Silk culture tour of Kaga silk production areas with Mr. Takamatsu, the only Japanese tailor of haute couture for women
・Private tour to experience silk culture in the Johana area of Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture. The tour is led by Taichiro Takamatsu, the only Japanese tailor of haute couture for women, with a background in Christian Dior Couture Paris.
・Exhibition and explanation of dresses made of shike silk, the only one of its kind in Japan that uses the breed called Koishimaru, a native breed also kept by the Imperial family (some dresses are not available for viewing).
・Visit to Matsui Silk Weaving, the only weaver of shike silk in Japan, accompanied by Mr. Takamatsu himself, who will explain the weaving process.
・Accommodation at the art hotel Rakudo-An, where guests can enjoy food, folk art, and contemporary art.
・Dinner party with Mr. Takamatsu at il Clima, an Italian restaurant that lavishly uses local ingredients.
Mt. Minobu Wellbeing Bus Tour—750 Years of History ~Limited edition night tour of the Okuno-in Temple & ropeway, guidance from a real monk, and a vegan tasting experience~
Mt. Minobu is home to the head temple of Nichiren Buddhism, a major school of Japanese Buddhism. On this tour, guests can partake in a profound Japanese experience with an exclusive night tour of the Okuno-in Temple. With the Buddhist monks as your guide, visit the mountaintop observatory where, under the night sky, you will witness the silhouette of Japan's three holy mountains (Mt. Fuji, Mt. Haku, and Mt. Tateyama) overlooking the Kofu Basin. Afterwards, take part in the ancient art of sutra copying at the temple. This mindful experience in a serene environment is sure to become one of the most cherished and unforgettable memories of your journey. Meals will be prepared according to the Buddhist vegetarian diet and are nutritious and highly regarded as a popular choice for a healthy diet.
A two-night, three-day plan that explores the untouched natural beauty of the ocean and mountains of Wakasa Takahama, with a guide who is fluent in English and Chinese. The main activities include an early morning guided climb of Mt. Aoba, the “Mt. Fuji of Wakasa,” experiencing seasonal plant dyeing, early morning beach yoga, and cycling down the beach promenade.
(1) Mt. Aoba: Also known as the Mt. Fuji of Wakasa due to its beautiful appearance, it is the symbol of Takahama Town. A guided mountain climbing tour will be conducted with a special exhibition of a stone statue in a non-public area at the summit of Mt. Aoba.
(2) Okinreika: Admire the Okinreika, an endangered plant species that grows only on Mt. Aoba and has been designated a Prefectural Cultural Property.
(3) Nakayama-dera Temple: There is a special exhibition of the Bato Kannon Seated Statue in the main hall of Nakayama-dera Temple, an Important Cultural Property that is only opened to the public once every seventeen years.
(4) Wakasa Wada Beach: Various activities are offered at Wakasa Wada Beach, which in 2016 was the first beach in Asia to receive a Blue Flag international environmental certification.
Special opening of Important Cultural Asset “Shirayama Engi” and light art display of shrine grounds at Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine, the head shrine of the Shirayama Shrines ~Special night tour of Hakusan Faith~
A personal shuttle vehicle is prepared from Kanazawa station, the gateway to Ishikawa.
Visit Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine, the head shrine of the Shirayama Shrines and one of the most renowned power spots in Hokuriku.
As special entertainment, view a performance of a Shinto dance and take a special tour of the Important Cultural Asset “Shirayama Engi.”
Please experience the traditional culture of Hakusan Faith with a multilingual guide.
At night, the grounds are lit up in an artistic light display, transforming the area to create an ethereal atmosphere that cannot be experienced during the day.
For dinner, a special meal of local ingredients will be prepared, utilizing the rich nature of Shirayama.
Please experience the charm and power of the history, culture, and cuisine of Hakusan Faith.
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.
This event features a special viewing of the tallest seated buddha in Japan, the Echizen Great Buddha at Seidaiji Temple in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture. The viewing will be held for an hour after the gates open and an hour before they close. Smoke machines will produce a "sea of clouds" throughout the venue, creating a fairyland effect that will turn the venue into Hokuriku region's new top tourist destination.
Past the front of the Daibutsuden Hall (where the Great Buddha is located) and through the sea of clouds, visitors enter the solemn atmosphere of the Hall itself. The Echizen Great Buddha, the temple's honzon (chief object of worship) and the tallest seated statue in Japan, is located in the Daibutsuden Hall, where it is surrounded by numerous Buddha statues of various sizes. In addition to the Great Buddha, visitors can enjoy the view of Katsuyama from the five-story pagoda or spend a leisurely time in the Japanese garden.
A special program to experience the traditional culture and festivals that have been nurtured over history on the Noto Peninsula, which is surrounded by mountains and the sea
Experience a Shinto ritual and “Naorai” at the prestigious Keta-taisha Shrine, which has a history of 1,200 years and is counted as one of Japan's top four shrines. Naorai is an event where people eat the offerings to the gods after a Shinto ritual, which symbolizes the gods and people becoming one by eating together, and involves enjoying Japanese food culture and Noto’s natural features in a beautiful setting.
Noto has many unique festivals and folk events that have been passed down through generations. Experience a Noto festival at the Wakura Onsen Omatsuri Hall, where cuisine made from Noto produce and prepared by Kagaya, one of Japan's leading ryokan, is enjoyed while local residents provide a special performance in front of festival floats.
Experience a matcha tea ceremony at Seirin-ji Temple, which stands on a hill overlooking Wakura Onsen.
An exceptional program has been planned, and it includes a specially guided tour of works from the Oku-Noto Triennale held in Suzu City, at the tip of the Noto Peninsula, a tour to view Wajima-nuri lacquerware, one of Japan's major traditional crafts, guided by one of the artisans, and purchasing food at the Wajima morning market with a one-star Michelin chef, followed by an exquisite lunch at the restaurant.
Experience the worldview of Ito Sekisui V, the Sado Mumyoi Yaki potter and National Human Treasure, and experience Sado's traditional culture
(1) Hear directly about the appeal and techniques applied in the world of “Mumyoi Yaki” pottery from Ito Sekisui V, the Sado Mumyoi Yaki potter and Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder (Human National Treasure). In this program, you not only can appreciate the beauty of the pieces and their artistic characteristics, but you can also enjoy Sado cuisine in them.
(2) On Sado Island, local dishes have been passed down for use in religious ceremonies and festival events. Among them, you can prepare familiar makizuki (sushi rolls) by yourself. The beautiful patterns revealed when the makizushi rolls are cut open are highly enjoyable; find yourself charmed by the artistic design sense of local Sado cuisine.
(3) For the first time, the thatch roof buildings of the Hojo Residence and Daigan-ji Temple will be used in this program. In the space of these historic buildings, visitors can experience Japanese aesthetics on paper through impressive calligraphy, receiving instruction by a female calligrapher descended from the Hojo Clan. Guests will also be taught the heart of Buddhism through sutra and service by the 46th head monk of Daigan-ji Temple, which has 650 years of history.
(4) Since the Edo Period (1603–1867), Sado has been one of the great treasure troves for wild and medicinal herbs in Japan. Guided by the top wild herb researcher in Sado, guests will pick many types herbs that grow naturally in the satoyama and learning about functional plantlife. This program offers a unique look at Sado and the opportunity to make cuisine and crafts.
(5) Experience a trip to play taiko drums led by the internationally famous Japanese taiko drum performance group “Kodo.” Through a taiko drum experience on the grounds of Daigan-ji Temple, surrounded by green, learn about the culture of Sado’s Ondeko and let the beat of the taiko drum that echoes to the main temple building summon the soul.
Special program to experience Kanazawa's traditions and culture that have been handed down from the time of the samurai
At the "Samurai Feast Premium Dinner," guests can enjoy a special dinner in Kanazawa Castle that recreates "samurai gourmet," which the Maeda family, who ruled Kaga Domain from the late 1500s through to 1867, had served when entertaining guests. Kanazawa Castle's Gojukken Nagaya, where meals are not normally served, has been specially set up as the dining venue, and the food is prepared by a long-established ryotei restaurant with a history of serving as the leading restaurant of Kaga Domain. This is a special program that adapts the finest hospitality of the samurai culture to modern times, a tradition that can only be recreated in Kanazawa, where the samurai culture has been passed down from the Edo period (1603–1867).
In addition, tours are offered to experience the richness of Kanazawa's traditions and culture, where traditional crafts and performing arts have thrived for hundreds of years.
Guided by a young Noh performer, visitors will experience the mysterious and profound world of Nohgaku. Nohgaku is one of Japan's leading traditional performing arts, with a history of more than 600 years. The Kaga daimyo poured their resources into all arts, including Noh, and even after their rule came to an end, the arts have been passed down by fans in Kanazawa.
There is also a tour of Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan's most famous gardens, guided by a garden specialist. Learn about the backstory and highlights not covered in the guidebook, and have a drink while admiring the oldest existing fountain in Japan at the site where the Kaga family's villa once stood.
Similarly, the Nagamachi Samurai District conveys the atmosphere of the samura era with its old-fashioned earthen walls and cobbled streets. Tour the streets with a local guide and through an SDGs perspective on the rows of stately samurai residences.
In the beautiful rural landscape of Komatsu, visit an auberge renovated from an abandoned school and savor pairings of delicious food with sake brewed at the adjacent sake brewery.
A trip to discover the faith and culture of Suwa, which developed through communication between people and nature in the area known as Jomon Ginza, which once thrived over 10,000 years ago
Located in the middle of Nagano Prefecture, the Suwa/Chino area is easily accessible from the Tokyo metropolitan area as well as Nagoya. This area is said to have been the most populated in Japan during the Jomon period (10,000–300 BCE), and Jomon culture thrived here. The Suwa faith has since taken root in the area, originating from Suwa Taisha Shrine, and the culture and lifestyle of respecting and coexisting with nature are very much alive in the area today. Captivated by the power of this place, many keep coming back to it, and many continue to live here. Two programs will be held to allow visitors to take time to reflect on themselves through an encounter with magnificent nature and interactions with local residents.
One program focuses on special cultural content that allows visitors to experience the spirituality of the Suwa faith. Suwa taiko drum is a cultural performing art that evolved from kagura (Shinto music) dedicated to Suwa Taisha Shrine and serves as the origin of the modern kumidaiko style of drumming. Makoto Yamamoto, who is the successor of this tradition, will give a tour of Suwa Taisha Shrine. Afterwards, visitors will head to Buppo Shoryu-ji Temple, which has deep ties to Suwa Taisha Shrine, to experience the worldview of the Shinto-Buddhism syncretism and its story of overcoming the political storms. At the end of the tour, visitors will have a special opportunity to observe an up-close performance of the Suwa taiko drum dedication to the Shinto god of the Upper Shrine, Suwa Daimyojin (original Buddhist deity Fugen Bodhisattva).
The other program allows visitors to discover the history of the Suwa region. The tour will specially reserve Honjin Iwanami House at Shimosuwa-juku, which was considered an important hub along the highway during the Edo period (1603–1867). Participants will tour the buildings, scenery, and treasures that remain today under the guidance of the 28th head of the family. There will be an opportunity to enjoy a Koto performance in the reception room overlooking Nakasendo's best garden, which will be the main attraction of the event.