For 60 years, the world has enjoyed the Japanese invention of “Instant Ramen” when in need of a quick and easy meal. Now, in honor of this milestone anniversary, Zicasso has launched a new itinerary designed to immerse travelers in the history and culture of this Japanese cuisine.
With the new 11-day Ramen Tour of Japan: Celebrating 60 Years of Instant Goodness tour, guests will learn about the connections between the post-WW2 development of ramen to the invention of “Instant Ramen,” plus the cultural history and distinct regional specialties of Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Hakodate. This tour also uncovers the four classic broths of ramen and the social norms and settings of enjoying ramen, all while travelers explore some of Japan’s most popular destinations.
Beginning in Tokyo—home to over 5,000 ramen shops—travelers will be introduced to the central flavors of ramen broth in the region, while also participating in a private cooking class focusing on soba noodles (a distant cousin of ramen) and sampling the regional specialty of shoyu (soy sauce broth) ramen. While in Tokyo guests will also have a chance to visit the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, which highlights the history of the “instant cup of noodles.” In Fukuoka travelers will be introduced to the regional specialty of tonkotsu ramen, known for its pork bone based broth, while a stay in Sapporo includes an introduction to the region’s miso-based ramen, as well as its famous beer museum. The final stop in the port city of Hakodate reflects the area’s unique international influence and popular salt ramen.
Pricing for this tour begins at $5,989 pp dbl, including accommodations with breakfast; six privately guided tours, including a private ramen tour with a ramen expert; ramen and soba cooking classes; two domestic flights, two Bullet Train tickets; six lunches and two dinners; access to attractions; private airport pick ups and transfers; plus 24/7 support.