Fish is Japanese people’s favourite protein and we have so many ways of cooking fish. It is spring in Australia and I am so happy to see fresh mackerel and Spanish mackerel at my local fish market. I will share with you three of my favourite ways of cooking mackerel. Saikyo-yaki (miso marinated grilled fish)…

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Journey to the East are proud to announce the latest in our popular series of food tours, the 2020 Food Tour of Hokkaido. Culinary delights include everything from street food and Sapporo’s famous ramen, right through to Michelin starred restaurants and traditional kaiseki multi-course cuisine…

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Mt Fuji with cherry blossoms

It has been a hectic time for The Journey to the East team over the past few months! It is now May and the iconic cherry blossom season across Japan is drawing to a close for 2019. We take a look back at 2019 with our clients and look forward to the 2020 Cherry Blossom Season…

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Until recently, UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage included only one traditional cuisine – French.  However, there are now two cuisines listed; French and Japanese. The traditional Japanese cuisine known as “washoku” was recently added to this exclusive list. We are all familiar how good chefs around the world have frequently turned to the foundation…

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One of the most frustrating things about travelling in Japan has been the difficulties associated with communicating home. With 10+ million foreign tourists a year going to Japan, the pressure for change has had some effect. Free WiFi in Japan for travellers  just got easier. There is now a free app (pc, iphone/ipad and Android…

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You often hear that Japan is blessed with a beautifully distinct four seasons. But you’ve got to experience one or more of the seasons to actually know what it means. We have just completed our signature spring ‘Cherry Blossom Spectacular Tour’ and comments we received from the members of the tour demonstrate that the experience…

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The Takayama Spring Festival starts mid April and runs for two days. The centuries old Takayama festival apparently started in the 17th century. There is little documented history about the start of the event, it is held to commemorate a good harvest. One of the largest festivals in Japan, it is a spectacle not to miss. The…

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Kyushu

Speak of Japan and places likes Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Takayama spring to mind. All these places are on the main island of Honshu. There is an island in Japan that is steeped in history, has wonderful natural wonders (like volcanoes), is renowned for food & festivals and yet it is less visited. You may…

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