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Luxury Culinary Tours

Vietnam for Foodies
(11 Days)
Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon

Food & Wine Tour of Italy
(11 Days)
Piedmont, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Florence

Flavors of Southeast Asia
(16 Days)
Singapore, Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

Culinary Tour of Mexico
(12 Days)
Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca

Culinary Tour of China
(13 Days)
Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Food & Wine of Austria
(7 Days)
Vienna, the Wachau, Burgenland

Culinary Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Food & Wine of Australia
(9 Days)
Melbourne & Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide & McLaren Vale, Sydney & Hunter Valley

Thailand for Foodies
(7 Days)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai

India for Foodies—a Culinary Tour
(12 Days)
Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai

Food & Wine of France & Switzerland
(10 Days)
Paris, Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Lyon, Lausanne & Lake Geneva

Wine Tour of Hungary
(6 Days)
Eger-Tokaj Wine Region, Budapest

Food & Wine of Portugal
(9 Days)
Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, Sintra, Alentejo & Evora

Culinary Tour of Greece and Turkey
(10 Days)
Athens, Crete, Istanbul

Culinary Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo & Monreale, Sciacca, Agrigento, Noto, Modica, Taormina, Mount Etna

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 Days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)

Food & Wine Tour: Bordeaux to Rioja
(9 Days)
Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Rioja wine country

Culinary Tour of Peru
(9 Days)
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Morocco for Foodies
(10 Days)
Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira, High Atlas Mountains

Culinary Tour of Israel
(9 Days)
Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, Acre, Tel Aviv

France for Foodies
(12 Days)
Paris, Beaujolais & Lyon, Avignon, Luberon Valley, Cote d’Azur

Culinary Tour of Japan

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Experience Japan’s incredible food culture in an in-depth, hands-on way on this private culinary tour of Japan. The tour features culinary and cultural touring with your own guide and driver, private cooking classes, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels, private airport transfers, first-class travel by shinkansen (bullet train), luggage transfers, and access to a wide range of unique activities. Learn how to shop for Japanese ingredients and how to prepare and present typical Japanese dishes and seasonal specialties. Experience a variety of types of cuisine, from authentic Japanese home cooking, to refined kaiseki and Zen vegetarian temple cuisine. Tour local markets and specialty food shops, and also enjoy cultural touring that includes the most important temples, shrines, gardens, museums, and neighborhoods in each location.

Begin in dynamic Tokyo, Japan’s capital of style and one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations. During touring with your private guide and driver, explore the Kappabashi kitchenware district, Tsukiji Fish Market, food markets and depachika (department store food halls), and other food specialty shops. Explore neighborhoods such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya and Harajuku. Tour important historical sites and also experience Japanese pop culture. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional touring according to your interests, such as meetings with culinary and sake experts, a private tour with the “Tokyo Fixer,” watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, and visiting crafts workshops. Artisans of Leisure can make reservations for you to dine at our favorite local restaurants and at internationally acclaimed restaurants (the Michelin Guide has awarded more stars in Tokyo than in any other city in the world).

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen to Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. One day, enjoy a private tour of a miso (fermented soybean paste) factory and a lesson in creating the perfect bowl of miso soup. Another day, take an excursion to the Noto Peninsula to visit a local sake brewery, a sea salt producer and a wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shop that specializes in yubeshi, a rice flour-based confection.

Continue to Yamanaka Onsen, a scenic resort town known for hot springs. Relax in your private open-air bath while staying at one of Japan’s finest luxury ryokan (traditional inns). Learn to make soba (buckwheat noodles) during a private lesson. Also visit a local soy sauce maker and a confectioner. If desired, additional touring can also be arranged, such as visiting the workshops of craftsmen making ceramics, washi paper or lacquered wood products.

Next, visit Kyoto, Japan’s heart of culture and tradition. Enjoy a private cooking lesson tailored to your culinary interests, explore Kyoto’s incredible food markets, and visit renowned shops selling handmade knives, lacquerware, ceramics, tofu, miso, noodles, tea, sweets, sake and more. Experience different types of cuisine, such as Kyo-ryori (traditional Kyoto-style cuisine, considered the most refined in Japan), authentic Japanese home cooking, refined kaiseki and vegetarian Buddhist temple cuisine. Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu, Shugakuin and Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Stroll through a bamboo forest. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in Kyoto, such as an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko, private Zen meditation in a local temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, a visit to a machiya (traditional merchant house), and visits to farms in the hills surrounding the city.

Return to Tokyo for last-minute shopping, dining, and free time to enjoy the city.

This tour can be fully customized to your culinary needs and prowess. It can also be extended to include other destinations in Japan.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private tour, including Tsukiji Fish Market and other markets, food halls and specialty shops

Day 3 Tokyo - Kanazawa

Private transfer to station for train to Kanazawa. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 4 Kanazawa

Morning miso factory tour and cooking lesson. Afternoon flexible private touring and shopping

Day 5 Kanazawa & Noto Peninsula

Full-day private excursion

Day 6 Kanazawa - Yamanaka Onsen

Private transfer to Yamanaka Onsen for overnight. Afternoon private soba-making lesson

Day 7 Yamanaka Onsen - Kyoto

Morning private visit to local food producers. Private transfer to train station for train to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights

Day 8 Kyoto

Full-day private culinary and cultural touring

Day 9 Kyoto

Morning private cooking class. Afternoon private touring

Day 10 Kyoto

Full-day private city tour

Day 11 Kyoto - Tokyo

Private transfer to train station for train to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight

Day 12 Depart Japan

Private airport transfer

Tokyo: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Aman Tokyo or Peninsula Tokyo
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Yamanaka Onsen: Kayotei

The Ritz Carlton, Kyoto

$20,175 Per person (double occupancy)