Depart from London Heathrow to Tokyo
(Flight is not included).
Cultural Experience 5 - Tsukiji fish market
Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market is a large wholesale market for fish, fruit and vegetables.
Tsukiji is known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of
marine products per day. And famous for the auctioning of the fresh and frozen tuna.
Sightseeing in Nikko
Today we will set off to sightseeing in Nikko and challenge Yuba cooking.
Cultural Experience 6 - Nikko Toshogu
The Toshogu is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled Japan for over 250
years until 1868. The shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Ieyasu and two other Japanese historical personalities, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Minamoto Yoritomo.
Cultural Experience 7 - Kegon-no-taki falls
The stream originates at Lake Chuzenji and cascades over a huge horseshoe chasm, producing a constant rainbow.
Kegon-no-taki Falls, which is known as one of the three most famous falls in Japan, drops from observation point at the
lower reaches of the falls.
Cooking Experience 2 - Yuba factory
Handmade Yuba (soy-milk casein film) factory, where visitors learn how to lift the film from the warm soy milk. Yuba is the
film that forms on the surface of heated soy milk. It is lifted from the milk and hung to dry.
Tasting Experience 3 - Yuba cuisine
Return to hotel
Dinner on own * For those interested, we may guide you to a Japanese cuisine such as Soba, Udon noodles, Sushi, etc.
Full day in Kyoto
Today we will see the roots of Japanese food in the former capitol of Japan, Kyoto
Cultural Experience 10 - Nijyo Castle
The castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in 1603 as his residence in Kyoto.
Tasting Experience 6 - Yudofu cuisine
Yudofu is prepared by briefly boiling tofu with some vegetables, in a soup flavored with algae in an earthenware bowl.
Cultural Experience 11 - Nishijin Kimono show
Nishijin district is world famous for its traditional silk weaving. Products known as Nishijin-ori are among Japan’s highest
grade textiles. Enjoy a kimono fashion show, a demonstration of weaving and displays of Nishijin silk fabrics.
Return to hotel
Cooking Experience 4 - Home party dishes & Table setting
Cooking lesson at Private Dining at hotel. Try the party food at lunch time.
Cooking Experience 5 - The genius of the Kaiseki course
Cooking lesson using a kitchen at Private Dining at hotel. Try the party food at lunch time.
Cultural Experience 12 - Shiki-bocho fish-cutting ceremony
At the banquet room in the hotel
Tasting Experience 7 - Kaiseki cuisine
A cuisine consisting of various kinds of dishes from the mountains and the sea.
Full day in Kyoto
Maybe it is a little earlier. Today will start with the tasting of Japanese rice wine “Sake”.
Tasting Experience 8 - Fushimi sake brewing district
Fushimi developed as a castle town in the late 16th century and became a major port
on the water route between Kyoto and Osaka.
Cultural Experience 13 - Nishiki-Ichiba (Food market)
The visit to the market will be much more fun, now that everyone is an expert in Japanese food.
Kyoto’s 400-year-old Nishiki market, about 400 meters long and two meters wide, has about
135 stores that sell everything from fish, Kyoto vegetables and seaweed to tea.
Tasting Experience 9 - Okonomiyaki
A flour, egg, and water mix cooked over an iron plate, adding cabbage, meat, squid, etc.,
and baking both sides.
Cooking Experience 6 - Kyo-wagashi (Japanese confectionaries)
Kyo-wagashi is one of the most famous souvenirs in Kyoto. You can get many kinds of
Kyo-wagashi at Wagashi shops and souvenir shops.
We will experience the art of creating this delicate confectionary.
Cultural Experience 14 - Kiyomizu Temple
The slope leads to Nioh-mon Gate, Saimon Gate, and a three storied pagoda erected at the foot
of Higashiyama mountains. The main hall has a platform projecting over a precipice, which commands
a panoramic view of Kyoto.
Return to hotel
Cultural Experience 15 - Kyoto cuisine & Maiko Evening (inc. Geisya performance)
Transfer to Osaka airport by private coach.
Arrive in Tokyo Narita airport - Transfer to hotel in Tokyo by private coach.
Dinner on own
Full day in Tokyo
Todays tour will start by taking you past the Imperial Palace. We will then head right to the kitchen.
Cooking Experience 1 - Cooking school
We will have an opportunity to learn how to cook typical Japanes cuisine of Tempura, Miso soup,
and Sushi under the instructions of Cooking schools excellent chefs. This is also where we will
have our lunch. Enjoy the lunch you have cooked afterward.
Tasting Experience 1 - Today's meal cooked at the cooking school
Cultural Experience 1 - Asakusa
Asakusa Kannon Temple (also known as Sensoji) is a temple located in a central part of the
old town of Tokyo. The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon,
the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida river Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon.
The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple.
Cultural Experience 2 - Kappabashi (Kitchen town)
Kappabashi is about eight city blocks of restaurant and kitchen supply stores. Kappabashi Street is lined with several dozens
of stores selling everything needed by restaurant operators, except fresh food. You will find specialized stores for dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, stoves, tables, chairs, signs, lanterns and more. There are a few stores which sell plastic and wax
food samples, used by many restaurants in their show windows.
Cultural Experience 3 - Akihabara
Akihabara is famous for its high concentration of electronics shops. Many dozens of stores can be found outside of Akihabara Station along the main Avenue and its side streets. Akihabara offers visitors a good opportunity to view and purchase the latest electronic products on the market.
Cultural Experience 4 - Ginza
The Ginza is one of Tokyo’s largest and most famous shopping, dining and entertainment districts, featuring many department stores, shops restaurants, night clubs and cafes. The Ginza is also very popular among the older generations and the wealthy.
Tasting Experience 2 - Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki is slices of beef cooked in a pot with a sugar and soy sauce soup and vegetables.
Depart Tokyo for Kyoto
Depart Tokyo on the Shinkansen (Bullet train) Lunch on board
Tasting Experience 4 - Makunouchi lunch box
Makunouchi, meaning between curtains, was originally eaten during the intermission in theaters. Typical ingredients are
grilled fish, rolled egg, slices of boiled fish paste, and simmered vegetables.
Cultural Experience 8 - Kinkakuji (The golden Pavilion)
The Temple is known as an epitome of Kitayama Culture. The Golden Pavilion, a gilded three storied reliquary hall, is
situated at the margin of a large pon named Kyokochi Pond. It is typical architecture of the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1573)
Cultural Experience 9 - Ryoanji
Ryoanji is the most famous and celebrated garden in Japan. Simply composed of stone and sand,
it serves as a subtle yet effective example of the dry garden type.
Tasting Experience 5 - Teppan-yaki
Tabletop cooking. Teppan-yaki (Iron plate cooking) is fresh cooked beef, chicken or shellfish
cookedbefore your eyes.