A Gastronome's Japan: Tea Ceremony with a Grandmaster and Culinary Break for Two

A Gastronome's Japan: Tea Ceremony with a Grandmaster and Culinary Break for Two

Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

$8,500

“Tokyo constantly defies the imagination” CN Traveller

Why we love it

Discover the greatest Japanese gastronomical pleasures. In Kyoto, learn the ancient art of the tea ceremony; led by grandmaster Soshin Kimura. In modern Tokyo, experience seasonal tasting menus at the multi-Michelin starred restaurants Ryugin, and Narisawa.

What's Included?

  • Experience the best of Japan with this six-night break for two, centred around the country's greatest gastronomical pleasures
  • Discover the ancient art of the Japanese tea ceremony with world-renowned master, Soshin Kimura
  • Enjoy your time in Kyoto with two nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Live the high life with four nights at a 4* hotel in Tokyo
  • Savour modern Tokyo’s Michelin-starred dining with dinner at Ryugin and lunch at Narisawa

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  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

Arrive in the modern metropolis of Tokyo to begin your gastronomical adventure through Japan. At Seiji Yamamoto's three Michelin starred Ryugin, you will enjoy the chef's imaginative tasting menu. The 18-seat restaurant offers an intimate and relaxed dining experience. Chef Yamamoto seeks to push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine through his dishes, but always with an understanding and appreciation of seasonality, indigenous ingredients and the traditional techniques of Japanese culinary heritage.

Two Michelin starred Narisawa fuses the finest of Japan's products with a European cooking style. Head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa trained in France, Switzerland and Italy, and brought this tutelage back to his Tokyo restaurant. In 2013, as well as being the highest ranked restaurant in Asia, Narisawa also received the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, reflecting the chef’s deep connection with nature and commitment to farm to fork cooking. Narisawa’s dishes are carefully considered creations, and the chef urges his diners not just to eat, but to absorb life from the food.

Move on from Tokyo to the ancient city of Kyoto. Here, you will learn the art of the Japanese tea ceremony from grandmaster Soshin Kimura. Japan was first introduced to tea by the Chinese in the 700’s. Tea ceremonies are a fundamental part of Japanese culture. The elaborate and refined tea ceremony includes infusing powdered or leafed tea with boiling water, and eating ‘wagashi’, a selection of Japanese sweets that aid in the appreciation of the tea’s varying tastes and values. In a traditional tea drinking ceremony with Soshin, you’ll learn the graceful etiquette of drinking tea, gain knowledge of the importance of tea in Japan and be enlightened to the ways that tea subtly reflect Japan’s philosophy, art, history, architecture and hospitality.

To round-off your Japanese adventure, spend 2 nights in the sanctuary of a traditional Ryokan. Ryokan are ancient Japanese style inns found throughout the country, especially in hot spring resorts. Your stay will allow you to experience traditional Japanese hospitality. The Ryokan feature tatami floors, futon beds and Japanese style baths. Adapt to the Japanese culture and lifestyle, and ensure you won’t be considered a baka gaijin.

Description

Arrive in the modern metropolis of Tokyo to begin your gastronomical adventure through Japan. At Seiji Yamamoto's three Michelin starred Ryugin, you will enjoy the chef's imaginative tasting menu. The 18-seat restaurant offers an intimate and relaxed dining experience. Chef Yamamoto seeks to push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine through his dishes, but always with an understanding and appreciation of seasonality, indigenous ingredients and the traditional techniques of Japanese culinary heritage.

Two Michelin starred Narisawa fuses the finest of Japan's products with a European cooking style. Head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa trained in France, Switzerland and Italy, and brought this tutelage back to his Tokyo restaurant. In 2013, as well as being the highest ranked restaurant in Asia, Narisawa also received the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, reflecting the chef’s deep connection with nature and commitment to farm to fork cooking. Narisawa’s dishes are carefully considered creations, and the chef urges his diners not just to eat, but to absorb life from the food.

Move on from Tokyo to the ancient city of Kyoto. Here, you will learn the art of the Japanese tea ceremony from grandmaster Soshin Kimura. Japan was first introduced to tea by the Chinese in the 700’s. Tea ceremonies are a fundamental part of Japanese culture. The elaborate and refined tea ceremony includes infusing powdered or leafed tea with boiling water, and eating ‘wagashi’, a selection of Japanese sweets that aid in the appreciation of the tea’s varying tastes and values. In a traditional tea drinking ceremony with Soshin, you’ll learn the graceful etiquette of drinking tea, gain knowledge of the importance of tea in Japan and be enlightened to the ways that tea subtly reflect Japan’s philosophy, art, history, architecture and hospitality.

To round-off your Japanese adventure, spend 2 nights in the sanctuary of a traditional Ryokan. Ryokan are ancient Japanese style inns found throughout the country, especially in hot spring resorts. Your stay will allow you to experience traditional Japanese hospitality. The Ryokan feature tatami floors, futon beds and Japanese style baths. Adapt to the Japanese culture and lifestyle, and ensure you won’t be considered a baka gaijin.

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Additional Information

This experience is valid for booking within 6 months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months of booking.

Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel.

We recommend booking the world-famous bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto to best enjoy the Japanese countryside while travelling.

Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

All bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 6 weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

We Also Recommend

  • Prepare for your tea ceremony by researching the etiquette of the occasion
  • Sip on a Hibiki 17 in the Park Hyatt’s panoramic New York Bar
  • Wander around Tokyo's Golden Gai, a small area of the city packed with over 200 tiny bars, clubs and eateries

Additional Information

This experience is valid for booking within 6 months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months of booking.

Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel.

We recommend booking the world-famous bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto to best enjoy the Japanese countryside while travelling.

Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

All bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 6 weeks in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

How it works

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    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

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  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Japan

Japan

Tokyo Japan

Kyoto Japan

A Gastronome's Japan: Tea Ceremony with a Grandmaster and Culinary Break for Two

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