Nature & the Outdoors
With Tohoku’s premiere cycling facility, Natori Cycling and Sports Center, as a base, participants can travel around Sendai and Natori’s eastern sea coast on bicycle. Enjoy delicious the best Yuriage ark shells from Natori, as well as other gourmet seafood like Hokugen whitebait, while learning about restoration efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.
There is also a scenic hill-climbing course that involves visits to Natori’s Kumano, Kumano Hongusha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrines. Both courses allow participants to enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze while cycling coastal roads.
Cyclists can also challenge both courses in a single day with the full course option, for a total of three available plans. Please feel free to join even if you are a beginner,
a cycling guide will accompany you. (Foreign language support available via automatic translation device)
(1) Tea ceremony experience led by a tea ceremony master in the tea room of a shrine or temple (2) Trekking for SDGs in the World Heritage Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest
(1) Nara is the land where Japan’s historical culture began. Through the endless efforts of our predecessors, Nara’s precious cultural properties and traditional culture has been passed down over 1,300 years. Providing opportunities for foreign tourists, including wealthy travelers with an interest in Japan, to fully experience the historical and cultural resources that are the central pillars of Japanese culture is the main ingredient needed for sparking inbound tourism. In particular, Japan’s unique tea ceremony culture originated in Nara. Shrines and temples in the prefecture hold many tea ceremony utensils of historical and cultural value. With cooperation from tea ceremony masters, visitors can participate in a special tea ceremony in a historical shrine or temple tea room, an activity that can only be experienced in Nara.
(2) Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest is located in the eastern section of Nara Park. Conservation of the forest began all the way back in the Heian Period (794–1185) by an imperial edict which banned hunting and forestry in the area. This primeval forest, which directly borders the city of Nara, is of great academic value and has been designated as both a Special Natural Monument and World Heritage Site. Aside from the walking paths and mountain roads, general entry into the primeval forest is prohibited.
In this program, visitors have special access to areas that are usually closed off to the public. This guided tour gives visitors an exclusive historical and cultural experience.
Kawaba Denen Plaza is Japan’s largest roadside station facility. It welcomes over 2 million visitors per year. What’s more,
Denen Plaza serves as a starting point to attract visitors and introduce experience-based and accommodation-based tourism in the surrounding area, as well as provide transportation to nearby facilities through electric bicycle and kickboard rentals.
Mini-tours of the site and the surrounding area are also offered. From September this year, there are plans to offer brief helicopter rides for an exciting new way to attract more visitors.
Experience-based events and lodging plans for inbound visitors are also available in conjunction with major accommodation facilities, sake breweries, ski resorts, and other facilities in the village in order to increase the value of tourism and increase the amount of money spent per visitor.
Togakushi Ski Resort is a historic ski resort located in Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park. It boasts unparalleled views from the summit of the majestic Mount Togakushi, the Northern Japan Alps, Mount Myoko, and other mountains. Normally open only during the winter ski season, the resort will be specially opened during the fall foliage season so that visitors can enjoy fall scenes not available in other seasons. Boxed meals using locally sourced ingredients will also be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a delicious meal while admiring the view from the dining area at the mountain’s summit.
Fully inclusive tour to experience Shugendo practices at Yonako Falls, a national scenic beauty spot, and Suzaka, a town known for its traditional storehouses
Yonako Grand Falls, a special national park area and a national scenic beauty spot, is one of the 100 most famous waterfalls in Japan. This tour will offer seasonal experiences such as Shugendo (mountaintop ascetic practices), autumn leaf viewing, and frozen waterfall viewing. On the first day, participants will spend a relaxing time in Suzaka at the mountain’s base. On the second day, they will experience the main activities of Shugendo (mountaintop ascetic practices), such as waterfall meditation and pilgrimages by foot. There are many variations of these activities depending on the season, and participants can choose from a variety of options. On the third day, participants can interact with local residents in the town of Suzaka, known for its traditional storehouses.
A study tour development program to learn the about the past and present of Japanese views on nature (how to interact with wild animals)
Participants will learn the Japanese view of nature while trekking the Nakasendo trail, learning through lectures at shrines about how Japanese people have coexisted with wild animals for a long time due to unique religious beliefs (e.g., that wild animals are messengers of the gods). The tour will go on to discuss Japan’s modern ways of coexisting with, protecting, and managing black bears. Participants will see sites where bears live so that they can understand how wild animals are treated in Japan today. The tour can be scheduled from one to three days, and will be considered a high value-added product. In Europe and the United States, Japan is often perceived as a nation unfriendly to wildlife and one that often eats dolphins or whales. However, Japan maintains a rich biodiversity compared to Europe and other countries, and because of the Japanese people's unique approach to harmonious coexistence with nature and sustainability, large animals such as black bears exist even in large metropolitan areas. This program allows intellectually curious Western tourists to experience the Japanese approach to nature, which has been cultivated since time immemorial, as well as the latest efforts to coexist with wildlife in Japan today, thereby increasing their attachment to Japan and their eagerness to visit Karuizawa once more.
Enjoy the luxury of boating under the moonlight accompanied by delicious food and elegant music.
Experience an elegant banquet in the style of Japanese court nobility, with a history spanning more than a thousand years, on a houseboat in the scenic Arashiyama area of Kyoto.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and elegant traditional entertainment while basking in the glow of the moon reflected on the waters and taking in the sights of Togetsukyo Bridge.
On the most beautiful night of the year, under the full moon in Kyoto, experience the natural beauty of Arashiyama on a private yakatabune boat carrying only a single group of 2–4 guests. Guest will enjoy a concerto of delicious food and traditional performing arts with all five senses in an experience brimming with Japanese sensitivity and aesthetics. On the boat, guests will enjoy well-known Japanese classics such as sukiyaki and other exquisite meals prepared by some of Japan's top ryotei restaurants. The party will also feature traditional entertainment including the Nihon Imayouta Bugakukai dance troupe in court noble costumes and shinobue flute performers Sato and Awa, who entertain with their elegant traditional performing arts. The silence is filled with the sounds of the land and elegant tones which echo through the mountains creating a spectacular evening party and an unforgettable experience.
◆ Three courses are available for the luxury banquet. *Tax included
1) Kyoto Kitcho: "Kangetsu Special Kaiseki" Course
Price: Adult 150,000 yen *Must be age 15 or over to participate.
2) Arashiyama Kumahiko: "Live Kitchen on the Water: Autumn Flavors & Kyoto Beef" Course
Price: Adults 60,000 yen, children 30,000 yen (children’s meal)
3) Special Sukiyaki Course (A4 rank+)
Price: Adults 30,000 yen, children 15,000 yen (children’s meal)
Program to promote bicycle tourism in the "Kyoto by the Sea" area of Kyoto Prefecture through cycling events aimed at foreign participants (KYOTO TANTAN Cycle Event)
● Event 1: KYOTO TANTAN Cycle Stamp Rally international cycling event
- A 2-month, touring-style digital stamp rally campaign in the northern area of Kyoto Prefecture
- Checkpoints will be set up in 7 cities and towns in Tango-Amanohashidate-Oeyama Quasi-National Park
- Collecting a certain number of stamps will earn you a reward unique to the local area!
- Checkpoints and maps will be displayed in multiple languages via a dedicated browser
[Event Duration] Sunday, October 1 to Thursday, November 30, 2023
[Participation Fee] 1,000 yen
● Event 2: KYOTO TANTAN Long Ride international cycling event
- Sea Course and Forest Course starting from Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s top three scenic spots
< Sea Course >
- A course offering magnificent views of the Sea of Japan from the Tango Peninsula
- The course gives participants a chance to enjoy the varied landscape of the Tango Peninsula, including the river terraces, sea caves, and ria coastlines of San'in Kaigan Geopark
- The course showcases the scenery of the boathouses of Ine, a collection of traditional buildings, and Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s top three scenic spots
< Forest Course >
- For those seeking a challenge! Also known as the Devil's Course
- The course includes hill-climbing elements, with a maximum elevation difference of approximately 400m with many ups and downs
- The course follows the Oeyama mountain range, famous throughout Japan as the setting for ogre-slaying legends, and it features many scenic spots
- The course offers scenic views of "Kyoto of the Forest" — a rich natural environment of mountains, villages, and rivers
[Event Date] Sunday, October 15, 2023
[Tour Price] 10,000 yen/person (for each course)
Visitors can participate in traditional "nature worship" at Mt. Haku, which was the first site of mountain-based faith in Japan, and Shiramine, an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings where the worship of nature was cultivated. It is believed that by confronting oneself and and freeing the mind from stress through nature worship, enlightenment can be reached. Such powerful experiences can change one’s outlook on life.
Visitors can experience the rich culture of Shiramine alongside locals through a guided introduction to a unique type of sumo wrestling, kanko dancing, and folk songs. Visitors will also get a chance to appreciate "honkosan" vegetarian cuisine, which is prepared over the course of a year with the utmost care using high-quality regional ingredients.
Enjoy the rare opportunity of exploring sites such as Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine and Rinsai-ji Temple under the guide of their officials and priests, gaining intimate insight into the history and culture of worship around the sacred peak of Mt. Haku.
Next, climb Mt. Haku and spend the night at a rest stop located at an elevation of 2,400 meters. At the top of the mountain, visit the inner shrine of Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine and savor the surrounding nature and picturesque scenery by going stargazing or watching the sunrise and sunset.
The first day of this three-day tour is spent in the Shiramine area, and the second and third days are spent on the mountain.
*Per request, the tour can be lengthened or shortened, or the dates of the program changed to suit individual needs.
As an element of pioneering new areas of tourism for inbound visitors, this package offers five incredible experiences, including a premium baseball viewing experience and a pass for a handful of entertainment facilities. With the round-trip Nippon Pass, you can experience a variety of different entertainment activities, including leisure facilities, karaoke, and video game arcades! It also allows for participation in a variety of extraordinary events, including the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game, taking photos with professional players, and playing catch out on the stadium field! After the game you will even get to take a commemorative photo on the field, creating memories that will last a lifetime! The baseball match is viewed from special seats not normally available to the public. You can also have other uniquely Japanese experiences, such as taste-testing Japanese sake! It's even possible to stay in lodging facilities adjoining the stadium. Enjoy baseball and entertainment in Japan, winner of the World Baseball Classic!