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Tour Calendar

On this personal tour for eight adventurous food lovers, Yoko will take you on a journey to explore historical festivals, community events and locally acclaimed restaurants. She created the tour to share the best parts of rural Japan during its best season.  Most importantly, you will know what every one of her friends knows: Wherever Yoko goes, tasty morsels will follow!

Festivals, Feasts & Fishing:  An Insider’s Culinary Tour of Gifu
Oct
5
to Oct 9

Festivals, Feasts & Fishing: An Insider’s Culinary Tour of Gifu

  • Explore the Seki Knife Festival & Mino Paper Lantern Night Walk
  • Go on a Nagara River Ukai Boat ride - Ancient night time fishing by cormorant Master
  • Attend the Takayama Autumn Festival & Shirakawa Village, a World Heritage Site
  • Learn about and taste the amazing local foods in Mino & Hida Regions
  • Visit several nationally-acclaimed Mino Pottery Barnes & Museums
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Wine, Sake & Whiskey: The Spirit(s) of Koshu
Oct
12
to Oct 16

Wine, Sake & Whiskey: The Spirit(s) of Koshu

 

  • Visits to some of the best wineries in Japan's premier wine country, Katsunuma

  • Sake Tastings at 5 breweries in Lake Suwa, Nagono.

  • Hakushu Whisky Distillery Tour and Tasting at the bar where you can find the rare collections of Suntory whiskey.

  • Cooking lessons focused on regional dishes at Yoko's friend's house in Kofu (Soup Noodles & More)

  • Temple Retreat (one day): Witness the evening service with chants echoing in Kuonji Temple

  • Yuba (bean curd skin) course dinner & Selected best local dishes served every day

  • Short hikes along a beautiful stream, around the lake and through a vineyard are included everyday

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Hokuriku Seafood Feast Tour: 1
Nov
20
to Nov 24

Hokuriku Seafood Feast Tour: 1

Winter in Toyama Bay is known for producing an abundance and variety of wild fish.  It’s a season truly made for seafood lovers: Fresh crab meat sashimi, fatty yellowtail, and Kobako-crab just to name a few.  On this five-day tour, you will discover the sublime pleasures - food, architecture, craftsmanship, and history - for which this region is rightly famous.

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Hokuriku Seafood Feast Tour: 2
Dec
25
to Dec 29

Hokuriku Seafood Feast Tour: 2

Winter in Toyama Bay is known for producing an abundance and variety of wild fish.  It’s a season truly made for seafood lovers: Fresh crab meat sashimi, fatty yellowtail, and Kobako-crab just to name a few.  On this five-day tour, you will discover the sublime pleasures - food, architecture, craftsmanship, and history - for which this region is rightly famous.

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Spring Tour 2018
Apr
7
to Apr 15

Spring Tour 2018

  • Travel beautiful rural Japan during cherry blossom season.  For flexibility and to avoid heavy traffic, we have our own car service for 4 consecutive days for the first tour and the first day of the second part of the tour.

  • Taste the umami-loaded regional Aka-miso dishes while visiting one of the oldest Miso breweries from the 14th century.

  • Inhale the aromas of a “sweets sanctuary”. La Collina is a year-old facility where we will see the craftwork of and taste Wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets and cakes.

  • Explore Ohmi Hachiman, the equivalent of Bruges in Japan.  Formerly a wealthy merchants’ town in the 17th Century, beautiful canals link Lake Biwa, the castle and the old town.  The architecture presents photogenic sceneries around every corner.

  • Visit the nationally-acclaimed Mino Pottery Barn and Kitchen Knife store.  It’s an essential visit to truly experience the biggest and greatest industry of this region.

  • Attend the 383rd Inuyama Matsuri, a seasonal night festival at the old castle town of Inuyama where we’ll see 13 lantern-decorated floats pulled by manpower.

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