Savoring Japan

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.

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Your luxury Japan culinary tour begins in Tokyo, Japan's capital and wellspring of pop and imperial culture. With the lofty and luxurious Mandarin Oriental Tokyo as your launching pad, embark on a three-day guided exploration of the city's main landmarks and tasty treasures. Head to Kappabashi, or Kitchen Town, to visit the shops of kitchen supplies, and visit a depachika, an excessive underground food basement, to taste both traditional and outrageous delicacies. You will also experience the Tsukiji Outer Market, Japan's "Food Town" and largest wholesale fish market, as well as 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. Your accommodation, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, is a modern day high-end experience and the perfect place from which to explore the various shrines and landmarks of the city. While 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, a private sushi and tempura cooking lesson at a local Kyoto home, and a special tea ceremony and garden walk at one of the city's private temples.

After a day trip to Nara, travel to the final stop on your journey 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. Book your Japan food tour today!

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