Tofuku-ji

Get off Kyoto’s well-worn tourist track and visit Tofukuji Temple renowned for its Zen moss and rock gardens designed by a famous Japanese garden architect.

OHARA and Sanzen-in

I like to visit Ohara as regularly as I can. It’s just north of Kyoto city – about an hour in the bus from Kyoto station but feels so much further away. I love the local farming atmosphere and the greenery but the main reason I venture to Ohara is to visit Sanzen in (temple) […]

Korakuen Garden Okayama

Okayama is famous for its castle (peeking over the shoulder of the tree on the right in the image below), sweet, sweet summer peaches, the story of Momotaro – the Peach Boy), Bizen ceramic ware, various citrus fruit and this spectacular garden –Korakuen –  ranked as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. To be […]

Sandor Does Kyoto

Sandor Does Kyoto

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of introducing Fermentation Guru Sandor Katz to just a small snippet of some of Kyoto’s wonders.  He was on a mission to try some Funazushi (fermented sushi) so we tracked some down at a shop specialising in foods from neighbouring Shiga prefecture. The Funa part of Funazushi […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Fall in love with beautiful Kyoto on this relaxing and inspiring  12 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & travel writer Jane Lawson and fellow Japanophile Gerard Kambeck.   ZENBU ZEN 2018 Our first tour for 2018, the ever popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour, focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural […]

Green Kyoto

No matter which season you travel to Kyoto in….  you’ll notice the green. At least you will now.   From the depths of winter to the peak of summer Kyoto life remains a calming shade of green in one form or another. I’ve, somewhat embarrassingly, not been completely conscious of it until this very moment  – but […]

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. […]