A new tour is available that allows tourists to experience the traditional culture of the city of Kishiwada in Osaka, the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, from VIP seating. Premium seats, which are hard to get even for residents in Japan, are available for visitors to experience the festival’s true essence up close and personal.
The fully inclusive tour format is well received as a safe, fun way to experience traditional Japanese culture without worrying about the hassle of language or cultural differences. Furthermore, by combining the tour with local gourmet experiences (with the meal plan only), visitors will gain a deeper appreciation of the charms of Kishiwada.
The focus for this first attempt at a program aimed at visitors from overseas is raising overseas awareness of Japanese traditional culture, sharing information beyond language or cultural barriers, and constructing sales channels. The aim of this project is to increase the number of visitors to the city of Kishiwada and promote wider recognition of the value of the city's tourism.
Keiunkan, the venue for Japan's largest exhibition of bonsai plums and a nationally designated place of scenic beauty, will open to the public at night illuminated by bamboo lanterns! From making your own one-of-a-kind bonsai plum to taking part in Nagahama’s tea ceremony and kimono culture, this demonstration program is sure to attract FIT (free individual traveler) visitors to Japan
The city of Nagahama has many attractions, including a Japanese railroad heritage site from the Meiji era, its past as a castle town of historical figure Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and its beautiful nature. Furthermore, its exhibition of bonsai plums is the greatest in Japan in terms of both history and scale, and the Keiunkan, where the exhibition is held, is a nationally designated place of scenic beauty. As part of this program, the largest bonsai plum exhibition in Japan will be specially opened to the public, with new elements and attractions such as bamboo lighting and the "sea of plum blossoms." Visitors can also experience tea ceremony culture and kimono culture using Keiunkan's facilities. Visitors are encouraged to stroll around and take pictures in Nagahama, a town where everyone looks better in a kimono.
In Kanazawa, aspects of traditional Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, Zen Buddhism, and Noh theater are deeply rooted in daily life. The city continues to create new culture and art while cherishing old traditions derived from samurai culture. This year, the National Crafts Museum, a national museum specializing in modern and contemporary crafts and design, is presenting three unique styles of tea ceremonies using vessels and tea utensils created by 12 prominent artists positioned to lead the future of Japanese crafts, as well as premium events to visit workshops of renowned craft artisans normally closed to the public. We hope to share with visitors the importance of sharing culture and peace across borders through the charm of tea ceremony and traditional kogei crafts.
★ Premium tea ceremony held at KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa, the only art fair in Japan specializing in kogei arts and crafts
★ Use vessels produced by contemporary artisans from the collection of the National Crafts Museum
★ Special visit to studios usually closed to the public and opportunities to interact closely with artists
★ Tea ceremony for beginners (seated at a table) at the venue of KOGEI Art Fair Kanazawa 2023
★ A tea room created by interior designer Shigeru Uchida from the collection of the National Crafts Museum is also on display at the exhibition venue
Ohtsuki Noh Theatre Presents Spectacular Noh Theater by Firelight at Shitenno-Ji Temple: A Fusion of Tradition and Technology
A special Noh stage will be set up on the grounds of Shitenno-ji Temple, one of Osaka’s most renowned temples with a history of over 1,400 years. The play that will be performed is called Kiriaoi and is related to the temple's founder, Prince Shotoku. Bunzo Ohtsuki, a Living National Treasure of Japan, will be both director and lead performer. Projection mapping against the backdrop of the temple’s five-story pagoda and main hall (kondo) will create a fantastical space where the audience can experience both the historical and the ethereal. Prior to the main performance, the event will begin with a performance of Shitenno-ji gagaku and horaku (traditional Japanese courtly music and dance) and a fire-lighting ceremony. The finale will be splendid, spectacular performances of Shakkyo (Stone Bridge) and Tsuchigumo (Earth Spider). Noh theater, one of the world's oldest performing with a history of around 700 years, will be performed at the historic Shitenno-ji Temple along with the latest digital technology, creating a truly unique fusion of Japanese history, tradition, culture, art, and technology. A Japanese and English commentary service for the performance will also be available via smartphone.
As a related event, a limited-time exhibition combining cultural properties from the Shitenno-ji Temple collection with Noh masks and costumes from the Ohtsuki Noh Theatre collection will also be held at the temple's facilities. A tea ceremony room in the temple garden will also be available, and the entire temple grounds will be filled with street performances with roots in Noh, a flea market, and food stalls for people to enjoy the event.
Visitors can participate in traditional "nature worship" at Mt. Haku, which was the first site of mountain-based faith in Japan, and Shiramine, an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings where the worship of nature was cultivated. It is believed that by confronting oneself and and freeing the mind from stress through nature worship, enlightenment can be reached. Such powerful experiences can change one’s outlook on life.
Visitors can experience the rich culture of Shiramine alongside locals through a guided introduction to a unique type of sumo wrestling, kanko dancing, and folk songs. Visitors will also get a chance to appreciate "honkosan" vegetarian cuisine, which is prepared over the course of a year with the utmost care using high-quality regional ingredients.
Enjoy the rare opportunity of exploring sites such as Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine and Rinsai-ji Temple under the guide of their officials and priests, gaining intimate insight into the history and culture of worship around the sacred peak of Mt. Haku.
Next, climb Mt. Haku and spend the night at a rest stop located at an elevation of 2,400 meters. At the top of the mountain, visit the inner shrine of Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine and savor the surrounding nature and picturesque scenery by going stargazing or watching the sunrise and sunset.
The first day of this three-day tour is spent in the Shiramine area, and the second and third days are spent on the mountain.
*Per request, the tour can be lengthened or shortened, or the dates of the program changed to suit individual needs.
As an element of pioneering new areas of tourism for inbound visitors, this package offers five incredible experiences, including a premium baseball viewing experience and a pass for a handful of entertainment facilities. With the round-trip Nippon Pass, you can experience a variety of different entertainment activities, including leisure facilities, karaoke, and video game arcades! It also allows for participation in a variety of extraordinary events, including the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game, taking photos with professional players, and playing catch out on the stadium field! After the game you will even get to take a commemorative photo on the field, creating memories that will last a lifetime! The baseball match is viewed from special seats not normally available to the public. You can also have other uniquely Japanese experiences, such as taste-testing Japanese sake! It's even possible to stay in lodging facilities adjoining the stadium. Enjoy baseball and entertainment in Japan, winner of the World Baseball Classic!
Sharing the Blessings of the Sakurajima Volcano with the World through the Gastronomy Music Festival—from Expansive Nature to Shochu, Public Baths, and Gourmet Food
Everything that makes Kagoshima special can be found on this tour! An active volcano? Live music? Gourmet dining? Drinking shochu? Take the Sakurajima Ferry to experience them all on the internationally-renowned Sakurajima and around Kinko Bay. Here you will discover new and appealing ways to experience the Kirishima-Kinko Bay National Park Marine Park, Sakurajima-Kinko Bay Geopark, and the port city of Kagoshima. From the Kanze Lighthouse floating in the sea to Okogashima Island and the Taisho Lava Field, these are all sights you won't be able to see through a car window! If you get lucky with the weather, it's possible to see the three big volcanoes of Kagoshima Prefecture—Sakurajima, Kirishima, and Kaimondake—all at the same time. There is also a chance of bumping into some of the dolphins (Southern bottlenose dolphins, long-beaked common dolphins) that live in Kinko Bay. While out on the magnificent ocean, you can also enjoy gourmet dishes and drinks from Kagoshima, including special rice cakes, Kagoshima black beef, udon noodles, and shochu, while listening to classical music, jazz, island songs, and other local music. Kagoshima local Ryutaro Higashikawa also narrates a guide to Sakurajima. During the premium hiking on Sakurajima, you will get to experience the dynamic views of the volcano from areas that are normally off limits and enjoy sampling sushi made from local ingredients. As part of a year-round city walking program, you can also enjoy some public bathhouse hopping! Enjoy hot springs in the city—the majority of the 30-odd public bathhouses in the city draw hot spring water—and the traditional streetscapes in the Tenmonkan and Meizanbori areas while eating and drinking local specialties such as Kagoshima black pork and shochu.
Official hospitality packages for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 are on sale, which is to be held from Friday, August 25 to Monday, September 3, 2023, at the Okinawa Arena. The FIBA Basketball World Cup is an international event held once every 4 years. It provides a rare opportunity to witness the clash of some of the best basketball-playing nations in the world. The cutting-edge Okinawa Arena provides a sports entertainment experience like nothing else in Japan. This package offers the best of both basketball and tourism in Okinawa, a region with deeply rooted ties to the sport. The package includes watching the games from a dedicated space on the 3rd floor (a suite with table seats), as well as use of a separate entrance from general spectators to ensure smooth and comfortable access to every game. A special catering and drinks service exclusive to this package can also be enjoyed before, during, and after the games. The stellar menu will offer a range of traditional Okinawan dishes and regional cuisine. The package is rounded out by special commemorative gifts. Get ready to make some incredible memories!
In this era of such rapid technological advancement, the vision of this tour was always to reaffirm the humanity of us all. The tour provides the value of actually experiencing things for ourselves, and the empathy and joy that come from interacting with others. Taking our existing tour a step further, we have added the extra value of "otaku" into the mix! We define "otaku" as the "masters and professionals of a specific subject," and through working alongside them, we now have a tour of the otaku, by the otaku, for the otaku. The tour is composed of three parts: sightseeing, experience, and interaction. Starting from the standard sightseeing, you will be accompanied by both a guide and a cameraman. The experience part will allow you to enhance your plastic model making under the tutelage of a plastic model otaku—in this case, someone involved in the industry and who creates guidebooks for the hobby! Otaku will also share other aspects of the appeal of Akihabara that are hard to access on other tours, or when visiting alone. During the exchange section at the end of the tour, you will be able to enjoy a meal while chatting with native otaku of Akihabara, providing a chance to meet and interact with otaku themselves. The implementation of this event will make full use of the latest technology in order to remove the language barrier as much as possible. You will also receive a commemorative gift for taking part in the tour.
Through seminars given by experts and people working in the field, participants will learn about environmental protection of endangered rock ptarmigans in Japan's alpine zones and the importance of co-existence between humans and nature. The tours also include a donation toward rock ptarmigan conservation, creating a system where tourism is directly linked to nature conservation. There are 3 types of tours offered, varying by season and price range. Options include observing ptarmigans on Mt. Norikura, at the core of the Ministry of the Environment's rock ptarmigan research (although a tourist destination reachable by Japan's alpine buses, it is also a precious stable habitat for ptarmigans), cross-sectional observation of wild animals and birds on Mt. Norikura, seeking rock ptarmigans in winter plumage with a professional photographer, and more. All of the tours will be unprecedented hands-on tours to see Japanese rock ptarmigans—the kind of adventure tourism experience sure to satisfy educated, wealthy inbound tourists with an interest in climate change, environmental issues, biodiversity, and more.