Project to create a yohai worship tour of the god Fuji-no-kami for a special experience of one of Japan's most popular spiritual sites of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Mt. Fuji.
Shizuoka City in Shizuoka Prefecture is easily accessible from major metropolitan areas such as Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. It is an area of unparalleled wilderness, with 3,000-meter-high mountains to the North and Japan's deepest ocean to the South.
The mild climate and comfortable living environment in Shizuoka have also nurtured a unique culture over Japan's history. The region is in close proximity to one of Japan's most iconic landmarks, Mt. Fuji, and famous scenic spots that overlook the majestic Mt. Fuji include the picturesque Nihondaira, as well as Miho-no-Matsubara, which is registered as a component of UNESCO's World Heritage Site "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration."
The proposed tour will allow visitors to experience Japan's traditional historical culture while taking in the majesty and ever-changing appearance of Mt. Fuji visually. The tour will include a special visit to the gleaming Kunouzan Toshogu Shrine, a National Treasure and the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who laid the foundations for the peaceful Edo period spanning from the 1600s through to the late 1800s, and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, a national Important Cultural Property that boasts lacquered walls throughout. Participants can visit sacred areas normally closed to tourists and gain a profound experience of the essence of the historical culture of Japan.
The overnight tour also offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the night view of Mt. Fuji, traditional Japanese performing arts such as dance and shamisen, and gastronomic delights unique to Shizuoka.
Enjoy a special and luxurious time, immersing yourself in the Shizuoka experiences with all five senses and taking in the grandeur of Mt. Fuji and its unique history, culture, and climate.
This tour will offer content unique to Asakusa, the unparalleled mecca of popular performing arts. The entire Asakusa area will be transformed into a theme park where visitors can tour, experience, eat, experience Japanese culture, and see plays while also discovering the charms and way of life of oiran (high ranking Japanese courtesans), which still is a subject of fascination around the world.
All participants will be able to experience and discover how the oiran culture continues to live on in the modern age and learn about Japanese culture in a way that is fun, profound, and awe-inspiring.
There are three types of premium tours on offer.
Plan A: Rakugo
Plan B: Non-verbal performance
Plan C: Popular theater performance
"A Deeper Look into Asakusa ~Discovering the Mysterious Lives of Oiran~" will offer a special experience for all visitors interested in oiran culture and Japanese culture for both men and women alike (kimono dressing, makeup, etc.), alongside the performers of the various forms of entertainment (Rakugo artist, non-verbal performer, popular theater performer).
Tasting sake made using local Oji yeast and trying premium fermented at the national important cultural property “Former National Institute of Brewing, No. 1 Factory,” a mecca for Japanese sake brewing technology
A part of the "All 23 Wards Project" featuring the Former National Institute of Brewing, Oji Asukayama yeast, and the only Japanese sake brewery in the 23 Wards of Tokyo!
Opening the national facilities owned by the Agency of Culture for international tourists for the first time and serving fermented foods!
This site, a national important cultural property, was built in 1904 in the Oji area of Tokyo. Not only can visitors tour the facility, they also can listen to commentary by the head brewer and enjoy a special sake and food tasting. This is the first trial run of opening the facility for international tourists. The Japanese sake used for the tasting use yeast isolated from plants in Oji Asukayama Park, which nears its 150-year anniversary after being made a city park in 1873. This is a special sake brewed by the head brewer of the Tokyo Port Brewery, the only sake brewery in the 23 Wards of Tokyo. Premium fermented foods centered around the theme of “fermentation” are provided at restaurants, with dishes themed on “modernization” during the Meiji period, when the former institute was completed. There are also courses related to fermentation, such as tea ceremony and food pairings. This tour allows overseas visitors to enjoy Japanese sake breweries and fermentation. It is a special opportunity as the number of openings are limited.
A new way to enjoy Hiroshima ~Special exhibition at the Peace Memorial Museum, extended hours at night, tour of the trees that survived the bombing, a night-time performance of the Hiroshima Piano, and a Christmas market~ Message of peace from Hiroshima
This new tourism program expresses the spirit of peace and restoration in Hiroshima.
Please enjoy a special night in Hiroshima, to be held this winter only.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum aims to pass on the truth of the bombing and the message of peace to the next generation. Messages from former US President Barack Obama and the Roman Catholic Pope are displayed along with the guest books from G7 leaders who visited the site in May 2023 during the G7 Hiroshima Summit. The normal hours are extended by one hour for visitors to view the exhibits at their leisure while avoiding the crowds.
For visitors who like to walk, we recommend the tour of the trees that survived the bombing (requires advance reservation). The tour revolves around the approximately 160 trees located within two kilometers of the epicenter of the bombing that eventually bloomed again. An expert guide and interpreter will guide you through these trees and the signs of the restoration of Hiroshima. At the end of the course lies the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Christmas Market, and Rest House.
On November 3 at the Rest House among the A-bombed buildings of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a nighttime event will be performed on the Hiroshima Piano, called Akiko’s Piano, where internationally renowned pianist Argerich once played. You can enjoy music that evokes peace in this relaxing atmosphere.
The Hiroshima Christmas market, which opens in December, is the first authentic Christmas event in Hiroshima. Please enjoy the Christmas lights and winter cuisine particular to Hiroshima.
We hope that through these experiences visitors can learn, feel, and think about peace.
Adventure Tour and Foodie & Cultural Tour: Enjoy Kagoshima's active volcano Sakurajima and Kinko Bay
The city of Kagoshima is located on the southern tip of Japan and is home to the active volcano Sakurajima. 4 kilometers away from Sakurajima is an urban area with a population of about 600,000 people. Kagoshima is rare in that a nearby active volcano and city coexist in harmony. Visitors can not only enjoy Sakurajima's majestic presence from afar, but can also get up close and appreciate the bounties of the active volcano, including natural hot springs and unique agricultural products.
Enjoy five different tours that each provide a profound experience of the active volcano Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.
・Experience the nature and lifestyle of Sakurajima, a volcano with the highest level of activity in Japan. Visit the crater of Sakurajima on an E-bike trip that is only possible with a guide
・Kayaking & Trekking Tour: Kayak along the coast of the active volcano Sakurajima and explore a canyon that can only be accessed from the sea
・Explosion x Explosion! Photography tour with the active volcano Sakurajima in the background
・Kagoshima "Spirits" Bar Hopping
・In to Ohara Matsuri Festival! DANCE DANCE DANCE with Locals
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.