Going gluten-free in Japan ?

A couple of years ago one of my clients contacted me about coming along on one of my Japanese cuisine and culture tours.   She was keen to join us but was concerned as she is coeliac.  To be honest  I was a little worried too… how the heck was I going to get her around Japan sans gluten?? […]

Zenbu Haru (spring) Tour 2017

Zenbu Haru (spring) Tour 2017

BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED!  We are sorry if you missed out but if you’d like to join us next year please pop your name on our mailing list by sending ‘Add me’ to  janelawsonfood@bigpond.com.au Celebrate the beauty of Kyoto in bloom & blush during this exclusive  15 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2017 (II)

Zenbu Zen Tour 2017 (II)

BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS TOUR! But never fear – our next available tour is in May 2017 Find out about the wonderful ZENBU HARU SPRING TOUR here!   ZENBU ZEN  (II) (bookings now closed!) The popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour  focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural epicentre. […]

Food Glorious Food…. on a Zenbu Tour!

Ever wondered what kind of deliciousness we get upto on a Zenbu Tour? The answer is pretty much anything and everything… as long as it is great!  Japanese food is so varied  – from the simple to the sublime, from the traditional and true to creative contemporary.  When travelling with Zenbu Tours we want to ensure […]

Zenbu Wa-Mono Tour 2017

Zenbu Wa-Mono Tour 2017

Zenbu Tours is offering two very special Luxury Cuisine & Culture Tours for early 2017   Hey Folks, it seems that most of our lovely clients who are interested in this tour are keen for it to happen in 2018 rather than 2017 so we’ll be postponing this tour until then – if you would like […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2017

  Zenbu Tours is offering three very special Luxury Cuisine & Culture Tours for 2017 Zenbu Zen (below),  ZENBU ZEN II ,  and our new ZENBU HARU SPRING TOUR!       ZENBU ZEN (2 spots left!)    First up is the popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour  which focuses on superbly serene and fascinating […]


It’s thirsty work lurking around  Kyoto’s Gion for that elusive geiko/maiko shot – and when I take friends or clients to Hanamikoji at the witching hour  (less and less these days as it has become so crazy busy!) I often like to combine it with a post voyeur-time stroll along Pontocho alley, gloriously illuminated by […]

Kyurious Kyoto

Kyoto never ceases to amaze me. There is always something a little curious bubbling away under the serenely elegant surface and this evening of glorious entertainment (circa 2011) was certainly an eye opener.  Enjoying the surprisingly open, raw and rich performances ( from burlesque to fire-breathing to improvised dance in honour of Tohoku and a […]

Culinary Tourism

Recently I was a guest on Pete Dillon’s excellent Cravings Programme on Joy 94.5 where I got to chat with him and the delicious Tony Tan about  CULINARY TOURISM To hear me raving on about Kyoto and my Zenbu Tours tune in around the 25 minute mark… If you’d like to join the Zenbu Zen […]