Become a samurai for a day as you learn to draw, pose and swing your katana, the traditional sword used by ancient Japanese warriors. Tetsuro Shimaguchi, head choreographer for Kill Bill: Volume One, guides your hand.
Your trip, your adventures. All of our journeys are fully customizable, allowing you the freedom to choose the experiences that speak to you – and change your mind at a moment’s notice.
Learn how to make sushiArrive at the home of a local itamae (sushi chef) for an intimate overview of Japanese cuisine, followed by a hands-on lesson in preparing a traditional meal.
Visit sacred temples and shrinesWith 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto has an abundance of quiet temples, gardens and colourful shrines, each a unique setting for wonder and contemplation.
Walk through a bamboo forest
Arrive by rickshaw to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a dense forest of towering bamboo stalks. As sunlight filters through the canopy overhead, walk down the winding path through this enchanting grove and listen for the gentle sounds of the trees swaying.
Located near ancient temples as well as downtown Kyoto, this brand-new hotel is intimate and contemporary, blending modern Japanese sensibilities with traditional values and design.