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Japan Gourmet Travel Experience

Embark on a culinary journey across Japan

Tokyo > Hakone > Atami > Takayama > Shirakawa-go > Kanazawa > Kyoto > Nara > Miyajima > Hiroshima > Osaka > Tokyo

DURATION
10 days
9 nights

TOUR TYPE
Group
minimum: 8 / maximum: 20

MEAL
Breakfast x 10
Lunch x 10
Dinner x 9

TRANSPORTATION
Bullet Train
Limited Express
Local Train
Private Coach
Ferry

PRICE
from C$8,760/person
tax included

Overview          Highlights          Itinerary          Accommodations           What's included          Dates & Prices          Terms and Conditions

Overview          Highlights          Itinerary          Accommodations           What's included          Dates & Prices          Terms and Conditions

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Overview

Japanese cuisine is famed around the world. From a high-end multi-course Kaiseki meal to a raucous izakaya pub beneath the rumbling train tracks, the Japanese obsession with food can be seen everywhere. This tour puts Japanese cuisine in the spotlight as we travel the popular “Golden Route” to seek out the best dishes each region has to offer. And between meals we’ll show you our favourite sights and attractions. Not only will you try the food, you’ll also don an apron and learn from the masters to gain an appreciation of the unique relationship and respect Japanese people have towards food. Share unforgettable moments (and meals) with people you will meet on this culinary journey.

  • Perfect for travelers with a keen interest in Japanese food and culture

  • Fully escorted by our local English-speaking guide

  • Small-group tour (maximum of 20 travelers)

  • Set departure date

  • All meals included

  • Quality hotels throughout

  • All local transportation included

  • Comfortable private coach

  • Baggage transfers

  • Pre-departure information session via Zoom

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Highlights

The best of Japan on a plate
We’ve carefully chosen each dining experience so you can try the best of each region we visit – plus all the local favourites. Sushi, tempura, teppanyaki, yakitori, ramen, the freshest seafood, the finest beef and so much more – you won’t miss a thing!

Tofu making with the masters
Step behind the scenes of an authentic tofu shop where you’ll be welcomed by tofu masters who’ll teach your their trade and pass on the knowledge that dates back generations. Test your new-found skills and try your own creations for lunch.

Learn how to make sushi
Japan is famous for picture-perfect sushi and now you have the chance to give it a try. Learn from the experts and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll be plating up your own take on Japan’s most iconic food. Good luck!

Sake tasting
Visit the museum of a centuries-old Kyoto brewery that taps into the pure underground spring water of Fushimi. After a tour of the brewery and sampling the range, you’ll understand why sake is becoming so popular globally. Kanpai!(Cheers)

photo: sample image

Dinner with a maiko
A rare opportunity to spend an evening enjoying performances by maiko (apprentice geisha) and savour Kyoto’s famed ‘kaiseki‘ multi-course dinner with drinks. Take part in traditional geisha games for a true Japanese experience!

Shop local at Omicho market
Shop where the locals and chefs do at Omicho Market in Kanazawa and see why it’s known as “Kanazawa’s Kitchen”. Experience this lively food market where the finest seafood found off Japan’s coast is on full display over hundreds of stalls. Keep an eye out for samples!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo > Hakone > Atami
Tokyo Arrival and Hakone

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Hotel Resorpia Atami (Japanese-Western Room) or Tenseien Station Hotel Odawara (Standard Twin)

Welcome to Japan!

After arriving at Haneda Airport, you’ll be greeted by the Kintetsu representative and meet the rest of your group. Your tour begins with a trip to Hakone – a beautiful lake-side region known for hot springs that’s just an hour away from Tokyo via private coach.
Board a unique pirate-themed ship and cruise around the stunning Lake Ashi. Keep an eye out for Mt Fuji in the distance! After a hearty lunch of soba noodles, we’ll move on to Owakudani – an atmospheric volcanic valley.
After a big day, we’ll head to Atami/Odawara via private coach for the night. Relax at the hotel and enjoy your first dinner in Japan – a traditional multi-course Kaiseki meal.

Day 2: Atami > Takayama
To Takayama, a city nestled in the mountains

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza (Standard Twin) or Hotel Associa Takayama Resort (Moderate Twin)

Baggage transfer from Atami Hotel to Kyoto Hotel. Travel light in Takayama and Kanazawa.

After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to board the iconic Shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Nagoya – the best way to see Japan. With such a silky smooth ride, it’s almost impossible to believe the scenery is flying by at up to 285km per hour! From Nagoya we’ll take the Limited Express “Wide View Hida” to Takayama, a city nestled in the mountains of the Hida region. Before we start exploring, we’ll enjoy a bowl of Takayama ramen – a ramen with a lighter broth and smaller curly noodles unique to the region.
Fully charged after lunch, we explore Takayama Old Town and Takayama Jinya. Stroll down streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings of the Edo era that allow you to see Japan as it was hundreds of years ago.
For dinner, we’ll try sukiyaki. A bubbling hotpot with vegetables and Hida beef – among the finest quality beef in Japan.

Day 3: Takayama > Shirakawa-go > Kanazawa
World Heritage Shirakawa-go village and interesting food scene in Kanazawa

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa (Comfort Twin)

After breakfast, we’ll visit Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its thatched roof houses. It’s a charming area that looks straight from the pages of a children’s storybook.
We’ll leave the mountains and head via private coach to the city of Kanazawa located right on the Sea of Japan. With some of the freshest seafood in Japan, seafood lovers are in for a treat.
After a tempura lunch, we head to Omicho Market to explore the hundreds of stalls and shops showcasing the finest produce the region has to offer.
Finish the day with a delicious crab dinner – you’ll never have had fresher crab!

Day 4: Kanazawa > Kyoto
Best attractions of Kanazawa

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station (Moderate Twin)

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll board our private coach to tour the best attractions of Kanazawa. First up are the narrow streets of the historic Higashi Chaya district – one of Japan’s few remaining geisha districts.
From there we stop at the majestic Kanazawa Castle which dates back to the 1500s. Across from the Castle are the Kenrokuen Gardens – an exquisite landscaped garden that shares a history with the Castle. Tranquil and serene, the gardens feature pine trees that are 200 years old and beautiful water features. The perfect way to end our tour of Kanazawa.
By now it’s time to eat and for our last taste of Kanazawa’s amazing seafood – a delectable sushi lunch. In the late afternoon we’ll catch the Limited Express “Thunderbird” for Kyoto – the ancient capital of Japan.
After getting settled in the Kyoto hotel, we’ll go out for dinner to finish up the day.

Day 5: Kyoto
Kyoto highlights and Tofu making experience

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station (Moderate Twin)

We begin our exploration of Kyoto with the shimmering Kinkakuji – the iconic temple covered in gold leaf. Next, we’ll meet tofu masters at their shop where they’ll share their secrets on making tofu. Try your hand at making tofu and even get to try our efforts for lunch.
After lunch we’ll take part in a traditional tea ceremony before continuing on to Kiyomizudera Temple. Perched on a mountain, Kiyomizudera’s vast veranda offers a spectacular view of Kyoto.
From there we’ll return to Kyoto central and visit Nishiki Market. This market is crowded with all the local delights – green tea, sweets, locally-made ceramics and anything else you could imagine. With our appetites worked up from the market, tonight’s dinner will be much welcomed – a teppanyaki feast at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Kyoto > Nara > Kyoto
Nara, southern Kyoto and sake tasting followed by dinner with a maiko

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station (Moderate Twin)

After breakfast, we board a private coach tour to Nara and southern Kyoto. Nara Park is vast and home to many sights of great cultural significance. Explore the park and visit Todaiji Temple – an enormous wooden structure that houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha in the world.
Be sure to say hello to the deer that freely roam Nara Park – but be careful – they’re on the lookout for snacks! For lunch, we’ll stop in at a local Italian restaurant for pizza and pasta. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum in Kyoto.
This centuries-old Kyoto brewery taps into the pure underground spring water of Fushimi – perfect for making sake. Try a sample (or two!) afterwards!
We will also visit Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine, with its iconic thousands of vermillion torii gates across the narrow pathway to the mountain. For dinner, spend the evening at an elegant restaurant surrounded by beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens and enjoy a Kaiseki meal. And as a truly rare experience, be entertained over dinner by a maiko – a geisha apprentice – with a performance featuring games and music.

Day 7: Kyoto > Hiroshima
Picturesque Miyajima Island

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (Standard Twin) or Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel (Delixe Twin)

Baggage transfer from Kyoto Hotel to Tokyo Hotel. Travel light in Hiroshima and Osaka.

Today we head to Hiroshima on the bullet train – a city that respects its tragic past but is not defined by it. We’ll first board a ferry for a day-trip to Miyajima – a small island just 10 minutes off the mainland. Miyajima is home to one of the most iconic scenes in Japan – the “floating” tori gate of Itsukushima shrine.
Explore the island and see the Five Story Pagoda and Daishoin Temple – and make new friends with the deer that roam the island.
Miyajima is famous for delicious, juicy oysters – which feature on today’s lunch menu! Take a moment to relax back in the hotel before we take on Hiroshima’s comfort food of choice for dinner – okonomiyaki. Most commonly described as a sizzling savoury pancake – topped with meat or local seafood – it is a must-try.

Day 8: Hiroshima > Osaka
Hiroshima morning and Osaka afternoon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Hotel Granvia Osaka (Standard Twin)

This morning we visit the A-Bomb Dome – the epicentre of the 1945 atomic bomb blast. Surrounded by the beautiful Peace Memorial Park dotted with colourful origami cranes symbolising hope, it is incredible to see how the city of Hiroshima has prospered.
Next we farewell Hiroshima and take a bullet train to Osaka – also known as Japan’s Kitchen. Pick up a bento (lunch box) before the trip and watch the scenery glide by as you eat! After arriving in Osaka we head to Osaka Castle. Situated in a picturesque park, Osaka Castle sits high above and provides a great view over Osaka.
For dinner, we dive into the chaotic night-life of Dotonbori and feast on kushikatsu. Kushikatsu is deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables with a dipping sauce – a true Osaka favourite. Remember, only dip once!

Day 9: Osaka > Tokyo
The mega-city Tokyo!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (Standard Twin)

After breakfast we hop on the bullet train and speed toward our final destination – the mega-city of Tokyo! You’re in charge for lunch as we roll up our sleeves and take part in a sushi-making class. Learn under the experts’ watchful eye. Good luck! After lunch we’ll spend the afternoon in the Asakusa district. Here you’ll see the area’s unique blend of old Japan and cutting-edge future of Japan.
Stroll down the buzzing Nakamise shopping street while sampling traditional snacks and picking up those last-minute souvenirs before arriving at Sensoji – Tokyo’s most famous temple. Head skywards to the 634m-high Tokyo Skytree. The never-ending sprawl of Tokyo laid out beneath you is a truly memorable sight. Tonight we celebrate a great trip with an all-you-can-eat izakaya dinner. Eat, drink and plan your next trip to Japan!

Day 10: Tokyo
Tokyo - see you again!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On our final day in Japan we’ll witness the intensity of sumo. Watch two former professional sumo wrestlers go to toe-to-toe in a sumo demonstration or witness the intensity of sumo training in a sumo stable. At the sumo demonstration, if you’re feeling bold, perhaps you can face off against them too!
After conquering the sumo wrestlers, we head to Tsukuji Outer Market. The former site of Tokyo’s iconic seafood market, Tsukuji remains an important source for fresh seafood and produce and is a favourite among restauranteurs.
As we head to lunch we drive through the Olympic Games precincts. Pick up the tongs and enjoy our final feast in Japan – yakinuku – Japanese BBQ!
And as the sun sets, our tour comes to an end and we return to the hotel. If you are flying home tonight, board your private transfer back to Haneda Airport.
We hope to see you again in Japan – sayonara!

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Accommodations

© Hotel Resorpia Atami

-Atami-
Hotel Resorpia Atami
Japanese-Western Room
Overlooking the Sagami Sea, your room offers all the comforts you need. Enjoy the public hot spring bath and wind down after the first day of the tour. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

 © Tenseien Station Hotel Odawara

-Odawara-
Tenseien Station Hotel Odawara
Standard Twin
Located at the Odawara Station which is a getaway to Hakone and Izu and a good access from Tokyo, this hotel offers hot spring bath house and modern Japanese themed rooms with free Wi-Fi. The facility includes a relaxation massage salon. The moderate twin rooms come with 2 x single beds (120 x 200cm), shower over bath, a flat 4K TV, kettle (coffee & tea), air humidifier and purifier, mini fridge, hair dryer and complimentary amenities.

  © Hida Hotel Plaza

-Takayama-
Hida Hotel Plaza
Standard Twin
Located in the center of Takayama, this hotel’s key feature is the gorgeous rooftop spa with mountain views. Free Wi-Fi available.

  © Hotel Associa Takayama Resort

-Takayama-
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Moderate Twin
Located in the city of Takayama, this hotel offers hot spring baths and rooms with mountain views and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features a sauna and massages. The rooms overlook the Japanese Northern Alps and are comes with a flat-screen satellite TV and free green tea and coffee.

  © Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa

-Kanazawa-
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa
Comfort Twin
Minutes away from Omicho Market, this hotel ensures a supremely comfortable stay. Relax in the roof-top bathhouse while enjoying a view of
the Kanazawa Castle Park. Free Wi-Fi available.

  © Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station

-Kyoto-
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Station
Moderate Twin
This stylish hotel is minutes away from Kyoto Station, making our train connections simple and easy. Relax in a beautifully appointed room with a Japanese touch. Free Wi-Fi available.

  © Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

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Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Standard Twin
This Michelin 3-star rated hotel is directly connected to JR Hiroshima Station for your convenience as we travel in and out of Hiroshima. Why not try a massage after a long day exploring Hiroshima? Free Wi-Fi available.

   © Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

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Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
Deluxe Twin
This hotel is conveniently located next to JR Hiroshima station with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. All their rooms have air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is fitted with a fridge, ironing equipment and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. Their private bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub.

© Hotel Granvia Osaka

- Osaka -
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Standard Twin
A centrally located hotel right above Osaka’s busiest transport hub – Osaka Station. Comfortable rooms with many dining options to choose from. Free Wi-Fi available.

 © Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Standard Twin
A high-rise hotel located in the heart of Shinjuku’s skyscraper district. Enjoy views of the Tokyo skyline in your elegant room that allows you to enjoy your final city in Japan stress-free. Free Wi-Fi available.

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What is included

  • 9 nights accommodations (double occupancy)
  • All meals during the tour: Breakfast x 10, Lunch x 10, Dinner x 9)
  • English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Transportation: Private motor coach*, bullet train, limited express train, local train and ferry
    *note: private mini-bus for groups with 8 travelers 
  • Admission fees to museum, temples and other attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Tofu and Sushi cooking experience, sake tasting, tea ceremony and sumo demonstration experiences
  • Baggage transfer from Atami to Kyoto, and Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Late check-out on Day 10

Not included

  • Flights to Japan
  • Transfer not listed in the tour itinerary
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out (Exception: Late check-out on Day 10)
  • Incidental charges at hotel
  • Drinks during meals (Exceptions: Soft drinks and alcoholic beverage are included in the dinners on Day 6 and Day 9) 
  • Entrance fees to museums, temples and other attractions or places on personal interests not listed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and shopping
  • Travel insurance
    *check out Manulife Travel Insurance
  • Japan entry visa if required (Entry visa is not required for Canadian passport holder)

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Dates and prices

For 2022 departures:

Start Date - End Date
2022/01/19 - 2022/01/28
(TOUR CODE: CAA19012S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$8,760

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/02/16 - 2022/02/25
(TOUR CODE: CAA16022S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$8,760

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/03/13 - 2022/03/22
(TOUR CODE: CAA13032S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,100

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/03/20 - 2022/03/29
(TOUR CODE: CAA20032S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,230

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/03/27 - 2022/04/05
(TOUR CODE: CAA27032N)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,470

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/04/10 - 2022/04/19
(TOUR CODE: CAA10042S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,550

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/05/08 - 2022/05/17
(TOUR CODE: CAA08052S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,660

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/05/22 - 2022/05/31
(TOUR CODE: CAA22052S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,550

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/06/12 - 2022/06/21
(TOUR CODE: CAA12062S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,550

Status
On Sale

Start Date - End Date
2022/10/16 - 2022/10/25
(TOUR CODE: CAA16102S)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
C$9,660

Status
On Sale

Group size: Minimum 8 guests / Maximum 20 guests
* Ask us for supplement for single participant and/or triple occupancy rate
* This tour is for travelers aged 15 years old and up. No child discount applies.

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Terms and Conditions

Payment:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 15% of the tour fee is due within 7 days of confirmation.
  • The balance payment will be required by 70 days prior to departure.
  • All payments must be made by credit card or debit card that are issued by Canadian financial institutions.
  • Failure to make a payment by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of your participation and deposit paid.
  • Tours may be cancelled if the number of participants fails to reach the minimum number and the amount paid will be fully refunded.

Cancellation policy:

  • More than 70 days of prior to departure: Loss of deposit
  • Between 69 days and 25 days prior to departure: 30% of the tour fee
  • Between 24 days and 10 days prior to departure: 50% of the tour fee
  • 100% charge thereafter

Tour information:

  • This tour is organized and operated by Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) Pty. Ltd., our sister company located in Australia.
  • Tour participants will be in combination with Canadian tourists and Australian tourists.
  • Minimum number of participants of this tour is 8 guests, and maximum number of participants is 20 guests.
  • Travelers aged 14 years old or younger is not allowed to participate this tour.
  • It is responsibility of participants to let us know in advance any food allergy if you have. We will try our best to accommodate your request, however, menus might be different from originally prepared.
  • Meeting place of this tour on the day-1 is Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Therefore, you will be required to arrive Tokyo at least one day earlier prior to the tour departure date.
  • Please be advised that the tour schedule is subject to change due to COVID-19 situation in Japan.

Organizer / Operation

  • Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc.
  • Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) Pty. Ltd.
  • Kinki Nippon Tourist Co. Ltd

(Last update: 2021.9.29)

Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc.

Toronto Branch
1450 Meyerside Drive, Suite 305,

Mississauga, ON, Canada L5T 2N5
Tel: (905) 670-8710

- Canadian subsidiary of KNT, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Co., Ltd. -