Welcome to Japan, and to Asakusa, the heart and soul of Tokyo! Ryokan Shigetsu is upscale, a government-registered ryokan in a tranquil corner of Asakusa full of old-world charm. Its closeness to a subway station makes it a perfect place to unwind after a long day of business or sightseeing. The spacious hot baths overlooking a 5-story pagoda will surely help wash your stress and weariness away.
The hotel offers welcoming room options with wireless Internet, multi-channel TV, and climate control plus an en suite bathroom. Down pillows and feather pillows welcome you to a good night’s rest, other nice touches include a dryer, a tub, and towels.
Want to get a local perspective on life in Tokyo? From bizarre foods to Indie anime, Tokyo’s underground entertainment scene will blow your mind!
Discover the quirky underbelly of Tokyo, following your host to bizarre places that only a local insider could reveal to you. You’ll sample strange foods in Omoide Yokocho and explore one of the city’s quirky cafes.
You could be treated like royalty at a maid (or even a butler) cafe, or buy quirky gifts in the Alice in Wonderland shop or a 100 yen store. And for the weirdest places of all?
You’ll explore one or two of west Tokyo’s eclectic neighborhoods, where the weird and wonderful is never far away! If unusual stores selling wacky items you never knew you needed, and themed cafes are what fascinate you, you could explore Shibuya, the enormous entertainment district, and Harajuku, the epicenter of Tokyo’s youth culture.
Or perhaps streets dedicated to Japanese sub-cultures like otaku and kawaii are what fascinate you? In that case, your host could lead you through Shibuya, where owl cafes are an everyday occurrence, or Ikebukuro, a neighborhood in north-western Tokyo that’s known for its indie anime and manga stores and quirkily themed bars – like the Detective Cafe, where real private detectives mix the cocktails.
The choice is yours and the perfect introduction to life in Tokyo!
With your guide explore the streets of this creative neighborhood where Tokyo’s punk past and trendy present meet.
Koenji is an area deeply linked to its colorful past. Off the beaten path, your host could lead you to Mabashi Shrine, near the station, where a tiny forest shrouds some truly magnificent history, or you could head straight for the retro shopping streets that define Koenji’s culture, where crafty vendors like Yakusoku and Malto re-purpose vintage treasures.
Relax with a cup of craft coffee and the soothing sounds of classical music down at Renaissance or find the perfect place for a craft beer that will go down so well after all the exploring. If you’re lucky, you could even catch Koenji during the Awa Odori festival, where more than 10 000 dancers celebrate the arrival of summer.
Rock out in Tokyo’s punk heartland, where alternative youth cultures have thrived and blossomed for decades, you’ll find an endless selection of eccentric stores sling all kinds of vintage gear, from retro electronics to previously-loved clothing that oozes counterculture.
Your host will introduce you to Koenji’s famous, laid-back ‘live houses’, where great food and craft beer go hand in hand with live entertainment, or you can wander among its hidden Shinto shrines, while your host narrates eras gone by. Take in the area’s artistic vibes from one of Tokyo’s best coffee shops – it’s a Koenji thing – and if you need to unwind, a sento-public bathhouse is never far away…
Ryokan, Japanese traditional inns, have been places to provide good sleep and meals for travelers. In the process of their refinement, they have been playing an important role in providing Japanese hospitality. That includes simple and efficient structure, quiet and tranquil spaces, refined beauty, and hospitality to feel four seasons with the five senses.
Pamper yourself with our hot spring transported from Karurusu hot spring (Noboribetsu, Hokkaido) as well as the seasonal delicacies from all over Hokaido. Japanese breakfast is served on a tray with a selection of beverages (No western breakfast options).
ACTIVITIES in SAPPORO, JAPAN
Sapporo is known as the cool cousin to Tokyo. Known for its thrilling winter sports, spectacular Hoheikyo hot springs, year-round Ōdōri Park festivals, and its iconic beer brand, Sapporo is a city that demands attention. With a local host, you’ll tick off 15 of the city’s must-sees.
Try fresh uni (sea urchin) at the traditional Nijo Market, explore cultural hub Nakajima Park next to the Toyohira River, and visit the Sapporo Beer Museum to sample a range of delicious brews. In tranquil Maruyama Park, see the 150-year-old Hokkaidō Shrine before heading to your local insider’s favorite izakaya, where the zangi chicken is extra crispy.
Kick off your whirlwind experience in central Sapporo’s iconic Ōdōri Park, a mile-long green strip separating the city’s northern and southern halves and connecting famous attractions like the Sapporo TV Tower and the wood-built, western-influenced Clock Tower.
Just south of the park, jostle through the tightly-packed, brightly lit 150-year-old Tanukikoji Shopping Street to browse souvenirs and sample Sapporo’s signature soup curry as you make your way west to three breathtakingly beautiful locations: Maruyama Park’s wild cedar forest, the Mt. Moiwa Ropeway for a spectacular birds-eye view of the city, and one of your local host’s best-kept secrets: Horomitoge Lavender Garden, a sprawling, lavender-blanketed lookout point.
Tonight you will join a local in their home where you will enjoy a cooking class. It’s a great way to discover more about local life in Hokkaido and to learn recipes that you wouldn’t discover otherwise. As it’s a private experience, you’ll be able to share stories and ask questions as you cook.
The lesson consists of multiple dishes, that may include fresh seafood, cooked burdock, deep-fried tofu, or miso soup. Reward your hard work by eating the feast you’ve cooked at the end of your lesson. A private cooking lesson ensures a more personalized experience This cooking lesson uses locally-sourced vegetables, fish, and meat No hunger pangs—enjoy eating the local dishes you prepare together Hassle-free experience with alcoholic beverages included.
Niseko is world-famous for its powder snow and is the preferred destination for skiers and snowboarders.
Moiwa in particular is an area loved by locals and tourists alike, thanks to an abundant supply of powder snow. Moiwa is filled with untouched nature and picturesque scenery, offering a magnificent view of Mount Yotei on a clear day.
Moiwa is known throughout Niseko as one of the ski resorts with the richest history, with its origins dating back to 1919. In the beginning, Moiwa did not have lifts, so skiers would have to climb the mountain, taking hours.
Despite advances in technology and modern machinery, Moiwa remains mostly unchanged. Moiwa has the same abundant snowfall, the same exceptional snow quality, the same easy-to-ski mountain, and the same grand view of Mount Yotei today, as it did when Moiwa opened a hundred years ago. Moiwa continues to lie in the most exquisite location, allowing its guests to fully enjoy the blessings of its surrounding nature.
ACTIVITIES in HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
This safety-conscious Rafting Tour will gently take you through a magical snow wonderland. Experienced guides will ensure your full enjoyment of Niseko’s winter highlights.
Snow View Rafting is a winter-only activity where you can enjoy a 2km river rafting trip in a raft boat while enjoying the white snowy landscape. It’s a great way to get away from the daily grind and refresh your body and soul in the magnificent Niseko wilderness! On the way, we will land at a riverbank and enjoy tea time in the quiet snowy scenery.
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Directly connected with Hanea Airport Terminal 2. Free pubic transportation from and to other terminals in Haneda Airport
ACTIVITY in TOKYO, JAPAN
It is a universal truth that food created with love always tastes better. Take a night off from restaurants and enjoy a local culinary experience during this private 3-hour cooking lesson in Tokyo. At the home of a long-term Tokyo resident, you’ll learn to prepare innovative Japanese dishes, including ‘yaki onigiri’ (stuffed rice balls), crisp tempura, and green tea cake. A vegetarian meal option is also available in this small-group experience, limited to four food lovers.