Savor the true essence of Japanese food with all five senses
Traditional Japanese cuisine has been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. Customers who book this gourmet edutainment (education x entertainment) tour will take a deep dive into its history by tasting and learning about the court cuisine (yusoku ryori) of Imperial Kyoto. At a historic ryotei restaurant founded in 1722, they can enjoy sake from a venerable sake brewery that has remained in business for several hundred years in the Fushimi district of Kyoto, one of the three premier sake brewing areas in Japan.
Transcending this world by immersing yourself in Japan’s largest holy city and its Buddhist culture
Founded over 1,200 years ago by the monk Kukai—a titan in Japanese religious and cultural history—the holy city Koyasan has been a mainstay of Japanese history ever since. Buddhist teachings are deeply rooted in the daily lives of the people, and even now, many monks continue to live in its many temples. Located high up in the mountains of Wakayama, it is also known as one of the few examples of a “city of the heavens” in Japan.
More than any other place in Japan, this city and its rich heritage of Buddhist teachings, culture, tradition, and cultural assets will show you the importance of calming the mind and maintaining empty spaces (yohaku) in your life.
Accounting for taste with customized art tours
“Different strokes for different folks,” as they say, and in this spirit, we offer art tours led by specialists and customized to people’s tastes, collaborating with Warehouse TERRADA. Customers can enjoy art from whatever angles or perspectives that interest them, whether art x education, art x museum curation, art x purchasing, art x cafes, or art x lodging. We use participants’ personal areas of interest as a jumping off point to delve deeper into the world of art. Those who are interested in art but have not had much contact with the Japanese art scene will also be given the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge of Japanese esthetics.
Experiencing ancient Japanese values, preserved since time immemorial
Developed in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, this environmentally friendly program is full of surprises. Tour Yakushima Island, the first Japanese island to be designated a Natural World Heritage Site, in a LEXUS RZ450e electric vehicle with your personal butler at your side. In cooperation with Sankara Hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World community, we offer a number of special experiences from the perspectives of “food,” “experience,” “stay,” and “drive,” exclusively made available with this itinerary. From full-on trekking to activities in the beautiful ocean, scenic drives and meals, we offer a wide range of activities to suit your preferences.
The night you wander into another world
In collaboration with the entertainment company Shochiku Co., Ltd., we developed “Ghost Night Tour in Golden St.,” a haunted bar-hopping and theater experience set in the famous Golden St (Golden Gai), a cluster of bars and pubs in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho entertainment district. Participants will feel as if they have stepped into a movie or play as they enjoy a new type of immersive theater and interact with the characters of a story. Although the bars of Golden Gai are usually closed to first-time visitors, those who join this bar hop will be able to tour around several establishments, experiencing the depth of the Japanese nightlife and touching on the fringes of that one literary element of Japan after sundown, ghosts.