Spirits of Japan
Small Group Journey
Spirits of Japan, Southern Alps & Kyoto
This Spring, discover the hidden treasures of Japanese culture, nature, history, food and sake with wine expert Sam Haislet from Alexis Bailey Vineyards and your guide and founder of TanpopoStudio – Koshiki Yonemura. We’ll explore Tokyo, the scenic mountain towns of Nagano and the historic capital of Kyoto while we eat like locals and taste the amazing flavors of sake, whisky and wine in Japan.
- Welcome Dinner
- Tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market and have sushi for lunch
- Visit Yebisu Brewery
- Experience Zen Culture at the historic Zenkoji Temple in Nagano
- Tour Matsumoto Castle, Ishii Miso Brewery and the Museum of Art
- Visit Japanese blacksmith and knife maker studio
- Visit Shichikan Sake in Yamanashi
- Suntory Hakushu Whisky Distillery Tour
- Soba Making Workshop
- Farm stay in Yamashi
- Visit Komagadake National Park
- Tour of the famous Gekkeikan Brewery in Kyoto
- Kaiseki Dinner and Maiko Performance
- Kyoto Sightseeing
Day 1 > Arrive in Tokyo
We’ll pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in Ginza,. That evening we’ll gather together for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 > Tokyo, Ginza & Tsukiji Fish Market
After breakfast, we’ll get an in-depth tour of the famous Tsukiji Fish market and dive-into the freshest sushi in the world for lunch. That afternoon, we’ll tour the Yebisu Beer Brewery.
Day 3 > Nagano, Zenkoji Temple
A trip to Nagano prefecture on the shinkansen. We’ll stay near Zenkoji Temple, a national treasure, and immerse ourselves in Zen food and culture.
Day 4 > Matsumoto City
Visit the amazing city of Matsumoto. This cultural destination near the scenic Northern Alps is home to one of Japan’s finest feudal era castles.
Day 5 > Yamanashi, Prefecture
Today, we will travel along the valley of mountains to Yamanashi prefecture for soba making class and tour of the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, known locally as the “forest distillery” as it’s surrounded by a wild bird sanctuary.
Day 6 > Yamanashi Prefecture
After a farmhouse breakfast, we’ll tour Japan’s wine country and visit Komagatake National park and Ojiro River Valley for a breathtaking view of the river and mountains.
Day 7 > Kyoto
Welcome to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, and home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While in Kyoto, we will visit the famous Fushimi Sake District which is composed of 24 independent sake breweries
Day 8 > Kyoto
Today, we will start our journey from Philosopher’s Path which will lead our way to the Silver Pavilion for it’s tranquil Japanese garden. We will also visit Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan.
Day 9 > Tokyo
We’ll head back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen. If you are staying longer in Japan, please let your guide know to better assist you.
may 18 – 26, 2020
$5300 per person, double occupancy
hotels, local transportation
workshops & demonstrations
guide & interpreter
guide from alexis bailly
transportation to/from hotel on the first/last day of tour
what’s not included:
travel or medical insurance
flight to/from Japan
personal spending including:
shopping, alcohol, laundry, some meals
koshiki yonemura, 651-734-3923, firstname.lastname@example.org