Experience the world of sumo as you join sumo wrestlers for a delectable 'chanko' sumo lunch, while learning about their unique traditions. Step into the shoes of a sumo wrestler by trying on a sumo suit and testing your skills against a professional. Explore the enchanting bamboo groves of Arashiyama, near Kyoto, as you wander along meandering paths amidst towering bamboo stalks. Indulge in a traditional kaiseki meal in Kyoto, accompanied by the captivating entertainment of a Maiko. Seize the opportunity to gain insider knowledge about the intriguing life of an apprentice Geisha, adding an extra layer of fascination to your journey.
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.
Explore the vibrant streets of Kappabashi Dori, a haven for culinary enthusiasts. Discover a multitude of shops offering an extensive range of kitchenware, from pots and pans to utensils and furniture for restaurant owners. Don't miss the intriguing stores selling lifelike food samples for display purposes. Immerse yourself in the world of textiles at Nippori Fabric Town, where a plethora of fabric stores await. From traditional silks to contemporary printed cotton, you'll find a treasure trove of fabrics. Experience the charming ambiance of Yanaka Old Town, known for its distinct "shitamachi" or downtown atmosphere. Delight in the stark contrast to Tokyo's modernity as you wander through this nostalgic neighbourhood.
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.
Indulge in a moment of tranquillity at Hamarikyu Garden while savouring the flavours of matcha (green tea) and traditional Japanese sweets. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of bonsai as you stroll through the enchanting Omiya Bonsai Village, home to numerous nurseries and private gardens. Discover the profound Zen culture and exquisite architecture at the Daitokuji Temple complex. Delve into the historic charm of Kurashiki, where former rice storehouses have been transformed into captivating museums and charming 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.
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