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Japan: Traditions, Customs & Cultural Highlights

5 February 2019
Japan: Traditions, Customs & Cultural Highlights

Discover the Importance of Tea in Japan... 

Ippodo Tea Shop - In Kyoto, visit Ippodo tea shop, set in an old, atmospheric wooden building. The experience is great fun and gives a sense of the history of tea in Japan. The staff know their tea inside out, explaining each one in detail and pointing out the differences between their taste and their production. Meeting this team and experiencing their extensive knowledge highlights just how much the Japanese value specialism.

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Art in Japan

5 February 2019
Art in Japan

From exploring contemporary art installations to trying your hand at traditional origami and kimono dyeing, discover the importance of art and design in Japanese culture...

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Country Villa, Nara, Japan

5 February 2019
Country Villa, Nara, Japan

Our secret country villa offers a truly unique experience of rustic-luxury in the Japanese countryside. It is more like a private rural home than a hotel; a renovated classic thatched-roof farmhouse comprised of two private villas. The location is beautiful, surrounded by terraced rice fields and mountains. 

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Sarah Mason

Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.

Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...