Japan Food Tours  2020 & 2021

Japanese cuisine offers an amazingly wide range of choices. The 13-14 day Japan food tours explore the range from excellent street food through to gourmet dining at Michelin-starred restaurants.

The prized small group food tours of Japan (max 8 people) take you places unavailable to bigger groups. Small high quality local restaurants with heaps of atmosphere are a great example.  Occasionally you will cross paths with the larger tour groups, especially when you pause at some of the famous tourist  icons on your way.

The Japanese food tour itineraries are regionally focused, allowing you to appreciate the depth of the local food culture. The food trips also focus on the seasonal variety.

Through our expert knowledge you will visit a selection of producers and interact with locals. All of these tours are carefully balanced with discovery of the Japanese culture, history and spectacular scenery.

Read here about other aspects of our Food Tours of Japan.

Taste-test the freshest and most sophisticated meals while experiencing Japan’s centuries-old food traditions on the journey through central Japan including Tokyo, Kanazawa, Noto Peninsula, Kyoto and Osaka.

Departure Dates
12 Oct 2020Available

A gastronomic adventure amidst amazing autumn scenery, exploring Japan’s fantastic food traditions and culture on the friendly island of Kyushu. Enjoy exclusive experiences at small artisanal food producers not on the tourist map.

Departure Dates
10 Nov 2020Available

An exceptional 14-day culinary tour of Japan at cherry blossom time. The tour combines street food to Michelin star as well as significant historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes.

Departure Dates
27 Mar 2021Available

A gastronomic adventure in June, exploring Japan’s fantastic food, traditions and culture on the friendly Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido

Departure Dates
12 Jun 2021Available

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

Why Food Tours with Journey to the East?

Japanese cuisine is highly regarded on an international level and known to have an amazingly wide range. Our Food Tours of Japan allow you to enjoy this range of culinary experiences from traditional kaiseki to modern ‘fusion’ cuisines, from excellent street food through to Michelin-starred restaurants. Specifically, our Food Tours are designed to focus on regional specialties. This focus allows us to go deep inside the food culture and better understand the background.

We are conscious of the "paddock to plate" concept and each of these tours visit a selection of local food producers to gain full appreciation of the process. To give you the best exposure we will take you off the beaten track. We will introduce you to the people who create the food. Visit small, generations old, local food producers and merchants. Eat the freshest food, straight from farms and the sea.

Through our unparalleled knowledge and network the tours offer plenty of personal experiences for the enthusiastic foodie. From a cooking class with the fishermen's wives in a small fishing village on our Food Tour of Hokkaido, or chatting to the local chefs and farmers as we sample their fares over lunch in the coastal town of Itoshima on our Food & Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan.

We carefully hand-select all dining experiences throughout the journey including at least one visit to a Michelin-starred restaurant. Rather than just focusing on famous restaurants, our aim is to showcase the breadth and depth of Japanese cuisine and give our guests unforgettable, rich experiences. An example of our restaurant selection can be illustrated by a Michelin-starred restaurant located in the middle of remote rice paddies on the Noto Peninsula in our Food Tour of Central Japan.

The Small Tour Group format enables us to take you to places not possible with a larger tour group, and we provide a unique and more intimate gastronomic experience as a result.

Although these tours are food-focused this is all carefully balanced with a variety of sightseeing, including natural scenery, historic places, and some amazing experiences with the people of Japan.

See a list of Japan Food Tours here

Food Tour News

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.