Japan with Bar Lab

April 8 - 15, 2024 | An Exclusive Bar Lab Experience

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Experience Japan at its most timeless and delicious with Bar Lab

April 8 - 15, 2024

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8 Days, 7 Nights

The best of Kyoto, Izu and Tokyo

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Astonishing and sumptuous. So many delicately prepared dishes and cocktails, each crafted with ceremony and purpose. You’re in one of Japan’s most exclusive restaurants, the anticipation building as a kimono-clad server sets a delicate bowl before you. Inside, it’s a work of culinary art honoring centuries of tradition, perfectly matched with the season’s ingredients. All this week you’ve met chefs, bartenders and artisans at the peak of their craft. You’ve seen how the different threads of architecture, history, and cuisine culture are woven together, and you realize that everything—even this humble kaiseki meal—is a stunning ode to Japanese tradition.

Traveling with us are Bar Lab’s visionaries and founders, Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta. The duo launched their first bar, Broken Shaker, in 2012, followed by a string of acclaimed bars and restaurants in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC. The move through the world looking for one-of-a-kind experiences that transport and inspire. They have curated experiences in some of the most inspiring places on the planet, along the way earning two James Beard nominations and multiple spots on the World’s 50 Best bars list. We just can’t wait to see what they unearth in Japan.

If you find joy in immersing yourself deeply in Japanese culture and cuisine, this trip is for you. If you’re fascinated by ancient rituals and artisans who’ve been perfecting their crafts for centuries, join us in Japan alongside Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta of Bar Lab.


With Bar Lab and with some of Japan’s most inspiring chefs and working artists


The most dynamic food and cocktail cities in the world. We'll eat & drink everything


Kyoto's layers of history, back-alley noodle joints, bustling markets, swanky cocktail bars


Grace, beauty and centuries of history at monumental shrines and traditional ryokan inns

3 Reasons to Travel with Bar Lab

Over the course of 25 years, Elad and Gabe have dreamt up unique and often ethereal food and beverage programs around the world. Each venue begins as a blank canvas; and thanks to the inspirational aesthetics from places like Kyoto, becomes a portal to a different time and place.

Drawn to Japan

Elad and Gabe have strong connections in both Tokyo and Kyoto. In fact, the first Broken Shaker bar draws on the minimalist aesthetics of Japanese cuisine culture to truly stunning effects.

Exclusive Access

Elad's and Gabe's knowledge and personal connections run deep here, and we'll be experiencing the Japanese cocktail scene in ways no other traveler can: think late-night speakeasys, vinyl listening bars and pop-up celebrations in the most unexpected of places.

Never a Dull Moment

Elad and Gabe make magic happen for a living, taking incredible experiences and catapulting them towards the sublime. Discovering Japan alongside them will be an exercise in awe and wonder.

Your Experience

“Travel is deeply rooted in my DNA and it's made me who I am.”
Gabe Orta

Tokyo, Izu, Kyoto

“If you look carefully at our venues, you'll find all kinds of wabi-sabi influences.”
Elad Zvi

Day by Day

Day 1: Kyoto

Welcome to Japan! We meet up in the afternoon in Kyoto, Japan’s capital from the 12th to 19th centuries—and one of the most visually stunning cities in the country. Up first is dinner with Elad and Gabe leading the way. We’ll pony up to one of Kyoto’s iconic counters and try a little bit of everything—fresh sushi and sashimi to poke and miso—as we ready ourselves for tonight’s welcome celebration of cocktails.

Feeling revitalized and whole, we’ll wander over to Ki No Bi, Kyoto’s premier gin distillery, where Elad and Gabe will take over the bar and introduce us to to a whole new world of scratch cocktails with a dazzling palette of raw materials to work with: locally grown ingredients such as yuzu, sanshō and the legendary teas of Uji, and the soft waters of Fushimi, famed for centuries for producing the highest-quality sake. We’ll sip our way through centuries of Japanese tradition and toast to the week ahead!

Day 1: Kyoto Highlights

  • Welcome dinner
  • Ki No Bi distillery takeover
  • Stay at Ace Hotel

Day 2: Kyoto

We start the day in pious repose at nearby temple a local monk guides us through a simple meditation. Whether you choose to stroll the serene grounds lost in thought or immerse yourself in this storied practice is up to you. Centered once again, we venture into the heart of Kyoto and wander the back lanes of the historic Gion district on the way to lunch at Michelin star Shimogamo Saryo. After savoring dishes like steamed tilefish and grated turnip, we’ll make room for gratitude and contemplation at the 7th-century Shimogamo shrine.

We’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon to pause and reflect on the day’s experience. Though it may be tempting to call it a night, we still have an epic dinner to attend to—hosted in the hotel’s kitchen, we’ll be treated to remixes of traditional Japanese dishes and a surprise collaboration with Elad and Gabe.

Day 2: Kyoto Highlights

  • Guided meditation
  • Michelin star lunch
  • Visit to Shimogamo shrine
  • Stay at Ace Hotel

Day 3: Kyoto

This morning, we’ll venture just outside the central districts to Fushimi Inari Shrine. There’s time to explore the mountain trails, or simply to admire the thousands of bright red torii (wooden gates), curving in parallel rows along the trails. At this time of year, spring is in full bloom, and it’s truly a stunning sight.

Our next stop is just down the road and written in the tea leaves. It’s said that Zen monks first brought green tea from China to nearby Uji some 800 years ago. We’ll explore the history — and taste a variety of traditional teas — at a local tea farm, before a traditional and highly seasonal tempura lunch. Before returning to Kyoto proper, we’ll make time to explore the stunning grounds of Byodoin Temple, built in the 11th century by Buddhists to mark the beginning of the end of the world. We’ll have ample time to stroll the grounds and contemplate.

To cap off our day, we’ll find dinner on our own. If you’re up for it, we’ll reconvene at the hotel and paint the town with Elad and Gabe—among our stops will be Kyoto’s ode to speakeasy culture and World’s 50 Best Bar, Bees Knees.

Day 3: Kyoto Highlights

  • Tea farm & ceremony
  • Byodoin Temple visit
  • Optional nightcap at Bees Knees
  • Stay at Ace Hotel

Day 4: Kyoto to Izu

This morning we head to the mountains: After a short shinkansen (bullet train) journey we arrive in Izu. This is the wettest part of Japan, and the climate is ideal for cultivating wasabi (Japanese horseradish) in uniquely designed water terraces. We’ll tour behind the scenes at a local wasabi farm, and sit down to a family-style meal of sashimi and fresh seasonal vegetables.

And now we climb via cable car up to Panorama Park gets us one of the finest views of Mount Fuji (assuming the weather is kind). After admiring her sacred summit, we’ll head to our lodging for the night: a traditional ryokan (inn). It’s a stunning 150-year-old architectural museum surrounded by nature, with its own natural hot springs. Here, bathing in the traditional baths, we commit ourselves to pure relaxation. Dinner is a traditional kaiseki meal, each small dish jewel-like in its presentation.

Day 4: Kyoto to Izu Highlights

  • Bullet train to Izu
  • Wasabi farm visit & lunch
  • Hot springs & kaiseki dinner
  • Stay at Arai Ryokan

Day 5: Izu to Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the world’s greatest food city, and home to more Michelin stars than any other city (even Paris). With its Blade Runner-like highways, towering skyscrapers lording over quiet back alleys and a dazzling kaleidoscope of shops and restaurants, there’s no such thing as a ‘wrong turn’ here.

We begin our culinary odyssey with pizza. Yes, Pizza. Just opened in 2022, Pizza Marumo is chef Yuki San’s ode to great classic pizzas with an occasional katsuo or shitake twist. It’s an only-in-Tokyo kind of fusion, and we embellish this theme even further at our next stop: the Yebisu Brewery. Here, they’ve been making lager since 1890 with robust yebisu yeast in strict accordance with the German beer purity law. 

Our evening begins with the best views in the city— a panorama of Tokyo from the Shibuya Sky Viewing Platform— and a float down to Earth for a cocktail at SG Club, one of “Best 50 Bars” in Asia. What’s up next is up to you. Follow Elad and Gabe to a few of Tokyo’s vinyl listening room bars, or go back to the hotel and indulge in the height of the hospitality.

Day 5: Izu to Tokyo Highlights

  • Bullet train to Tokyo
  • Pizza & brewery visit
  • Cocktails at SG Club
  • Stay at The Edition

Day 6: Tokyo

By now, we’ve had a few incredible cocktail experiences and explored the nuances of Japanese beer culture. Today, is all about sake, Japan’s national beverage with origins that trace back to the 3rd century. We start at Tonoike, where we’ll taste centuries of tradition in every sip alongside the brewery’s toji (brewmaster). After a deep dive into the nuances of fermentation, we’ll wander down the road for a simply incredible meal.

Lunch is at a local hotspot for simple yet exquisite bento boxes where we’ll fill up on seasonal delicacies and prepare ourselves for an afternoon of even more sake tastings. Up next is Shimzaki sake brewery cave—here we’ll learn about aging techniques, and thanks to Elad and Gabe, we’ll get a private tour of the cave itself, accompanied by flights of their most coveted vintages. After a day like this, we yearn for repose. The late afternoon and evening are yours to embellish. We’ll see you bright and early tomorrow.

Day 6: Tokyo Highlights

  • Tonike sake tour
  • Soba lunch
  • Shimzaki sake brewery
  • Stay at The Edition

Day 7: Tokyo

Our morning starts with a visit to Meiji Jingu, a tranquil shrine in the heart of western Tokyo and dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the great modernizer who opened up the country to outside influences in the late 19th century. After ample time for contemplation, we’ll meander through the hip shops and cafes of the Omotesando neighborhood.

Lunch is small and intimate and refreshingly informal. We’ll belly up to a local hotspot for sushi and sashimi. 

The afternoon is yours to explore the surrounding Roppongi district, but make sure you find your way back to the hotel for a truly memorable farewell celebration. Elad and Gabe are taking over the gold bar at The Edition, and we’ll toast on the rooftop (as electric Tokyo buzzes on the horizon) to a week’s worth of discovery and joy.

Day 7: Tokyo Highlights

  • Meiji shrine visit
  • Sushi lunch
  • Bar Lab takeover
  • Stay at The Edition

Day 8: Tokyo

Alas, our journey has come to an end. As we say goodbye to our new friends, we know that we’ll have to return, and soon. In the meantime, the soul of Japanese cuisine and cocktail craft will travel home with us, helping us find the beauty wherever we look.

Day 8: Tokyo Highlights

  • Final breakfast
  • Group transfer to airport

Where We Sleep

We blend the luxurious, modern world with ryokan-style rooms with a restoring dose of Japanese shibui, that notion of striking a peaceful harmony with nature.

The Ace Hotel


Housed in the former Kyoto Central Telephone Office, the Ace Hotel is a masterclass in renovation and revitalization. This newly remixed property—replete with in-room turntables and several soaking pools—was dreamt up by Japanese designer Kuma Kengo alongside the LA-based design firm, Commune.

Arai Ryokan


Ancient traditions are alive and well at this luxurious 150-year-old ryokan, its traditional architecture and sleeping quarters providing an oasis of calm and a respite from the cares of the world. Legend has it that this ryokan's on-site hot spring was brought forth 1,200 years ago to allow a devoted son to wash his ailing father’s back. Today the gentle, mildly alkaline waters continue to soothe the spirit.

The Edition


This towering skyscraper hotel is the perfect blend of tradition and thoughtful modern touches. It's situated in the beating heart of Tokyo with stunning views, and is the ideal base camp for both exploration and relaxation (their stone-hewn pool is pure bliss). Another true gift here is the unmatched hospitality.

Unique access to people and places. This was a trip we could not have done without Modern Adventure.
Scott F.
One of the best weeks of my life. I definitely want to do another trip with MO/AD.
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Everything was perfectly planned and amazing. We were able to explore places that most people never see.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs


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  1. What does the price include?

    Seven nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; all gratuities for tour leaders and local guides.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at the Ace Hotel in Kyoto, Japan. The closest airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX).  Our adventure ends in Tokyo, Japan. There are two airports servicing Tokyo – Narita International Airport (NRT) and Tokyo International Airport, Haneda (HND). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later on our final day.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens do not need a visa to visit Japan for Business or Tourism purposes. Requirements are subject to change and we will reach out directly with full details and updates.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $2,800 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    This adventure has a maximum of 12 guests. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before December 3, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after December 4, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after February 1, 2024 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that your cancelation terms may differ if you are being transferred from a prior departure; see your correspondence from Modern Adventure for details.

  9. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

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