Japan with Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli

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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

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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.

Japanese Pizza

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.

Your Experience

“There's such a vast array of different Japanese specialties.”
Angie Rito

Kyoto, Shodoshima, Sea of Japan

“Japan is such a unique place—there's a new discovery around every corner.”
Scott Tacinelli

Day by Day

Day 1: Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the world’s greatest food city and home to more Michelin stars than any other city (even Paris). There’s only one way to start an adventure through Japan, and that’s a sprawling welcome banquet specially curated by one of Tokyo’s finest.

We begin with spirits—sake, more specifically. We’ll learn all about this powerful, fragrant and smooth rice wine over a flight or two of local vintages.

The highlight, however, is dinner at Grasara, one of the most original restaurants in Tokyo. Here, we’ll turn to Scott and Angie as they walk us through the nuanced flavors of Italsoba (yes, Italian soba) dishes like pork and basil in ginger genovese. It’s the ideal welcome feast for the incredible adventure ahead.

Day 1: Tokyo Highlights

  • Arrivals
  • Sake tastings
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at the Edition Tokyo

Day 2: Tokyo

We’ll spend our morning exploring the Ginza district and one of its fabled depachika—the underground department-store food halls where artfully packaged delicacies are displayed like precious museum artifacts. After a rooftop snack, we’ll roll up our sleeves and dive right into an immersive sushi workshop. We’ll learn the right vinegar-to-rice ratio, how to fold the sushi, and all kinds of other local secrets before sitting down together to enjoy our bluefin tuna nigiri.

After lunch, it’s off to lively Kappabashi, otherwise known as ‘Kitchen Street.’ We’ll wander its zigzagging streets, taking in the sights and smells of this incredible food-centric neighborhood.

As evening falls, Tokyo is yours to explore. 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. Need a dinner recommendation? Scott and Angie can steer you toward a few of their favorite spots in the city. 

Day 2: Tokyo Highlights

  • Mitsukoshi food hall tour
  • Sushi workshop
  • Evening on your own
  • Stay at the Edition Tokyo

Day 3: Osaka

We’ll board the bullet train (Shinkansen) to Osaka; at 200 miles per hour, it’s a no-hassle, two-hour journey. While Osaka is famous for its cuisine, first we’ll experience another of the city’s traditional crafts, knife making, in the heart of the Sakai prefecture with a master artisan.

Next, after some time to settle into our new hotel, it’s time for one of the best food experiences in the world. Osaka’s reputation as the culinary heart of Japan is built on its concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants (99 at last count), its excellent street-food scene, its openness to foreign cuisines, and two delicious indigenous snacks: okonomiyaki (yam-flour pancakes filled with seafood, pork, kimchi) and takoyaki (octopus doughnuts). We’re here specifically for the street foods—our dinner is a delicious moveable feast on foot.

Day 3: Osaka Highlights

  • Transfer to Osaka
  • Knife making with artisan
  • Street food dinner
  • Stay at the Conrad Osaka

Day 4: Shodoshima

We’ll spend the morning at the world-famous Akashi fish market. We’ll stroll the docks and the outbuildings, marveling at the treasures of the sea until the famous tuna auction commences. This daily ritual is a testament to Japan’s profound relationship with the sea. Buoyed by the bounty and the bustle of the market, we’ll stop for a lunch featuring (you guessed it) sushi, made with fish caught just this morning and served with wasabi from a farm down the road.

Our journey into serenity deepens today as we relocate to Shodō island and settle into our truly stunning ryokan—a traditional inn and the epitome of elevated minimalism. Our lodging 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.

We’ll have the afternoon to recharge at our ryokan before indulging in a meticulously plated multi-course feast designed to embody omotenashi, or wholehearted hospitality.

Day 4: Shodoshima Highlights

  • Fish market
  • Transfer to Shodoshima 
  • Group dinner
  • Stay at Shimayado Mari

Day 5: Shodoshima

This morning we begin with ethereal light—guests at a Zen Buddhist temple, we’ll stand witness to a stunning fire ritual. Inspired, we’ll promptly set out to explore the dizzying sights of Shodoshima—from art installations and olive groves to staggering ocean vistas.

All eyes turn to Angie and Scott here as we tour a little slice of Italy—one of Japan’s only olive farms. We’ll walk the estate and discuss harvest methods and preparation, while sampling some of their heralded oils.

Our adventure continues as we go behind the scenes at a local Sake brewery to see (and taste) how its iconic rice wine is made, and if the weather permits, we have one more surprise up our sleeves for the afternoon. To punctuate this incredible day of discovery, we’ll cozy up to a no-frills, casual izakaya dinner—here we’ll cast aside the formality of fine dining and belly up to the counter for the ultimate Japanese comfort food.

Day 5: Shodoshima Highlights

  • Fire ritual
  • Olive estate visit
  • Izakaya dinner
  • Stay at Shimayado Mari

Day 6: Kyoto

Today, we say farewell to the sea and set our sights on Kyoto; but first we’ve got two enchanting detours to contend with. Up first is an immersive visit to a soy sauce factory. Here, a generational brewmaster will talk us through the meticulous preparation behind and the myriad uses for this miracle marinade. 

Next, we ferry to Himeji for a guided tour of the best preserved castle in Japan. Completed in 1609, Himeji castle has never been destroyed, and it’s the most elegant of the country’s original 12 castles.

After spending some time on these majestic grounds, we’ll take the bullet train to the city. Soon enough, Kyoto will welcome us with open arms, and the afternoon and evening is yours to embellish. See you in the morning.

Day 6: Kyoto Highlights

  • Soy sauce factory visit
  • Himeji castle
  • Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto
  • Stay at The Ace Hotel

Day 7: Kyoto

No visit to Kyoto is complete without a pilgrimage to Arashiyama and the Ōkōchi Sansō gardens. With the help of our local guide, we’ll wander far from the teeming crowds and admire the stunning bamboo groves on our own.

Then, our journey will take a more artistic turn into the workshop of a master potter, to admire the centuries of tradition imprinted on the stunning works produced here. The bowls look familiar? This just so happens to be the workshop that supplied the plateware for our welcome dinner in Tokyo.

Lunch will be unique and intimate, located at a modern interpretation of a traditional kissaten—a small modest eatery and cafe favored by intellectuals poets. After that, we’re on our own until we reconvene for our farewell dinner. At Italian-Japanese restaurant Cenci, we’ll delight in chef Sakamoto’s unique approach to his cuisine, savoring flavors and combinations we’ve never tried before. It’s the perfect conclusion to our week together.

Day 7: Kyoto Highlights

  • Arashiyama visit
  • Master potter visit
  • Farewell dinner
  • Stay at The Ace Hotel

Day 8: Kyoto

After an unforgettable week, it’s time to say farewell! We meet for breakfast, then we’ll pack our things and newly made impressions, and transfer to Kansai International Airport (KIX) airport for our flights home — where we’ll approach every endeavor with a new sense of calm and care. Until next time!

Day 8: Kyoto Highlights

  • Transfer to Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Where We Sleep

We blend the luxurious, modern world with ryokan-style rooms of tatami mats and sliding doors. And it all comes with a restoring dose of Japanese shibui, that notion of striking a peaceful harmony with nature.

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.

Conrad Osaka


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.

Shimayado Mari


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 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.

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.
Elizabeth Z.
Everything was perfectly planned and amazing. We were able to explore places that most people never see.
Jennifer G.

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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; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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 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.

  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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