Celebrating 100 years since its inception, Japanese whiskey is gaining popularity and attention in Europe and the United States. "Yamazakura" is a blended malt whiskey distilled at the Asaka Distillery in Koriyama City, which produces the oldest local whiskey in Tohoku. Yamazakura won the world's best blended malt award at the 2022 World Whiskey Award (WWA) International Whiskey Competition. Alcohol is said to be cultivated by the climate, and this whiskey is the result of the fusion of three elements: limpid water of Asaka Sosui flowing from Lake Inawanashiro, which served as the foundation of the development of Koriyama and was mentioned in the Japanese Heritage "Ippon no Suiro"; the cold wind from Bandai, or the climate with large contrasts in temperature; and the ambition of Sasanokawa Shuzo that started brewing sake 300 years ago in the Edo period (1603–1867). Yamazakura whiskey is produced in the unique climate of the Asaka Plains. We hope that participants will also enjoy our hand-filled whiskey, which they can blend themselves from several different types of raw whiskey and pour into a bottle. We offer a distillery tourism that incorporates the local history and culture for those seeking authenticity. This is an experience-based tour in which participants will enjoy sampling renowned whiskey cultivated by the climate of Koriyama, along with dishes prepared by local chefs at hot spring ryokan inns and outdoor restaurants.
Nara Traditional Crafts Experience, Traditional Dance and Music Tour, and Special Exhibition of Nara Crafts, Shrines, and Temples
Nara's traditional crafts have a history that developed together with Nara's shrines and temples, and the techniques of these crafts have been passed down to the present day.
This event will feature the following four projects to allow participants to immerse themselves in its history and traditions.
Event Duration: (1) & (2) November 1 and 15, December 1 and 15, 2023, and January 15, 2024
(3) & (4) November 15, 2023, to January 21, 2024
Closed: every Monday (*Excluding January 8, 2024), the day after a National Holiday (November 24 (Fri.) and January 9 (Tue.)),
Year-end and New Year holidays (December 26 to January 5)
(1) Experience making Nara's traditional craft, korakumen masks
Participants can try their hand at coloring korakumen masks, which are used in Shinto rituals with bugaku music and dance performed at shrines and temples in Nara. This is a valuable experience where Ryudo Nakabo, an artist who has worked in the field for over 60 years, will provide instructions on how to make the masks and tell stories about korakumen masks.
(2) Himuro Shrine: Watching Nanto-style bugaku music and dance performance, and lighting ice lanterns
Participants will have a special seat from which to watch the bugaku performance, which has been passed down through the historic Himuro Shrine in Nara and can only be seen there. They will also experience an ice lantern lighting, which is unique to Himuro Shrine. (The god of ice is enshrined at Himuro Shrine, and the name of the shrine, Himuro means 'ice room.)
(3) Nara Crafts Museum: Special Exhibition of Traditional Crafts "Crafts, Shrines and Temples of Nara"
Please enjoy the works of contemporary artists together with the history of Nara's crafts, which developed hand in hand with the ancient and famous temples.
(4) Nara Crafts Museum: Sales of traditional crafts
Visitors can purchase artwork produced by Nara's craft artists. Visitors will be able to see firsthand and purchase the crafts of Nara, which have been produced using methods handed down and refined for over 1,300 years.
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!
Discover the Artistry and Soul of a Japanese Garden Through Its Gardeners—Tea Ceremony and Vegetarian Refreshments—
There is a mansion on the grounds of Kyoto’s Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and its garden, known as Shōsei-en Garden, is a historic Japanese-style garden that was created during the Edo period (1603–1867).
Situated opposite Kyoto Station, the garden sits on a vast plot of land, approximately 35,000 square meters large, has two ponds, one large and one small, and has a group of elegant mansions which contain a tea room and a drawing room. The landscape is rich and varied, with such seasonal flowers as maple trees and cherry blossoms. The garden has served as a guest house of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and many distinguished guests from Japan and abroad have come for the hospitality, including Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837–1913), who was the last shogun of the Edo shogunate, Emperor Meiji (1852–1912), and Nicholas II of Russia (1868–1918). This Buddhist temple garden was designated a national place of scenic beauty because it has retained the magnificent essence of the Edo period through its arrangement of garden stones; it is the imagination of literati come to life.
For this plan, visitors will experience the essence of traditional craftsmanship and the Japanese aesthetic found in the appreciation of nature and spirituality through a guided tour and pruning demonstration by the very people who tend to the garden every day: the gardeners. The garden has been graced with nature’s abundant blessings over the 370 years since its opening. It serves as a valuable green sanctuary in the heart of the city, a biological haven (refugium) for all living things. The head gardeners are currently leading a project entitled “Biodiverse Garden Cultivation and Management” to ensure the timeless preservation of this cherished environment. Examples and in-depth explanations of this project will also be on offer within this plan.
Finally, visitors will be able to transport themselves back to the refined elegance of the Edo period through the meticulous craftsmanship of a Japanese-style boat, expertly recreated for visitors to experience the boating lifestyle of that time. This, in addition to the hospitality epitomized by tea ceremony and accompanied by vegetarian refreshments in the exclusive tea room and drawing room, is sure to be a one-of-a-kind premium experience of a lifetime.
World-first stay on a bridge! The ultimate 24-hour Akashi Kaikyo Bridge infrastructure tour to experience all parts of the bridge
This is the world's first ever experience tour of staying inside the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is one of the world's longest suspension bridges, spanning Japan's main island (Honshu) and Awaji Island with a total length of 3,911 meters and a central span of 1,991 meters. Stay overnight in a private tent inside the Maiko Marine Promenade, which protrudes into the Akashi Strait at a height of 47 meters above the sea, and experience the thrilling view of the sea below through the glass floor. Enjoy the sunset, night view, and sunrise from the bridge's maintenance passage, which is one of the bridge’s best vantage points but is usually inaccessible to the public, and use a drone to take dynamic photos of the sunrise and sunset as backdrops. Freshly caught fish from the rich waters of the Akashi Strait and local sake will be served for dinner. With the bridge romantically lit up in the background, enjoy sushi prepared right in front of you at the historic Western-style building, the Former Residence of Sanji Muto, which is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property. At night, relax in an open-air bath and enjoy the night view. The next morning, take a chartered boat from the port to view the bridge from below, witness the bustling auction at the Akashi Fishing Port, and take a stroll to sample local gourmet, such as Akashiyaki and Akashi octopus. Fully experience the extraordinary feeling of staying on a bridge and the charm of the nearby sea!
・The "B.LEAGUE ALL★STAR GAME 2024 IN OKINAWA" is an extravaganza merging elite basketball with entertainment.
・Apart from the actual game, there is also an "ASIA ALL STARS GAME" with players from the Philippines, South Korea, and other Asian countries, as well as other festivities that include dance & 3-point contests.
・To make watching the game even more enjoyable, there will be a hospitality package that includes the ultimate spectator environment, food and drink service, use and private access to Okinawa Arena’s state-of-the-art lounge, and interaction with the players.
・In particular, for the Player Interaction Event, we provide value-added experiences only possible here, including the chance to interact with superstars on B.LEAGUE clubs and get their autographs.
・Okinawa, this time's host site, is one of Japan’s top resort areas, boasting some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a rich culture. We will announce separate packages to help you fully enjoy the cuisine, culture, and natural beauty of Okinawa in your spare time aside from “B.LEAGUE ALL★STAR GAME 2024 IN OKINAWA.”
・Expected to go on sale in late October. For those interested, please contact us by referring to the information on OTA websites.
For two days on November 4 (Saturday) and 5 (Sunday), the FUSHIMI YOKAI SAKE FESTIVAL will be held in Fushimi, Kyoto. Just as the name suggests, this event is themed around sake and “yokai” (monsters).
Fushimi is one of the top sake producing towns in Japan. The charming and nostalgic town streets are lined with historic sake breweries. Just like Japanese sake, yokai are an aspect of Japanese culture that has gained international attention.
Now, the FUSHIMI YOKAI SAKE FESTIVAL is being held to encourage people to learn more about Japanese culture through Japanese sake and yokai.
Various activities will be prepared, such as the “Fushimi Night Parade of 100 Demons,” where yokai will walk through the town, sake tasting by yokai, and a bar-crawl style event that involves enjoying sake from various bars. The general public can also wear yokai costumes, adding an extra element of fun to this spooky event.
“Traditional performance x light x experience”
MPLUSPLUS, which charmed the world with an innovative light performance, is casting a spell of light on traditional arts!
“Maiko dance” “OSK Nippon Revue Company” and “Kagura” are Japan’s top tier dance and performance groups,
and they have come together to deliver the most impressive and newest entertainment.
With a special ticket to enjoy the show even more, your experience starts before the show.
You gather at a secret location, put on a special outfit that puts light on Japan’s traditional clothes, called “happi,”
and walk through Kyoto at night to the theater.
Fully enjoy the show while wearing the happi that lights up in time to the performance!
A new type of show begins, featuring a fusion of tradition and innovation!
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.