Food & Drink
Combining seamless transportation centered around HondaJet: high value-added visit planning focused on three gastronomic areas
■ Means of Transportation
We provide seamless inter-city transportation by combining HondaJet, helicopter, and a chauffeur service with the aim of minimizing the burden of boarding procedures and waiting times. A chauffeur remains on stand-by at the times of takeoff and landing on HondaJet to optimize travel.
■ Visit Planning
(1) Hakuba Village: There will be private dining at a top-class villa with chefs from exclusive, hard-to-book restaurants (Sushi Saito, etc.). In winter, the fast track plan offers gondola lift rides from 6:30 a.m., allowing participants to enjoy powdered snow first thing in the morning. During the green season, we will provide a private stargazing experience by running gondola lifts at night.
(2) Annaka City: We will offer special access to “The Club,” a strictly members-only golf course. We plan to use original local golf maker goods that are normally not for sale and offer rounds with Japanese pro golf tour champions. We will offer hard-to-find premium whiskey and more at an outdoor BBQ, where local ingredients can be enjoyed at a special location within the facility.
(3) Toyama City: Experience a premium lunch at the Michelin-starred auberge-style lodge L'évo and a visit to Masuda Sake Brewery in Iwase, which is followed by members-only restaurant hopping. We will also offer a special brewing experience at IWA (opened by former chief winemaker of Dom Perignon in collaboration with Mr. Kengo Kuma and Masuda Sake Brewery), which has garnered worldwide attention. There will be the option to take a private night tour of the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design.
On par with Matsue Castle (designated National Treasure) and considered the heart of Matsue City’s tourism is the MATSUE WATER TERRACE. For a limited period of three months between September and November 2023, visitors to Matsue can enjoy views of the Horikawa Pleasure Boats drifting leisurely down Hori River, various shops, such as Karakoro Plaza, and cafes and bars from the comfort of “waterside terrace seat” located in the Katahara/Kyoten water embankment area. During the day, you can relax while gazing at the boats that drift down the historic Hori River; during evenings, delight in the beauty of the area lit-up spectacularly thanks to the designs by lighting designer Shiho Nagamachi. What’s more, various restaurants and bars in the area have decided to come together to create an area of communication and social exchange, with a special take-out menu and plenty of opportunity to interact with the people around you. We hope that this limited-time MATSUE WATER TERRACE becomes a hub of both interaction as well as water tourism in Matsue City. MATSUE WATER DINING (an evening outdoor restaurant) will also be held for a two-day period.
About One Ariake Art Festival 2023
One Ariake Art Festival is a walk-through art project that allows visitors to discover the charms of the region while walking around the Ariake Sea. The theme for the festival is "Composition of Local Resources." The objective is to create new experiences, products, and value by combining arts, crafts, sports, food, sake, tea, and other things unique to the areas around the Ariake Sea, which have been nurtured over a long period of time. Through cultural experiences and nature conservation activities only available here, visitors can fully enjoy the charm of the region.
Kawazu SAKURA x WASABI Premium Tourism Home of the new Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and the famous wasabi-don (wasabi rice bowl)!
(1) Kawazu SAKURA x WASABI Premium Tour
This tour features the Suruga Bay Ferry + Mt. Fuji Taxi from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport or JR Shizuoka Station during the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience the towering 3,776 meter height of Mt. Fuji from a ferry, and try harvesting mizu-wasabi, a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage, in an area usually not open to the public.
(2) Premium experience at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Terrace, only in Kawazu
Enjoy special moments on a charming terrace for some Kawazu cherry blossom viewing and carefully selected Kawazu cuisine. You will be waited on by the famous Dancers of Izu.
(3) SAKURA & WASABI Premium Accommodation Plan
A premium dining and accommodation plan featuring Kawazu cherry blossoms, local wasabi, etc. has been planned by accommodation facilities exclusively for this season.
(4) Creating tourism content as the home of the wasabi-don (wasabi rice bowl)
Grate on your own wasabi to sample the flavor and excitement of world-class mizu-wasabi from Kawazu, a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage.
Flourishing from the Muromachi period (1336–1573) to the early Edo period (1603–1867), the World Heritage site “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape” was a renowned silver mine.
Experience the culture and lifestyle in two traditional towns, Omori and Yunotsu, as well as a limited-time opening of the Okubo Mabu Mine Shaft, the largest in Iwami Ginzan, which is usually closed to the public. Feel the value of World Heritage site “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape” through an accommodation plan that combines kominka old traditional houses (Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings) with small luxuries.
Experience Heian culture in a program themed around prayer and elegance at the captivating Saiku historical site ～Enchanted Saiku: A Spiritual and Aesthetic Experience～
The main feature of this program is the Saiku firelight Noh performance held on Saturday, November 4 and Friday, February 2. A special stage will be set up in the reconstructed buildings from the Heian period in Saiku Heian-Era Park on the site of the Saiku National Historic Site, with special performances of Saiku-related Noh theater to be held. In November, a stylish projection mapping event called Saiku Heian Emaki 2023 will be held at the same location for two days, before and after the Noh performance. Enjoy an evening of Heian-themed art that varies from Noh theater. Every Saturday and Sunday from November to January, various Heian pastimes (ban-sugoroku, kai-awase, ceremonial kimono dressing, bows and arrows, etc.) can be enjoyed here. Visitors can also try out the sokaren palanquin of the Saio princesses. High value-added tours that combine well with the main Noh performance viewing include (1) a mini-tour with a Japanese historian of the Emado ruins and Take Shrine, both of which are connected to Noh performances; (2) special commentary on Noh performances by Yoshimasa Kanze; (3) a Saiku Terroir Culinary Evening, showcasing the ingredients and cuisine of this land where the capital stood for 600 years; and (4) a journey back in time to the Heian period at the Hotel Saio-no-Miya, named after the Saio princesses. On New Year's Eve, the annual Taina event is held here to ward off demons from the Heian period. Visitors can take part in the Hyakki Yagyo procession dressed as demons (Japanese-style cosplay) to ward off evil spirits. Following this, there will be a special New Year's tour to see the first sunrise at Oyodo Beach, which appears in the famous book The Tales of Ise.
In a collaboration between Okinawan traditions and beautiful ocean waters, this tour program can only be experienced here on Kume Island.
Experience precious Kumejima-tsumugi silk fabric, an Important Intangible Cultural Property of high artistic merit, handmade by artisans, and have an expert dress you in it. While wearing Kumejima-tsumugi silk fabric, visit sightseeing spots around Kume Island and learn about Okinawa’s food and traditional culture. Try your hand at weaving Kumejima-tsumugi silk fabric, stroll through old streets, take photos framed by beautiful sea waters, and visit the spectacular ruins of Uejo Castle, a National Important Cultural Property known as the Machu Picchu of Kume Island for its 360° panoramic views.
The Uezu House, a National Important Cultural Property, is the oldest historic private residence in Okinawa. With a wooden structure unique to Okinawa, it has withstood the wind and rain for 400 years, and offers magnificent panoramic views. Although the home is currently closed to the public, it will be accessible as a part of this tour.
In the deluxe plan, visitors will enjoy a unique Okinawan variation of tea ceremony called bukubuku tea at the Uezu House. This special tea ceremony imparts a sense of the mystical energy of the Ryukyu Islands.
A special dining course will also be served. Enjoy exquisitely fresh oysters, prawns, and "sea grapes" (a seaweed delicacy), which is grown in sea water about 612 meters deep, and available only on Kume Island. Visitors will enjoy a gastronomic experience using an abundance of Kume Island tuna and other local ingredients.
Amami Oshima Island is an island rich in nature located roughly halfway between the Japanese mainland and Okinawa. In July 2021, the area was registered as a World Natural Heritage site in recognition of its diverse range of wildlife living and growing in the area, including rare species such as the Amami rabbit.
The island has produced many unique traditional industries and cultures, such as Oshima tsumugi, one of the world's three major textiles, and brown sugar shochu. We will sell high value-added tours that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural and cultural attractions of Amami Oshima Island through trekking, cycling, kayaking, and wildlife observation.
Why are things like Oshima tsumugi and brown sugar shochu made only in the Amami Islands? There are still very few tours in Japan and other East Asian countries that offer such a unique opportunity to explore the connection between Amami's unique culture and nature through activities, making this tour a very special experience.
Come and experience the charm of Amami Oshima Island through this tour.
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden has been at the center of Japan for a thousand years. It was the location the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the home of the Emperor and the seat of government from the Heian Period (794–1185) until the Meiji Restoration (1868), when the capital was relocated to Tokyo. It remains a symbolic place of traditional culture, not only for Kyoto but also for Japan, and its vast area and serene ambiance showcases an the natural beauty of each season. This year's marché event will be the largest of its kind ever held in Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, featuring food trucks and other vendors. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy an unconventional, large-scale cultural event. Enjoy culinary treats at the marché while experiencing the history and culture of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the remains of former noble residences, and the rich natural beauty of the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.
This event will bring together various attractions in Yuzawa including the Yuzawa Inukko Dog Festival, a snow festival with a history of 400 years. Other attractions include the Shigakko Festival, giant icicle displays in the Oyasukyo Gorge, and lanterns featuring bijin-ga (a form of ukiyo-e painting) with a history of approximately 300 years. In addition, snow sculpture projection mapping done by an overseas videographer, fireworks dancing in the snowy night sky, Yuzawa cuisine, and traditional crafts will also be available to be enjoyed by all.