January 2022 - Newsletter #10

View this email in your browser

NEWS from The Real Japan - January 2022

 

Welcome to the 10th edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter
 
Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update    Omicron keeps borders closed until end of February
     
  • Hotel of The Month         Araya Totoan - a Traditional Luxury Ryokan
     
  • Follow Your Passion        Traditional Crafts of Japan
     

Japan Situation Update 




 
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa - January 2022

 
The Real Japan Team wishes you, a Happy (and Better) New Year, with the hope of Japanese borders opening soon. 

In the meantime, Japan hasn't been spared by the Omicron variant and is now seeing a wave surging across the country, with over 4,000 daily new cases in Tokyo, the highest number since last August. Due to the situation in Japan and abroad, the Japanese government has decided to further extend the entry ban on non-resident foreigners until the end of February. 

We (tentatively) expect the ban to be extended until the end of March 2022 and are currently postponing our clients' March arrivals. We are still accepting enquiries and bookings from June 2022 onward and happy to report a steady stream of requests for late Summer and Autumn already. 

Of course, should you have any question or wish to update your Japan itineraries, please feel free to get in touch with Eric Demay, Director of Sales :  eric@real-japan.com

For any trip request, our Travel Consultants will be delighted to assist you create a completely tailor-made itinerary : info@real-japan.com

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on 2022 and 2023 ! 

HOTEL FOCUS : ARAYA TOTOAN

The property we've chosen to highlight this month, isn't newly opened. It is also not located in Tokyo nor Kyoto...
In fact, deep in the countryside of the Ishikawa Prefecture, near Kanazawa, this month' property has been in operation for over 350 years, carefully tended by eighteen dedicated generations of the same family.

Once passed the delicate "noren", the curtain separating the entrance from the street, you will be transported to another time, where centuries of heartfelt hospitality have created a haven of calm and harmony... 

Welcome to Araya Totoan.


Quick Facts
 
  • Location : Araya Totoan is located in the centre of the quaint village of Yamashiro Onsen (Springs), about 1 hour from Kanazawa city. The area, formerly called Kaga during the feudal era, is known for its craftsmanship, including prized lacquerwares and ceramics. 
     
  • History: Legend has it, that the thermal hot springs of Yamashiro were discovered by a priest, who noticed a three legged bird healing its wounds in a puddle of hot water. The village of Yamashiro developed around the spring and the Araya Totoan Inn was designated as the bathing place for Lord Maeda after his warring campaigns. Since then, 18th generations of the same family have been taking care of this Ryokan and its guests. 

    Among the most prominent figures, feature Rosanjin, a famous Japanese calligraphy artist, ceramics artist, painter, restaurateur and food connoisseur from the Edo Period. The ryokan supported him for about one year and a small but exquisite Rosanjin museum is located a few steps away from the ryokan. The Imperial Family also visited Yamashiro Onsen about a century ago and the remaining purposely-built wooden annex is now used as a cosy night bar. 

Rooms
 
Araya Totoan is an intimate and cosy Japanese Inns, with only 18 rooms, of which 9 rooms include a private ensuite hot-spring bath and are the recommended rooms for our guests.

The rooms follow traditional sukiya" architecture, delicately tatami-matted corridor leading to your " living room", with low table and chairs. From here, you can reach to the bedroom - beds are traditional Japanese Futons on top of a foam mattresses. Low setting but very comfortable... 
 

On the other side of the room, await a traditional Japanese style bathroom - with stool, shower and bucket for washing, and then, the masterpiece : a large wooden cypress bathtub, overflowing with piping hot Spring Water. This is where you will indulge in well-deserved bliss, after a day of sightseeing and before (or after) a sumptuous feast.
 

Onsen / Hot Spring Baths
 
The hot spring water of Yamashiro springs out from a source that lies only a few dozen meters below the ground and gushes about a hundred thousand liters of steaming-hot water every day. The superior quality of the spring water has won international acclaim and include Sodium and calcium sulfate chloride, claimed to have therapeutic benefits for low back pain, neuralgia, female illnesses, skin care, etc.

Our recommended rooms all feature a private semi-open air hot-spring bath , which means that your wooden bathtub is located on a balcony, open-air but protected from the elements. 
 

In addition, Araya Totoan has three gender-separated communal hot-spring baths, one of which is a soothing "relaxation bath", in the dark. 
 

Gastronomy
 
In addition to the relaxing properties of hot-springs, one of the highlights of staying at a Ryokan, is to indulge in a traditional Kaiseki Dinner, meaning a gastronomic feast of local delicacies, carefully prepared and artistically served on beautiful ceramic or laquer vessels.

You can expect to sample an assortment of many a fine dishes, including fresh, grilled and broiled fish, Seafood from the nearby Sea Of Japan, Beef, Duck or Pork from Kaga or the Noto Peninsula as well as locally foraged "mountain vegetables". Winter is the season for "special Crab Kaiseki"and attract loyal repeat customers from all over the country, year after year. 

Note: As Kaiseki meals are formal and complex assortments governed by many rules (order and ingredients) and  cooked for all guests staying that night, traditional Ryokans are usually not able to accommodate severe food restrictions and usually don't substitute but just remove the ingredient or dish altogether.

In the evening, enjoy a drink at the very cosy bar built in the wooden annex built for the Imperial Family stay, about a century ago. Dimly lit and intimate, it will be the perfect place for a night cap, before a last soak in your own private onsen bath... 

ARAYA TOTOAN

Yamashiro Onsen Yunogawa,
Kaga City, Ishikawa 922-0242


http://www.araya-totoan.com/en/



Follow Your Passion : Theme-focused Itineraries
 
While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present
our new "Follow Your Passion" concept.

Each Theme Itinerary is focused on a specific centre of interest 
and can be fully customized (duration, pace, contents), just for your clients.  
 Traditional Crafts of Japan
 
With a long history of art-protecting rulers, a love of aesthetics & attention to finer details, Japan has elevated its traditional crafts to the rank of Art.

From Laquer hand-polished for months, to micron-thin Gold Leaf or Hand-made Swords, this itinerary will take you to the ateliers of Japanese Craftsmen & women, who perpetuate centuries-old techniques, inherited from their ancestors

Enjoy privileged private hands-on learning encounters combined with visits of the most iconic sights related to fine arts & crafts. In short,  a fully customizable journey depending on your own interests & passions. 
 

            Traditional Crafts of Japan

Tokyo (1)

Aman Tokyo

4 nights

Hakone

Gora Kadan

1 night

Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

2 nights

Ishikawa

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa

3 nights

Miyagi/Sendai

The Westin Sendai

2 nights

Tokyo (2)

Aman Tokyo

1 night


Highlights of your Trip
 
  • “Must-go“ destinations : Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Kanazawa
     
  • Lesser-known areas around Tokyo (Saitama, Mashiko) and Sendai in the North. 
     
  • Wide Variety of Unique Japanese Traditional Crafts:
    • Paper : Washi Paper making, Origami art (paper folding),
    • Textile : Indigo dyeing, Silk weaving, Japanese Kimono painting
    • Wood : Lacquer, Wood sculptures, Wood mosaic, Woodblock printing
    • Metal : Gold Leaf, Brass & Bronze ritual objects, Cast iron, Japanese Sword,
    • Glass & Clay: Glass Wind chimes & Glass Art, Pottery & Ceramics…
       
  • Private Encounters & Hands-on activities:
    • Make Japanese Washi Paper
    • Model your own Pottery,
    • Carve a Woodblock print,
    • Don a Japanese Kimono, the traditional way
    • Learn the rules and manners of the Tea Ceremony.
       
  • Personalized High-end Crafts Shops selection in most destinations. 
Copyright © 2021 - The Real Japan - All rights reserved.


Download : Presentation Summary

December 2021 - Newsletter #9

View this email in your browser

NEWS from The Real Japan - December 2021

 

Welcome to the 9th edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter
 
Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     Vaccination updates, Omicron delays reopening hopes...  
  • Hotel of The Month            Roku Kyoto - an LXR Hotel
  • Follow Your Passion          Horse Back Riding in Japan


Japan Update 



 
Created by modifying "Diamond Fuji Yamanashi"  (© Akiko Kubosawa - Licensed under CC BY 4.0)

After a rather optimistic outlook last month, our hopes for an early 2022 reopening have dampened a bit with the emergence of the Omicron variant, which has also been detected in Japan but hasn't spread around yet.

As of Dec 15, 78% of the population is fully vaccinated and only 175 new cases with one COVID-related death were reported that day. Most people have returned to a quasi-normal lifestyle (with mask) and domestic travel has resumed "with a vengeance" during the peak of Autumn leaves. 

We currently continue accepting bookings for April 2022, yet remain in the expectation of scientific updates and - hopefully rational - government decisions on international travel for 2022.

Looking back on this roller-coaster year, we are grateful to our partners for their full support and proudly feel we have put this unexpected downtime to good use : despite travel restrictions, in 2020, we've inspected over 10 new hotels, 15 museums in 7 different prefectures and many, many more sights & experiences. As a result, 22 new unique "Passions" itineraries have been crafted by each of our team members. So although Japan may not be open yet, we've been busy preparing for it !


The whole Real Japan team wishes you a joyful year-end and look forward to greet you again in the New Year. 

 
Y   S  ! 
 

HOTEL FOCUS : ROKU KYOTO

LXR, the new luxury resort brand from Hilton, has chosen Kyoto, Japan for its first foray in Asia-Pacific and after a successful trial stay, our whole team went on to inspect this promising new property.

Quick facts: 
  • Location: On the foothills of North-west Kyoto, about 30 min by car from the city center, lies Takagamine village. In ancient days, it was one of the centers of arts and culture, and the home of reputed artist, Honami Koetsu. ROKU KYOTO was born from such an environment, with beautiful nature and cultural history. 
  • Arrival & Atmosphere: After passing a stone gate, the spacious car approach leads to a beautiful symmetrical Japanese building and garden. Like a full-size art piece - A very pretty and impressive welcome.

    On your right-hand side is the Reception building, where check-in takes place, while the left-hand side is occupied by a Tea House doubling as a relaxing lounge for staying guests.
Rooms
 
ROKU KYOTO has 112 rooms in 4 different categories and 2 Suites, each with their own uniqueness:
  • Deluxe Room: Located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, Deluxe Rooms have offer a spacious 50 sqm space, with well designed, large luggage space and closets (for an entry category). Views onto the pool and the colors on mountain in the background were stunning in this Autumn foliage season.
  •  Garden Deluxe :  All Garden Deluxe Rooms are located on the 1st floor and come with a very special feature: a private Open Air Bath in an area with table & chair, overlooking a Japanese garden and an oversized bathtub, from which you can open the windows and enjoy natural light and air, while soaking a natural hot-spring bath. 

    This is really a unique feature in Kyoto and a great advantage of Roku Kyoto compared to other five star hotels. 
  • Poolside Deluxe: Intriguingly located on "B1" floor, the Poolside Deluxe Rooms are - as the name suggest - adjacent to the Pool, with direct access via your own private terrace lounge. This is another a unique feature of Roku Kyoto and is already very popular with Japanese families. Limited inventory (4 rooms only) means they will be hard to grab! 
Facilities 
 
  • The Pool is a thermal hot water pool, with temperature controlled at 30*C for a blissful bathing & swimming experience, even in winter! Open to all hotel guests from the age of 4 (until 16 years old, children must accompanied by an adult).
  • Spa & Gym: A large gym with view onto the garden and a Spa with onsen water in the treatment rooms. 
     
  • Dining : TENJIN, the dining hall at Roku, offers three different areas for dininng:

    – Chef’s table which is a U shape counter.
    - All-day dining area which is the venue for breakfast
    - The Bar for drinks & light snacks.

    There is also an expansive terrace section, so if the weather allows, you can enjoy meals in the open air.
To Conclude...


Although the choice of luxury hotels in Kyoto has increased in the last years, with the opening of several high-profile hotels (among which, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Aman and more recently The Mitsui Kyoto), Roku Kyoto is a welcome addition, with unique features that will delight families and couples looking for a resort atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

ROKU KYOTO
LXR HOTELS & RESORTS

44-1 Kinugasa Kagamiishicho,
Kita-ku, Kyoto
https://lxrhotels3.hilton.com/lxr/roku-kyoto/



Follow Your Passion : Theme-focused Itineraries
 
While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present
our new "Follow Your Passion" concept.

Each Theme Itinerary is focused on a specific centre of interest 
and can be fully customized (duration, pace, contents), just for your clients.  

 Japan Horseback Riding & Cultural Discovery

Although the common image of Japan is “mega-cities”, once you leave the dense urban areas,
awaits a great countryside with nature and a wide variety of landscapes : from beach to mountain and flatlands to forests. 

This itinerary has been designed as a perfect combination of essential sightseeing with exciting horseback riding opportunities. 

Discover Japan's most important sightseeing destinations before reveling at the beautiful resort of Amanemu.
In between sightseeing days, enjoy horseriding on the beachside of Chiba and Ise-Shima, at the foothills of Mt Fuji and in the Japanese Alps. 
 

Itinerary at a Glance 

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

4 nights

Ise-Shima

Amanemu

2 nights

Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

3 nights

Hakone

Gora Kadan (ryokan)

2 nights

Kobuchizawa

Hotel Keyforest Hokuto

2 nights

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

1 night

 
 

A Perfect Combination for First-time Visitors
 
 
  • Tokyo : 2D Sightseeing, 1D Horse-riding on Chiba's sandy beach.
     
  • Ise-Shima : Amanemu at Leisure, 1D Horse-riding on the beach, 1D Sightseeing on the way to... 
     
  • Kyoto : 2D Sightseeing, including Nara
     
  • Hakone: 1D Sightseeing, 1D Horse-riding near Mt Fuji, Luxury Ryokan Experience
     
  • Yamanashi: 1D Horse riding or Horseback Archery Experience (Yabusame), 1D sightseeing on the way back to Tokyo.
      
NOTE : For non-riders, several excellent Golf Courses are also available at (or near) each Horse-riding destination.
 

November 2021 - Newsletter #8

View this email in your browser

NEWS from The Real Japan - November 2021

 

Welcome to the 8th edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter
 
Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     More encouraging signs, there's light at the end of the tunnel
  • Hotel of The Month            Adrian Zecha's Azumi Setoda
  • Follow Your Passion          Secret (Art) Islands Hopping


Japan Update - November 2021



 
Following the general elections and given the encouraging sanitary situation (in average less than 250 new daily cases nationwide), quarantine measures are gradually being eased: From 14 to 10 days for vaccinated residents returning from overseas and only 3 days for vaccinated business travelers. 

According to a government tally, 75% of Japan's population has been fully vaccinated and over 90% of major Japanese cities are planning to finish COVID vaccine rollout by Nov .

Once again, we continue to hope that quarantine-free entry to Japan for fully vaccinated leisure travelers will start with a gradual reopening (selected countries) in the early beginning of 2022 and in full-swing for Cherry Blossom!

We currently accept bookings for April 2022, yet availability is already tight and we recommend traveling from Mid-May to Mid-June. The second half of Spring is a real "Secret Green Season" with more flowers, better weather and less crowds than the uber-famous Cherry Blossom!

As always, we thank our partners for their unwavering support and fully remain available, should you have any question or enquiry. We look forward to hearing from you.

HOTEL FOCUS : AZUMI SETODA

The latest brainchild from Adrian Zecha, founder of Amanresorts is – unsurprisingly for those who know him – set in an off-the-radar and remote location, yet with great potential.

Your destination is the village of Setoda on the small island of Ikuchijima, somewhere East of Hiroshima in the Setouchi Sea – the inner sea of Japan. Getting there is actually easy: take a shinkansen bullet train to Fukuyama station (25 min from Hiroshima, 1h25 from Kyoto) and enjoy a spectacular one hour car transfer through a string of islands connected together by colossal bridges.

The main focus point of this area is usually cycling the Shimanami Kaido, but because with unique outdoor art installations and museums dotting the different islands, we feel it is also a great option for Art & Architecture lovers

Quick facts: 
  • Location & Building: Azumi is located in the charming fishermen's village of Setoda, a few meters from the port on one side and from the "shotengai" (shopping street).
     
  • Building & Atmosphere: A 140 year old estate that originally belonged to the influential Horiuchi Family was renovated in a Contemporary design based on Japanese Heritage: high-ceilings and apparent beams, lots of light and a soothing garden as a focal point of the hotel. Although some elements of designs are very " Aman" (especially the room layout), the concept of Azumi is quite different and unlike the "resort" feel of Aman : as a compact "village hotel", guests will probably prefer to explore the island and village rather than lounging around.
Rooms

The two-story pavilion houses 18 Suites and 4 Duplexes, divided in four room types:

-  Niwa : Ground floor room with small garden (double occupancy)

-  Suzumi : Second floor room with small balcony (double occupancy)

-  Maisonnette (duplex) : Niwa-Susumi & Sora-suzumi (triple/quad occupancy).
Note: we felt the layout wasn't optimized or ideal for 3-4 guests and don't actively recommend it.  

  • Dining : The restaurant feels like a cosy dining room, with high ceilings and apparent beams and offers a Japanese-Asian fusion course dinner, quite different from a ryokan but not unfamiliar to Aman guests in Asia.

    In addition, Azumi Setoda has 2 rooms and 1 pavilion for private dining & small events.
  • Spa & Fitness: no spa, gym or pool at Azumi
     
  • Hotel Activities : Bicycle Rental & Tours, Temple Meditation, Boat Fishing.
    (Note: The Real Japan can also organize cycling as well as contemporary art or classic sightseeing daytrips).

Conclusion

Azumi is located in a remote and off-the-beaten track location, yet with excellent service & hospitality and plenty to see, taste and discover in the surrounding islands, so we feel it's a great destination for " adventurous luxury travelers" and for returning clients looking for a deeper connection.  

AZUMI SETODA

Setoda Village, Ikuchijima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Web-site:https://azumi.co/setoda/en/

New Theme-specific Itineraries
While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present
our new "Follow Your Passion" concept.

Each Theme Itinerary is focused on a specific centre of interest 
and can be fully customized (duration, pace, contents), just for your clients.  
 
Secret (Art) Islands of Japan


Japan is composed of over 6,850 islands, yet most first-time travelers usually only visit one : Honshu, the main island where Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto are located. 

For returning visitors wishing to explore the country's hidden gems, this itinerary combines breathtaking sceneries with ancient culture & history, thought-provoking art installations and museums and recent developments to revitalize these remote communities. 

Embark on a unique journey to discover Japan's secret islands, while enjoying leisure time in amazing settings.

NOTE: In remote destinations, accommodation may not reflect our usual standards of luxury & flexibility.
 


Secret (Art) Islands of Japan
 

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

1 night

Nagoya

Marriott Associa Hotel

2 nights

Takamatsu (*)

JR Hotel Clement Takamastu

1 night

Shodoshima (*)

Umioto Mari

2 nights

Onomichi

Bella Vista Spa & Marina

2 nights

Fukuoka

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

2 nights

Yakushima

Sankara Resort & Spa

4 nights

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

1 night

 NOTE: Accommodations in remote destinations (*) may not reflect our high standards of luxury & flexibility.

 

Ten Islands with Unique Character
 
  • Sakushima : “Secret Art Island" with 22 artworks.
     
  • Shinojima : Small island with amazing views.
     
  • Eshima : Spectacular rock formations
     
  • Awajishima: A unique site designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Ando Tadao
     
  • Shodoshima : A "mediterranean island", known for its Olives & Soy Sauce.
    Option to discover Art galleries

     
  • Megijima & Ogijima : venues of the Setouchi Art Triennale with art installations in unlikely locations
     
  • Momoshima OR Ikuchijima: Yukinori Yanagi's Art Base
    or a "Museum Island" with 17 Contemporary Artworks

     
  • Ikinoshima: Breathtaking views, amazing Seafood and a sacred Shinto Shine-island
     
  • Yakushima: Preserved Nature and a fantastic resort hotel retreat to relax at the end of your trip.
Download : Presentation Summary
Download : Detailed Sample Itinerary
Copyright © 2021 - The Real Japan - All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:

The Real Japan (Magellan Resorts and Trust Inc.)

3-1-10 Ekinishishinmachi /  NEWS Building 4F

Kanazawa city /  920-0027

Ishikawa / JAPAN 



 Update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.
 

October 2021 - Newsletter #7

View this email in your browser

NEWS from The Real Japan - October 2021

 

Welcome to the 7th edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter. 
 
Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     On the Right Track : COVID decrease and Vaccination at 70% 
  • Hotel of The Month            THE MITSUI KYOTO
  • Follow Your Passion          Grand Japanese Garden Tour


Japan Update - October 2021



 

 

As anticipated in our last newsletter, there has been no major announcement or progress in regards to Japan's borders opening to international leisure travel, however, several indicators show a positive evolution of the situation.

First of all, the fourth ("Olympic") wave has receded and the number of new cases has plummeted in a month. From around 25,000 new cases per day at the end of August, the number of new infections has decreased to 550 on October 10; a staggering 98% decrease in new cases!

Vaccination has now reached 70% of the population and is currently including high-school children.

Also, a Japanese "Vaccination Passport" has been developed and should be rolled-out in December (initially, only for Japan residents traveling abroad). We hope that negotiations with other countries for quarantine-free border crossing for fully vaccinated travelers will conclude by the end of the year, for a gradual reopening early 2022, in time for Cherry Blossom!

We currently accept enquiries and bookings from end of March 2022, and for those who can avoid international holidays, we recommend traveling from Mid-May to Mid-June. A "Secret Green Season" with more flowers, better weather and less crowds.

A new Prime Minister has just been designated and general elections will be held end of October, so again, we do not anticipate drastic changes before end of November, but  will keep you updated on the situation in the next newsletter.

In the meantime, should you have any question or enquiry, please feel free to reach out. We will be delighted to hear from you.


 

HOTEL FOCUS : THE MITSUI KYOTO
Mitsui Fudosan is a major real estate and hospitality company in Japan and particularly in the Kyoto area, where the group has family roots. It is therefore in Kyoto - and furthermore, on the site of the Kyoto home of the Kitake, the executive branch of the Mitsui Family – a property the family maintained for over 250 years, that this new lusury hotel has been carefully crafted, to reflect the long history of Kyoto and the Mitsui family. 
Quick facts: 
  • Location: On a slightly different side of Kyoto compared to other hotel we use, The Mitsui Kyoto actually opened in one of the most coveted spot in the ancient capital city;  right in front of Nijojo, the former imperial palace. The area isn't Kyoto's best for dining and nightlife, but close enough to be enjoyed with a short cab ride. 
     
  • 161 rooms including :  
    - 139 rooms (43-61 sqm) in 4 categories : Deluxe, Premier, Garden, Nijo
    - 22 Suites including Deluxe Suite (55-65 m2), Executive Suite (87-86 m2), Garden Suite (95m2), Nijo Suite (112m2), Onsen Suites (101-111m2 with ensuite private natural hot-spring bath) and a Presidential Suite (213m2) 

The Mitsui is housed in a U-shaped building, enclosing a beautiful Japanese Garden and the Shiki-No-Ma, a faithful reproduction of the formal reception room, nowadays used for Tea Ceremonies and Exclusive Banquets.

Rooms are located both on the inner garden side (Quiet and nice views to the garden but privacy not 100%) and on the outer side towards the city, including facing Nijo castle and its large boulevard (that may deter sensitive clients).

  • Restaurants : 4 distinct sections surround the Japanese Garden at the heart of the hotel: Grilled Gastronomy (using Teppan grill), Italian Cuisine (All-day Dining), Lounge & Bar and the Shiki-No-Ma, used for special events.
     
  • Spa & Fitness: 6 spa treatment rooms, Fitness Center, Indoor lap pool
     
  • Art Tours and Hotel Activities : 45-min curated Hotel Art Tour, 40-min Morning Wellness Breathing,  Tea Experiences, etc.

Conclusion

The hotel itself is beautifully designed and decorated with some really amazing artwork, including items of Important Cultural Importance, that carry a part of Kyoto's prestigious history.

The Mitsui Kyoto is more suited to Travelers looking for a smart, formal atmosphere of hospitality and tranquility. 

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO,
a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa

284 Nijoaburanokoji-cho, Aburano-koji St. Nijo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku

Kyoto, 604-0051 Japan

Web-site:https://www.hotelthemitsui.com/en/kyoto/

New Theme-specific Itineraries
While we are waiting for borders to re-open, we are proud to present
our new "Follow Your Passion" concept.

Each Theme Itinerary is focused on a specific centre of interest 
and can be fully customized (duration, pace, contents), just for your clients.  

Grand Tour of Japanese Gardens


Often inspired by Zen, Japanese gardens are full of symbols and allegories.
Instead of emphasizing on flowers, beauty is created through harmony and self-introspection.

This itinerary specifically designed for Garden lovers, showcases various styles such as Rock gardens, Moss Gardens, Landscaped gardens, Strolling gardens, etc.

Through privileged encounters with Experts in Bonsai and Gardening, you will discover the secrets of the most famous and lesser-known Gardens of Japan in attractive destinations.
 

Itinerary at a Glance

Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

4 nights

Ishikawa

Araya Totoan

2 nights

Kyoto

The Mitsui Kyoto

3 nights

Shimane

Minamikan

2 nights

Osaka

The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka

2 nights


Highlights of your Trip
 

24 carefully selected Gardens over 12 days of travel

Tokyo : Private encounter with a Bonsai Master (Saitama), The Great Buddha of Kamakura

Ishikawa : Kanazawa's Kenrokuen Garden (Top 3 in Japan) & hidden gems of Eichi-no Mori, Natadera & Eiheiji Temples

Kyoto : World Heritage Sites, famous temple gardens, Private encounter with a Landscape Designer, 1-day focus on Shigemori’s philosophy & heritage.

Matsue & Shimane : Adachi Museum of Art & Garden, Yushi-en Garden

Okayama : Korakuen Garden (Top 3 Gardens of Japan)

Osaka : Cityscape, Osaka Castle & Open-Air Museum

Download : Presentation Summary
Copyright © 2021 - The Real Japan - All rights reserved.
}

September 2021 - Newsletter #6

View this email in your browser

NEWS from The Real Japan - September 2021

 

Welcome to the sixth edition of The Real Japan's Newsletter. 
 
Read on to learn about :
  • Japan Situation Update     Looking ahead, Waiting to see... 
  • Hotel of The Month            The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon 
  • "Follow Your Passion"        Best of Japan’s Contemporary Arts Private Trip


Japan Update - September 2021



 

September has come
And the Rice is gone,
Yet the Sun lingers,
Blessing us with a late Summer
Yes, dear Traveler...
This is the best time of the year ! 

 

Behind this unashamed attempt at blending sales and poetry, hides a useful tip for you, and for your clients : September is one of the best months to visit Japan, and for many reasons. 

To keep it short, let's just say that in September... 
  • Everyone is back to school/work (except your clients!) and thus, sites & sights feel like off-season
  • Hotels aren't too busy either and offer reasonable rates (on most dates).
  • Early September, the weather is still hot (30°C+ / 85°F) but less humid than August with bright sunny days over the golden rice fields waiting to be harvested. End of September has a perfect temperature (20-25°C / 70-77°F) and gentle breezes of early autumn.

Together with late Spring, September truly is a well-kept "secret seasons", so do not hesitate to recommend these to your clients.

On the COVID-19 front, one month after the Olympics & Paralympics have ended, the fifth wave has receded, with a rolling 7-day average of 330 new infections per day in Tokyo and about 2,000-2,500 new daily cases nationwide. 

More than 50 percent of Japan's population of 125 million has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to government data. The government plans to finish vaccinating all eligible people who wish to receive shots by November.

Japan is still closed to Inbound Leisure Travelers, however, there are encouraging signs, such as the vaccination rate and multilateral negotiations on the "Vaccine Passport". Our (wishful) outlook is that an agreement can be reached by the end of the year, with a gradual reopening until early Spring 2022

We will keep you updated on the situation in the next newsletter and please feel free to reach out in the meantime, should you have any question or enquiry for March 2022 and onward
 


 

HOTEL FOCUS : The Tokyo Edition Toranomon
Envisioned by Ian Schrager and Marriott International, the EDITION brand strives to represent a new generation of luxury travelers with a collection of individualized hotels ("anti-hotel chain") in the main gateway cities throughout the world.

The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon was designed as a "Lifestyle City Hotel" in collaboration with one of the most famous Japanese architects, Mr. Kengo KUMA, whose latest creation is the new 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium.
Quick facts: 
  • Location: Very near the subway station of Kamiyacho, walking distance Roppongi-Itchome and Toranomon. Quite central but as it's a business district, not very lively in the evenings.
     
  • 206 rooms including :  
    - 15 Loft Terrace / Studio Terrace rooms with a large balcony (rare in Tokyo)
    - 22 Suites including Penthouse, Terrace Suite and regular Suites. 
     
  • Restaurants : 3 restaurants, featuring a specialty restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking Tokyo Tower, an all-day dining venue and lobby lounge, 3 lounge bars, 
    - The Blue Room is a "sophisticated all-day dining" featuring international classics. 
    - The Jade Room (opening soon) will be the hotel’s signature restaurant exploring ancient cooking methods, also with a large al-fresco garden terrace.
    - Two Bars: The Lobby Bar for panoramic afternoon tea & cocktails, The Gold Bar a relaxed daytime lounge and sophisticated cocktail bar in the evening.  
     
  • Spa & Fitness: 6 spa treatment rooms, Fitness Center, Indoor lap pool

When you arrive on the lobby floor (full of plants !) with music floating in the air, you may feel that you were escorted to the wrong floor... but no, it is indeed the lobby of The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon.

As a whole, it feels like entering a fashionable, energetic but elegant hotel

In contrast, the guestrooms area is a more quiet concept and turns into simple design and relaxing tones. Once inside the room, it feels like home - simple interior, elegant concept, nothing too much - you have everything you need in perfect place.

Out of 206 rooms, 15 rooms come with a large balcony or terrace and we believe they will be quite popular with our clients. 

Conclusion

Passed the lush and vibrant lobby, it's a nicely designed city-resort hotel for the new generation. Rooms are well designed and Kengo Kuma's touch is evident in the use of wood and soothing tones, also providing for a very comfortable, homey, day-in. 

The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon

Address:4-1-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001, Japan
TEL:+81 (0)3 5422 1600
Web-site:https://www.editionhotels.com/tokyo-toranomon
 

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 focuses on Contemporary Arts in Japan, offering a glimpse of the variety of world-class Art that Japan has to offer. 

Best of Japan’s Contemporary Arts


Art enthusiasts since time immemorial, the Japanese have embraced Contemporary Arts since becoming a first-world nation and have built an impressive variety of high-quality Museums, Galleries and Art Installations all over the country.

From the sprawling Tokyo scene to remote villages and installations, world-class contemporary art can be found virtually anywhere in Japan.  

Specifically designed for art-lovers, this unique journey will take you through contrasting destinations, combining visits to the best art galleries and museums with private encounters, as well as through acclaimed hubs of arts & architecture. 

Suitable for first-time or returning visitors alike, this itinerary can be fully tailor-made to your clients' specific art interests and expectations. 


Itinerary at a Glance

Tokyo (1)

Park Hyatt Tokyo

2 nights

Yamanashi

Hotel KeyForest Hokuto

1 night

Niigata

Satoyama Jujo

2 nights

Kanazawa

Hyatt Centric Kanazawa

1 night

Okayama

Ryokan Kurashiki

2 nights

Naoshima

Benesse House

2 nights

Hakone

Hyatt Regency Hakone

Resort & Spa

2 nights

Tokyo (2)

Park Hyatt Tokyo

1 night

 
 

Highlights of your Trip
 

A short stay in Tokyo will introduce you to the infinite possibilities of the capital's bustling Art Scene with private gallery visits and art encounters.

Then immerse in the countryside of Nagano and Niigata, where International and Japanese Artists have been invited to create Art Installations for Art Triennale and even design hotel rooms.

In Kanazawa, the focus is on a unique museum, famed for its architecture and world-class exhibitions.

Move south to Okayama, Naoshima & Teshima in the Seto Inland Sea and stay at Benesse House, an internationally acclaimed hub of arts & architecture.

Wrap-up your journey with Hakone, where Art blends with the breathtaking landscape, before returning to Tokyo for a final day of discovering the latest Digital Art museums.

Download : Presentation Summary
Copyright © 2021 - The Real Japan - All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:

The Real Japan (Magellan Resorts and Trust Inc.)

3-1-10 Ekinishishinmachi /  NEWS Building 4F

Kanazawa city /  920-0027

Ishikawa / JAPAN 



View this email in your browser


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
 
Download : Presentation Summary