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The Art of Travel knows that it takes more than seeing the sights to really experience a country.
We put our heart and soul into collecting and curating experiences designed to enrich your understanding of Japan. Engage all of your senses as you interact with the creative and talented residents of this multi-faceted culture.

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From 10th century temples to 21st century sky-
scrapers, Japan encompasses a vast spectrum of architecture. Take a walking tour with a prominent architect for an in-depth experience or incorporate unique points of interest into your itinerary.

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Hidden studios, private workshops, selective
galleries, renowned museums; whether contemporary or traditional art, our professional network reaches far and wide, including many working artisans. We can also arrange hands-on workshops and experiences in any of Japan’s traditional crafts.

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Fish market auctions, sushi-making classes, sake breweries, Buddhist cooking, ramen slurping: EATING. DRINKING.

Whether you want to enter an expert’s kitchen, check off Michelin stars, or discover unknown hotspots and upcoming talent, we know just where to make it happen.

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From tea ceremonies and geisha performances to otaku culture and manga, Japan abounds in culture from every era. Explore with a local expert who knows all the best places to see and the most interesting people to meet.
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Japan is home to some of the world’s most beautiful gardens (in Kyoto alone there are dozens).

Whether you simply enjoy strolling through carefully controlled beauty or have a deeper interest, we can introduce you to the country’s best. Spend some time with a local landscape artist or try your hand at bonsai or ikebana (flower arranging) with a devoted master.

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From the introduction of Buddhism over 1500 years ago to 700 years of samurai and warlords to the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-19th century, there’s rarely been a dull moment. Much has been preserved in the castles, temples, museums, and knowledge of our historians and expert guides who bring it all to life.
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Kabuki, Noh, bunraku, butoh, taiko, the songs and dances of geisha; these are some of the better known forms of Japanese performance art. You can take in a show or meet a master, and if jazz or girl bands are more your style, we’ve got you covered there too.
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The Japanese are passionate about nature and between cities and farms, the country has hundreds of national parks. Add to that the Japan Alps, the forests of Yakushima, the flowers  everywhere, the beaches of Okinawa, and miles and miles of hiking and biking trails for every level, and you begin to see what the locals are so crazy about.
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Shinto & Buddhism: the two pillars of faith in Japan, both dating back centuries, completely different and yet peacefully coexisting on both a physical and spiritual plane. Have a discussion with an abott, experience zazen meditation, try  “true” vegetarian cuisine; we offer many roads toward understanding.
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From the tiniest shops hidden deep in the oldest neighborhoods to the all-out glamour of Tokyo’s famed fashion streets, Japan is a shopper’s paradise. Leave it to our local guides and shopping gurus to point you in the right direction.
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Sumo. Baseball. Martial arts. Sword play. Archery. Skiing. Snowboarding. Hiking. Biking. Whether you’re a spectator or a willing participant, Japan has sports for all ages and skill levels. We’ll get you access to the best tickets or find you the perfect teacher.
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Where you stay is at least as important as the experiences you have or the food you eat. The Art of Travel has carefully curated an array of possibilities embracing both Western and Japanese definitions of luxury. Pamper yourself at a gorgeous ryokan spa or catch a glimpse of the elusive Mt. Fuji from the upper floors of a Tokyo 5-star.

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Tokyo has perhaps more five-star hotels than any city in Asia. From timeless elegance to edgy hip fusion; European ambience to classic charm, we know them all and are happy to suggest the best fit for your tastes. Elsewhere in Japan we’ll always find you the best options available.
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Certain regions of Japan are renowned for their natural hotsprings and over the last millennia, hundreds of inns have sprung up to take advantage of these restorative waters. Many of the high-end options offer private baths with each guestroom called rotenburo, a perfect way to experience these magical waters in complete privacy.
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Hokkaido and Okinawa lead the way when it comes to resorts, with skiing and beach activities taking center stage. But in recent years, other regions have embraced the resort concept, expanding their offerings from just rooms, baths, and meals to include excursions, activities, and much more.
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It’s possible to rent an entire house or villa in select regions throughout Japan. Kanazawa and Kyoto are two cities where 18th and  19th century traditional buildings have been renovated and modernized while still retaining all of their authentic charm. Niseko (Hokkaido) offers many options during ski season and throughout the summer.
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The most famous temple stays are in Mt. Koya, where it’s even possible to achieve a certain degree of luxury.  But it’s possible to spend the night in a temple in nearly every corner of Japan so long as you’re willing to experience “authentic” conditions and embrace the inherent romanticism of a true Zen experience.
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Japan prides itself on having four distinct seasons and celebrates each with lively festivals, traditional foods, and respect for nature’s transformations. Choose spring and the magic of a million cherry blossoms, or challenge the stellar powder on the slopes in winter. Whenever you come, magic awaits.

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Make the most of your season
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Fall (aki), holds a special place in many hearts for
the beauty of changing leaves, the return of favorite culinary treats, and some of the year’s most vibrant festivals.

With falling leaves come mushrooms, chestnuts, shellfish, and the first waves of fatty fish. Cities throughout Japan celebrate with festivals large and small, each with a unique aspect.

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From the slopes of the Japanese Alps to the rejuvenating waters of natural hot spring resorts, winter in Japan is all about beauty and pleasure.
The year’s best fish and seafood along with in-
comparable snow make winter an ideal time
to visit.

In addition to the seafood, winter is the time for aficionados of snow sports with world-class skiing
and of course, Japan’s Snow Monkeys cavorting in their own private baths.

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Cherry blossoms. The archetypical symbol of Japan, celebrated for their ephemeral beauty and joyous recognition of spring. Freshly harvested bamboo shoots and crisp mountain vegetables also bring smiles in this country where nature is still revered.

From a culinary perspective, spring is best known
for the sudden proliferation of sansai, or mountain vegetables, often accompanied by freshly caught river fish.

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Nothing beats the heat like fresh handmade soba served up with crisp tempura and locally grown vegetables – especially if it’s followed by a local festival involving a cast of thousands dressed as feudal lords, samurai, and court ladies!

Gelato has been perfected here, utilizing locally sourced ingredients to create flavors such as persimmon and sea salt; the perfect antidote
to the steamy weather.

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