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Try the different aspects of JapanTry the different aspects of Japan

Eat like a local! Feel the essence of Japan through a culinary journey around rural Japan, and savour the unique and varied flavours that make up washoku, or Japanese cuisine.

Bar Hopping in Sendai City Bar Hopping in Sendai City

Bar hopping in Sendai's nostalgic drinking sites in Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi prefecture's sake culture is said to have begun when Sendai Domain's feudal lord Date Masamune set up a sake brewing house within the castle grounds. The best way to discover the best local watering holes is with local guides who can take you to explore the back alleys of Bunka Yokocho and Iroha Yokocho - two nostalgic drinking locations in the city that will make you feel like you've stepped back in time to the Showa era (1940s-80s). The streets are lined with about a hundred stores - consisting of all sorts of restaurants and tiny izakaya (taverns) that seat about 8 people at a time. With a guided 2.5 hour tour, visit three izakaya venues where you can drink and eat as you learn useful tips and phrases to get the most out of your drinking experience.

Bar Hopping in Sendai City Japan

A trip down the bustling Hachinohe Morning Market A trip down the bustling Hachinohe Morning Market

A trip down the bustling morning markets of Hachinohe City in Aomori Prefecture

The morning markets of Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture are social hubs for the locals who also come here to get the freshest foods. With a guide, go on a morning tour of these bustling markets like a local and you can even have fun interacting with the actual locals! Visit Mutsuminato Station Morning Market, the kitchen of Hachinohe, and make your own asaichi gohan breakfast by selecting sashimi slices and side dishes of your likings to go on a bowl of rice, served with a side of miso soup. On Sundays from April to December, visit Tatehana Wharf Fishing Port Morning Market - the largest in Japan - to try some Takikomi-gohan (rice dish seasoned in soy sauce) or udon noodles.

Hachinohe Morning Market in Aomori Japan

Hachimantai Traditional Foods Course Hachimantai Traditional Foods Course

Learn how to cook traditional Japanese cuisine in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture

Experience the traditional local food culture of Hachimantai City in Iwate Prefecture in a local village tucked in the Hachimantai highlands. A visit to this old historic house - it once belonged to a local sake brewer - in this rural village takes you back in time to the old ages of Japan. It is here where you can experience cooking local dishes with homegrown and local ingredients which vary depending on the season. Cooking classes are taught by local experts, mostly local mothers, who have been cooking by using methods that evolved with the local food culture and passed down over centuries.

Hachimantai Traditional Food Course in Iwate Japan

Private night food tour of local favourites Private night food tour of local favourites

Visit favourite local spots on a night food tour in Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima is well known for a lot of things, from its delicious, juicy oysters to the floating temple of Miyajima. This time round, get to know the city more personally by joining a food tour at night! The 3-hour tour takes you to three izakaya (taverns) that are famous among the locals and where you can enjoy Hiroshima's delicacies like okonomiyaki, oysters, and local sake. Enjoy drinks and appetisers a the first izakaya, followed by a main meal and drink at the next before ending the night at the third izakaya with either Okonomiyaki or dessert. Learn about the history behind some of its comfort foods as you savour them.

Private Night Food Tour in Hiroshima Japan

A peek into traditions while trying your hands at tofu making A peek into traditions while trying your hands at tofu making

Learn to make a Japanese staple dish in a traditional kura

Tofu may look simple, but it's an elegant, essential part of Japanese cuisine dating back to the 8th century. It remains a staple of Japanese cuisine and is especially important in vegetarian cuisine of Buddhist temples. Today, it takes many forms, from deep-fried agedashi tofu to tofu-based desserts. You can appreciate tofu's diversity in a tofu-making workshop taught by an English-speaking tofu expert. Learn the entire process from crushing and boiling the beans, to separating the curd, then sampling your handmade creation - all in a 2-hour lesson held in a historic kura, a traditional Japanese store house featuring heavy walls, thick doors, and ornamental roofs, traditionally used for centuries to preserve rice, soba, sake, and more.

Tofu Making in Japan

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