Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has partnered Japan National Tourism Organization and local partners through a luxury travel consortium led by Dentsu Ad-gear to launch four packages between November, 2017 and March, 2018.
The two- to five-day packages are said to allow guests to “get under the skin” of Japan through its cuisine, nature, history and culture, with SLH touting “prestige activities, some not usually accessible to international visitors”.
The first experience, taking place December 11-12 and with prices starting from 250,000 yen (US$2,200) per person, offers a two-day gastronomic journey through Tokyo that includes a private sushi dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten hosted by Chef Jiro himself, usually only available for reservations from Japanese residents. Also included is a private tour of Tsukiji market led by a fourth generation sushi chef and a dinner at the two Michelin-starred Tempura Kondo.
Guests are also offered omotenashi hospitality at the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, the most recent addition to SLH’s 12 hotels across Japan, located in the Tokyo neighbourhood of Meguro.
In addition, the three-day cultural and Michelin experience in Nara (March 5-7, 2018) includes a visit to the “Shunie” festival at Todaiji Temple in Nara, a kaiseki dinner at Nara’s three-star Michelin restaurant Wa Yamamura, complete with a two-night stay in Noborioji Hotel Nara. Prices start from 137,760 yen per person based on double occupancy.
Also available is the five-day natural wonders of Yakushima Island (until March 16, 2018), which takes guests to Kyushu for rainforest treks with a guide and villa stay at the Sankara Hotel & Spa. Guests can also opt for private yoga classes, sea kayaking and diving, or attend craft workshops to make their own bath salts, chopsticks or ceramics. Prices start from 810,000 yen per person based on double occupancy.
Meanwhile, the two-day Japanese Wedding Experience will offer the opportunity for a traditional Japanese wedding or couples photoshoot in the halls of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. The package includes a dinner and cultural performance, a team to take care of wedding details and a stay in one of the hotel’s suites. Prices start from 387,500 yen based on double occupancy.