Special opening of Important Cultural Asset “Shirayama Engi” and light art display of shrine grounds at Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine, the head shrine of the Shirayama Shrines ~Special night tour of Hakusan Faith~
A personal shuttle vehicle is prepared from Kanazawa station, the gateway to Ishikawa.
Visit Shirayamahime-jinja Shrine, the head shrine of the Shirayama Shrines and one of the most renowned power spots in Hokuriku.
As special entertainment, view a performance of a Shinto dance and take a special tour of the Important Cultural Asset “Shirayama Engi.”
Please experience the traditional culture of Hakusan Faith with a multilingual guide.
At night, the grounds are lit up in an artistic light display, transforming the area to create an ethereal atmosphere that cannot be experienced during the day.
For dinner, a special meal of local ingredients will be prepared, utilizing the rich nature of Shirayama.
Please experience the charm and power of the history, culture, and cuisine of Hakusan Faith.
1,000 years of traditions and techniques: Bizen ware pottery production and a trip to the Seto Inland Sea
Bizen ware pottery, fired at high temperatures of 1,200 to 1,300°C without any glaze, is also known as the art of "clay and flame," boasting a charming earthy quality. Under the guidance of renowned artists and traditional artisans, participants will create their own one-of-a-kind Bizen ware item. Deepen interactions with artists by strolling together around the town of Imbe, the home of Bizen ware, and dining featuring Bizen ware at the long-established Ebisu Araki Ryokan, where famous artists such as Rosanjin and Isamu Noguchi once stayed. The next day, spend time in an artist’s workshop, enjoying a meal and experience "apprenticeship" with the artist.
Bizen (Hinase) is a fishing port facing onto the Seto Inland Sea. It was admired by Western intellectuals visiting in the 19th century, such as Thomas Cook, the founder of modern tourism, who was astonished by the never-ending, ever-changing natural beauty of the landscape. Take a cruise on the adorable NORINAHALLRE ferry and enjoy the cuisine of Seto Inland Sea fishermen.
Misaki-cho is a rich fishing area at Osaka Bay not far from Kansai International Airport. This tour is suitable even for beginners, as you can fish in the sea without bringing any equipment. The tour also includes lectures on how to fish given by professional and expert anglers as well as lessons on how to cook the fish you catch in the most delicious ways, providing interest on multiple levels.
In this area, you can catch various types of fish depending on the season, including red sea bream, swordfish, amberjack, yellowtail, grouper, mackerel, and flounder. The fish you catch will be served in various fish dishes, such as sashimi, in a restaurant near the harbor. One of the perks of fishing is eating fresh fish you caught yourself. On this plan, you board a charter boat with expert anglers, eat fish you catch during the fishing experience, and enjoy a luxury yacht cruise (with accommodation).
■ Enjoy the snow at a small ski resort with an exclusive private tours
Royal Valley Ski Resort, a small local ski resort, will be rented out exclusively for a limited period of time for a hands-on snow tour that goes beyond just skiing.
(1) Snow activities centered on experiencing Japanese snow culture
These activities allow visitors to enjoy snow to the fullest while experiencing Japanese snow culture such as Kamakura igloos, making snowmen, and sledding on the slopes. The Kamakura igloos will be lit up, with snacks and other Kushiro local specialties to be served inside. Enjoy Japanese snow culture alongside the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape!
(2) Enjoy Japanese drum bathing amid nature and snow
We have prepared drum baths to offer a liberating bathing experience very different from bathing in a natural, snow-covered hot spring.
(3) Experience robatayaki, an original cuisine of the Kushiro area
For dinner, we offer a robatayaki grilled foods, a special kind of grilling said to have originated in the city of Kushiro. Savor local specialties and enjoy seafood that are the pride of Kushiro!
The Tanabe family managed tatara ironworks, in which iron and high-quality steel called “tamahagane” were forged in traditional methods. The iron they produced was exhibited at the Chicago World Fair and Paris World Fair during the Meiji Period and highly appraised across the globe, and during the Taisho Period, the Tanabe family ironworks had the honor of smelting the tamahagane steel that was later smithed into a protective katana for the emperor. 100 years later, this valuable metal was brought back for modern use when the Tanabe family’s tatara furnace was revived, producing a new metal called “Shinpi Iron.”
- Tatara ironmaking requires a furnace made of clay, iron sand, and charcoal. One round of tatara ironworking requires 13 tons of iron sand and 13 tons of charcoal, which are slowly added and burned continuously. Bellows power air into the furnace, which heats it to around 1,500 degrees C. The melted clay of the furnace and the impurities of the iron sand are extracted as slag, while the high purity iron forms massive lumps of metal called “kera.” The portion of the kera with the highest purity steel is called “tamahagane,” a rare metal that is used in producing Japanese swords.
- This overnight plan allows guests to experience tatara ironmaking, which used to meet the pre-industrial metalmaking needs of Japan. This is a rare chance to pass on the technology and thought behind this craft to the next generation. The traditional methods of making iron also had a significant impact on the land and agriculture, so eating a meal from land directly influenced by the ironmaking traditions, even many generations later, gives a sense of core ironmaking culture.
・The "B.LEAGUE ALL★STAR GAME 2024 IN OKINAWA" is an extravaganza merging elite basketball with entertainment.
・Apart from the actual game, there is also an "ASIA ALL STARS GAME" with players from the Philippines, South Korea, and other Asian countries, as well as other festivities that include dance & 3-point contests.
・To make watching the game even more enjoyable, there will be a hospitality package that includes the ultimate spectator environment, food and drink service, use and private access to Okinawa Arena’s state-of-the-art lounge, and interaction with the players.
・In particular, for the Player Interaction Event, we provide value-added experiences only possible here, including the chance to interact with superstars on B.LEAGUE clubs and get their autographs.
・Okinawa, this time's host site, is one of Japan’s top resort areas, boasting some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a rich culture. We will announce separate packages to help you fully enjoy the cuisine, culture, and natural beauty of Okinawa in your spare time aside from “B.LEAGUE ALL★STAR GAME 2024 IN OKINAWA.”
・Expected to go on sale in late October. For those interested, please contact us by referring to the information on OTA websites.
Yakushima is a nearly circular island 28 km from east to west and 24 km from north to south located about 60 km south of the southernmost tip of mainland Japan in Kagoshima Prefecture.
With its continuous peaks of over 1000 m in altitude, including the highest peak of Mt. Miyanoura at an altitude of 1935 m, it is called “the Alps of the sea.”
What also distinguishes this single island is the range from subtropical vegetation by the coast to alpine vegetation, which even has snowfall in the winter.
This is therefore an invaluable area where one can see unique and diverse eco-systems. Yakushima was registered World Natural Heritage in 1993.
This year in 2023, there will be a vertical race for the first time in Yakushima to commemorate the 30th anniversary of it being registered as a World Natural Heritage.
Zao’s Okama Crater Lake is usually closed to the general public and is inaccessible during the winter season. This tour consists of a helicopter cruise tour of Mount Zao with views of Okama Crater Lake and the famed “ice monsters” of Mount Zao, one of Japan’s top three spots for this phenomenon of ice-covered trees. Okama Crater Lake and the “ice monsters” of Mount Zao seen from the sky offer exclusive, truly spectacular views. The flight time is approximately 20 minutes. This plan includes a shuttle service to and from the takeoff and landing sites. Additionally, those taking part in this tour may also experience snow glamping upon request. (There is an extra charge for glamping.)
Night Party of Atami Cherry Blossoms (winter cherry blossoms that bloom the earliest in Japan) ~Atami Onsen / Showa Nostalgia Journey~
Atami, famous for its hot springs and beautiful ocean views, is only around 40 minutes from Tokyo Station by bullet train. In addition to hot springs, Atami is replete with wonderful places rich in culture, nature, and food.
For this event, Atami's early-blooming cherry blossoms, its Showa retro town, and Kiunkaku/Atami Geigi Kenban have been packaged together to create a single event: Atami Cherry Blossoms: Night Party.
Enjoy a nighttime light-up display of Itogawa’s Atami cherry blossoms, which bloom the earliest in Japan and can only be viewed at this time. This display and a mystical lantern monument create
a view of cherry blossoms that can only be enjoyed in Atami during winter.
Also, at Kiunkaku (Tangible Cultural Property), which can usually only be observed and not entered, visitors can do a photo shoot wearing a yukata or Showa retro clothing at this limited-time event.
Although Atami is often thought of in Japan as a place for young people to gather during trips, it has the atmosphere of the Showa period and is a historic tourist site.
Please come enjoy this Showa retro world while gazing at the winter cherry blossoms.
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2023, scheduled to be held at Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall B, is the world's only large-scale art fair with a special focus on Asia featuring renowned galleries from across Asia. We will provide inbound visitors with a high-value-added art experience through special exhibitions and interpretative tours, premium venue tours, and night viewing where visitors can tour the venue after dark, drink in hand.
The tour will also make use of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the world's only museum specializing in contemporary Asian art, as well as a huge Art Sauna installation to be exhibited outdoors in the Fukuoka Castle area. Premium tours of Fukuoka and the island of Kyushu will also be organized, allowing participants to experience local gastronomy and culture while attending this major art event.