This tour consists of a performance by the Japanese drum entertainment group “DRUM TAO” from special seats at their "Theatre in the Sky” in Aso-Kuju National Park, which boasts the largest grassland area in Japan. Next, guests enjoy a special dinner in an area that is usually off-limits to the public where they can take in the surrounding nature, including Ubuyama Village of Kumamoto Prefecture. There are also options for special outdoor events taking place outside business hours, such as a sunset bar, "sea of clouds" cafe, stargazing, and more. In addition, a multilingual history tour of DRUM TAO, a world-renowned entertainment group and the pride of Japan, is available. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful nature and the art history of the surrounding land. There will also be a Japanese taiko drum workshop with direct instruction from members of DRUM TAO. It is definitely a memorable experience for both the body and mind. Accommodations include luxury facilities such as hot spring inns and glamping at the foot of the mountain. There are four tours, all of which provide thorough and entertaining plans where nature can be enjoyed to its fullest. Create fantastic memories of Japan by experiencing Japanese culture and nature that cannot be easily experienced anywhere else.
Taking place at Tomioka Silk Mill, a full-scale fashion show will be held for the first time at a World Heritage Site in Japan. Junya Yamada, a world-renowned director who has created new experiences by connecting various ideas and cultures through the power of creativity under the motto of "creating a world never seen before," will be the general director of the event. A spectacular show featuring popular models and artists!
NAKED, INC., a creative company that makes full use of the latest technology to bring spectacular scenes to life, will outfit Tomioka Silk Mill and the historic streetscape of Tomioka with projection mapping displays and other light installations. Enjoy this amazing event and a rare view of Tomioka Silk Mill at night along with the lit up streets of Tomioka!
There are only four surviving A-bombed tram streetcars in the world. This tour involves riding one of them, Tram No. 653, on a special route around Hiroshima. Screens set up inside the tram allow passengers to learn the history of Tram No. 653. Near buildings along the main tramway track that were hit by the bomb, the screens provide audio commentary and photos from the time of the bombing. Riding the tram through the city and taking in the peaceful sights while learning about the history of the bombing through images and audio provides riders a moment to reflect on the precious nature of peace. This is followed by a VR tour, starting from the Peace Memorial Park Rest House. While exploring the Peace Memorial Park participants can use the power of VR to travel back in time to Hiroshima before, during, and after the war. A guide will lead participants through the tour, from the vistas of the city prior to the war, to the fated day when the city was devastated, and then up to the present day.
There's a town with a history of traditional crafts stretching back 1500 years.
A town that can't be found in any guidebook. A place so focused on the act of creation, it isn't a sightseeing destination, and is hardly known even among Japanese people.
This town is Echizen, located between Kyoto and Kanazawa Prefectures.
This isn't a sightseeing destination. Here you can experience the authentic work of true craftspeople working in their natural habitat.
The products made in and around the town include Japanese paper, cutlery, dressers, lacquerware, and pottery. Their quality is renowned around the world.
The Japanese paper produced here has a history of 1,500 years. Known as "Echizen washi," it is said to have even been used by Rembrandt and Picasso.
Meanwhile, the cutlery industry here boasts 700 years of history, and is known as "Echizen-uchi hamono." Their techniques were originally used to make Japanese swords and are now used to produce kitchen and steak knives. In 2013, the Japanese national team participated in the Bocuse d'Or world chef championship outfitted with Echizen-uchi hamono cutlery. The 24 judges were so surprised by the sharpness of the knives that more than half of them took Echizen knives home with them.This culture of creation in Echizen has remained closed off from tourists in the past. But now, the Echizenshi Travel And Tourism Association wishes to share this incredible culture with more tourists. We are preparing a new kind of tourism for small groups of tourists who respect craftsmanship and want to see how everything is made by the artisans of Echizen.
This deluxe tour offers participants the opportunity to learn about and experience the fascinating beauty of lacquer art and the maki-e decorative lacquer technique from master artisan Kazumi Murose.
Murose personally explains everything from the use of tools deriving from the bounty of nature to the production process and his own works. Appreciate his atelier and his outlook on art: "Firstly, learn from people. Secondly, learn from things. Thirdly, learn from nature."
Next, participants are invited to a "Food and Tableware Enjoyed with All Five Senses" dinner party at Hyotei, a Kyoto restaurant with three Michelin stars. The dinner is hosted by Kazumi Murose and Yoshihiro Takahashi, the owner of Hyotei. The gold powder, mother-of-pearl inlay, and urushi lacquer used in the plates and bowls shines in the candlelight, drawing out and accentuating the beauty, and seasonality of the food, while the pleasing texture and heat conduction of the lacquerware are sure to satisfy even the most discerning guests.
Finally, participants will attend an interactive tea ceremony, including a speech by Murose, at Koetsu-ji Temple, once a famous center of Genroku culture arts and where two of Japan’s most significant tea ceremonies are held to this day.
Associated with the cultural figure Hon'ami Koetsu, Koetsu-ji Temple was once the site of a huge artistic community of more than 100 people, including Koetsu, his family, artisans in various arts and crafts, and their families too.
As a calligrapher, sword connoisseur, potter, maki-e decorative lacquer artist, and tea master, Koetsu was truly an outstanding cultural figure. The head of Koetsu-ji Temple has provided an opportunity for a tea ceremony presented by Kazumi Murose using his own tea ceremony tools and cups as well as traditional tea implements from Koetsu-ji Temple.
A special stage will be set up in the plaza next to the Daidokoro (the kitchen, normally closed to the public) of Nijo-jo Castle, a World Heritage Site, and a special concert will be held after the normal visiting hours for the castle. The event will combine a wide range of music, including performances by Japan's leading jazz musicians, young rock guitarists, female drummers, brass bands, koto (Japanese harp) players, and choirs. Performances will also feature collaborations between masters of traditional Japanese dance and a variety of other dances, as well as naginata, a traditional Japanese martial art. A medley of anthems from around the world will also be performed ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France this August, making this one-of-a-kind concert an absolute must-see.
A product exhibition will be set up next to the venue (accessible to the public), selling products unique to individual regions in Japan (Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Kyoto) that can only be purchased at this event.
The day before the event, a symposium will also be held in the former main building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office, an Important Cultural Property.
Uniquely Japanese experiences in the stylish district of Nishijin, Kyoto.
Enjoy teahouse entertainments in Kamishichiken, one of Kyoto's oldest entertainment districts, and watch the dances of maiko and geisha performers.
Follow this up with lunch or dinner at a restaurant in the Nishijin area, where reservations can be difficult to make, or other popular local Kyoto restaurants.
Take a simple Japanese dance lesson at Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theater, which is usually closed to the public, under the guidance of the head of the school.
Listen to live traditional music performances at temples and venues usually not open to the public.
Experience the work of traditional artisans and try traditional weaving yourself.
A variety of experiences such as these are available. Contents vary depending on the time of year, so please check the official website for details.
◆ Welcome events at airports and shopping events at commercial facilities across Japan!
Events will be held at international airports to welcome back foreign tourists in addition to shopping sales and events at famous stores, department stores, and shopping centers throughout Japan all year.
◆ Enjoy some showrooming and duty-free shopping at department stores in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka. Shop for famous products and traditional crafts from all over Japan!
Special events offer visitors the chance to view and purchase famous products and traditional crafts from all over Japan at department stores in major cities. Visitors will also be able to communicate directly with the artists and craftspeople.
◆ VIP private tours consisting of special exhibitions and reservations, covering everything from hands-on experience to transportation.
Tours include a sake-pairing experience at the brewery of the world-famous Japanese sake "Dassai" with a special menu prepared by the chef of two-star Michelin French restaurant "La Cime" to VIP shopping at department store VIP rooms and hotels. Enjoy these VIP private tours on a private jet developed by Honda.
Japan Opera Festival 2023 will set up a stage at Horyuji Temple, marking the 30th anniversary of its registration as a World Heritage Site, to host a performance of the opera Il Trovatore at an open-air venue.
The opera will be performed by singers from Italy and around the world, allowing the audience to enjoy world-class opera in Japan.
From May 18 to 21, specialized temple carpenters and cultural property restoration experts involved in the daily repairs of Horyuji Temple will guide visitors through the temple and offer special tours of the temple grounds and a visit backstage. For the first time, English subtitles will be provided for non-Japanese audience members in the S seats.
Enjoy this unique performance (for four days only) of an open-air opera featuring the "borrowed landscape" of a cultural asset that is the pride of Japan!
Every year, from August 12-15, beating drums, stomping geta clogs and high-spirited calls of “Yattosa!” and “Yatto yatto!” bring the city of Tokushima alive.
Synonymous with summer, nationwide festivals feature this traditional dance, but it all started here, over four centuries ago. This makes it one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the country, drawing more than a million people.
Enjoy parading dancers, with an electric atmosphere and infectious energy. Move to the beat and if you’re lucky enough, try the fun first-hand in one of the groups open to non-professionals.
The Awa Odori Kaikan offers daily performances, with further insights into the dance at the Awa Dance Museum inside.
Ever wanted to experience a Japanese temple without the crowds?
If you’re looking to spend a truly divine night, turn your eyes to Tsubosaka-dera in Nara, Japan’s first capital city.
After closing hours, let a monk take you on an exclusive tour of this magnificent site, which overlooks Mount Yoshino, long Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spot.
You’ll learn about the temple’s history, don traditional dress, take part in a Buddhist prayer session and receive a good-luck talisman.
All that remains is exploring the grounds to your heart’s content before an enchanting and otherworldly night.
Group reservations are also welcome.