Japan with Robbie Wilson
October 6 - 13, 2023 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Heritage & Tradition
Experience Japan at its most timeless and delicious with Chef Robbie Wilson
October 6 - 13, 2023
One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!
8 Days, 7 Nights
The best of Tokyo, Izu, Osaka, Kyoto
Per person based on double occupancy
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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.
Joining you is acclaimed Bay Area chef Robbie Wilson. The owner of Palo Alto’s beloved Bird Dog uses any chance he gets to infuse Japanese cooking techniques and influences on the menu, which is more like a sonnet he wrote of his travels there and beyond. Robbie’s been dubbed a “superhero on the Bay Area dining scene” by Zagat, and that was before he and the Bird Dog team opened Le Fantastique, a French- and Japanese-inspired seafood hotspot which runs on old-school vinyl. Le Fantastique was recently included in Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America 2022, and Robbie was named as a James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef: California in 2023. On this trip, we’ll come face-to-face with Robbie’s deepest inspirations in Japan, where sumo, coffee, and jazzy listening bars are only the beginning of what we discover.
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 Robbie Wilson.
With Robbie 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 Robbie Wilson
Robbie Wilson may never have done drugs (his words, not ours), but if he had to imagine what a good trip on LSD was like, he suspects it might feel like Tokyo. You can almost feel his heart rate rise as his eyes widen with possibility about this trip to Japan: “We're going on space travel here. Without powdered food, of course.”
Robbie’s resume speaks for itself. He's a French Laundry alum, received a classical French training at Michelin-starred Maison Troisgros, and worked for Gabriel Rosseau and Tom Colicchio, among other big names.
Keep it Simple
In 2004, Robbie worked with Nobu Matsuhisa at his eponymous restaurant in Aspen and developed an understanding of Japanese minimalist aesthetics — and an obsession with pristine ingredients, evident in his menus at BIRD DOG and Le Fantastique.
The Origin Story
Robbie can trace his love of food and drink all the way back to Jamaica in 1986. At age 12, Robbie and his father shared a Red Stripe and some jerk chicken in Kingston, and the rest is history.
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 June 8, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 9, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 7, 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.