Japan with Justin Cogley
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Heart & Soul of Japan
Experience Japan at its most timeless and delicious with Chef Justin Cogley
November 3 - 10, 2023
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8 Days, 7 Nights
The best of Tokyo, Izu, Osaka, Kyoto
Per person based on double occupancy
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You’ve experienced more in the past few days than the past few years. First Tokyo, a Blade Runner-like world of subways and skyscrapers, tiny ramen shops and tinier speakeasies. Then, nestled in the sweeping valleys of Mt Amagi, the restorative hot springs of Izu. And who could forget Kyoto, ablaze with scarlet maple leaves, its crooked canals and ancient shrines that emanate centuries of tradition? And now, you’re seated outside a historic temple for a winter nabe (traditional claypot meal) dreamt up and served by a Michelin-starred chef whose connections here run deep. This is total immersion in the magic of Japan, and there’s nowhere in the world you’d rather be.
This is no ordinary trip to Japan hosted by the supremely talented Justin Cogley, executive chef of the world-renowned Aubergine restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea on California’s Central Coast. Here, Justin has racked up awards including: Food & Wine Best New Chef, Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, a Michelin star, a Grand Chef nod from Relais & Châteaux, Forbes’ five-star rating of excellence, and a Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Award — and that is the short list. Perhaps all of this attention is due to the fact that Justin truly cares about the experience he delivers to his guests. We can’t wait to watch first hand as Justin, a frequent traveler and lover of Japan, shows us the art, culture, food, and outdoors through his lens.
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 Justin Cogley.
With Justin and with some of Japan’s most inspiring chefs and working artists
Tokyo and Osaka—the most exciting, dynamic food cities in the world. We'll eat 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 Justin Cogley
In a previous life, Justin was a professional figure skater who tasted his way across continents on tour. One of the largest lessons he picked up in life — and still practices as a chef — was at a Japanese gas station. It was the level of care and detail in a simple job that struck him as he watched the attendants fuel the car, squeegee the windows. Today, his kitchen runs on that same philosophy of respect for the common task.
The Hidden Places
Justin knows how to enjoy the finer things in life, but he also loves the simple pleasures. From eight-seat cocktail bars and department-store food stalls to elevated sushi dinners, we will experience a little of everything from Justin’s Japan playbook. And it will no doubt be delicious.
A Story in Every Ingredient
As the visionary of Aubergine’s restaurant and culinary programs, Justin believes in sourcing the finest ingredients — some of which come directly from Japan: weekly shipments caught fresh by Japanese fishermen, wasabi straight from a family farm in the mountains.
Justin is a triathlete and long-distance runner. For him, it’s not only an outlet but an inspiration. He’s the person to tap for hiking and running trail recommendations in Carmel. Some of his favorite routes decorate Aubergine’s dining room walls as custom illustrations.
Tokyo, Izu, Osaka, Kyoto
Day by Day
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.
This skyscraper hotel boasts panoramic views of the city below, with traditional Japanese-style architecture design that lets guests rearrange the sliding doors and shoji paper screens to suit their changing moods. It’s the perfect oasis for resting and recovering from a long flight and the tumult of the buzzing city streets below.
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 Mitsui KyotoKyoto
An ode to ancient Japanese tea ceremonies, each room translates centuries of tradition into quiet luxury—spacious bathrooms carved with stone and artisanal cypress accents flow into the hotel’s majestic courtyard and breathtaking spa. It's a true sanctuary in the heart of Kyoto, with the historic Nijo-jo Castle just across the street.
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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
Per person based on double occupancy
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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; all gratuities for tour leaders and local guides.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the Capital Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. 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) should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later on our final day.
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.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,950 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 July 6, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 7, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after September 4, 2023 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.