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YAMAGATA

Shonai Cultural Activities & Lunch at a Farmer’s Restaurant

Experience the cultural activities and cuisine of beautiful Shonai! During this tour, you’ll visit Kamo Aquarium, enjoy a tasty lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant, and learn how to make e-rosoku candles, a traditional handicraft of the area.
from¥21,700
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TOKYO

Takoyaki Dinner Party w/ Unlimited Drinks in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Have an all-you-can-drink takoyaki party with local Japanese people! Learn about Japanese culture while grilling up the classic party food, takoyaki. The perfect opportunity to experience a Japanese nomikai party!
from¥7,999
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With appetizer
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KANAGAWA

Noh, Spirituality, and a Meal with the Gods at Afuri Shrine

Discover Noh, Japanese traditional performance art, and experience the spirituality of a pilgrimage to Afuri Shrine, complete with a meal shared with the gods.
from¥39,500
With dinner
Private Experience
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HYOGO

Seasonal Awaji Island Produce and Sake Pairing Course

Enjoy aged spirits, cocktails, nihonshu, sake, vintage umeshu plum wine, shochu and more in a unique bar setting, and indulge in a course menu of local vegetables and pork in this sake pairing dinner featuring famous Awaji Island cuisine.
from¥9,500
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TOCHIGI

Fire Ceremony and Kaiseki Dining at The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko

Ancient temple life, luxurious Japanese dining, and regional cuisine. Partner farms provide local, fresh ingredients. Experience Buddhist meditation with monks at a religious ceremony. Take home handmade souvenirs and appreciate artisan ceramics.
from¥30,000
Regional food
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GIFU

Nagara River Boating and Banquet with Geisha Experience

Cruising down the Nagara River in Gifu, enjoy a banquet with Japanese sake and live performances by geisha. The meal spotlights seasonal ingredients and local fish, which you can see being caught using the ancient method of cormorant fishing.
from¥27,985
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KYOTO

Evening Gion Walking Tour and Customized Kappo Dinner

Connect with the essence of Kyoto as you stroll along the machiya houses, shrines and bridges of Gion’s alleyways with a knowledgeable guide, and indulge in a multi-course kappo dinner customized to your preferences.
from¥20,000
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TOKYO

Tokyo Bay Private Dinner in a Traditional Boat

Sightsee and dine with utmost comfort! See Tokyo Tower and Odaiba’s Rainbow Bridge light up at night while enjoying a multi-course dinner with temaki and tempura on a private yakatabune boat along Tokyo Bay.
from¥23,834
Private Experience
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TOKYO

Kaiseki Bento Traditional Cuisine & Tea Ceremony

Have a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine with cha-kaiseki! Enjoy five beautiful dishes representing Japan’s nature and history, at a teahouse steeped in Japanese art and culture. Take part in the following tea ceremony for a complete experience.
from¥27,500
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GIFU

Ayu Sweetfish Regional Dining Experience in Gifu

This nine-course meal features ayu sweetfish, the product of the 1300-year old practice of cormorant fishing. Unique to the waters that flow through Gifu, the versatile fish is prepared as sushi, charcoal-grilled, fried into tempura, and more!
from¥14,440
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SHIZUOKA

Multi-Course Kaiseki Dining Experience in Shizuoka

Chefs Akahori and Suguro put their culinary skills on full display in this dining experience in Kakuya Bessho Restaurant in Shizuoka. Watch the chefs filet fish and prepare dashi, and feast on a kaiseki dinner with wine, Japanese sake and tea.
from¥39,600
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TOKYO

Nakano Private Food Tour: Tempura, Japanese BBQ & More

Feast on tempura, wagyu beef, and other izakaya dishes and wash it down with refreshing sake as you explore the hidden eateries led by a local guide in this food tour exploring Nakano, an entertainment hub west of Shinjuku in central Tokyo.
from¥17,000
Private Experience
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SHIZUOKA

Omakase Sushi and Tea Pairing at Uotake Sushi (Shizuoka)

Uotake Sushi restaurant in Shizuoka elevates the classic combination of sushi and tea with this pairing of fresh Edomae sushi and Shizuoka’s famous teas blended by a chashi tea master.
from¥39,600
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TOKYO

Private Geisha Show & Premium Dinner in Kagurazaka (Tokyo)

Step into a 70-year-old former geisha house for an exclusive dining experience and geisha show in Kagurazaka, Tokyo’s geisha district in Shinjuku. Indulge in a multi-course French-inspired traditional dinner masterfully prepared by two female chefs.
from¥41,250
Private Experience
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TOKYO

Asakusa Sumo Wrestler Show & Lunch Experience (Tokyo)

Would you make a good sumo wrestler? Find out in this unique restaurant in Asakusa. Watch a Japanese dance performance and a sumo bout, eat a chanko nabe wrestler meal, and, if you’re brave, suit up and challenge a real sumo wrestler in the dohyo!
from¥16,000
Has a gift
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TOKYO

Tokyo Bay Private Lunch in a Traditional Boat

See Tokyo Tower and Odaiba’s Rainbow Bridge while enjoying a seasonal bento lunch with traditional wagashi sweets on a private yakatabune boat cruise ride along the bay of Tokyo.
from¥19,479
Private Experience
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KANAGAWA

Sushi & Sake Pairing With Sake Sommelier in Chigasaki

Indulge in a private dining experience where sushi and sake come together in harmony. Learn about the different varieties of sake, narrow down your preferences and understand the basics of sake pairing from a certified sake sommelier.
from¥15,000
Private Experience
Dining Experiences
TOKYO

Japanese Home Cooking Dining Experience in Tokyo

This casual and laidback experience allows traveling foodies to experience a true Japanese home-cooked meal inside a Tokyo residence. Host Marimo welcomes you into her home for a rare dining experience featuring delicious seasonal cooking.
from¥15,000
Private Experience
Dining Experiences
NAGANO

Orchard Tour in Nagano With Outdoor Fine Dining Experience

Reconnect with nature on this food experience in Nagano. Visit an orchard where dedicated farmers grow premium fruit. Then, enjoy a course meal highlighting local ingredients such as kurobuta pork, salmon, and seasonal vegetables.
from¥12,000
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HOKKAIDO

Private Chef Experience in Niseko, Hokkaido

Experience fine dining in Hokkaido with a private chef experience in Niseko or Rusutsu. The chef will prepare a multi-course meal at your accommodation featuring locally sourced seasonal ingredients, seafood, meats, desserts, & more.
from¥27,500
Dining Experiences
ISHIKAWA

Traditional Ryokan, Kaiseki, & Tea Ceremony in Ishikawa

Relax on a one-night escape at Matsusaki Ryokan in Nomi City, Ishikawa. Unwind in a cozy room with a private hot spring bath, enjoy a kaiseki dinner & washoku breakfast, explore the nearby Tatsunokuchi Onsen, & experience a Japanese tea ceremony.
from¥55,000
With sake
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ISHIKAWA

Overnight in Ishikawa: Traditional Ryokan & Kaiseki Dinner

Discover tranquility at a traditional Japanese ryokan in Ishikawa! Unwind in a private room with a hot spring bath, savor a kaiseki dinner & seasonal breakfast, soak in Awazu Onsen, & learn into the meditative art of Shakyo script-writing.
from¥19,663
With sake
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ISHIKAWA

Kaga Onsen: Relaxation, Kaiseki, Sake, & Gold Leaf Workshop

Relax with an overnight stay at Kaga Onsen in Ishikawa! Enjoy a room with a private onsen, luxurious kaiseki dining, a Japanese breakfast, sake tasting, & a gold-leaf crafting workshop.
from¥9,460
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GIFU

Tea Tasting & Etiquette in a Historic Townhouse (Gifu)

Join Kyoko, a certified teacher from the Japan Service Manners Association, for a unique tea-tasting & table manner experience in Gifu! You’ll learn about tea culture, etiquette, & taste Marika (Jasmine) tea in a historic Meiji-era townhouse.
from¥6,500
Private Experience
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GIFU

Temple Cuisine, Table Manners, & Tea in a 120 y/o Townhouse

Discover Japanese cuisine, tea, table manners & more in this unforgettable experience in Gifu! You’ll try Otoki Ryori (temple cuisine) & learn about Japanese culinary traditions in a 120 year-old Meiji-era townhouse, from a certified lecturer.
from¥11,000
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YAMANASHI

Stay at 100-Year-Old House in Yamanashi with Shojin Ryori

Experience a slower pace of life at the peaceful 100-year-old house near the historical Kakurinbo Temple. Enjoy vegetarian shojin ryori and a special matsuri presentation.
from¥50,000
Regional food
Dining Experiences
YAMANASHI

Temple Stay at Kakurinbo: Shojin Ryori and Matsuri

Traditional Buddhist and craft experiences in the heart of Yamanashi prefecture. Walk in the footsteps of monks as you tour Minobusan's temple and town, stay overnight, and enjoy vegetarian shojin ryori cusine.
from¥28,000
Regional food
Dining Experiences
TOYAMA

Revitalizing Zazen Meditation & Monk-Style Meal (Toyama)

Restore body and mind in this unique spiritual experience in Takaoka, Toyama. Meditate with Zen Buddhist monks at an ancient temple garden, and enjoy a healthy vegetarian lunch made in a traditional Buddhist cooking style.
from¥9,200
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Absolutely exceptional. Best Sushi I've ever eaten and the presentation was impeccable.
Olga Grigoryeva
July 08, 2024
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Tokyo Omakase Sushi Experience with Personal Chef
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Had a great night out ! Certainly one of the highlights of out Kyoto trip. Such fun :) explained a lot of things about the city we did not know yet and the selected restaurants where top and authentic.
frederik maertens
July 07, 2024
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Kyoto Izakaya Food Adventure
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Such a beautiful experience. The interior of the cafe was filled with blue and white hydrangeas with white furniture. The blue and white theme continued with the incredibly beautiful afternoon tea. All sorts of small treats with a selection of teas. Stunning presentation. It was the highlight of the trip to Tokyo with my daughter. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.
Suzanne Smith
June 28, 2024
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Afternoon Tea in Aoyama: Decadent Sweets & Savory Treats
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This was a unique experience. We had the opportunity to learn about geisha culture and ask any and all questions! The tea and washi were premade (still good), so that didn't really end up being the focus. Instead, we learned to dance, played games, dressed up in traditional garb, and enjoyed chatting with our hosts. It was a fun afternoon, and definitely something that we wouldn't have experienced elsewhere!
Diane Salisbury
June 24, 2024
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Spend an Afternoon with Geisha in Tokyo (w/ Tea & Wagashi)
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We greatly enjoyed the sumo experience lunch. The sumo wrestlers were very friendly and very entertaining. The host was also entertaining and easy to understand, we are Australians. Highly recommend, anyone can join in and wrestle the Sumos as well, our kids loved it.
Megan Colless
June 23, 2024
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Sumo Wrestler Challenge and Lunch in Tokyo
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Find The Unique Dining Experiences in Japan

Japan is among the countries with the most Michelin stars in the world, and for good reason. Japanese cuisine is immensely diverse, encompassing a huge range of cuisines based on the region, occasion, and season. For example, there are deeply traditional and historic cuisines such as “kaiseki ryori,” the sophisticated multi-course meal; and “shojin ryori,” the humble Buddhist vegetarian fare. Dining experiences in Japan also vary by region, with each prefecture being home to its own specialty dishes and ingredients. Prized wagyu beef comes not just from Kobe, but also from Omi in Shiga prefecture and Matsusaka in Mie prefecture. In mountainous Yamagata, wild vegetables are harvested and eaten in a special regional hotpot dish called “sansai nabe.” In rural Japan, you may find fresh local produce prepared simply, while you may also find a variety of upscale and themed dining experiences in Japan, in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka.

From intimate meals prepared by your own personal chef to dinner-and-a-show and farm-to-table meals, byFood has a wide range of dining experiences in Japan. Food is a gateway into culture, and a wonderful way to connect with people and learn. And who better to learn from than chefs and locals? From gluten-free dining experiences to vegan dining experiences, byFood has it all. So even if you’re plant-based, halal, kosher, or have a gluten allergy in Japan, you can still find delicious culinary experiences that suit your diet. Groups, couples, and solo travelers, can all experience Japanese culture through food.