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Kaiseki-ryori dinners in Tokyo

  • Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

Last updated: 21 April, 2024

The succession of artistically presented dishes that comprise a kaiseki-ryori dinner has come to represent the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine.

Featuring anywhere up to 12 fixed courses that focus on in-season produce, kaiseki will include some familiar elements, with sashimi early in the dinner, delicate tempura later, and maybe a few mouthfuls of wagyu as a centrepiece. The rest, however, can be wonderfully indecipherable.

Being such an exalted cuisine, kaiseki dinners don’t come cheap – expect to pay at least £100 a head. Or, go for lunch, when many restaurants offer taster sets at a fraction of the price.

Just reserve well ahead – even though Japan has plenty of kaiseki restaurants, they always book up quickly.

They are often served at ryokans (traditional Japanese inns). For a real flavour of traditional Japan, book in for a night at one, and tick off both bucket list experiences at once.

Logistics

Price from: £100
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 3-4 hours

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • Tokyo

Wagyu is a premium Japanese beef known for its refined quality. On this activity, you will prepare a total of 8 different types of dishes from appetizers to desserts including delicious Wagyu dish.  Also, you will get to experience what it’s like to make a traditional Japanese meal with seasonal ingredients which have a range of colors, textures, and flavors. At the end of this 3-hour Japanese dishes cooking journey, you will have a wonderful lunch that you created!

Price ¥10,300

Min age 6

Rating 4.95 / 5 [118 ratings]

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