italian, french, spanish. Groups will be as much as possible monolingual.
Our travel philosophy
We are not travel agents, but consultants: our aim is to design unique experiences fitting your travel style and personal interests. Our groups are always small usually around 8-10 people (under special circumstances we reach a maximum of 12 including kids) to be able to enjoy any experience as you would do sitting around a table.
We will be “a group” only during the time of transfers and during the experiences. Onbce they are finished everybody is free to go on his own or be together with whom and how they please.
The Japan gourmet tours are guided by experts of japanese food tradition and japanese culture. The guidance is provided during all main transfers, at hotel checkins and at the time of all experiences. Our leaders are available during all tours in a dedicated chat on Whatsapp or Messenger to assist for special needs/inquiries. A formula proven successful over the years to give to everyone peace of mind, insights and a rich experience and independence.
What the journey includes
- 10 nights in premium hotels and 10 breakfasts
- 11 gourmet experiences as described
- 1 week JR rail pass for all train transfer described and on all JR trains
- 1 PASMO or SUICA metro card with 1500¥ credit
- Organisation, materials and a professional guide presence during tour tranfers and experiences
- Group chat for coordination and 24/7 assistance
What does not include the journey
- Flight to/from Japan
- Transfer to/from airports
- Health and cancellation insurance policy
Individual fee in double/twin room €2.850
Minor of 12 years fee (JR pass reduced rate and no Cocktail and -sake tasting) €2.660
Minor of 18 years fee (No Cocktail and -sake tasting) €2.780
Single room suupplement €620,00 per person
PRE-RESERVED TRAIN TICKETS* with guaranteed seating places €120,00 per person
- = paying this supplement we will buy and reserve your tickets at reservation (instead of traveling using JR PASS). With this option all and only the transfer of this tour will be included. Since we buy tickets and make seats reservations in advance you are 100%% sure to sit on all transfers. This option is for those who can’t accept any stranding transfer. (Traveling with JR Pass, in fact, it’s a little cheaper but allows you to make reservations only once you are in Japan. In many years we have always traveled with the desired trains, but a few times during high season festivities, not everyone could find a seating place and someone had to travel standing for some short periods.)
Dates are confirmed and wont’ change. It is possible to extend the tour before or after these dates. Please contact us asap to stay in the same hotels. Before the publishing of the final program (around December 15th) some of the experiences could change day (for example the Tea Ceremony could be the last instead of the first day…) or be replaced with similar and identical value experiences due to unpredictable events. Any variation will be promptly communicated through our website and via email. After the release of the final program no changes will be made.
10 days to taste the best of Japan.
Read what is scheduled on what day and when you have (a lot of) free time to visit your favourite spots or follow our individual recommendations.
A welcome day with a traditional tea ceremony exclusively for us at a traditional arts salon and/or a japanese cocktail tasting with a Master mixologist. Free dinner with tour leaders available.
Visit the traditional SUMO district to assist to training and have a special lunch! Free afternoon and evening. Free afternoon and evening.
Old times Japan is hidden in Hida valley, where we’ll experience thermal baths and the delicious Hida beef. (Hida beef dinner not included)
SHIRAKAWA GO - KANAZAWA (2019/12/30)
A private bus will lead us througt the UNESCO heritage village of Shirakawa Go and its GASSHO houses. Free afternoon in Kanazawa with a special sushi dinner.
Early morning visit to a sake brewery, End of visit to Kanazawa. Panoramic train to Osaka where we will celebrate New Year’s Eve in the lively Dotonbori district! Wagyu dinner included.
Wake up and quick transfer to Kyoto for witnessing New Years celebrations at the temples. Experience the New Years auspiscios Osechi menu cooked by Kaiseki chefs. Free afternoon and evening in Kyoto.
Free day in Kyoto.
Zen Meditation and lunch at the temple with Zen Vegetarian “Shoujin Ryori” cuisine. Free afternoon and evening in Kyoto.
Back to the city (morning train). Free lunch and afternoon. Evening: sake tasting and karaoke night.
Free day in Tokyo. Hotel night included. End of tour.
Unlocking true Japan for you.
Access unique and authentic japanese experiences, we have been able to select and reserve for you after many years and thanks to an esclusive network of artisans, chefs, experts and advisors.
Tea Ceremony: up, close and personal.
Enjoy and understand the meaning and traditions Tea Ceremony in a traditional arts salon.
SUMO training and lunch.
Assist to to a training of SUMO and have a typical sumo fighter lunch in a traditional SUMO District.
The Art of Japanese Cocktail.
Sit in front of acclaimed cocktail master Gen Yamamoto and learn about the importance of seasons and ingredients in japanese food culture, while sipping exotic, unique, creative cocktails.
(INCLUDED ADULT ONLY)
Tuna "raw cut".
Enter one of Tsukiji’s (old Tokyo’s fish market) best kept secret, where japanese enjoy Tuna at it’s best and most raw cuts. Please allow us not to reveal more and live this extraordinary experience first hand.
Learn from a “Sake Samurai” and international sake expert the differences of sake
(INCLUDED ADULT ONLY)
Experience Kanazawa’s amazing seasonal fish variety and ancient sushi craft.
Enter the KAISEKI experience
Taste the new year’s menu (Osechi ryori) prepared by Kyoto’s Kaiseki chefs in a 300 years old heritage building.
WAGYU, just for you.
Try different cuts of world famous japanese Wagyu beef cooked at the table for you or by you.
ZEN meditation and lunch
Meditate in an ancient Kyoto’s zen temple and try the monks’ cuisine (Shoujin Ryori) in the temple’s kitchens.
Lost in... SHINJUKU!
Our closing moment, sipping sake or signature cocktails in front of Tokyo’s skyline and preparing for a night of Karaoke or drink alleys.
HIDA beef dinner (EXTRA)
Try the tender and delicious Hida beef in a local traditional recipe served at Takayama’s best butcher store.
(EXTRA €60 per person including drinks.)
Karaoke with a private J-Pop singer. (EXTRA)
Enter the world of japanese Karaoke with a professional J.-Pop singer leading the night and songs.
(EXTRA €750 Maximum 10 people.Including Karaoke Room and “pro” singer for 3 hours. Drinks and food not included. 1 drinks must be consumed.)
TOKYO Sushi Master (EXTRA)
Sit face to face with one of Tokyo’s top sushi chefs and experience Sushi at its top.
(EXTRA €200/250 per person, please contacts us for availablity and details)