Japan with Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli
April 11 - 18, 2025 | Likely to Sell OutBook Now
Heritage & Tradition
Experience Japan at its most timeless and delicious with Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli
April 11 - 18, 2025
One exclusive departure — limited to just 12 people, reserve your spot!
8 Days, 7 Nights
The best of Tokyo, Kyoto, Shodoshima, Osaka
The stately bronze of ancient ginkgo trees, Japanese maples seized by flourishing reds, the ethereal silver of dew-glazed meadows. All of these pictures flash in your head as you recline into the nourishing waters of your mountain onsen spa. The last few days were pure magic as you careened through the intoxicating streets of Tokyo, and traversed the Izu Peninsula to arrive at this moment. Tomorrow, buoyed by a transcendent calm, you’ll wander the street stalls of Osaka, and soon enough, you’ll find yourself transfixed by the artisans and chefs of Kyoto. This is Japan at the height of artistic expression, an experience designed to awaken and stimulate all of your senses, and there’s no other place like it.
Traveling alongside us are Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, the husband-and-wife duo and culinary icons behind Michelin-star institution, Don Angie. From Japanese pizzerias to esteemed noodle houses, Angie and Scott are ready to show us a profound and eclectic view of Japan. This is both a traditional immersion and an insider’s look at Italian-Japanese cuisine and the inventive dishes that taste like nothing we’ve tried before.
If your idea of the perfect vacation involves slowing down and experiencing a place deeply—and if you love really good seafood—this trip is for you. We take it at a village-like pace, dining in traditional restaurants, reflecting in lush gardens ,and staying in traditional ryokan inns. If you’re fascinated by ancient rituals and artisans who’ve been perfecting their crafts for centuries, join us in Japan!
The best of Japanese cuisine with award-winning chefs Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli by your side
Kyoto’s layers of history, escape to local fishing villages and quiet lesser-seen temples
The quest for a perfectly imperfect life at serene ryokans and mountaintop meditations
Buddhist shrines, traditional tea ceremonies, and the timeless rituals of an ancient civilization
3 Reasons to Travel with Angie and Scott
Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli are the culinary maestros behind Michelin-starred Don Angie. Their debut cookbook, Italian American, has soared to bestseller status, and they've both earned numerous James Beard Award nominations. Despite this impressive list of accolades, they've remained humble, inquisitive and generous, and we can't wait to see what we discover together in Japan.
Don't let the Italian-American descriptor fool you. Don Angie incorporates flavors from across the world, and heritage Japanese ingredients—like toasted sesame and chrysanthemum greens—regularly grace the menu.
That Thing They Do
Scott and Angie see uncanny parallels between Italian and Japanese food culture; it's one thing that really sets them apart. Just as Sicilians will tirelessly perfect one cheese, Japanese chefs often focus on one dish and rely on tradition to achieve perfection.
Gifts from the Sea
Seafood and fish are integral to Japanese culture. We just can't wait to stand beside Scott and Angie and experience the daily tuna auction in Akashi and sit down to fresh seafood together on Shodo island.
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.
This is one of the newer luxury hotels in Osaka, on par with the most premium hotels in the world. It sits atop a tall tower on Nakanoshima island in the heart of the city; on arrival, exiting the elevators at the 40th-floor lobby, you're greeted by huge contemporary art installations and sweeping views across the city. The service and amenities are impeccable, from the indoor pool to the ultramodern spa.
The epitome of elevated minimalism, the Mari embodies the effortless grace of Japanese onsen culture. Its pine accents are understated, its kaiseki meals, simple and exquisite and the spa, serene and restorative.
The Ace HotelKyoto
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.
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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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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.
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; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at The Edition in Tokyo. There are two airports servicing Tokyo: Narita International Airport (NRT) and Tokyo International Airport, Haneda (HND). Our adventure ends in Kyoto, Japan. Your flight home from Kansai International Airport (KIX) airport should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later on our final day.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Japan for stays up to 90 days. The only requirement is a passport that is valid for the entirety of your stay, but we recommend that your passport is valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date.
Not a US citizen? Please check with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,600 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.
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.
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.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before December 12, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after December 13, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after February 10, 2025 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.
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.