August 2021 - Newsletter #5

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NEWS from The Real Japan - August 2021

 

Welcome to the fifth edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter. 
 
Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     Looking back on the Olympics, looking forward to the future 
  • Hotel of The Month            The Ritz-Carlton Nikko
  • "Follow Your Passion"        The Ultimate Japan Golf Trip (15N/16D)

Japan Update - August 2021

 
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are now over (but let's not forget the Paralympics until the end of the month, though) and overall, it has been quite a success, considering the exceptional circumstances. As a participating country, Japan boasts a record number of medals, with the youngest champion being a 13 year old girl in Skateboarding. 

As a host country, the land of the rising sun was tasked with the huge challenge of welcoming athletes and delegations from all over the world during a global pandemic and - except for a few cases - has achieved its goal, thanks to comprehensive preventive measures, including daily PCR testing of athletes and a strict "Olympic bubble" that was mostly followed and effective (again with a few exceptions which were widely mediatized). 

However, on the domestic front, infection numbers are still rising and have reached record levels in the past few days. In average, the number of new cases stands around 4,250 in Tokyo and between 17,500 to 20,000 new daily cases for the whole country. 

Vaccination roll-out is now well under way, with about 500,000 vaccines administered per day and around 35% of Japanese people fully vaccinated as of mid-August.  The government aims for all citizens to be vaccinated by November 2021.

Japan's vaccine passport now enable its residents to travel freely to 15 countries, however, it is currently not reciprocal. As of Aug 15, no date has been announced when Japan will lift quarantine for international vaccine passport holders. We will keep you updated in our next newsletter.

We currently ask our clients to postpone their Autumn trips to early 2022 and accept bookings from March onward. Of course, we fully remain available should you have questions or enquiries. 

HOTEL FOCUS : The Ritz-Carlton Nikko
Nikko, in the Prefecture of Tochigi, is a very famous place in Japan as it is home to the huge complex of Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples listed as World Heritage Sites in 1999. The Nature surrounding, Chuzenji-Lake and also Mt. Nantai, is also considered a World Heritage.

So there was a lot of anticipation when the 5th Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Japan opened in Nikko in July 2020. Like other properties of the Brand in Japan, the hotel is simply named The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko.
Quick facts: 
  • Location: in front of Lake Chuzen-ji, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
    2 hours from Tokyo by car or train, 40 min by Helicopter (arrives 5 min from Hotel)
     
  • 84 standard rooms and 10 Suites:  
    - 35 Riverside Garden View + 12 Mt Nantai View + 37 Lake Chuzenji View (57 m²)
    - Lake Chuzenji Suite (115 m²)
    - The Ritz-Carlton Suite (277 m²)
     
  • Restaurants : two Restaurants open for Lunch and Dinner and two drinking venues:
    - The Japanese Restaurant by The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko offers classic Japanese fares as well as a Teppanyaki Counter and Sushi Bar. 
    - The Lake House for more casual meals and take-out (picnics)
    - The Bar for whiskies & cocktails and snacks
    - The Lobby Lounge for lunch, afternoon tea & dinner
     
  • Spa: 4 rooms for exclusive Spa Treatments, Indoor and Outdoor bath, Private Hot-spring bath, Sauna, Fitness Center (no pool)

Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Nikko are either facing Mt. Nantai or towards Chuzenji-Lake and each side has a different charm and atmosphere, so you can choose based on your own preference. Should you prefer to enjoy both views from your room, you should book the Suite Room!

Our Team stayed at Chuzenji - Lake view room, which although it's a "Deluxe Room" category (not Suite), it has two separate areas: a bedroom upon entering and a spacious living space with floor-to-ceiling windows in the back.

From the well-appointed living-room, there was a breathtaking view of Chuzenji-Lake !

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, has two Restaurants both open for Lunch and Dinner:
the Japanese Restaurant BY The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko offers classic Japanese fares as well as a Teppanyaki Counter and Sushi Bar.

The Lake House is where you can enjoy more casual meals, from Lunch to Dinner.

Fabulous dishes paired with locally produced Japanese Sake at the Japanese Restaurant was unforgettably delicious & exquisite but the late lunch "with a view" at the terrace of Lake House also was a truly memorable experience.

Of course, one should not forget to spend some time in the elegant Lobby Lounge and The Bar, where you can taste original cocktails created by the genial bartender

Conclusion

When in Nikko, there are plenty of things to do and see. Not only the famous sightseeing spots such as the World Heritage Sites (Nikko Toshogu, Futarasan Shrine, etc.) but also hiking or discovering the local Crafts, lest not forget the famous Golf courses, so your days may be filled with outside activities...

However, since The Ritz-Carlton Nikko is so comfortable with great views, maybe you will just decide to stay in this beautiful hotel...

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko

Address:2482, Chugushi, Nikko-City Tochigi
TEL:0288-25-6666
Web-site:https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/nikko

New Theme-specific Itineraries
While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present our new, exclusive itineraries each created with an intensive focus on a specific center of interest.  

This month's itinerary, designed in collaboration with The Golf Japan, is a unique invitation to play the best Japanese Golf courses while visiting the highlights of the country and sampling the most luxurious accommodation in the country... Enjoy Luxury Golf in Japan!
The Ultimate Japan Golf Trip
16D / 15N

This itinerary is a rare opportunity to play the best Japanese Golf courses, reserved to the elite amongst Golfers.

Escorted by a seasoned Japanese Golf companion – a must to enter these exclusive members-only clubs - you will be playing the famous greens of Oarai, Kawana and Naruo, all part of the Top 100 Courses in the World.

Six additional courses were selected for their spectacular scenery, such as Mt Fuji and Biwa Lake and 4x Full-day Private Guided Tours in Nikko, Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto complete this ultimate Japan Golf Trip.

 
Itinerary at a Glance

Jump straight into the best Golf in Ibaraki and Nikko before discovering Tokyo city. Move to Hakone for Golf and sightseeing with Mt Fuji in the background. Salute the Sea in Izu and reach Kyoto city for a combination of private experiences, visits and Golf near Biwa Lake. Two more rounds at the most prestigious Golf Courses near Osaka will complete a spectacular golf journey. 

 

                                    Ultimate Japan Golf Trip

Ibaraki

The Royal Golf Club

2 nights

Nikko

The Ritz-Carlton Nikko

2 nights

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

2 nights

Hakone

Gora Kadan

2 nights

Gotemba / Izu

Kawana Hotel

2 nights

Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

2 nights

Osaka

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

3 nights

 

Highlights of your Trip
 

4x Full-day Private Guided Sightseeing in : Nikko, Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto


Golf Courses :

1. Oarai Golf Club – World Top 100 / Japan Top 3

2. The Royal Golf Club

3. Nikko Country Club -  Japan Open

4. Sagami Country Club - Japan Open

5. Taiheiyo Gotemba Course - World Cup of Golf

6. Kawana Fuji Course - World Top 100

7. Biwako Country Club - Renovated 2020 by Greg Norman

8. Naruo Golf Club - World Top 100

9. Kobe Golf Club - Japan's first golf course
 
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July 2021 - Newsletter #4

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NEWS from The Real Japan - July 2021

 

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter. 

Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     Olympics (without spectators), COVID, Borders (still closed) 
  • Hotel of The Month            Park Hyatt Kyoto
  • "Follow Your Passion"        Brews, Blends & Spirits of Japan (13N/14D)

Japan Update - July 2021

 

As reported in the media, because of rising new infections and the spread of delta variant, the Japanese government declared a fourth State of Emergency for Tokyo and three surrounding Prefectures from July 12 to Aug 22

As a result, bars and restaurants will close at 8 pm and cannot serve alcohol. Other businesses remain open as usual. However and more importantly, the Olympic Games will take place without spectators, whether domestic or from overseas. 

The average daily new infections for Tokyo stands at 756 new infections per day over the past seven days and nationwide, Japan has had about 810,000 cases and nearly 14,900 deaths in total. The vaccination campaign is still ongoing, with 17% of Japanese fully vaccinated, still low compared with 47.4% in the United States and almost 50% in Britain. 

Although Japan is planning to introduce vaccine passports for residents to travel freely to 10 countries (including Italy, France and Greece) by the end of July, it is still unclear whether the measure will be reciprocated and when Japan will lift quarantine for international vaccine passport holders. We hope for an announcement by the end of Summer or early Autumn and will keep you updated in our next newsletter.

We currently accept bookings from November onward and fully remain available should you have questions or enquiries. 

Open since 2019, the Park Hyatt Kyoto was a welcome new option to the high-end luxury hotel scene and after thorough inspection, quickly made it to our Top 3 Hotel list in Kyoto, together with The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto and the Four Seasons Kyoto. 

Park Hyatt Kyoto is strategically situated in the bustling Ninnenzaka pedestrian street that leads from Kodai-ji to Kyomizudera, in the historic and touristic area of Higashiyama, yet feels like a secluded retreat once you step into the property. 
Quick facts: 
  • Location: Ninnenzaka street in Higashiyama district - 20 min from Kyoto station.
     
  • 70 rooms (45-68 m²) including 9 Suites (68-90 m²). Choose "garden" for quiet privacy and "view" for exquisite Yasaka Pagoda and people watching. 
     
  • Restaurants : Yasaka (Teppanyaki with breathtaking view), Kyoyamato (sixth-generation traditional Japanese Kaiseki), Kyoto Bistro (casual street-side café)  
     
  • Spa with traditional treatments, Sauna, Stone bath, Fitness Center (no pool)
 
What we liked at Park Hyatt Kyoto

The hotel manages the tour-de-force of being in one of the most touristic and historical area of Kyoto, yet provide a quiet, ryokan-like feeling once on the property. A Japanese garden welcomes travelers and leads to the public areas on the ground floor, where check-in takes place. 
 
Rooms are accessed through a maze of corridors that can be slightly disorientating at first - but all bright and smartly decorated with Japanese artworks and small sitting/reading areas dispersed throughout the hotel.  

Ground floor entry-level categories all feature a small walled garden, that ensure both privacy and the possibility of enjoying a drink on a small terrace right outside your room. 

Rooms with City View also do not disappoint - the silhouette of Yasaka Pagoda against the setting sun is  striking -  and being perched a few stories above the crowds still ensures privacy. 

Park Hyatt Kyoto
360 Kodaiji Masuyacho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
TEL:+81 75-531-1234
Website:https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/park-hyatt-kyoto/itmph 

New Theme Itinerary 

While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present our new, exclusive itineraries each created with an intensive focus on a specific center of interest.  

This month's Theme Itinerary will surely awaken your interest and taste buds, delving into the ethylic world of Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries of Japan. 

Brews, Blends & Spirits of Japan

Once mostly famed for Sake, Japanese makers have passionately embraced the challenge of developing and crafting their own fine Wines, delicate Craft Beers and sophisticated indigenous Gin, patiently and painstakingly perfecting their skills to the point of winning the title of "World’s Best Whisky" in international competitions.

Discover the high quality and variety of Japanese Sake and Shochu, but also Wine, Whisky, Gin and Beer through private tastings with experts, visits of museums, breweries, distilleries throughout the country.

 
Itinerary at a Glance

From bustling Tokyo to rural Yamashiro, from ancient Kyoto to present Hiroshima and Osaka, enjoy a harmonious blend of multi-sensory experiences and essential sightseeing, while savoring the "Spirits of Japan".

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

3 nights

Yamanashi

Zabou Ryokan

1 night

Kanazawa

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa

2 nights

Kyoto

Park Hyatt Kyoto

3 nights

Hiroshima

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima

2 nights

Osaka

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

2 nights

Highlights of your Trip
  • Encounter with a Professional Expert in Gin, Whisky or Wine in Tokyo
  • Learn from a Sake Master in Kyoto
  • Essential Sightseeing in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Miyajima
  • Authentic Japanese Ryokan experience in Yamanashi
     
  • Selected visits to producers:
    Eight Sake breweries/institutions (Yamanashi, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kobe)
    - Two Wineries (Yamanashi, Katsunuma)
    - Two Whisky Distilleries (Yamanashi, Osaka)
    - One Craft Gin Distillery (Hiroshima)
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June 2021 - Newsletter #3

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June 2021 - NEWS from The Real Japan

 

Welcome to the third edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter. 

Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     COVID19, Olympics & Border opening (or maybe not yet?)
  • Hotel of The Month            Bella-Vista Spa & Marina (Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture)
  • "Follow Your Passion"        Zen Exploration Across Japan (13N/14D)


 

Japan Update - June 2021

 
Summer is upon us, and so will soon the Tokyo Olympics, with less than 40 days before the opening ceremony on July 23rd. As previously announced, the Games will be held without international spectators and the decision for the domestic audience will be announced by the end of June. 

A very strict sanitary protocol has been planned for athletes, entourage as well as the press & sponsors, including GPS tracking for those staying outside the Olympic Village. 

On the COVID-19 front, infections across Japan have been declining, with the nationwide tally of new coronavirus cases about 2,500 early June, compared to 6,000-7,000 daily in early May. However, 10 prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka remain under the state of emergency until June 20. 

After a delayed and very slow start, the vaccination campaign has finally gathered speed, with mass vaccination centers opening across the country for the elderly and frontline workers. More than 40 million shots will be administered by the end of June ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and the Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population (126 million) by November. 

Japanese borders remain closed to international leisure travel and - just like in our previous edition - no announcement has been made yet about reopening dates or quarantine exemption for vaccinated travelers in the future.

We are currently accepting bookings from November 2021 onward and receiving a small but steady stream of enquiries for Spring 2021. This is very encouraging and we are grateful to our partner agents for their ongoing support. 

Perched atop the hills of Onomichi and overlooking the islands of the Setouchi inner sea, Bella Vista is more than a just Spa & Marina. It's an assemblage of high-end luxury with Japanese Omotenashi hospitality.

After transfer from Hiroshima by private seaplane (or by Shinkansen + Car from Osaka, Kyoto, etc.), guests enjoy the vibe of a remote resort-hotel at the Bella Vista Spa & Marina, and most certainly "bellas vistas" of the sunset from the deck, pool, restaurant and from all Rooms & Suites. 
Quick facts: 
  • 30 minutes by car from JR Fukuyama/Onomichi Station
  • 8 Room types (50-100 m²) - all with Sea View
  • 3 Restaurants (Km 0 concept) : Basque-Spanish; Traditional Japanese & Sushi; Pasta Café
  • Spa with Stone Sauna, Hinoki Cypress Bath, Sports Gym
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool, Indoor & Outdoor Baths

What to do in & around Onomichi
 
In addition to the nearby Onomichi city walks and the Shinshoji temple, where you are in for a multi-sensory Zen Experience, the Onomichi and Setouchi area has plenty of islands with small art museums, often designed by famous architects and they are connected by impressive bridges, that can be a breathtaking frame for bike daytrips.  
 
 
Once in the right state of mind, board an ultra-luxury two/three nights cruise aboard guntû, the floating ryokan and discover Japan from the sea, reaching isolated islands where time seems to stand still and others bustling with life, art and culinary delights, thanks to revitalization efforts. 

You can see an example of stay & sightseeing at Bella Vista in this month' Zen Theme Itinerary below and should you like to receive more information, please feel free to reach out. We will be glad to hear from you. 

ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort & Spa
Address:499-18, Ooaza Kannawa, Beppu City, Oita
TEL:0977-66-1000
Website:https://anaicbeppu.com/en/

New Theme Itinerary 

While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present our new, exclusive itineraries each created with an intensive focus on a specific center of interest.  

This month's Theme Itinerary focuses on one of the most important aspect of Japanese culture, religion and traditions: Zen.

ZEN JAPAN EXPLORATION

Buddhism was introduced to Japan by monks from China and evolved over the centuries, into the unique Zen philosophy that has influenced the Japanese society in many ways for centuries. 

In order to understand Japan, one has to first start to understand the underlying principles of Zen and how it has shaped the Japanese society. 


Itinerary at a Glance

With a fine balance between authentic yet comfortable monasteries and fine accommodation, this immersing journey blends relaxed sightseeing to discover Zen in fine arts, gardens and architecture from the past and present, with private encounters with monks and tea masters as well as  meditation practice. 

Osaka

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka

2 nights

Mt Koya

Soji-in ( Temple Stay )

1 night

Onomichi

Bella Vista Spa & Marina

2 nights

Kanazawa

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa

2 nights

Eihei-ji 

Eihei-ji Hakujukan ( Temple Stay )

2 nights

Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

4 nights

Highlights of your Trip
  • Explore Central & Western Japan: Arrive & Depart in Osaka, visiting famous & lesser-known destinations, all relevant to Japan’s Zen philosophy & history.
  • Awajishima Island: Zen paintings & hands-on experience
  • Mt Koya: Sightseeing and Stay at a Zen Monastery
  • Onomichi:  sightseeing & Immersive "Zen Art"
  • Kanazawa : Sightseeing & Zen Architecture
  • Fukui: Eiheiji Temple visit & meditation, staying at " Zen ryokan-style “lodging.
  • Kyoto: Zen-focused sightseeing, Private Tea Ceremony, Private encounter and meditation with Zen monk, sightseeing in suburban Arashiyama.
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May 2021 - Newsletter #2

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May 2021 - NEWS from The Real Japan

 

Welcome to the second edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter.

Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update: COVID19, Olympics & Borders (spoiler: nothing exciting...)
     
  • Hotel of The Month: ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort & Spa
     
  • "Follow Your Passion": Voyage through Kengo Kuma's Architecture (13N/14D)

Japan Update - May 2021

 

Starting from the positive, Spring is in full swing and the newly planted rice colors the countryside with fresh green hues. As recommended in our Travel Calendar, May really is one of the best month to travel to Japan : much less crowds than in April and much more green everywhere.  

However, on the COVID-19 front, a "fourth wave" has forced the Japanese government to issue another state of emergency until May 31 in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo (Kobe) & Kyoto, Aichi (Nagoya) and Fukuoka. Other Prefectures of Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gifu, Mie, Ehime and Okinawa prefectures are under "quasi state of emergency".

Concretely, bars, restaurants, karaoke parlors and other places serving alcohol remain closed, while people will be urged to avoid taking unnecessary trips, while other restrictions (shopping malls) will be loosened.

For more detailed COVID-19 information, please click HERE

In regards to the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled from July 23 to Aug 8, international spectators have already been excluded from physical presence and a decision for the Japanese public will only be made by mid-June

Japanese borders remain closed to international leisure travel and no announcement has been made yet, about reopening dates or quarantine for vaccinated travelers. A 14 days quarantine is currently mandatory for Japanese or Foreign Residents returning from overseas. 

We will keep you updated on the evolution in the next June newsletter and in the meantime, please contact us for any specific question or inquiry
The city of Beppu, on the southern Island of Kyushu, prides itself to be the #1 Hot Spring Town in Japan. It has the largest number of Hot Spring Sources as well as the biggest amount of Hot Spring water flowing every minute from the ground.

In 2019, the ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort & Spa opened as the first international luxury hotel in the region and after personal inspections and overnight stay by our team members, we are glad to say that it exceeded our expectations.

Quick facts
  • 40 min from Oita Aiport / 20 min from Beppu Station
  • 89 spacious rooms and suites - Mountain or Ocean View
  • 2 Restaurants : Elements (all-day dining) / Atelier (Fine Dining) 
  • 3 Bars & Lounges : The Bar (Cocktails) + The Lounge (Afternoon Tea) + Aqua (poolside bar) + Cacao (Chocolate Café) 
  •  Spa (5 treatment rooms), Outdoor Infinity Pool, Outdoor Onsen, Family Onsen, Gym.

Why we like ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort
First of all, the location - on a hill just outside of Beppu City -  affords breathtaking panorama from the sea to the mountain, with the city spreading in-between. Beautiful views day & night!

Pictured below: Premier room – elegantly and functionally designed. From the balcony, you will enjoy the view of Beppu Bay and Ogiyama Mountain with beautiful greenish scenery.

One of the highlights of Beppu/Oita area is the Hot Springs and your clients will enjoy their own private hot-spring bath in all Club Rooms and Suites

What to do around ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort

There are many options to explore around, including short or longer hikes in the Kunisaki Peninsula, Sophisticated Arts and Crafts (Bamboo Weaving & Sculptures, Ceramics,...) in & around Beppu / Oita, as well as quaint rural villages on the way.

In addition, many famous Japanese architects have left their mark in the Oita Prefecture - such as Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando, Ban Shigeru, Sanaa, ....

Upon request, we'll be delighted to send your our detailed Sample Itinerary Extensions.

ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort & Spa
Address:499-18, Ooaza Kannawa, Beppu City, Oita
TEL:0977-66-1000
Website:https://anaicbeppu.com/en/

New Sample Itinerary 

While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present our new, exclusive itineraries each created with an intensive focus on a specific center of interest.  

Following last month's Theme Itinerary focused on Tadao Ando's Architectural Legacy,
we will feature another "Starchitect" of Japan : Kengo Kuma.

VOYAGE THROUGH KENGO KUMA'S ARCHITECTURE


Kengo Kuma's Architecture in Japan is as ubiquitous as famous and revered.

Built with a mission, his works recover & reinterpret the tradition of century-old Japanese buildings techniques while modernizing them, ensuring their survival in the 21st century. 


Itinerary at a Glance

Specifically designed for Kuma Kengo's architecture lovers and professionals, this fully personalizable journey starts in Tokyo and the surrounding but lesser known cities of Ibaraki and Saitama, using the capital as a base for daytrips.

Following Kuma Kengo's footsteps, fly to the rural Shikoku island and ferry across to nearby Kyushu. Returning to the main island of Honshu via Osaka, Nara & Kyoto, alternate visits of the cities' highlights with the most emblematic works from the Architect and return to Tokyo for departure.  

Tokyo

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

5 nights

Matsuyama

Dogo Miyu

1 night

Beppu

ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort & Spa

2 nights

Nara

FuFu Nara

1 night

Kyoto

The Thousand Kyoto

3 nights

Tokyo Tokyo Edition Toranomon 1 night

Highlights of your Trip
  • Stay at 3 hotels designed by Kengo Kuma
     
  • Tokyo Architectural Tour focusing on Kengo Kuma's early to recent works
     
  • Explore Beyond Tokyo : Kuma's Stone Museum in Nasu, the impressive Kadokawa Culture Museum (opened in 2020) & Team Lab's "Acorn forest" installation in Saitama
     
  • Fly  Off-the-beaten-track to Kochi, Shikoku Island for World-Class Architecture in remote locations
     
  • A glimpse of Kyushu Island's famous Beppu area, with architectural visits of Kengo Kuma & other famous Japanese Architects, to put his style in perspective
     
  • Osaka & Nara - daytrip + Kyoto sightseeing combined with KK's architecture 
     
  • Return to Tokyo for last day and departure
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April 2021 - Newsletter #1

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Welcome to The Real Japan's first newsletter! 


Well, COVID isn't exactly fully behinds us yet, but as it’s already been one year since travel came to a halt, we'd like to slowly get back in touch and give some news!
 

Read on to learn about :
- Current situation in Japan & our outlook on the next few months
- New hotels opening in the past & present year
- Amazing new sample itineraries we've come up with, for your clients. 

Japan Travel Update

 
TOKYO OLYMPICS

As widely reported in the international press, the Japanese government has decided to exclude overseas spectators from attending this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Japan continues to halt new entries of foreign nationals, while vaccine rollout in Japan has been delayed, with only 1% of the population vaccinated as of April 12.

As of today, no date for border reopening has been announced or can be reasonably estimated. 

Hotel Focus

 
HYATT CENTRIC KANAZAWA
Until recently, Kanazawa, a popular destination for domestic & international travelers, lacked an international chain hotel, leaving luxury travelers with only limited choices in town. The wait is now over, with a welcome new addition... 

Inaugurated in August 2020, Hyatt Centric Kanazawa occupies a standalone building, right next to Kanazawa station (literally a 1-minute walk), making it ideal for arrivals and departures to/from Tokyo or Kyoto. 
The overall design pays a modern-day hommage to the century-old traditions of Kanazawa, with artful touches of Golf-leaf, artworks inspired by Kaga Yuzen (kimono painting) and colors associated with Kutani ceramics. So although you are staying at a Hyatt, you will definitely feel that you are in Japan.

The hotel boasts 250 rooms in five different categories, a Grill & Lounge (also the breakfast venue) and a RoofTerrace Bar, as well as a well equipped, medium-sized gym (but no swimming pool). 
Of course, Kanazawa being a medium-sized province town and Hyatt Centric being an "upper-scale hotel" (rated 3.5-stars), rooms cannot compare with our favorite 5-star hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto, but they are well designed and appointed with the latest technology (usb plugs, tablet-controlled climate and lighting, etc), so we feel this is the best new choice in the city at this time. 

We are glad to have a new hotel to recommend to our partner agents and to your clients!
 

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa

Address:1-5-2 Hirooka Ishikawa-ken, Kanazawa, Japan, 920-0031
TEL:+81 (0)76 256 1234
 

 

Theme Itinerary of the month

While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present to you,
our exclusive new itineraries created under the concept "Follow your Passion". 

Every month, we will introduce a new Theme Itinerary created by one of our team members, each with an intensive focus on a specific center of interest or passion that may drive your clients.

Of course, these are completely customizable in duration and contents,
depending on your clients' desires and expectations.
THE ARCHITECURAL LEGACY OF TADAO ANDO

Discover the enduring work of Tadao Ando, a self-taught, pioneering architect  for over four decades and Pritzker Prize of Architecture in 1995.

This fully customizable journey focused on Japanese contemporary architecture’s icon Tadao Ando, will take you throughout the country, from large cities to remote islands, with a combination of ancient & new architectural sites, contemporary arts in eye-pleasing landscapes and urban sightseeing, while staying at the best accommodation the country has to offer some of which, designed by the Master himself...

HIGHLIGHTS

Explore varied destinations : large cities (Tokyo & Osaka), rural villages (Matsuyama), small islands (Naoshima), ancient city (Kyoto)…

A fine balance of architectural visits & sightseeing, with knowledgeable private guide and chauffeured vehicle.

Discover 29 works by Tadao Ando over 13 days, including museums, libraries, a train station, commercial complex and a modern Temple.

Private Tokyo Day with Architect (Additional option)

Stay at two hotels designed by Tadao Ando: the famous Benesse House on Naoshima Island and secluded Setouchi Aonagi Retreat in Shikoku Island

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