The Nikko Toshogu Shrine was built approximately 400 years ago to enshrine Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the most famous shogun in Japanese history. Tokugawa is known for uniting Japan in the seventeenth century and ushering in a period of peace and prosperity following centuries of civil warfare. It was the Ogasawara-ryu and Yagyu Shinkage-ryu schools of etiquette that were responsible for teaching archery, horseback riding, etiquette, and military strategy to historical shogun, including Tokugawa. This package is a rare opportunity to learn the etiquette, martial arts, and philosophy taught to generations of shoguns by the headmasters of the Ogasawara-ryu and Yagyu Shinkage-ryu schools in the Butokuden. The Butokuden is a national registered Tangible Cultural Property, which is known as the place where kendo was revived following the war.
There is also a cocktail party that will be held in the British Embassy Villa Memorial Park located next to Lake Chuzenji.
This villa was built in 1896 as the private home of Earnest Satow, a British diplomat who greatly contributed to the Meiji Restoration. It was later restored to match how it looked during its years as the British Embassy. Watch the sun set over Lake Chuzenji and take in a live performance while enjoying local produce in this exclusive space rented out during closing hours.
Akita Inu dogs are popular worldwide.
Due to their fluffy and cute appearance, strong loyalty, and friendly nature, Akita Inu dogs are loved by many people across the globe.
However, the number of Akita Inu dogs are rapidly decreasing due to a lack of breeders. As a result, the opportunity for people to come in contact with them are rare and few.
In this event, participants will join Akita Inu dogs in:
- Guided trekking and canoeing to enjoy the nature of the hometown of Akita Inu dogs
- Making wine made from local ingredients
- Viewing an exhibition about the history and preservation of Akita Inu dogs
By providing these special, one-of-a-kind experiences,
this event provides an opportunity to further enjoy the charm of Akita Inu dogs and their hometown.
Horyuji Temple 30th Anniversary of World Heritage Site Registration: Special Buddhist Cultural Experiences and Content
A digital art performance will be held at the southern grand gate and visiting path of Horyuji Temple for 16 days from Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, November 5, 2023. Further, during the 10th World Heritage Summit on October 28, there will be one-day digital art performances held at the center gate, southern gate, five-storied pagoda, and visiting path of Horyuji Temple. There are multiple plans, including a Buddhist sutra copying experience in the temple's Shotoku-kaikan hall, a tour involving the exhibition and explanation of the traditional Shuni-e and Tsuina purification ceremonies, and a premium accommodation plan, featuring Horyuji Temple digital art. Other tour options include a one-day tour plan by car featuring a personal guide and a one-day e-bike tour plan with a “Shojin Ryori (Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine)” premium dinner plan, etc.
A luxury tour that lets participants experience content not available to the general public, such as interacting with a famous Thai athlete on the Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo professional soccer team and watching a Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters professional baseball game from VIP seats.
The tour also includes an exclusive dinner that showcases local Hokkaido produce, and a shopping tour in which participants are accompanied by a concierge at the Tokyu department store in Sapporo, which carries hard-to-find Hokkaido delicacies.
“Attack on Hita Project”: Anime and manga tourism with special events for Attack on Titan, a treasure of the manga world with over 110 million copies sold worldwide
Hita City, Oita prefecture, the hometown of Hajime Isayama, the author of Attack on Titan, has attracted fans from around the world as a popular spot for manga and anime-related tourism.
Popular sightseeing spots include the bronze statues of young Eren, Mikasa, and Armin in front of Oyama Dam, and the bronze statue of Captain Levi installed outside of Hita Station. There is also the Attack on Titan in Hita Museum and Attack on Hita Cafe .
Fans can further enhance their travel experience by downloading an exclusive smartphone app in which they can use AR to find Attack on Titan characters around Hita City and participate in a stamp rally to earn prizes.
As of Summer 2023, the Attack on Titan in Hita Museum ANNEX is now open to the public! The cutting-edge museum displays original Attack on Titan manga pages from Volumes 1-34 that were hand-selected by Mr. Isayama with special commentary included as captions, and uses digital technology to create immersive exhibits. Please enjoy the world of Attack on Titan with cutting-edge technology!
*Attack on Titan and all related names, characters, and trademarks are copyrights of Hajime Isayama and Kodansha.
With Tohoku’s premiere cycling facility, Natori Cycling and Sports Center, as a base, participants can travel around Sendai and Natori’s eastern sea coast on bicycle. Enjoy delicious the best Yuriage ark shells from Natori, as well as other gourmet seafood like Hokugen whitebait, while learning about restoration efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.
There is also a scenic hill-climbing course that involves visits to Natori’s Kumano, Kumano Hongusha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha shrines. Both courses allow participants to enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze while cycling coastal roads.
Cyclists can also challenge both courses in a single day with the full course option, for a total of three available plans. Please feel free to join even if you are a beginner,
a cycling guide will accompany you. (Foreign language support available via automatic translation device)
View the sacred collection of Johanabetsuin-Zentokuji Temple and witness the "earthly virtue" of Toyama
See the treasures of this leading Shinshu Buddhism temple in the Hokuriku region and visit this sacred site for folk crafts where the artist Yanagi Muneyoshi once stayed
The renowned 550-year-old Johanabetsuin-Zentokuji Temple is said to hold 10,000 treasures, about 500 of which are displayed in the temple grounds during the annual Mushiboshi-Hoe exhibition. This is a rare opportunity for close viewing of precious treasures related to the prominent Maeda family, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and other feudal lords, as well as arts and crafts and items related to Buddhism. The museum is also a sacred site for folk crafts; Muneyoshi Yanagi, founder of the Japanese folk crafts movement, once stayed at the temple for 62 days. It holds many works by folk crafts artists such as Shiko Munakata and Shoji Hamada. This is a special opportunity to appreciate this rare Mushiboshi-Hoe event accompanied by commentary from a priest. Visitors will also have a chance to enjoy mackerel sushi, a local delicacy.
A tour including the Mushiboshi-Hoe event and seeing the "earthly virtue" of Toyama
The board painter Shiko Munakata lived in Toyama for nearly seven years after evacuating from Tokyo during World War II, and Yanagi Muneyoshi visited him in Toyama many times. These artists saw the locals living amid the harsh yet abundant natural setting, and described Toyama as a place of "earthly virtue."
In addition to the Mushiboshi-Hoe exhibition, the tour will also take visitors to Kotoku-ji Temple, where Munakata first arrived after leaving Tokyo, and Matsui Kigyo, the last remaining silk weaving studio in Toyama, giving visitors the chance to experience the "earthly virtue" of Toyama.
In this program, participants will not only learn shogi, but will also take a deep dive into Japanese culture through a one-day visit to the famous Kabusanji Temple in the city of Takatsuki.
The tour is a one-of-a-kind program that awards participants with a graded skill rank and an International Shogi Certification from the Japan Shogi Association.
This program is open to both experienced shogi players and beginners.
In addition, participants can experience a morning “gomagi” fire ritual, in which pieces of wood are burned in prayer, at the famous Kabusanji Temple in the city of Takatsuki.
(1) Tea ceremony experience led by a tea ceremony master in the tea room of a shrine or temple (2) Trekking for SDGs in the World Heritage Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest
(1) Nara is the land where Japan’s historical culture began. Through the endless efforts of our predecessors, Nara’s precious cultural properties and traditional culture has been passed down over 1,300 years. Providing opportunities for foreign tourists, including wealthy travelers with an interest in Japan, to fully experience the historical and cultural resources that are the central pillars of Japanese culture is the main ingredient needed for sparking inbound tourism. In particular, Japan’s unique tea ceremony culture originated in Nara. Shrines and temples in the prefecture hold many tea ceremony utensils of historical and cultural value. With cooperation from tea ceremony masters, visitors can participate in a special tea ceremony in a historical shrine or temple tea room, an activity that can only be experienced in Nara.
(2) Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest is located in the eastern section of Nara Park. Conservation of the forest began all the way back in the Heian Period (794–1185) by an imperial edict which banned hunting and forestry in the area. This primeval forest, which directly borders the city of Nara, is of great academic value and has been designated as both a Special Natural Monument and World Heritage Site. Aside from the walking paths and mountain roads, general entry into the primeval forest is prohibited.
In this program, visitors have special access to areas that are usually closed off to the public. This guided tour gives visitors an exclusive historical and cultural experience.
This experience marries food and culture with a special dinner in the typically off-limits “Okuinryo” building of Zuiganji Temple, which was built approximately 400 years ago by Date Masamune, the first chieftain of the Sendai Clan. The meal features dishes specially prepared by a local chef that are paired with Miyagi sake, which has received many awards in international competitions and been named one of the best sake in the world. After the temple is closed to the general public, the main building of the Zuiganji Temple is reserved for a “nighttime museum experience” by the attendant of a Buddhist priest (with an guide interpreter). Guests may also enjoy special cultural experiences, such as meditation and tea culture, hosted in the “Umoregishoin” guest room. Immerse yourself in the here-and-now while experiencing the hospitality of Date Masamune, who was well versed in food and culture.