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Japanese Shabu Shabu dinner with many plates and people using chopsticks

Kyoto: Shabu Shabu Dinner

For a truly authentic Japanese dinner experience, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a Shabu Shabu dinner. This is a popular hot pot dish consisting of thinly sliced meat and bite-sized vegetables cooked in a steaming hot broth. The name Shabu Shabu comes from the onomatopoeic Japanese for ‘Swish swish’, describing the sound made by stirring the vegetables and meat in the pot with your chopsticks..

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Rainbow bridge over Tokyo River at night

Tokyo: Dinner Cruise

This evening there is the opportunity to see Tokyo from a different perspective with a dinner cruise along the Sumida River, which flows through the city. Step aboard the restaurant ship Symphony, and be served a delicious dinner whilst enjoying wonderful views of the Tokyo skyline. The dinner cruise starts from the Rainbow Bridge, a brightly lit suspension bridge stretching across Tokyo Bay from..

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Kanazawa: Afternoon Crafts Tour

You will learn about two of Kanazawa’s traditional crafts on this fascinating afternoon tour. Kutani pottery is a style of Japanese porcelain made locally, using a technique which dates from 1655. You will visit a craftsman and their workshop, and see the production process from forming, biscuit firing, glazing, glost firing to overglaze painting. Choose your favourite ones to give as unique souve..

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Kurashiki: Dinner at Ivy Square

Ivy Square is a complex of ivy-clad brick buildings that include museums, restaurants and an hotel. The area was the site of the first modern cotton mill in Japan, and the buildings were originally constructed as part of the mill in 1889. You will enjoy a top quality Japanese-French dinner in this historical venue. The menu includes seasonal delicacies, soup, fish or meat dishes using only the fre..

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Japanese BBQ with plates set out and beef ready to cook

Kyoto: Japanese BBQ Dinner

Yakiniku, a Japanese style BBQ, is one of the popular dishes in Japan; there are over 18,000 Yakiniku restaurants all over the country, so it’s almost the national dish!  Simple yet delicious, this communal meal offers fine selections of meat, vegetables, and various dipping sauces. You will gather around a table with a small barbecue grill in the centre, and tuck into as much as you like.  A vege..

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Okonomiyaki making on hot plate in Hiroshima

Hiroshima: Okonomiyaki Making Experience

Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese pancake and is a classic dish of the Hiroshima region. Tonight, we have the chance to learn how to make these delicious pancakes, and of course to taste them! Okonomiyaki are made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, meat, seafood or cheese, all grilled on a Teppan, a giant iron plate. At the restaurant, an expert chef will show you the tips and tricks of cooking your..

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Japanese plates with Hida beef

Takayama: Hida Beef Dinner

Hida-Gyu is beef from black-haired Japanese cattle bred in Gifu prefecture, where Takayama is located. Hida-Gyu is renowned as one of the finest quality meats in Japan, and a speciality of the area. The family-run restaurant is housed in a renovated Kominka; a traditional Japanese house built of wood and with a thatched roof. You will be warmly welcomed and treated to a wonderful meal at the resta..

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couple in japanese fan making class

Kyoto: Sanju Sangendo Hall and Paper Fan Painting Experience

Our afternoon tour begins with a visit to Sanju Sangendo, a temple in eastern Kyoto founded in 1164 and famed for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. After visiting the hall, we move on to a craft shop and learn about the ancient Japanese art of paper fan painting. Sensu, or folding fans, are a beautiful, instantly recognisable symbol of traditional Japan. They were originally made f..

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