Tour duration

You are here

You are here

Flavours of Japan

10 days3 cities
Japan1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 21 Reviews
Private tour to Japan

Get ready to indulge your taste buds in an array of delightful Japanese delicacies and specialties as we take you on a private tour! Experience Japan in a way that only the locals can as we lead you through bustling streets and alleyways to hidden culinary gems that are sure to leave you yearning for more. You'll get the chance to learn about traditional cooking techniques and discover some of the unique cultural customs that surround each dish, giving you a truly immersive experience.

10 days3 cities
Japan1 country
From
 $5,066 
Asakusa Temple
3
days
Japan

Being one of the most graceful and charming Asian cities, Tokio will steal your heart for sure. Always changing and full of surprises, the city attracts millions of tourists from all over the world who immediately become its passionate admirers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! An English-speaking assistant meets you at the arrivals hall and takes you to your private driver for the transfer to your hotel.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you check in and have the rest of the day at leisure to relax after your trip or start exploring the vibrant city on your own.

2
day
Tokyo Sightseeing Tour & Night Food Tour

In the morning, you meet your private guide and start your first half-day tour of Tokyo. During the tour, you use the convenient Tokyo public train transportation to travel around the city.

First, you see the incredible Imperial Palace to get a taste of Japanese culture. and glance at the precious interior of the building. Notably, The Imperial Palace has served as the residential place of the successive Emperors since 1868. 

Then you have a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree by metro, a television broadcasting tower, and the tallest structure in Japan. Its observation decks offering spectacular views over Tokyo are the highlights of the tower. You visit the deck located at the height of 350 meters (1148 feet), so make sure to have your camera and phone charged!

After that, you will visit Asakusa Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and learn the legend of how this temple was built. The temple is known to bring good luck in almost anything, so make sure to make a wish! Here you can feel the traditional Japanese culture the moment you step onto the temple grounds. 

In the evening, your group guide will take you on an exploration of the back alleys of charming and funky Sangenjaya. Soak up the atmosphere of this unique local neighborhood rarely visited by tourists. Experience a night out the Japanese way.

During your Sangenjaya adventure you’ll check out the tiny bars in the lantern lit labyrinth of alleys. Stop by for kushikatsu (deep fried meat, fish and vegetables on skewers) drinks and a chat with the friendly owner at a tiny standing bar. Visit a teppanyaki restaurant where you’ll learn about and cook your own monjayaki and okonomiyaki. 

Finally visit a secret sake bar and enjoy a selection of sake, sashimi, and grilled dishes. Get a real insight into Tokyo’s night life, taste delicious and rare Japanese  food and drinks, chat with locals and experience the charm of a wonderful Tokyo neighborhood. The smells, tastes and sounds will leave you with unforgettable memory of your trip.

3
day
Tsukiji Market Private Tour & Sushi Class

Meet your guide and have a tour the Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and experience its lively and messy and charmingly authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide and learn interesting things about the market and about Japanese seafood cuisine.
It's the largest fish market in the world from an insider’s perspective.

After the tour, you join our exclusive sushi-making class to pick up all the secrets behind this beloved dish, with guidance from an experienced sushi chef. The class is designed to take you through the whole sushi-making process from start to finish. From selecting the best quality fish to selecting the perfect seasoning, we will ensure that you understand the importance of traditional ingredients, taste, texture and technique — and have the chance to hone your own unique flavor combinations too!

After the tour, you return to your hotel. 

The next day  in the morning private driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and takes you to the train station to continue your amazing trip!

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier

Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier is a modern and stylish hotel located in the vibrant heart of Tokyo's Ginza district. Its convenient location and luxurious amenities offer a perfect base for business and leisure travelers.

train
Tokyo
Kyoto
2hrs 18min

Experience the fantastic way to travel from dazzling Tokyo to authentic Kyoto by train! Admire the breathtaking view you will pass by train, enjoy modern facilities, and relax in your comfortable and cozy seat!

Osaka, Japan
3
days
Japan

Having previously served as the capital of the country before 1868, the charming city of Kyoto is one of the ten largest cities in Japan with a population of 1.5 million people. The city is famous for hundreds of its gorgeous Buddhist temples and shrines, scattered along its territory, and is often called Japan’s spiritual heart.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Arrival in Kyoto

Upon arrival in Kyoto, a private driver meets you at the train station and takes you to the hotel.

The rest of the day you can enjoy free time and some independent sightseeing or feel free to book any optional activities with us.

5
day
Tea Ceremony & Kyoto City Tour

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your private guide and start your full-day exploration of Kyoto.

You start with a Japanese tea ceremony experience, that provides an engaging induction to the traditional tea ceremony. This activity dates back hundreds of years and is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. In this ceremony you will have an opportunity to wear traditional kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea's flavour.

After soaking up the Japanese tea culture, you proceed to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Imperial Family's residence from 794 until 1868, during the times when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Here you have a chance to explore the palace buildings (from the outside) and the gardens, which was just recently opened to the public.

After a break for lunch, you visit the Arashiyama, the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto that is filled with temples and shrines. The highlight of the district is the famed Bamboo Forest, one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto. Standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove is like being in another world, it has a sense of otherness that is very much unlike that of any other forest. This is an experience that is not to be missed!

Your tour continues with visiting Kinkakuji, one of the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most remarkable Buddhist temples, and a gorgeous golden must-see attraction! So welcome to one of the most luxurious temples in Japan, also known worldwide, reflecting its fame in traditional arts and modern media. Here you will find peace, tranquility, and spiritual renewal.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.  

6
day
Fushimi Inari Shrine & Sanjusangendo Temple & Sake Tasting

Today you have a half-day tour to explore Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangendo. You will reach these sights by the convenient system of public trains. 

Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of red torii gates, which stand astride a network of trails. The trails lead into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. You can take a hike on these trails and learn how the thousands of torrid gates appeared here. 

Then you proceed to the Sanjusangendo Temple, famous for its 1001 human-sized statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Once inside, you see a large wooden statue composition of the Kannon, equipped with numerous heads and arms, the goddess of mercy can better witness the suffering of humans and better help them fight the suffering.

After the tour, you continue the exploration with Fushimi area of Kyoto. 

Set out on a concise, yet engaging journey to the biggest sake brewery in Fushimi, where you'll gain insights into age-old brewing techniques and sample distinctive flavors brewed on the premises. Your journey is amplified by a curated tasting experience, allowing you to savor exclusive, locally-restrained sake types, while gaining a deeper understanding of their varied taste profiles from a seasoned guide. The cherry on top is a serving of traditional Japanese nibbles, called Otsumami, thoughtfully paired with different sakes, providing you with an opportunity to unearth and relish the most harmonious food-sake pairings.

The next day in the morning, you check out from the hotel and continue your trip.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel Okura Kyoto

Hotel Okura Kyoto is a legendary and prestigious hotel nestled in Kyoto, Japan's cultural and historical heart. Its impeccable blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics and contemporary luxury promises an enchanting experience for discerning travelers.

train
Kyoto
Osaka
35 min

Enjoy a fast and scenic train ride through some of the most scenic landscapes in Japan. Providing all the necessary amenities, such as power sockets and luggage compartments, it is one of the best ways to travel from Kyoto to Osaka. 

Osaka Castle
4
days
Japan

With its lively urban atmosphere, delicious street food, and numerous dazzling neon billboards, colorful Osaka is the third-largest city in the country and an ideal destination to enrich your Japan itinerary.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Arrival

Upon arrival in Osaka, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel, you check in and have the evening at leisure.

8
day
Osaka City Tour

In the morning after breakfast you meet your private guide and to explore Osaka on a full day tour of the city. During the tour you use public transportation, just like a local. 

First you visit the Umeda Sky Building, a high rise building that consists of two towers connected with each other by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor. The observatory offers great views of the city through its windows and from its open-air deck.

Then you have a chance to see the Osaka Castle. The construction of the original castle, that was intended to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule, started in 1583. It was the largest castle at the time. Your guide will share with you the history of the castle, that was destroyed and rebuilt since then.

After some time for lunch, you proceed to the Shinsaibashi shopping area, the best-known shopping area in Osaka, and a symbol of the city that has its own history of nearly 400 years. Among the numerous shops you can find here local specialties and great cafes and restaurants.

After having some free time at the Shinsaibashi, you return to your hotel.

9
day
Free Day & Backstreets of Osaka Night Food Tour

This day you can enjoy free time and some independent sightseeing or feel free to book any optional activities with us. 

In the evening, experience the vibrant pulse of Minami Osaka on a Night Food Tour, an area mirroring the lively essence of Tokyo's Shibuya with its array of restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and bustling nightlife. Starting in the iconic Dotonbori area, home to the colossal Glico Running Man billboard, the tour takes you off the beaten path into labyrinthine alleyways, unveiling an alternative side of Osaka. 

As you wander, savor local delights including kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers), the renowned takoyaki (grilled octopus-filled balls), and seasonal dishes like tempura in a local izakaya (gastropub). Immerse yourself in Osaka's nostalgic drinking lanes packed with uniquely-themed, compact izakayas, each offering a unique twist on the traditional Japanese bar experience. 

Concluding your tour with a dessert, you're then free to continue your adventure in the area, equipped with local recommendations, making it a night to remember.

 

10
day
Departure

After breakfast and check-out, your private driver transfers you to the Osaka airport or train station depending on where you go next.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier

Stay at the renowned Mitsui Garden Hotel Osaka Premier and enjoy the convenience of being near all the top landmarks, top-notch amenities, and excellent quality service.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, local city taxes and all personal expenses.

Please note:

Read more Collapse

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing guided tours in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto
  • Night Food Tour with Japanese food tasting
  • Tours to Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Osaka Castle
  • Sushi class, sake tasting, and tea ceremony
  • A private tour to Tsukiji Market
  • Free time to explore Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto on your own

Stress-free Booking Book your journey without stress and at convenient pace. You can pay a deposit of 20% to book any tour in any major currency; the final balance will be due 90 days before start date. In event if you decide to change or postpone your trip, you can transfer your deposit to any other packages we offer. Cruise bookings and special offers may be subject to different booking terms.

Trip Assurance If you need our assistance during your trip, you can call our support line available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CET) on weekdays and weekends.

Firebird tour policies & FAQs