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A Culinary Tour of Japan

Private Travel | General interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £4795 Current prices from: £4795
Food is an important part of any trip to Japan, with a wide range of fresh, local ingredients and various styles of cooking and eating experiences available. While visiting the classic cities and temples of Japan, discover some of the finest cuisine the country has to offer via a selection of expert-guided tours, prearranged meals and self-guided discovery.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Discover Tokyo's best ramen noodle dishes with an expert guide
  • Traditional tea ceremony & sake tasting in the ancient temple city of Kyoto
  • Experience Japanese hospitality & dine on a multi-course kaiseki meal at ryokan
  • Sample fresh oysters & fine Chablis on Miyajima Island
  • Take a street food safari in Osaka's Dotonbori district
  • Stay in 4- star accommodation

Hakone National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 541 541 846 1457 1864 2068 2475 2679 2272 1661 1254 846
Min temp (C)(F) -621 -621 -228 439 846 1254 1763 1864 1457 846 236 -327
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 5 6 4 5 6 4 4 5 6
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 823 1426 1787 1907 27211 2199 24810 28511 2229 1155 703
Rainy Days 11 12 18 16 15 19 20 16 20 16 12 8
Humidity M M H VH VH VH VH VH VH H M L
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kanazawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 745 1152 1763 2272 2577 2984 2170 2781 2170 1559 1050
Min temp (C)(F) 32 32 236 745 1254 1763 2272 2373 1966 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 2 3 4 6 7 5 5 6 5 5 3 2
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 29211 1938 1596 1486 1496 2048 24610 1737 24910 1928 2359 30512
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 16 17 18 16 20 19 23 27
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 9/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1254 1152 1152 1254 1559 1864 2272 2679 2475 2170 1864 1559

Kyoto

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 643 1050 1763 2272 2577 2984 3086 2679 2068 1457 846
Min temp (C)(F) -228 -130 134 745 1254 1661 2170 2272 1763 1152 541 32
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 5 5 6 4 5 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 783 833 1114 1345 1426 2289 2148 1265 1817 1114 783 653
Rainy Days 23 22 22 17 15 19 19 17 18 16 17 19
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Mount Koya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 439 541 846 1457 1864 2170 2577 2679 2373 1763 1254 745
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 32 643 1050 1559 1966 2068 1661 1050 541 32
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 843 1496 2068 2209 33413 29111 25110 29712 1907 1144 663
Rainy Days 18 18 19 16 16 19 20 18 20 15 13 15
Humidity M M H VH VH E E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 11/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Naoshima Island

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 1966 2373 2781 3188 3290 2882 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 32 134 337 846 1355 1864 2373 2475 2068 1355 745 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 7 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 402 492 803 954 1134 1687 1677 883 1626 1014 592 381
Rainy Days 15 15 17 14 14 16 16 13 17 12 11 13
Humidity M M H VH VH VH E VH VH H M M
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1559 1661 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1864

Okinawa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 2170 2475 2781 2984 3188 3188 3086 2781 2475 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1661 1864 2170 2475 2679 2679 2577 2272 1966 1559
Sunshine hours 3 3 4 5 5 6 8 7 7 6 4 4
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1205 1175 1536 1667 25110 27311 1837 26811 1687 1596 1285 1165
Rainy Days 24 22 22 18 21 20 20 23 20 19 20 21
Humidity H VH VH E E E E E VH VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2577 2781 2984 2984 2882 2781 2577 2475

Osaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 948 948 1355 2068 2475 2781 3188 3391 2984 2373 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 134 236 439 1050 1559 1966 2373 2577 2170 1457 948 439
Sunshine hours 4 4 5 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 522 653 1024 1365 1416 2158 1707 1064 1837 1104 723 422
Rainy Days 17 18 19 16 15 18 18 16 17 14 13 14
Humidity N N N N N L H VH M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1559 1661 1763 1966 2272 2577 2781 2679 2373 2170 1966

Sapporo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -130 -130 337 1152 1763 2170 2577 2679 2272 1661 846 236
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -425 236 745 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 134 -523
Sunshine hours 3 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 3 2
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1054 914 783 643 602 713 783 1466 1395 1175 1014 1024
Rainy Days 28 25 25 17 18 17 17 18 18 20 24 27
Humidity N N N N N N L L N N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 7/H 8/VH 8/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Shirahama

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1355 1864 2272 2577 2882 3086 2781 2272 1763 1254
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 541 1050 1559 1966 2373 2373 2068 1559 1050 541
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 7 5 5 5 5
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 883 1355 2128 2289 32313 24510 2309 29712 1907 1456 632
Rainy Days 14 15 17 16 16 19 18 17 18 15 13 12
Humidity N N N N N L H H M N N N
UV 3/M 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1763 1864 2170 2373 2679 2882 2781 2475 2272 2068

Tokyo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 438 440 745 1355 1763 2169 2576 2679 2272 1762 1152 643
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 70 110 131 141 181 141 151 221 191 100 50
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Yudanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 643 1355 1966 2170 2577 2781 2170 1661 1050 439
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -523 134 643 1254 1763 1864 1355 643 32 -523
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 4 4 4 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 733 773 914 1084 1687 1887 1596 1777 1315 773 753
Rainy Days 24 22 22 17 17 20 22 20 21 16 17 21
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH VH M M L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tokyo

(N)

Day 2: Tokyo

Arrive and transfer to The Park Hotel in Tokyo for a 3-night stay, which is located close to the Shiodome subway station. For an introduction to Japanese cuisine, the hotel’s Hanasanshou restaurant serves a range of dishes. (N)

Day 3: Tokyo

Full-day private guided city tour using public transport, visiting the Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo National Museum’s Japanese gallery, the Imperial East Garden and the tranquil Meiji shrine. (B)

Day 4: Tokyo

This morning you will join a small-group class taught by local foodie Yoshimi for an in-depth lesson in everyday Japanese cooking. Yoshimi prides herself on using simple, fresh ingredients and will teach you to prepare some tempura dishes that you can recreate at home. The afternoon is at leisure, before joining long-term Tokyo resident Brian MacDuckston for an early evening tour of both the capital’s finest and most down-to-earth ramen restaurants – a great chance to sample these tasty noodle dishes of rich broth, chopped pork, spring onions and soft-boiled eggs. (B, D)

Day 5: Hakone

Travel by train to Hakone National Park, a picturesque landscape of lakes, green valleys and volcanic hot springs. Stay overnight at the Hakone Ginyu Ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style property with private hot spring open-air onsen baths. Dinner tonight will be a kaiseki meal, a uniquely Japanese culinary art form that consists of several courses of small dishes, with a focus on regional specialities and always using seasonal produce. (B, D)

Day 6: To Kyoto

Take the train to Odawara, then continue by shinkansen (bullet train), to Kyoto. Stay at the Rihga Royal Kyoto Hotel, located near Kyoto station, for 3 nights. (B)

Day 7: Kyoto

Full-day private guided city tour using public transport. Recommendations include the Ryoanji temple with its famous zen rock garden and Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion. End the day with a visit to the En Tea House for a private tea ceremony experience where you can learn about the history and philosophy of this ancient rite, taste some tea and try some traditional sweets. (B)

Day 8: Kyoto

Sake, a sweet alcoholic drink made from fermented rice, has been brewed in Japan for centuries, and often plays an important part in Japanese ceremonies and social events. Today, it has been arranged for you to enjoy a sake tasting experience at Kyoto’s Horino Memorial Museum, itself a former sake brewery, which once produced one of the country’s highest-quality brands. (B)

Day 9: To Hiroshima

Take an early train south to Hiroshima and visit the A-Bomb Museum & Peace Memorial Park, built by the people of the city to symbolise their wishes for everlasting peace. Afterwards, travel by ferry to the nearby island of Miyajima, a peaceful place with walking trails and an iconic floating torii gate. Stay overnight at the Iwaso Ryokan, known for its fresh seasonal seafood such as grilled fish and conger eel. (B, D)

Day 10: Miyajima Island

Today you have a day at leisure to enjoy this peaceful island. Highly recommended is a visit to Kakiiwai, a stylish cafe that specialises in oysters, served either smoked with oil, raw, or grilled, and accompanied by a cool glass of Chablis. (B)

Day 11: To Osaka

Take the ferry back to the mainland and head north to Osaka. Tonight you will meet with an English-speaking guide for a street food safari of Osaka’s famous Dotonbori district, which is packed with restaurants and food stalls serving some of Osaka’s tastiest food. Head off the regular tourist trail to find hidden izakaya (pub-restaurants) and taste Osakan specialities like takoyaki (octopus dumplings), and kushikatsu (skewered meat and vegetables). Stay overnight in the Marriott Miyako Hotel. (B, D)

Day 12: Fly home

Transfer to Kansai airport, located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, then board your flight home. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Locally escorted & self-guided touring

This tour is led in certain destinations en route by a local tour escort, while in others it is self-guided. Where specific guides are mentioned, inclusion is subject to availability and booking at least eight months in advance is recommended, and further in advance for high season (particularly March, April & May) departures.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation, with some nights in traditional Japanese inns known as ryokan. Please note that in Japan hotel room sizes are smaller than in Europe.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Private travel in Japan

Please note that tailor-made travel in Japan is unlike travel in any other country in the Far East due to the high costs of vehicle hire, drivers and guides. This means that engaging the services of a private guide and driver on a tailor-made journey is not always feasible and, as a result, sightseeing and travel between cities may involve public transport or shared services that are not exclusive to Cox & Kings. Furthermore, as English is not always spoken in areas away from the main tourist destinations, a degree of independence and self-guiding may be required. A comprehensive information pack is provided before departure, with transport instructions and bilingual timetables, hotel addresses and maps, and a guide for each destination covering a wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying a hot spring bath.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Rihga Royal Hotel
    Rihga Royal Hotel

    The Rihga Royal Kyoto is situated near Kyoto station and provides a regular shuttle service to and from the hotel. The hotel has a range of dining options, including the Top of Kyoto restaurant on the 14th floor, serving French cuisine with views over the city. Rooms are well appointed with a stylish, contemporary decor. Features: 489 rooms, 6 restaurants, heated indoor pool (charges apply), souvenir shop, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, fridge, minibar, kettle & Japanese tea, hairdryer, safe.

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  • Park Hotel Tokyo
    Park Hotel Tokyo

    The Park Hotel, a member of the Design Hotels portfolio, occupies the top floors of the Shiodome Media Tower in Tokyo's Minato ward, close to the Shiodome subway station and only a 10-minute walk to the peaceful Hamarikyu gardens. The hotel has a modern, artistic ambience, and is centred around a high atrium with Japanese art on display in the lobby lounge and communal areas. The property features a unique 'Artist in Hotel' project, where a small number of the standard category rooms have been transformed by local artists who have decorated the room walls with their original artwork. These rooms are all different and can be booked on request at an extra cost.Features: 273 rooms, 2 restaurants, wine bar, cafe, Thann Sanctuary spa, Wi-Fi, business centre.<br>Room amenities: Minibar, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, tea and coffee facilities, television.

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  • Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
    Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel

    The stylish and contemporary Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel is located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest high-rise building. The 360 well-appointed rooms and suites offer unrivalled views of Osaka Bay, the Ikoma mountains or the city itself. Dining options include Restaurant ZK on the top floor of the hotel, and the COOKA Kitchen.

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  • Iwaso Ryokan
    Iwaso Ryokan

    Located in serene woodlands at the foot of a mountain on Miyajima Island, the Iwaso Ryokan is a charming traditional Japanese guesthouse. Only 10 minutes from the iconic Itsukushima Shrine and next to a crystal clear stream, the Ryokan perfectly complements the tranquillity of the island. All rooms are en suite and there is an onsen (hot spring bath) available for guests. A traditional seasonal Kaiseki dinner is served in the guests' rooms before a futon bed is laid out for the night.

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  • Hakone Ginyu Ryokan
    Hakone Ginyu Ryokan

    Located high in the Hakone mountains south-west of Tokyo, Hakone Ginyu Ryokan is a high-quality contemporary spa ryokan that brings together the essence of Japanese flair with the tranquil surroundings. The property offers both traditional rooms with tatami mats and futons as well as western rooms with beds. Evening meals are served in guests' rooms while the onsite bar provides a great space to watch the ever-changing scenery. Features: 19 rooms, sauna, spa, lounge, bar. Room amenities: Terrace; private hot spring open-air bath, separate dining area with sunken table.

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Dates & prices

CTJ2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £4795 per person

High season from £5495 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Tokyo

    The huge, energetic and fascinating city of Tokyo has been the capital of Japa...

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  • Hakone National Park

    Hakone National Park is a picturesque landscape of lakes, green valley and...

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  • Kyoto

    Kyoto was Japan’s capital from the 7th century until around the 11th and it is known...

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  • Osaka

    Osaka is western Japan's commercial hub. Situated at the mouth of the Yodo...

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