Japan Real Food Adventure

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Take your tastebuds on an 11-day culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots, relishing the flavours of the land of the rising sun. Uncover the secrets of sushi in Tokyo, pick local produce with an expert in Kanazawa, feast on plant-based monastic cuisine in Koya-san, meet local farmers in Uji and go on a food crawl in Osaka. Take part in cooking...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Learn the tricks of the trade when you take part in a hands-on sushi-making class in Tokyo, pick local produce from the market before a cooking class in Kanazawa and make your own okonomiyaki in Osaka.
    • Meet local farmers during a day trip from Kyoto to Uji, the home of green tea production. Tour the green tea and matcha farms, enjoy a hot cuppa, then tour a vegetable farm full of fresh, organic produce.
    • When you’re not busy eating, enjoy iconic experiences like wandering the streets of Tokyo, Kenroku-en garden in Kyoto, the glowing signs of Osaka’s Dotonbori district, learning Buddhist history in Koya-san and walking through Kyoto’s Gion district.
    • Feast on delicious Japanese cuisine, from street food to restaurant favourites – including ekiben, sushi, matcha, takoyaki, okonomiyaki and fresh seafood.
    • Sip on sake, the national drink of Japan, during a visit to a local sake brewery in Kyoto. Learn how sake is made and maybe even pick up a bottle (or two) to take home.
    • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

What's this trip about?

    Take your tastebuds on an 11-day culinary journey through Japan’s most delicious hotspots, relishing the flavours of the land of the rising sun. Uncover the secrets of sushi in Tokyo, pick local produce with an expert in Kanazawa, feast on plant-based monastic cuisine in Koya-san, meet local farmers in Uji and go on a food crawl in Osaka. Take part in cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and market visits, feasting on local delights along the way. From temples to tempura, shrines to sashimi, seafood markets to sake breweries, you’ll join a local leader on a food-focused adventure that has all the best Japanese ingredients.


Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age range15 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityTokyo
End CityOsaka

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine


  • Asia
  • Japan


  • Kanazawa
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Takayama
  • Tokyo


  • Cooking

Trip includes

    • Tokyo - Welcome dinner
    • Tokyo - Asakusa guided walk & Sensoji Temple
    • Tokyo - Tsukiji Outer Market & Sushi Tasting
    • Tokyo - Art of Sushi-making class
    • Kanazawa - Leader-led orientation walk
    • Kanazawa – Chaya gai district walking tour
    • Kanazawa - Kenroku-en Garden
    • Kanazawa - Home cooking class
    • Kanazawa - Omicho market tour
    • Kyoto - Leader-led orientation walk
    • Kyoto - Gion District walk
    • Uji - Green tea & vegetable farm visit with tastings
    • Kyoto - Nishiki Market walk
    • Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine
    • Kyoto - Sake Brewery & tasting
    • Koya-san - Okuno-in Mausoleum
    • Osaka – Tour of Kuromon Market and Doguyasuji Arcade
    • Osaka - Dotonbori Tour
    • Osaka – Depachika visit

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Day 1 Tokyo

Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan. Between the freshest ingredients and generations of culinary know-how, this is a country that celebrates the art of eating well. Your adventure begins in Tokyo – a food lover’s dream. You’ll have a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight, where y...

Day 2 Tokyo

Kick off the day with a walk around the famous Tsukiji Outer Market, where seafood from Tokyo's largest wholesale fish market is delivered and ready to sample daily. After, learn the art of sushi making firsthand – it's the quintessential Edo-era specialty and possibl...

Day 3 Kanazawa

Take the train towards Japan's northern coastline to the historic city of Kanazawa. Having avoided much of the destruction of World War 2, it's a place where modern and traditional Japan go hand in hand. On the train, you’ll be treated to ekiben for lunch – a bento bo...

Day 4 Kanazawa

This morning after breakfast, visit the lush, 17th-century Kenroku-en Garden – a highly intricate landscaped acreage of bridges, ponds, waterfalls, fountains and tea houses that are beautiful no matter the season. Perhaps stop for a cup of freshly whisked matcha tea o...

Day 5 Kyoto

Today, you’ll make your way by train to Kyoto – a city regarded as the cultural heart of Japan. Before Tokyo, Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years. When you arrive, get acquainted with this gorgeous city on an orientation walk with your leader, making yo...

Day 6 Kyoto

Today, gear up for a fun daytrip to Uji – this small city between Kyoto and Nara is a cultural hub famous for its green tea. The Ujigami Shrine is the oldest extant shrine in Japan and was constructed here (along with the historic Byodoin Temple) during the height of ...

Day 7 Kyoto

Tuck into some breakfast this morning, then head out for another day of exploration around Kyoto. You’ll first visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, where you’ll have some time to wander through the iconic torii gates. Snap a few pics, then refuel your energy at a local sak...

Day 8 Koya-san

Rise early, hop on the train and venture into an important region for Shingon Buddhism. Founded in the 8th century by the revered Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi, Koya-san has been a centre for religious activities for over 1200 years. When you arrive, visit Okuno-in – the...

Day 9 Osaka

Hop on public transport this morning to Osaka – Japan’s third-largest city and the unofficial culinary capital. Sprawling shopping hubs and tiny backstreets full of restaurants and bars serve up local delicacies here, as well as Japan's answer to fast food (Osaka is c...

Day 10 Osaka

Have some breakfast this morning, then pop into a depachika – the food basement hall of one of Japan's department stores. This is a treasure trove for food lovers, given the endless range of products beautifully displayed. It’s also one of the best ways to understand ...

Day 11 Osaka

With no further activities planned, your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. You’re free to leave anytime after check-out, but your adventure doesn’t have to end here! Osaka has so much to explore, it’s recommended that you stay a few extra days and continue to feast on the city’s many foodie favourites.

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Intrepid Travel Reviews & Ratings

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Our guide, Akemi provided thoughtful and efficient

Our guide, Akemi provided thoughtful and efficient care, all details covered to ensure the smoothest transitions and attention to the individual interests of each me...



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The locations were lovely and our guide

The locations were lovely and our guide Akemi Nozawa was excellent. We enj...



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The variety itinerary combined the hustle and

The variety itinerary combined the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and Osaka with tranquil stays in Koyasan and Nikko. Good number of included activities. Great insight i...



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Our tour guide was exceptionally good.

Our tour guide was exceptionally good.



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The tour was well organised and our

The tour was well organised and our guide did an excellent job showing us around.

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Finish point

  • Dotonbori Hotel
  • 2 Chome-3-25 Dotonbori
  • Chuo Ward
  • Osaka
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