7-Nights Savoring Japan
Indulge your tastebuds with Ker & Downey on this eight-day luxury Japan culinary tour, an exploration of Japan’s culinary cache. Designed for the ultimate foodie, this delicious adventure unlocks the secrets of Tokyo’s depachika, Kyoto’s sake, Kobe’s beef, and Osaka’s gastronomic prestige. Learn more about this mouth-watering Japan food tour below.
7 nights from $12000 per person
Supplier: Ker & Downey
This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.
Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.
Kyoto, as publicized in guidebooks and travel magazines, is a very special city in Japan. In Kyoto, the past still lives on in nearly 2,000 shrines and temples, six historical preservation districts and an abundance of beautiful natural scenery. Through close connections with other forms of culture such as the tea ceremony and performing arts and festivals, textile, dye, ceramics, 'sake'-brewing, fans, dolls, and lacquerware industries, which were supported by imperial, religious and political rulers throughout Kyoto's history, continue to thrive as they were passed down through generations. Kyoto's technological prowess continues to attract worldwide attention. Also, Kyoto is also known as a center of educational and research. It is therefore no surprise Kyoto became the first city in Japan to emerge as a major convention destination and continues to be unrivalled in its popularity. Kyoto has preserved and continues to develop those factors which make it the ideal convention destination: history, culture, tradition, academics, technological progress, accessibility and professional experience in conference management.
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- Accommodations as indicated per itinerary
- Meals per itinerary
- Private guided explorations of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka
- Traditional unagi-don (grilled eel over rice) lunch in Tokyo
- Excursions to Tokyo's Kappabashi and Tsukiji Outer Market
- Depachika "food basement" experience
- Private sushi making lesson
- Guided tour of soy sauce factory
- Sushi and tempura cooking lesson at local Kyoto home
- Visit to a sake brewery shop
- Special tea ceremony and garden walk at a private temple in Kyoto
- Guided day trip to Nara
- Visits to Kuromon-Ichiba Market and Dotonbori in Osaka
- Day trip to Kobe for a taste of its famous beef
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