Red, White and Black Japan

Last week I was blissing out on all the calming green of Kyoto and this week I’m seeing RED.  Red, white and black that is. Dramatic, graphic, striking and stimulating. In Japanese culture the colour red represents energy and lifeforce ( it also wards off evil spirits – take note when you are in temple/shrine areas), […]

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?? […]

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 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 […]

Kyoto Meanderings. No.7

Yes dear Travellers, it has been a while since we’ve been visually meandering in Kyoto – (search: meanderings 1-6 for more). I started wandering seriously with my camera in Kyoto about 6 years ago, snapping away at things that drew me in – and occasionally I share some records of my walks here to give people just […]

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 […]


If you find yourself deep in the heart of Kyoto’s CBD/shopping district and feel the need for a breath of cultural air  – make a B-line directly to Rokkaku-do (on Rokkaku dori –  just east of Karasuma and south of Sanjo).  The temple is situated on the very spot believed to be the birthplace of Ikebana and […]