Japanese culture is synonymous with amazing food, and the country’s cuisine is a central element to an amazing trip. What makes discovering and tasting the incredible cuisine even better is that, unlike some cultures, whose star dishes have been replicated relatively well across the world, nothing can come close to trying freshly sliced sashimi from a restaurant next to Tsukiji Market, or sampling sushi that has been created by a chef who has studied the exact science of how to cook grains of rice for four years. Yes, the Japanese take their food extremely seriously, which is why it has managed to remain perfectly undiluted for so generations. We love giving our clients an insight into Japanese food and the ceremony that surrounds it and can arrange different experiences that allow them to go behind the scenes and sample what we believe to be some of the finest food in the entire world.
TSUKIJI FISH MARKET, TOKYO
Tsukiji may be a popular tourist destination, but seeing the frenetic workings of the world’s largest fish market is definitely a Tokyo highlight. Our Destination Experts can arrange for you to experience the market and to learn about this remarkable place first-hand with specialist explanation from one of our favourite private guides. Starting in the temple next to the market, where the fisherman pray, you will then be led into the outer market to see rock shrines dedicated to shrimp and other fish. Your guide will take you deeper into the inner market, where you’ll be able to see the workers cutting up the highly-prized huge tuna worth tens of thousands of pounds, and learn about the variety of wholesalers who work there. Of course, the highlight is tasting the freshest sashimi and sushi, which you will feast on for lunch at one of the tiny restaurants that flank the market.