Japan is a year-round destination which offers incredible hiking, cycling and mountain climbing during the summer, transforming to one of the best places in the world for skiing during the winter months.
Whilst the bright lights of Tokyo and the sleek bullet trains give the country its cutting edge and modern feel, it is also a destination steeped in history and culture. Discover ancient temples and shrines in Kyoto, stay in a Ryokan (traditional inn) in one of the country’s hot spring resorts, or visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Take part in a tea ceremony with geishas in Kyoto
The renowned tea ceremony was born in Kyoto, and remains its spiritual heart. The ceremony involves drinking hot matcha tea after eating Japanese sweets. It is regimented with simple rules which dictate the ceremony such as the way the bowl is held, and the way utensils are cleansed. Usually the host and guests do not talk during the ceremony, making the process meditative and relaxing.
Further enhance the feeling of calm and retreat with a stay at the brand-new Aman Kyoto. Located in the district of Takagamine, it is within walking distance of UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘The Kinkakuji Temple’. The world class Aman Spa features an indoor and outdoor Japanese Onsen (hot springs), three treatment rooms, a spa lounge and a retail area. Wellness is a big part of the guest journey at Aman Kyoto, with a range of treatments designed to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, and their in-depth mindfulness programs help you re-connect with nature.
Learn how to make Sushi
No trip to Japan is complete without sushi and, better still, learn the techniques to make your own! We can arrange lessons to demonstrate the traditional methods at one of the numerous cooking schools and classes in Tokyo. For a true foodie experience, stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and enjoy dining across all eight of their restaurants which offer a range of cuisines. For traditional Japanese food, head to Sushi Shin by Miyakawa on the 38th floor to enjoy authentic dishes sourced daily from local Tokyo markets, and marvel at the incredible city views as you dine.
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