Food & Art: A Cultural Tour Of Japan

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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 1-80 yrs
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-22784
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Osaka, Japan
  • Discover the culture of Tokyo on a private guided tour
  • See the Unesco World Heritage sites of Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto
  • Join a street food tour with a local guide in Osaka & try octopus dumplings
  • Spend a night at a Buddhist temple in Mount Koya, one of Japan's most sacred mountains
Experience Japanese culture and tradition through art on this incredible, 15-day tour. Start in Tokyo, one of the most exciting cities in the world, where you will enjoy a private, guided tour of the capital’s cultural sights and see ancient temples and shrines as well as beautiful Japanese gardens alongside towering, neon-lit skyscrapers. Also enjoy a visit to teamLab Borderless, a renowned digital art installation.

Head for the charming town of Matsumoto next. Located in the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto is where the famous Black Crow Castle is. See the castle and feel free to explore Nakamachi Street, lined with old merchant houses reminiscent of a bygone Japan. Enjoy a guided, sake-tasting experience and learn how to make soba noodles.

Continue your journey to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, home to 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, and explore the geisha district of Gion. From Kyoto you’ll visit the surreal Naoshima, where you’ll stay at Benesse House, a modern art museum and hotel, and get the chance to discover its incredible art, architecture and sculptures.

Your next destination is Osaka, a bustling city known for its modern architecture, nightlife and delicious street food. You’ll join a street food tour with a local guide in the city and get the opportunity to try octopus dumplings and other local delicacies.

Venture off-the-beaten track and head to Mount Koya, your final destination and a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site. Get an authentic insight into Japan’s Buddhist culture with a stay at Shojoshin-in, one of the oldest temples in the mountain. Return to Osaka to spend your last night at Osaka Marriott Miyako, a luxury hotel located in Japan's tallest building.

Please note that guides will be available on this tour only during included sightseeing trips and activities. You will have to travel between the destinations on your own. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
  • Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo & transfer to your hotel
  • Day 2: Private tour of tokyo
  • Day 3: teamLab Borderless digital art exhibition
  • Day 4: Tokyo – Matsumoto
  • Day 5: Matsumoto – Takayama
  • Day 6: Free day in Takayama & sake tasting in the evening
  • Day 7: Takayama – Kyoto
  • Day 8: Private, guided tour of Kyoto
  • Day 9: Bento cooking class
  • Day 10: Kyoto – Naoshima
  • Day 11: Private, guided tour of Naoshima
  • Day 12: Naoshima – Osaka & Osaka street food tour
  • Day 13: Osaka – Mount Koya
  • Day 14: Mount Koya – Osaka
  • Day 15: Osaka departure
  • Private pickup and drop-off transfers. Transport as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Meals as stated on the itinerary
  • Excursions and activities as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guides for included sightseeing tours and activities only
  • 2-day Kansai Thru Pass
  • An IC (Manaca) Transport Card with 2500 yen credit
  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass (ordinary class) and other train tickets between destinations
  • Interational flights
  • Japan visa fees
  • Activities and excursions mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is Asia open for tourists?

    Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.

    As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.


  • Do people in Japan speak English?

    Estimates show that less than 30 percent of the Japanese population speak English at any level, with less than 5 percent being fluent speakers. So, the likelihood of encountering a fluent speaker on a random Japanese street is quite low. Most people working in tourist areas do understand simple English phrases, and most signboards, instructions, and menus in these areas are in both Japanese and English. Outside of these places, you will need a lot of hand gestures to get by.

  • How to plan an Asia tour?

    Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country. 

    After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.


  • What is the best time to visit Japan?

    The best time to visit Japan is during the fall (September to December) and spring (March to May). To get more information on what to expect from each season, read our guide on the best time to visit Japan.

  • Which countries should I visit in Asia?

    Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience. 

    Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. 


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