If you yearn to learn the secrets of Japanese cooking – not from a quick online guide or TV show, but first-hand, under the guidance of an expert – a culinary tour may be the answer. Such hands-on travel experiences are run by experienced professionals that make learning the country’s centuries-old cuisine and culture a fascinating, enjoyable and practical journey.
On an individually arranged tour by operators such as Culture Bites, travellers get to choose from a range of trips to the Land of the Rising Sun, varying in length, location and choice of culinary and cultural stops. Tours can be weeks long, taking in the bounty of Japan’s capital Tokyo, as well as Osaka, “the city that loves to eat,” and Kyoto, where many of the country’s religious shrines are located alongside refined Kaiseki restaurants and tea houses where participants can watch a real geisha perform the ancient tea ceremony.
A Tokyo trip alone offer thousands of restaurants to explore, escorted by local experts who are often chefs themselves, or filmmakers, architects and academics with impressive knowledge of Japan’s many dishes and attractions, both ancient and contemporary.
Learning the many facets that make Japan’s cuisine among of the most healthy in the world is especially memorable under the private tutelage of an experienced chef. The teachers are chosen for their understanding of the minute details in Japanese cuisine, as well as for their ability to explain why each ingredient, cooking tool, preparation method and finishing step is essential ot the whole.
Only those versed in every aspect of Japanese cuisine can artfully explain such precise information, and on a culinary tour it is dispensed in a fun and interesting way along with insights into Japan’s many stunning cultural highlights.
Being guided by savvy long-time locals offers a very special tour through famous sites dating back centuries. That’s why Japanese food tours run by experts like Culture Bites are considered unique and inspiring travel experiences.