WHERE? Kichisen, Kyoto, Japan WHAT? Deep-pocketed purists only buy the Japanese version of these mushrooms, found beneath red pines near Kyoto from September to midNovember. With an annual harvest of less than 1,000 tonnes, expect to pay up to $2,000 per kilogram.
Try some at Kichisen, which serves Kyoto’s best kaiseki (multi-course dinner), where the fungi’s fans flock to sample Dobin Mushi, a sapid platter of Matsutake steamed with chicken, fish or shrimp.
DON’T MISS: A visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site-classed historic monuments of Ancient Kyoto, followed by a trip to Iwatayama Monkey Park.
SPEND THE NIGHT: At The Hyatt Regency, a chic five-star hotel at the heart of one of the city’s oldest districts.
GEGETTING THERE: Emirates hahas direct flights to Osaka frofrom Dh5,185.