Indulge your tastebuds with Ker & Downey on this eight-day Japan culinary tour. Your delicious journey features Tokyo’s depachika, Kyoto’s sake, Kobe’s beef, and Osaka’s gastronomic prestige.

Suggested journey at a glance: 8 days/7 nights including private guided explorations in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

Gourmet Dining at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo - Best Food Tour in Japan - Ker & Downey

This Japan culinary tour is just one of many ways to discover Japan. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a custom trip to Japan.

Your luxury Japan culinary tour begins in Tokyo, Japan’s capital and wellspring of pop and imperial culture. Head to Kappabashi, or Kitchen Town, to browse the shops of kitchen supplies. Visit a depachika, an excessive underground food basement, to taste both traditional and outrageous delicacies. Enjoy a private sushi lesson with one of Tokyo’s best sushi chefs and a private tour of one of the area’s high-volume soy sauce factories.

Next, board a bullet train to Kyoto, one of the world’s most culturally rich cities. There is plenty of sightseeing to be had, including visits the Golden Pavilion, the Tenryuji Temple, and the unified wooden cityscape panorama of the Kiyomizudera Temple. The flavor of Kyoto really begins to emerge with your visit to a sake brewery shop. Enjoy a private sushi and tempura cooking lesson at a local Kyoto home. At one of the city’s private temples, you’ll experience a special tea ceremony and walk through its gardens.

After a day trip to Nara, travel to the final stop on your Japan culinary tour and one of the world’s foremost foodie havens, Osaka. Osaka’s reputation is mostly the result of its access to quality ingredients and gastronomic specialties, a fact most apparent at the Kuromon-Ichiba Market (“Osaka’s Kitchen”) and Dotonbori, the city’s main culinary corridor along the canal. Once you have experienced these highlights and tasted a local Okonomiyaki delicacy for lunch, head to nearby Kobe for a stroll around the town’s compact Nankinmachi Chinatown and a taste of some of the delicious beef for which this town is famous—the perfect exclamation point on your savory adventure through Japan.

Sake Tastings in Kyoto - Japan Culinary Tour - Best Food Tour in Japan - Ker & Downey

Custom Trips to Japan

Ready to plan your own Japan culinary tour? Contact a Ker & Downey designer to get started, and read more about the seasonality and pricing on the Ker & Downey Difference. Every journey you’ll read about on our website is completely customizable. We have hundreds of itineraries designed by Ker & Downey experts, ready to be tailored just for you—get in touch to get started on your own custom journey.