The route of this gastronomic tour in Japan compares favorably with similar tours with its democratic price and richness - you can see in a concentrated form all the classic tourist cities of Japan, immerse yourself in the traditions, history and culture of this country, having tasted dishes along the way every place and region: in Tokyo, it will be hairy crabs from the island of Hokkaido and a trip to the famous Tsukiji fish market, where you will taste real Japanese sushi.
On the island of Enoshima, you will find the sea specialty of the region - oysters, and in the old Tokyo quarter of Asakusa you will taste food from numerous stalls. A must-have dinner with the most famous Japanese puffer fish, so dangerous and unusual! In Kyoto and Nara, you can taste shabu-shabu or yakiniku, seafood tempura, or "gourmet" kaiseki. And the city of Osaka will surprise you with the "street" dish of takoyaki - octopus in batter and okonomiyaki - baked "pancake" made of eggs, vegetables, meat, seafood.
This is a must try!
You arrive at Narita airport, go through passport control yourself and receive your luggage. Transfer by shuttle minivan with a Japanese driver. After arrival, you will have free time until check-in at the hotel (check-in time at the hotel at 15-00). Therefore, we recommend that customers leave their luggage at the hotel and get their bearings by walking around the hotel.
Recommended for dinner or lunch on this day: Hokkaido island delicacies Each area of Tokyo has special establishments - izakaya, a kind of tavernas or pubs that serve alcoholic drinks in combination with delicious snacks at a reasonable price. Izakaya are popular not only among the Japanese themselves, but also among tourists. They open strictly in the afternoon and work late. We invite you to look into izakaya, which specializes in the cuisine of the island of Hokkaido - the freshest seafood, among which you can taste the famous hairy crabs in season! The simple atmosphere of a Japanese drinking establishment is nevertheless very authentic. Rest at the hotel
In the morning at 9-00 you will meet with the guide and go to Kamakura city (about 1 hour by train). Kamakura is one of the oldest feudal capitals in Japan, known since the 12th century. Buddhism began to spread throughout the country precisely from these places, so it is famous for its beautiful picturesque temples. One of them you will see today with a guide - the Hase Dera temple, which is more than 13 centuries old! It also offers a breathtaking view of Sagami Bay and the city of Kamakura itself. The town is small, with a quiet seaside atmosphere and many organic restaurants.
After Kamakura, you will travel to Yokohama, which has evolved from a small fishing village to a booming port and city with many ethnic neighborhoods. The most striking, perhaps, is Chinatown, where we will offer you to spend your dinner.
Return to Tokyo (30-40 minutes). The guide will accompany you to the hotel.
For those who want to plunge into the atmosphere of calm seaside life, we suggest that after visiting Kamakura, go to the volcanic island of Enoshima (25 minutes). Here you will find mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and, if you're lucky, a meeting with the country's "calling card" - the sacred Mount Fuji, which literally grows out of the water on clear days. Sakura blooms here in white clouds in spring, incendiary shows with fireworks are held in summer, and scarlet maples blaze in autumn. The island is a great place for a relaxed promenade, there are many inexpensive cafes and simply brazier stalls selling the freshest skewers with squid and octopus, sweet corn and the specialty of this place - oysters! You will also visit the Ryukoji Temple, built in the 13th century, and descend into the natural wood dragon grotto that was formed by the tidal waves.
Chinese cuisine is rightfully considered one of the richest cuisines in the world. What amazing gastronomic combinations have not been invented by the inhabitants of the Celestial Empire. Food for the Chinese is a topic of heated debate. When you meet a neighbor in the yard, be prepared to hear "Have you eaten yet?" instead of the usual "Hello". This article is a quick excursion into the world of cuisine that you will definitely enjoy. It is with great pleasure (and current saliva) that I share the dishes that I have fallen in love with during my 9 years of living in China. There are traditional delicacies from Beijing, and goodies from Shanxi, and gifts from Guangzhou in the heat of the day. I hope you enjoy them too!
All roads to China go through Beijing. Big tourist sin number 1 is not to visit the Wall of China, and number 2 is not to taste Peking duck. It is certainly cooked in the oven, baked until golden brown. In a good restaurant, the chef will take out the duck and cut it into small pieces right in front of your eyes.
The remaining bones and cartilage will be offered to you to fry or make soup.
Peking duck is served with thin tortillas, sweet sauce, cucumbers, garlic and sugar. Yes, sugar! It targets duck skin. Dip it in sugar, put it in your mouth and enjoy!
A dish that all foreigners, without exception, are crazy about. Originally from Sichuan, Gongbao chicken "flew" far beyond the province, so you can easily find it in almost any region of China (unlike the Peking duck, which you have to chase, for example).
Poultry fillets are prepared with peanuts or cashews, chilean peppers, sesame paste and ginger. Despite the chili, the dish cannot be called very spicy, it rather has a sweet spicy taste, and the chicken, according to some Chinese magic, turns out to be very tender.
When you want to eat something more familiar, go to any dumplings and order small jiaozi - steamed or fried. In the north, dumplings are served with vinegar 醋, and in the south with peanut sauce 花生 酱. I highly recommend the latter!
Gastronomic tourism is a fairly young direction, but it already has its fans and admirers. Of course, today you can taste dishes of any cuisine without leaving your country. However, the popularity of gastronomic tourism is not just about delicious food. It is also about getting to know the traditions of hospitality that are unique for each country, the opportunity to attend food festivals, take part in a tasting excursion and take part in a master class, where they will teach you not only to cook, but also to choose products for a national dish.
Gastronomic tours to Japan are distinguished by thoughtfulness and good organization. National cuisine recognizes the use of only healthy and fresh products. Only here it is worth trying fugu, because Japanese chefs know the secret of cooking this poisonous fish, from which the traveler feels a slight intoxication.
Miso soup, tofu, rolls, sushi and onigiri are cooked all over the world, but the real taste of these dishes can only be found in Japan. National sweets made from unusual ingredients deserve special attention.
Traditional drinks will add taste pleasure: net and sake for lovers of alcoholic drinks, Mugitya and gemmaitya for those who want to taste unusual Japanese teas. Lovers of the exotic will be able to taste locusts in soy sauce and sweet bee larvae, and even ice cream with a taste of meat. The tours offer many traditional cooking workshops.
This country is a real gourmet paradise. French cuisine is distinguished by its sophistication and always combines the three main components of a good dish: aroma, taste and beautiful presentation. Each region of this romantic country has its own culinary specialties.
When in France, you should definitely try oysters and grape snails, pay attention to foie gras and bouillabaisse, try frog legs, onion soup and delicious quiche pie.
Wine tours are especially popular. As a rule, they include a guided tour of the castles, which ends with a tasting of alcoholic beverages.
A gastronomic journey to this country will especially delight lovers of exotic. Tom yum soup, mangosteen smoothie, pad thai noodles, chicken curry, panang meat are just a few of the recommended dishes for tasting in Thailand.
Fried insects and larvae also find their place in Thai cuisine, and they are cooked in boiling oil right in front of the buyer, and then seasoned with herbs. Fried rats and frogs, as well as ant eggs, which are considered a delicacy, will add impressions to gourmets.