In Japan, there have long been people who have made a living from fly fishing.
It is said that many of these people were "matagi," (mountainous hunters) who caught mountain stream fish in the river in summer and bears and other animals in the mountains in winter.
Sometimes they would spend several days at a time in the mountains, making good use of nature, living in the mountains, and enjoying nature's bounty.
This tour will introduce the unique evolution of tenkara and its characteristics, and how it came to be called Nikko Tenkara. Participants will be led by an English-speaking guide familiar with the local rivers as they enjoy not only fishing, but also how to cook and preserve mountain stream fish, and how to tie a unique kebari hackled fly called the Nikko Kebari. They will also visit a specialist store for Japanese fishing rods called wazao, which is a traditional Japanese craft.
A premium tour combining special food and Ryukyuan culture associated with the Kings of Ryukyu with marine activities on Okinawa's largest uninhabited island, Yanaha Island
This is a special three-day, two-night tour on Izena Island, the birthplace of the Kings of Ryukyu.
Adventure to famous places while feeling the wind on your face on an E-bike. Encounter the sea’s magic on a special cruise at dusk, and immerse yourself in the deep history and culture of Ryukyu at the Mekaruke Historic Residence, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property. Enjoy a premium dinner of traditional dishes created with ingredients unique to the island while being serenaded by the melody of the three-stringed sanshin lute. Then, under cover of night, experience the mysteries of the universe on a starry sky tour unique to these remote islands, and then finally rest in luxurious privacy at the Mekaruke-Bettei villa.
On day two, visit places of interest in pursuit of the history of King Sho En of Ryukyu. In the afternoon, either venture to uninhabited Yanaha Island or experience boat fishing in search of the ocean's precious treasures. Finally, interact with friendly islanders while barbecuing local fish. Over three days, explore extraordinary Okinawa to your heart's content.
“Minakami Water Tourism” aims to turn the rich waters of Minakami, part of the UNESCO Minakami Biosphere Reserve, into a tourist attraction. The waters of Minakami, which are the source of the Tone River, are not only for drinking. Take a dip in the cold, pure waters of Minakami. The waters of Minakami will surely make a memorable trip for any and all visitors.
In this program visitors can observe the inside of the Yagisawa Dam, which is usually prohibited from entry, and experience beautiful autumn leaves from the side of Lake Okutone. Additionally, rice ball bento lunches using rice cooked in the spring water of the Okutone headwaters are available, giving visitors a chance to experience the waters of Minakami with all five senses.
Enjoy the terrain of the Kii Mountains from the comfort of a private jet on the way to Nanki-Shirahama Airport, and then enjoy it up close from ground level upon arrival. This is a trip offerring a truly "three-dimensional" experience.
On the Kumano Kodo, you can meet and interact with the monks of Kumano Hongu Taisha, whom the average visitor will never get a chance to meet in person, and experience the real Kumano while also learning its history.
Visitors to the Kumano Hongu Taisha can also experience a more authentic Kumano experience by getting closer to the gods and performing a "mikakiuchi sampai" (lit. "worship inside the sacred fence"), which is not permitted during regular shrine visits.
A special chauffeur‐driven hired car will take you around from Nanki-Shirahama Airport on the first day to your arrival at Nanki-Shirahama Airport on the third day.
Once you get off the private jet, a chauffeur‐driven hired car will be waiting for you.
You can relax and move around in comfort even when you are on the ground.
On the latest rental e-bikes, attended by local guides visitors are guaranteed a National Cycle Route experience and a comfortable ride. Departing from Imabari, home of world-class shipbuilding, high-quality towels, and the Murakami pirates, the tour will travel along the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, a renowned scenic spot along the Shimanami Kaido route. Next, the tour takes participants to the fishing town of Miyakubo on Oshima Island located in the Seto Inland Sea. After switching to a boat, enjoy a fisherman's view of the Seto Inland Sea. (For safety reasons, the tour will not be boarding working fishing vessels.) After returning to the fishing port, visitors can enjoy the local "10-knot snapper bowl" at a fisherman's hut-style restaurant. The local Ehime specialties of jakoten (fish cakes) and salted soft-serve ice cream will also be introduced during breaks.
Planning and creating special programs for overseas VIPs to enjoy sake of the highest quality among special company in the cellar where "the dragon slumbers"
The Garyu building and the Garyu cellar visited in this program are usually closed to the public as sacred places where the finest sake is matured (Garyu means "slumbering dragon").
The sake served will be Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Muni, which represents the absolute pinnacle of Kokuryu sake. Muni is shipped in limited quantities every few years, most recently in 2022, with just over 2,000 bottles shipped, and before that, in 2018, with only 2,000 bottles shipped. This rare gem is almost impossible to obtain, and retails for more than 300,000 yen per bottle; however, it will be specially provided for this tour.
Visitors will be guided by a sake stylist and others at the Kokuryu sake brewery to deepen their understanding of sake culture, history, taste, etc., before moving onto other content.
The tasting of Muni and the marriage of Kokuryu's famous sake with a special French menu in the Garyu building, usually closed to the public and in which eating and drinking are not permitted, will be a truly special experience that simply cannot be had at ordinary sake breweries.
Kamaishi has long been known for its active rugby community since the establishment of a corporate rugby club in the 1950s, having even hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2019. During this tour, the World Masters Rugby Tournament, a world tournament for senior rugby players, will be held in Kamaishi. We will have a kitchen car serving food between matches featuring dishes made using local ingredients.
After the tournament, participants can go on sightseeing tours to various places in Kamaishi, including the Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site, a World Heritage Site that is also a part of Kamaishi's rugby history, providing opportunities to interact with players from other countries and experience things that are not possible in everyday life.
Enjoy a tour with your fellow rugby friends and enjoy not only the sport, but also gourmet cuisine, a World Heritage site, and shopping in this seaside town.
The 100-kilometer-long trail running from the Tateyama Mountain Range to Kamikochi in the Northern Alps is named the Tateyama Long Trail. Tours can be selected and offered from one-day tours for beginners to long trail courses for more advanced participants. A "Tour de Tateyama" tour course has also been set up for inbound beginners to casually enjoy a one-day trip around the Tateyama Mountain Range.
This area belongs to the Chubu Sangaku National Park and contains numerous interesting features. For example: five of Japan's seven glaciers; Shomyo Falls, which has the highest drop in Japan; Tateyama Caldera, one of the top 100 geological features of Japan; the Tateyama faith, which is famous for the Tateyama Mandala. Furthermore, there is an introduction of the courses from the top 100 mountains of Japan; favorable weather conditions; environmental conservation efforts; and it is the habitat of the rock ptarmigan, a nationally protected species.
There are also many mountain lodges along the Tateyama Long Trail, making it possible to enjoy the hike at your own pace. The use of private rooms, accompanying interpreter guides, audio guides, and exclusive guide maps found at mountain lodges make the trip less costly for hikers as well as improving the overall experience for visitors from overseas.
Inujima, one site of the Setouchi Triennale art festival, is the only inhabited island of Okayama City in Okayama Prefecture. Although it is a small island with a population of less than 40, it is also a source of contemporary art, with the "Inujima Seirensho Art Museum" and the "Art House Project" being held there. This tour will include a session with world-renowned architect Kazuyo Sejima. Visitors can appreciate this space where nature, architecture, and art are intertwined, taking home an unforgettable experience that is only possible on this island. The plant workshop at the "Inujima Life Garden" will provide an opportunity to think about how we can live among nature. You can escape from your day-to-day life and live in the moment in this relaxed atmosphere, including a viewing of the overwhelmingly popular Teshima Art Museum.
Food also stands in the spotlight for this event, because the island is surrounded by the richness of the Setouchi Inland Sea in all directions. There will be a food event with Mr. Rua Soda, a creative chef who makes the most of local ingredients. Enjoy spending three days and two nights on the island, where the experience of visiting the various works will remain in your memory, and the things you create with your own hands will help improve the island's environment, making you want to visit again and again.
This event will be a collaboration between the prefectural theater company SPAC and Junko Koshino, and will be held in the Daendo theater designed by Arata Isozaki at the Shizuoka Performing Arts Park, located in Nihondaira, overlooking Mount Fuji. There will also be a dinner party utilizing local ingredients that will be produced by Junko Koshino with the help of Executive Chef Watanabe of Nippondaira Hotel. This is the first time that a dinner party will be held in the Daendo theater, which is usually closed to the public, and the event will take advantage of the unique oval-shaped space. For this year's event, SPAC will perform the story "Shisei" by Junichiro Tanizaki in costumes created by Junko Koshino, giving a modern twist to traditional Japanese culture while also making it easier for foreign nationals to understand. Visitors are sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind space and event.