Discover Japan with
Chef Anita Lo
October 16-25, 2024

Discover Japan

The gastronomic traditions of Japan have evolved over centuries, allowing us a remarkable glimpse into the country’s history. Recognizing its significance, Japanese food has been enshrined as a prestigious part of Japan’s cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Join Chef Anita Lo on a remarkable journey to unravel the culinary wonders of Japan. In this intimate group tour, limited to just 12 guests, we’ll escort you to hidden gems. Let us take care of every detail as we dive into Japan’s food culture. 

We’ll begin with the crazy energy of Tokyo, its towering skyscrapers, tucked-away sushi counters and a fish auction at Toyosu Fish Market. We’ll take the Bullet Train to Kanazawa, for a foraging and hands-on cooking day with Chef Lo, and Nanao for an onsen.  Then to Kyoto, with its ancient shrines and ageless rituals. Finally Osaka, with street fare that ranks among the best in the world. 

Chef Anita Lo

About Chef Anita Lo

Chef Lo appeared on the first season of Top Chef Masters and finished fourth out of 24 chefs. Her first cookbook, Cooking Without Borders, which highlights her passion for bringing multicultural flavors to her American kitchen. In 2014, The New York Times, Chef Lo received prestigious three stars for her restaurant, Annisa
In 2015, Anita Lo was the first female guest chef to cook for a State Dinner at the White House, under the Obama administration. After 17 years and holding a Michelin star for nine consecutive years, Lo closed Annisa to pursue her next adventure. Her second book, Solo: Easy Sophisticated Recipes For a Party of One, was published in 2018. She was recently awarded the Order of Agricultural Merit from the French government. Chef works with Tour De Forks, hosting culinary tours around the world.  

Gion District, Kyoto

Itinerary Outline

Day 1, October 16
Arrival and check-in at Niwa Hotel.
Meet your culinary guide Chizuko, and your fellow travelers for a walking tour of the hotel neighborhood.
Private transfer by Sprinter van to our Welcome Dinner.
Overnight in Tokyo
Day 2, Oct. 17
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet your guide, Chizuko, in the hotel lobby.
Vist Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Street and Kappabashi District (for kitchenware) and Matsuya Asakusa Depachika, a department store with amazing food halls.
Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure. Transfer by private coach to Shibuya Viewing Platform followed by dinner.
Overnight in Tokyo
(B, L, D)
Day 3, Oct. 18
Breakfast at the hotel
This morning, tour the auction areas of the Toyosu Market that are usually closed to the public. Under the guidance of a chef, we will observe the buying process, then move to the chef's restaurant in Otemachi. You will have the opportunity to taste the fish and learn the chef's techniques firsthand.
We'll watch a professional chef prepare a fish, grind wasabi, and make Nigiri, Temaki, Tamagoyaki. Then prepare them yourselves.
Afternoon visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine Overnight in Tokyo
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4, Oct. 19
Breakfast at the hotel and checkout.
Transfer by private bus to Tokyo Station and take the Bullet Train ticket to Kanazawa. sightseeing around Kanazawa and lunch at Omicho Market.
Visit Kenrokuen Garden and the 21st Century Museum.
Continue to Nanao and check in to Shirasagi no Yu Noto Kaisyu, a hot spring ryokan with natural open-air baths and views of the ocean. Dinner at the hotel.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 5, Oct. 20
Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and drive to a nearby forest where we'll forage for mushrooms. An expert will be on hand.

Return to Nanao for a
Hands-on Cooking Class & Lunch with Chef Anita Lo (3 hours).
(B, L)
Day 6, Oct. 21
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer by private bus to Kanazawa Station and buy Ekibento boxes for lunch on the Bullet train: Kanazawa–Tsuruga–Kyoto.
Transfer to a Private Tea Ceremony. Afterwards, visit Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple and stroll through the Gion District.

Transfer by private coach to a local restaurant. Return to Dhawa Yura Kyoto Hotel and overnight in Kyoto
. (B, L, D)
Day 8, Oct. 23
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer by private bus to Tambayaki Pottery. We'll view the kilns and throw a pottery bowl.

Lunch will be Botan Nabe – wild boar is the area's specialty
After lunch, visit the Tambayaki Atelier, famous for earthenware dishes and cups.
Return to Kyoto. Evening at leisure.
Day 9, Oct. 24
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Takayuki Knives, in Sakai, which is a city known as the home of cutlery for Japanese professional chefs and home to highly skilled craftsmen and blacksmiths. Lunch at local restaurant.

Continue to Osaka for a tour of Osaka Castle. Check in to the Cross Hotel.

Afternoon at leisure to explore. Our farewell dinner will be a Dotonbori Food Tour. Return to the hotel and overnight in Osaka.
(B, L, D)
Day 10, Oct. 25
Breakfast at hotel and check out.
End of services.
Thank you for traveling with
Tour de Forks.
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• 10 days/9 nights comfortable hotels/ryokans
• Private tours with local guides and cultural experts
• Daily driving services 
• Breakfasts, lunches & dinners as indicated, with sake or beer
• Exclusive access and tastings
• Entrance fees
• Hands-on cooking class with Chef Lo
• Mushroom foraging experience
• Tea ceremony
• Private onsen

Not Included

• Anything not mentioned in Included
• Airfare
• Tips for guides, drivers


$10,500 per person,
based on double occupancy
Single supplement:


$2,000 per person

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