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Oku Japan is taking guests on a gastronomic tour through Japan with the launch of its new culinary itinerary Japan’s Culinary Heritage. The 11-day guided exploration highlights Japanese food culture and how culinary traditions reflect the Japanese way of life with visits to locations such as the ancient Imperial capital of Kyoto, the modern metropolis of Tokyo; rural villages; and the Awaji Island in the fabled Inland Sea. During the tour, guests will participate in everything from foraging for wild ingredients and cooking lessons with locals to an outdoor kitchen experience with a family of local organic farmers, a beach lunch experience created by a food designer, and a community-hosted meal featuring a sansai (wild mountain vegetable) specialist and a sake brewer. Rates start at $4,365 pp and include accommodations in ryokans (Japanese-style inns), daily breakfast, six dinners, four lunches, all transportation between tour locations and an English-speaking tour guide. For more information, visit okujapan.com/trips/japans-culinary-heritage-107.

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