Cultural exhibition by a Living National Treasure and a special exhibition displayed inside the National Treasure, Shokoji Temple
(1) Exhibition commemorating the designation of Shokoji Temple as a National Treasure (from September 30 to November 5, 2023)
Set in the main building and grand hall, which were designated as National Treasures in December 2022, a special exhibition will be held displaying the “Pair of Six-Panel Folding Screens Depicting Scenes in and around the Capital in Colors on Paper with Gold Ground,” an Important Cultural Property that is usually not publicly displayed. Other exhibition items include the property of Maeda Harunaga, the 11th daimyo of the Kaga Domain. Visitors will listen to a guide as they point out the painstaking efforts that went into the 23-year-long Heisei era restoration. They will also be able to take a special look at two places that are not usually viewable to the public: Okushoin and the Sutra Repository inside the Kyodo (the sutra library). We have also prepared a tour of the “Seven Wonders of Shokoji Temple”!
(2) Collaboration of National Treasures: Shokoji Temple x Bunraku (held on November 28, 2023)
Bunraku puppet theater is a traditional performance art representative of Japan. Each puppet is controlled by three puppeteers, making it unusual compared to other forms of puppetry.
The delicate movements of the puppet match the narration of the narrator (called a “tayu” in Japanese) with near-human expressiveness, combining with the shamisen performance to draw viewers in. On the stage of Shokoji Temple, Kiritake Kanjuro and others play the role of puppeteer, tayu, and shamisen player in this performance of bunraku. Please enjoy this precious, one-time performance of a Living National Treasure in a National Treasure building.
International top model and actress Ai Tominaga appears as the first female Shingen-ko in history!
This year’s Shingen-ko Festival will take place over three days from October 27 to 29.
The venue, Kofu Station, is located in the center of Yamanashi Prefecture, the home of Mt. Fuji. Kofu Station is around one and a half hours from Tokyo by express train.
The main event of this festival is the “Largest Samurai Parade in the World,” which is held on October 28. Do you want to wear armor and join the parade of brave and elegant samurai of the Koshu forces, who were said to have been the strongest samurai of Japan’s Warring States Period?
You can also wear your own armor or costumes in the Halloween Parade, which is held before the Samurai Parade.
We have prepared special premium viewing seats with English explanations for those who want to see the exciting Samurai Parade.
Samurai Week, which spans from October 14 to 29, offers various tours where you can appreciate Japan’s rich culture through visits to places related to Takeda Shingen and experiencing the life of samurai by wearing armor, trying ancient sword techniques, and meditating beneath a waterfall (“takigyo”).
We hope you enjoy this special exchange with Japanese culture and make memories to last a lifetime.
"Timeless Taste" Japanese culinary event at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace, a National Treasure of Japan
The theme of the event is "Japanese food—the traditional food culture of the Japanese people," and the event marks the 10th anniversary of Japanese food's registration as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Four chefs from famous Japanese restaurants in Tokyo will come together in the Kacho-no-Ma room where the actual dinner event will be held,
and a special multiple-course Japanese meal will be served for this occasion only
(with delicious sake pairings and free-flowing drinks).
This event is not just about enjoying Japanese food.
There will also be time to enjoy Noh theater, one of Japan's leading traditional performing arts, which has also been registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
During the free time, guests have a chance to speak with makers of Japanese sweets, sake, and tableware.
Time is also allotted for experts to introduce Japanese culture and all its charms in light-hearted conversation to satisfy intellectual curiosity.
Chauffeur service on the day of the event is also included.
This is the first time such an initiative has been attempted at State Guest House Akasaka Palace.
Seating is limited, so the 36 available tickets are guaranteed to be absolutely platinum.
Participants are encouraged to dress formally.
We look forward to warmly welcoming and hosting our guests.
This is a special cultural tourism experience program unique to Kyoto offered in conjunction with the Art Collaboration Kyoto (ACK) art fair to be held in Kyoto from October 28 to 30, 2023.
(1) The Kyoto KYOCERA Museum of Art will be specially reserved for the night before the art fair for a one-night-only live art performance together with ACK's VIP guests, exhibiting galleries, and artists.
(2) A special dinner will be held at Komyo-in, a sub-temple of Tofuku-ji Temple that is known for its beautiful autumn foliage, in its normally closed Kanteirou room. The dinner will be followed by a viewing of artworks on display exclusively during the ACK event, and an introduction of the works of Yuta Niwa, a Japanese-style painter who is working on the sliding door paintings at the temple. The beautiful Japanese garden will be illuminated, and meals will be served with a unique Kyoto flair.
(3) This premium excursion allows visitors to tour shrines and temples normally closed to the public and experience Kyoto's traditional industries and culture. Beyond the city of Kyoto, "another Kyoto" awaits. Visitors are taken to Tango Peninsula, also known as "Kyoto by the Sea," via round-trip private helicopter. The tour includes a premium view of Amanohashidate, one of Japan's three most scenic spots, from the sky.
(4) "ACK Kids Program" for children aged 8–13. This program combines a guided tour to see the artworks at the venue with a creative workshop in which children work with artists to create artworks, offering new experiences and perspectives on art.
World Heritage Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region: A Unique Spiritual Journey
Okinoshima is an unpopulated island in the Genkai Sea that is approximately four kilometers in circumference. It was registered as a World Heritage site in July 2015 as the “Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region.”
Okitsugu Shrine, which is located on Okinoshima, enshrines Tagorihime no Kami, the oldest of the three Munakata goddesses. Approximately 80,000 National Treasures have been uncovered on Okinoshima, which is why it is also referred to as the “treasure trove of the sea.”
The entire island is an object of worship that is believed to house the spirit of Tagorihime. It has long been protected by strictly observed rules that forbid the general public from landing on its shores.
While people are not usually permitted to come close to this island, this special tour allows passengers to view majestic vistas of Okinoshima from the deck of a cruise ship.
Japanese tea has an 800-year-long history, and the city of Uji in Kyoto is especially renowned as an area that produces high-grade tea.
For a limited time only, visitors will have the chance to freely enjoy the best of Japan’s tangible and intangible cultural properties in Uji, Kyoto, through a tea tasting pilgrimage that engages all five senses.
Three types of events are available with multilingual support so that foreign visitors may experience Japanese culture with peace of mind. On-site guidance is English-only.
Dates and venues vary per plan, and multiple experiences may be purchased.
Special visit to the World Heritage Site Byodoin Temple to experience the best of traditional Japanese culture
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 to Saturday, October 21, 2023 Byodoin Temple: 4 PM to 9:30 PM
Special night visit to the World Heritage Site Byodoin Temple with an authentic tea ceremony experience
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 to Saturday, October 21, 2023
Byodoin Temple: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Nakamura Tokichi Honten: 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Traditional Edo-period vegetarian fucha cuisine with an authentic tea ceremony experience at Obakusan Manpukuji Temple
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Obakusan Manpukuji Temple: 11 AM to 3:45 PM
The event consists of an exhibition and the sale of Kyoto arts and artisanal crafts at the international flights area of Kansai International Airport (Osaka) and the Terrada Art Complex (Tokyo).
Visitors can view the art and traditional crafts of Kyoto, one of Japan’s largest cultural centers. This includes items that are not usually put on public display. The artists behind these works will also appear at the event, allowing visitors to deepen their understanding of the art through interaction with the creators of each piece.
Some of the works on exhibition are available for purchase. You can bring the purchased art back home with you or keep it stored safely in Japan.
This event will offer fans of each team and the World Rally Championship in general a truly rare and special experience, as well as a new and exciting way to enjoy the event with new services and a different ambience.
This year, for the first time ever, the Super Room in Toyota Stadium will be available as a hospitality space for guests to use.
Planned tours include the Team Booth Tour, where visitors can get close-up views of cars, drivers, mechanics, and more as they return to the stadium,
and the Course Walk, where visitors can actually walk around the course.
A SS (special stage) spectating plan in the mountainous zone will also be available.
Another plan allows visitors to enjoy the rally more casually by watching the race from the top-ranked seats in Toyota Stadium and actually staying in the outdoor hospitality area.
Considered one of the three great festivals in Japan, Gion Matsuri is a festival held at Yasaka Shrine that has continued for over 1,000 years. This festival begins with the “Kippu-iri” ritual on July 1 and the closing service at Eki Shrine on July 31 for a span of one month. Among the highlights are the parades of yamahoko floats, said to be like moving art museums. They are even registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Against the backdrop of the Kyoto City Hall main building, a symbol of the town of Kyoto, leisurely view these yamahoko floats from the comfort of your own premium seat.
Tateyama Kurobe Rediscovery Project utilizing the Kurobe-Unazuki Canyon Route before it opens to the public
Three tours are available, giving visitors a chance to sample the charms of Tateyama Kurobe, a tourism destination in the mountains with a wide variety of natural, historical, and industrial attractions.
(1) An exclusive tour showcasing the construction route built during the construction of the Kurobegawa No. 4 Power Plant. Before the public opening of the route next year, visitors will get a chance to tour the extensive power supply facilities hidden in the depths of the mountains and enjoy views from three points along the route. Visitors can also take special rides on worker vehicles, inclines for transporting materials, and equipment that are not normally accessible. This 3-day, 2-night tour also includes World Heritage Sites in Gokayama and the town of Inami, famous for its wood carvings.
(2) A walking tour offering intimate views of Japan’s Northern Alps. Visitors will tour construction tunnels and elevators in normally inaccessible power facilities, enjoy great views walking in the surrounding mountains of the Japanese Northern Alps, and learn about the history of the facility's development via newly created digital content.
(3) A tour including special content on the history of the construction of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Visitors can learn about and experience the history of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route via video footage of the construction period and a special walking tour of the Tateyama Tunnel, which was a particularly difficult construction project. A special night-time experience, in which visitors will get to stargaze while drinking coffee brewed with famous Tateyama Tamadono spring water, is also available. At the hotel where visitors will stay, local souvenirs will be available, and a special menu using local Tateyama produce will be served.