Edo Tokugawa Culture Premium Experience Program in Modern Tokyo: Special Visit to Zojo-ji Temple & Tokugawa Culture Experience
The Tokugawa family founded Tokyo, which was known at the time as 'Edo', and brought one of the world's longest periods of peace, "Pax-Tokugawana," which lasted for over 300 years.
The tour will be led by Iehiro Tokugawa, the nineteenth head of the Tokugawa family. He will guide participants through Zojo-ji Temple, which has connections to the Tokugawa family, and will explore the essence of the history and culture of Edo, which prospered as the center of the samurai class and developed differently from Kyoto.
▼The following special programs will allow participants to experience a quality encounter with the essence of the history and spirit of samurai, an experience not offered anywhere else in Japan.
・A full-scale historical and cultural stay program, which is one of the few programs of its kind in Tokyo, and also the first that is offered by the Tokugawa family.
・Opportunity to learn about the samurai spirit through the Tokugawa Edo period, which established one of the longest periods of peace in the world.
・Fully authentic cultural experience of the Japanese culture that prospered during the peaceful Edo period and has continued to this day, with the head of family that has continued since the Edo period.
・Special visit to the restricted area of Zojo-ji Temple, one of Tokyo's most famous temples associated with the Tokugawa family.
(Visit to the upper level of Japan's Important Cultural Property Sangedatsumon Gate, which has watched over Edo/Tokyo since its establishment over 400 years ago)
・Special exhibition of historical cultural properties owned by the Tokugawa family
Entertainment by Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and the geisha of Fukagawa, sure to be an extremely memorable part of your visit to Japan
1. Japanese traditional performing arts: A well-paced show of Japanese traditional performing arts with English commentary at the Wedding Hall of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine. An opportunity to learn about history and tradition.
2. Cultural experience: Experience the beauty and spirit of Japan, from putting on a kimono upon arrival, to the sword action in the play and the tea ceremony after the meal.
3. Ozashiki games with geisha: You can enjoy ozashiki party games, which usually require a referral and reservation, with a lecture by a geisha as an attendant.
4. Sacred venue: Decorated with seasonal decorations, Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine is a sacred space that is not available for public use, with approximately 400 years of history.
5. Fine kaiseki dining at the prestigious Tsujitome: High-end kaiseki cuisine with seasonal ingredients and the chef's extra care to create well-balanced dishes. Finish with Fukagawa-meshi rice dish.
(1) Family special experience tour program
A special day with your family. This program also includes a special session of the Brave Lupus training academy, so parents with children interested in rugby are encouraged to join.
Talking with non-member players, a Brave Lupus special practice session through the training academy, a tour of famous spots, a rugby match viewing with commentary, meeting with Michael Leitch, and more.
(2) Special hospitality tour program
Get a taste of everything offered by Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo in one day. Meet many of the players up-close and become a "Braver" yourself.
Clubhouse tour and meeting non-member players, a tour of famous spots, a special welcome present from players, participation in the player entrance ceremony for the team, a rugby match viewing with commentary in special seats, dinner with Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo ambassador Hitoshi Ono, and more.
Nikko has a rich historical and cultural heritage, including the World Heritage site, "Shrines and Temples of Nikko." Nikko is also a world-class tourist destination with natural attractions such as the Oku-Nikko-Shitsugen wetland, a Ramsar Convention wetland. As the seasons change, so to does Nikko, but the most spectacular time of year is during the fall foliage season, which attracts many tourists from within Japan and abroad.
This tour goes to and from Tokyo and offers a truly special time in Nikko during the fall foliage season.
A helicopter will be used for the trip to Nikko, providing stress-free views of the fall foliage below. After arriving, guests will head to the Ritz-Carlton Nikko hotel, where the G7 Ministerial Meeting was held. They will be fully immersed in the history, nature, and culture of this area through private tours to learn about and see Japan’s history and nature firsthand with professional guides, followed by dinner at the former embassy villa, a symbolic international summer resort. This 2-night, 3-day plan provides a special time that is "exclusively now, exclusively here, and exclusively for you."
In skateboarding, which is becoming increasingly popular worldwide, the World Skateboarding Championships for street competitions will be held in Tokyo in December 2023. This is the most important event of the year, as it serves as a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, and top skaters from around the world will gather at the Ariake Coliseum. As such, the sports hospitality package that includes front-row seats to the event, which attracts attention from around the world, and a variety of special experiences only available with this package, will be sold and offered.
What’s included in the package:
•Special seating: Front-row seats on the course side closest to the skaters
•Hospitality lounge: In addition to offering Japanese cuisine and other food and beverages, you will be able to simultaneously enjoy commentary by guest experts before and after the competition, as well as various music and art, which are inseparable from action sports. Demonstrations of other sports, such as break dancing and Double Dutch, are also planned.
•Special experiences: Meet & greets with the skaters, backyard tours of the venue, commemorative photos on the podium by the official photographer, etc.
•Accommodation and transportation: Accommodation (two nights) at a hotel adjacent to the venue and private round-trip airport-hotel pick-up and drop-off.
This package not only allows spectators to see the world-class skills, power, and thrill of skateboarding up-close but also to enjoy the excitement of the action sports scene and the behind-the-scenes of competitions. We hope you will come to Tokyo to join us for the fun!
Inbound visitors only! VIP order-made guided tour project ~ A collaboration with VIRTUOSO to provide high-value-added benefits for wealthy FIT travelers, which are in short supply in Japan ~
(1) First time to create inbound products for a certain theme park in Chiba Prefecture.
- Created the first-ever tour where inbound visitors are accompanied around the park by a guide.
Special, in-depth experiences will be provided at the various attractions by utilizing points and timing known only to those in the know
- Conduct the first familiarization tour of the park aimed at inbound visitors.
(2) Experience old culture such as historical relics and buildings with "Samurai" as the hook
- Conduct an experience wearing Japanese armor (which became a talking point in the MLB this year) in Otaki Town, Chiba Prefecture, and a tour experience of a swordsmith shop in Narita, which can only be arranged by a long-established ryokan inn.
(3) Japanese food has been registered as a World Heritage! “Raw food,” a part of Japanese dietary habits that particularly surprises inbound visitors
An official tour of the Toyosu Market brokers, which has not been available until now, and a visit to a sake brewery with a professional sake and food guide. The contents of the tour include eating ramen, the meal of the common people, a visit to a sake brewery, where AI analyzes visitors’ tastes and selects sake for them, and observing a tuna auction followed by a Japanese meal at a Michelin starred sushi restaurant.
(4) Pop culture such as "anime" that represents modern Japan
A tour of the sights and attractions that are difficult to visit alone, led by a professional guide. Pokémon-related Locations: A stay in the Matsushima area, a Tohoku location that is more popular among inbound travelers than Sendai, and an introduction to Pokémon-related locations. The contents of the tour will be irresistible for anime lovers.
(5) Order-made contents specifically for customers in line with their needs
"Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple-style" morning activity experience Premium night concert ~Gagaku x Buddhist sutras and pipe organ~
Morning activity experience
•Change into a "samue," which is worn by monks when they perform their work, and take part in the morning prayer.
•The "Naijin-no-Yoma" (space on the far right and far left of the inner sanctum), which is usually closed to the public, will be open for special viewing to tour participants.
•Enjoy a special live performance of gagaku (Japanese imperial court music) just for tour participants in the Naijin-no-Yoma.
•Enjoy the 18-item breakfast at "Tsumugi," which is so popular that lines form in front of the store from early in the morning.
•Experience polishing Buddhist altar equipment, which normally cannot be touched, with other monks.
•While you experience polishing Buddhist altar equipment, you can talk with the monks in close proximity about your daily life and other topics.
•You can take pictures with the monks.
•Hear explanations about Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple and gagaku classical music from the monks via an interpreter.
•Entry into Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple after the gates have closed, which is normally not allowed, will be permitted to tour participants.
•Enter an area that is normally off-limits to the general public for a special close-up look at the lit-up main, enshrined image of the temple.
•You can take pictures with the monks.
■Music memorial service
•You can listen to an original musical memorial service that interweaves the chanting of Buddhist sutras by more than ten monks with a performance of traditional Japanese classical music (gagaku) and pipe organ, a symbol of Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple.
•Experience a surreal atmosphere thanks to special lighting displays
•Enjoy a special performance of gagaku crossed with a pipe organ.
Daiyuzan Saijo-ji Temple is the third most prestigious Soto Zen temple, following Eihei-ji Temple and Soji-ji Temple in Tsurumi. The temple is steeped in Japan’s unique history and traditions and is a sanctuary of power spots. Enveloped in an air of solemnity and adorned with the legend of the Tengu, a long-nosed mountain goblin, this temple, built upon a sacred mountain, exudes a mysterious atmosphere quite unlike any other. Beloved by international travelers, this enchanting area boasts year-round allure, but it has a particular charm during the fall when vibrant reds and oranges hues transform the landscape. It is during this magical season that our special event unfolds.
-Special Autumn Foliage Light Up Event
For the first time ever at Saijo-ji Temple, for one week during fall, witness the temple grounds and fall foliage around the belfry hall and the Rurimon Gate be lit up in a breathtakingly beautiful illumination event.
Allow mystery and whimsy to spirit you away on this premium experience.
-Special Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk
Weary travelers may find solace and rejuvenation within the serene embrace of the main hall through this special journey of learning and healing.
Imbibe the intoxicating rhythm of Japan’s soul while enveloped in the velvety black of night and the bright colors of the autumn leaves.
-Limited Time Premium Dining
Let the tengu be your guide as you learn more about the Zen spirit of vegetarian cuisine that has been passed down through Saijo-ji Temple, and dine on original dishes from a progressive and modern restaurant where no other has dined before in the private drawing room, to which access is normally restricted for the general public.
Join us on our specially curated excursion to the Usui Pass heritage railway, which is an attraction that is renowned for its magnificent autumn foliage views. Begin your adventure with a ride aboard Japan’s steepest sightseeing train, boasting an incline of 66.7 permille (a unit that represents the incline of a road as a rate per thousand). After visiting Japan's largest brick arch bridge, the Meganebashi Bridge, guests will have the opportunity to experience Japanese entertainment culture from over a century ago within the brick tunnel of the historic former Kumanotaira Station, a National Important Cultural Property, by watching a silent film, a form of entertainment that was popular in Japan around the time the tunnel was built. This “Silent Film Theater” offers a taste of the history and culture of Japan’s Meiji period (1867–1912). Once you have had your fill of the richness of nature and culture, join us on a journey to Isobe Onsen, the birthplace of the iconic hot spring mark. Not only can you spend the night here, but you can also delight in a genuine hot spring cultural experience where you will learn all there is to know about hot springs. Do not worry if this is your first visit to a hot spring: even onsen beginners can enjoy this experience, with foot baths and special hot spring rice crackers on offer. Finally, with gift sets fit for souvenirs featuring organic plums available for purchase, this special package promises an authentic taste of the Isobe region.
This will be a guided tour of a fish market, the fresh seafood epicenter of Japanese culture. Unveil the secrets behind some of the unique facilities of this fish market, such as the minus-50-degrees-Celsius tuna refrigerator, normally hidden from the general public, as well as the live fish tank teeming with the freshest catches available. This is the perfect chance to deepen your understanding of Japan’s unique way of sourcing and distributing its culinary treasures. Wander through the wholesale floor, comprised of 55 different stores, where a tantalizing array of seafood awaits. The sights and smells will surely whet your appetite, and you’ll even get to taste some seafood on this tour! Should something catch your eye, allow us to guide you to a carefully curated selection of hotels and restaurants that cater for your tastes so that you can eat to your heart’s content. We’ll also share some rare footage of places that you aren’t able to visit during your tour of the marketplace. Each location that we take you to has a QR code that you can scan for an informational video. Join us on this tour and indulge in the rich tapestry of Japanese flavors. It will surely provide some invaluable insight into Japan’s food culture.