Join some sumo wrestlers to enjoy a ‘chanko’ sumo lunch and learn about the unique world of sumo. Try on a sumo suit and put your skills to the test against a professional. Follow the meandering paths through the soaring stalks of bamboo which make up the bamboo groves of Arashiyama just outside of Kyoto. Enjoy a traditional kaiseki meal as you’re entertained by a Maiko in Kyoto. Take the opportunity to gain inside knowledge about the fascinating life of an apprentice Geisha.
Enjoy staying in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn set in the wooded forests of Hakone. Explore Tokyo and immerse yourself in Japanese culture with your choice of touring in Tokyo including a Sumo lunch or a visit to Meiji Jingu shrine. Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-Ji), a spectacular Buddhist temple in Kyoto, covered with pure gold leaf.
Discover Kappabashi Dori with its endless supply of stores selling everything from pots and pans to cooking utensils and chairs to restaurant operators. Some stores even sell plastic and wax food samples for window displays! Lose yourself in the abundance of fabric stores in Tokyo’s Nippori Fabric Town where you’ll fi nd everything from traditional silks to modern print cotton fabric. Wander through Yanaka Old Town and take in the ‘shitamachi‘ or ‘downtown’ character of the area, a stark difference to the modernity of Tokyo.
Feel the history of Inujima, listen to the storyteller who was raised on this island. Enjoy the cruising of the Setouchi inner sea and explore more arts of these small islands. Explore the nature of Setouchi and feel the energy of Art.
Relax in Hamarikyu Garden as you sample matcha (green tea) and enjoy a Japanese sweet. Wander through the Omiya Bonsai Village, and see the art of bonsai at the multiple nurseries and private gardens. Visit Daitokuji Temple complex to experience the Zen culture and architecture. Explore Kurashiki to see the storehouses which once stored rice and have now been converted into museums and cafés.
Learn about a monk’s lifestyle with a stay in a Shukubo temple lodge, one of the original temples atop Mt Koya. Wander the pathway through the Fushimi Inari, a shrine dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hata family. Enjoy dining on famous oysters and a glass of chilled white wine on the tranquil island of Miyajima.