Experience the history and charm of 400-year-old Arita porcelain culture through a hands-on premium tour
This premium tour, the theme of which is "Succession: Learning from Traditional Industries for Sustainable Business Management," allows visitors to experience the history and charm of authentic Arita porcelain with all five senses.
Arita porcelain involves as many as 26 steps to make a single plate—and to turn raw materials into finished Arita porcelain, more than 50 artisans are involved.
On this two-day tour, visitors learn about the 400-year history and various traditions of Arita porcelain while touring the historic quarry and potteries, and then enjoy dinner in an exclusive space that is otherwise impossible to visit normally. The creative cuisine is served on the finest Arita porcelain dishes produced by living national treasures and renowned potters.
During the meal, guests can learn the history and process of Arita porcelain production through a spectacular video that uses projection-mapping technology.
The tour includes commentary on Arita porcelain from living national treasures and Arita potters whom most people never have the opportunity to meet.
Enjoy the ultimate Arita porcelain experience through this premium tour.
For two days on November 4 (Saturday) and 5 (Sunday), the FUSHIMI YOKAI SAKE FESTIVAL will be held in Fushimi, Kyoto. Just as the name suggests, this event is themed around sake and “yokai” (monsters).
Fushimi is one of the top sake producing towns in Japan. The charming and nostalgic town streets are lined with historic sake breweries. Just like Japanese sake, yokai are an aspect of Japanese culture that has gained international attention.
Now, the FUSHIMI YOKAI SAKE FESTIVAL is being held to encourage people to learn more about Japanese culture through Japanese sake and yokai.
Various activities will be prepared, such as the “Fushimi Night Parade of 100 Demons,” where yokai will walk through the town, sake tasting by yokai, and a bar-crawl style event that involves enjoying sake from various bars. The general public can also wear yokai costumes, adding an extra element of fun to this spooky event.
“Traditional performance x light x experience”
MPLUSPLUS, which charmed the world with an innovative light performance, is casting a spell of light on traditional arts!
“Maiko dance” “OSK Nippon Revue Company” and “Kagura” are Japan’s top tier dance and performance groups,
and they have come together to deliver the most impressive and newest entertainment.
With a special ticket to enjoy the show even more, your experience starts before the show.
You gather at a secret location, put on a special outfit that puts light on Japan’s traditional clothes, called “happi,”
and walk through Kyoto at night to the theater.
Fully enjoy the show while wearing the happi that lights up in time to the performance!
A new type of show begins, featuring a fusion of tradition and innovation!
For the First Time: TOKYO FUTURE NIGHT! A festival of light and sound created with cutting-edge technology
Held for the first time ever, TOKYO FUTURE NIGHT, a festival of light and sound created with cutting-edge technology, is a free event based on the themes of projection mapping, anime, and music. This event will feature a music concert by artists who perform the opening theme songs and in-episode music for four popular anime series in Japan as well as a talk show with voice actors who appear. Further, the worldview of the animes will be projected on the largest screen in Japan at 30-meters high and 94-meters across on the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) conference building. This is a collaborative event for projection mapping on the massive Big Sight wall and will be held simultaneously with the Tokyo International Projection Mapping Award. (Free entry.)
Crafted in Kagoshima City, Oshima Tsumugi silk embodies the region's history and natural beauty. Maintained in traditional workshops, the weaving process remained unchanged for centuries, exemplifying Japan's respect for craftsmanship. Threads of Tradition offers an immersive experience, combining local modern cuisine, traditional kimono-wearing, and Kagoshima's unique tea culture in a historic garden. Designed for both groups and individuals, this tour supports local artisans and aims to sustain Kagoshima's cultural heritage. Experience authentic Japan while preserving its traditions.
[Produced by JUNKO KOSHINO] Limited time event from 12/17-12/24! POP-UP BAR fusing the music culture of Koza (Okinawa City) and table tennis as well as street table tennis that suddenly appears in town
The professional table tennis team Ryukyu Asteeda from Okinawa is holding the Asteeda Festival from December 23 to 24! This festival will be a fusion of sports, tourism, technology, entertainment, and food at the Okinawa Arena, the most cutting-edge stadium in Japan!
Ahead of the Asteeda Festival, internationally acclaimed designer JUNKO KOSHINO will produce a street table tennis event and table tennis POP-UP BAR!
● Table Tennis POP-UP BAR
Dates open: December 17 to 24
Venue: REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, Floor 8, Music Bar “LEKT”
Tickets: 5,000 yen with two drink tickets (tax included)
● Street Table Tennis
Event period: December 17 to 24
Location: Koza Music Town, Southeast Botanical Gardens, REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, other locations in Naha City
REF Okinawa Arena by VESSEL HOTELS, the site of the table tennis POP-UP BAR, is a hotel opened on August 1, 2023, based around the concept of THE CHANPURU. This space lets visitors feel the atmosphere of Okinawa City, where a unique culture has taken root that “CHANPURU” (mixes up) the cultures of Okinawa and America.
The music bar on the top floor of the hotel, LEKT, fuses the Koza music culture and a pool terrace that is reminiscent of an Okinawan resort. In this event, the worldview of JUNKO KOSHINO and table tennis will be “CHANPURU” (mixed together) as well. What sort of chemical reaction will be created? Please come and see for yourself!
The ultimate tasting seminar will be held at the historical Kagamida Yashiki building in the city of Ukiha.
Specialists from two highly popular distilleries—renowned not only in Japan but also worldwide—have been invited to hold exclusive, in-depth tasting seminars for a limited number of participants.
Please enjoy to your heart's content whiskies specially brought out from the distillery, as well as rare bottles no longer available for purchase.
Afterwards, during the Bar Time, participants will enjoy a meal, cocktails, and a variety of whiskies that offer a different perspective.
Appreciate precious moments in a serene atmosphere achieved by patience and time.
Lecturer: Day 1: December 2; Day 2: December 3; Tatsuro Kusano, Chief Distilling Manager and Blender of Tsunuki Distillery, Hombo Shuzo Co., Ltd
Day 3: December 9; Day 4: December 10; Yumi Yoshikawa, Brand Ambassador, Venture Whisky Chichibu Distillery
Dates: December 2 (Sat.), December 3 (Sun.), December 9 (Sat.), December 10 (Sun.) 2023
Capacity: Limited to 18 individuals per session
Fee: With accommodation at Minamo: 50,000 yen (incl. tax); Tour-only ticket: 55,000 yen (incl. tax)
The spirit and culture of the "Kumamoto Samurai" still lives on in Kumamoto, where Miyamoto Musashi, Japan's leading swordsman, spent his later years. Miyamoto Musashi was a guest of Hosokawa Tadatoshi, the first lord of the Kumamoto domain, and spent five years in Kumamoto towards the end of his life. While there, he established the Niten Ichi-ryu style of swordsmanship and wrote The Book of Five Rings, which describes the spirit of the samurai and is loved worldwide today.
Now, 380 years later, the spirit of Niten Ichi-ryu is highly valued as a “cultural property symbolizing Japan's spiritual culture” and has been inherited by the 18th generation head of the school, a modern samurai who is working to spread that spirit. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with him and experience the special worldview and spirit of the Kumamoto samurai.
Furthermore, various cultural arts have been fostered in Kumamoto by the Hosokawa clan that ruled Higo Kumamoto. Among them, “Higo Zogan” metalworking was loved by samurai as ornaments and accessories, and the technique has developed into one of the representative crafts of Kumamoto Prefecture. The artisans who have inherited the techniques, which have been passed down for 400 years, create works that appeal to the sensibilities of a new era. Their expansion into new fields makes them like modern-day samurai! You can join them in making a “Higo Tsuba” sword hilt, and this chance to work with an artisan that has inherited the Higo Zogan techniques is certain to become a special memory.
Kumamoto is carrying on the samurai spirit of Miyamoto Musashi and the Hosokawa clan, as well as the art they loved. Why not take a trip to experience the aesthetics of the ancient Kumamoto samurai, who loved art and peace as much as battle, and then meet the modern Kumamoto samurai upholding their traditions?
Combining seamless transportation centered around HondaJet: high value-added visit planning focused on three gastronomic areas
■ Means of Transportation
We provide seamless inter-city transportation by combining HondaJet, helicopter, and a chauffeur service with the aim of minimizing the burden of boarding procedures and waiting times. A chauffeur remains on stand-by at the times of takeoff and landing on HondaJet to optimize travel.
■ Visit Planning
(1) Hakuba Village: There will be private dining at a top-class villa with chefs from exclusive, hard-to-book restaurants (Sushi Saito, etc.). In winter, the fast track plan offers gondola lift rides from 6:30 a.m., allowing participants to enjoy powdered snow first thing in the morning. During the green season, we will provide a private stargazing experience by running gondola lifts at night.
(2) Annaka City: We will offer special access to “The Club,” a strictly members-only golf course. We plan to use original local golf maker goods that are normally not for sale and offer rounds with Japanese pro golf tour champions. We will offer hard-to-find premium whiskey and more at an outdoor BBQ, where local ingredients can be enjoyed at a special location within the facility.
(3) Toyama City: Experience a premium lunch at the Michelin-starred auberge-style lodge L'évo and a visit to Masuda Sake Brewery in Iwase, which is followed by members-only restaurant hopping. We will also offer a special brewing experience at IWA (opened by former chief winemaker of Dom Perignon in collaboration with Mr. Kengo Kuma and Masuda Sake Brewery), which has garnered worldwide attention. There will be the option to take a private night tour of the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design.
On par with Matsue Castle (designated National Treasure) and considered the heart of Matsue City’s tourism is the MATSUE WATER TERRACE. For a limited period of three months between September and November 2023, visitors to Matsue can enjoy views of the Horikawa Pleasure Boats drifting leisurely down Hori River, various shops, such as Karakoro Plaza, and cafes and bars from the comfort of “waterside terrace seat” located in the Katahara/Kyoten water embankment area. During the day, you can relax while gazing at the boats that drift down the historic Hori River; during evenings, delight in the beauty of the area lit-up spectacularly thanks to the designs by lighting designer Shiho Nagamachi. What’s more, various restaurants and bars in the area have decided to come together to create an area of communication and social exchange, with a special take-out menu and plenty of opportunity to interact with the people around you. We hope that this limited-time MATSUE WATER TERRACE becomes a hub of both interaction as well as water tourism in Matsue City. MATSUE WATER DINING (an evening outdoor restaurant) will also be held for a two-day period.