Capture the essence of Japan with SLH

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has teamed up with Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and local partners to launch four exclusive tours between November 2017 and March 2018.

The packages, lasting between two and five days, allow visitors the opportunity to participate in prestige activities, not usually on offer for international guests, that showcase both well-known and lesser-known parts of Japan, each complemented by a unique SLH hotel.

Small Luxury Hotels, The essence of Japan, Yukushima Power spot

The first experience, a two-day gastronomic journey through Tokyo, will take place between 11th – 12th December 2017. It will include a private sushi dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten hosted by Chef Jiro himself, usually only available for reservations from Japanese residents.

Also included is a private tour of Tsukiji market, led by a 4th generation sushi chef, and a dinner at the two Michelin-starred Tempura Kondo.

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo located in the hip Tokyo neighbourhood of Meguro is the most recent addition to SLH’s twelve hotel across Japan where guests can further immerse themselves in omotenashi hospitality.

Great Buddha Hall

A three-day cultural and Michelin experience in Nara is scheduled for 5th March 2018. One reservation for two people is available to witness the famous “Shunie” festival, at the historic Todaiji Temple in the ancient city of Nara.

A 15-metre bronze Daibutsu (Great Buddha), cast in 749 and the largest in the world, awaits as well as the experience of Otaimatsu, which sees priests run along the corridors showering visitors with fire sparks from huge pine torches, believed to protect from evil.

Small Luxury Hotels, The essence of Japan, Noborioji Hotel Nara

Guests will enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki dinner at Nara’s 3-star Michelin restaurant Wa Yamamura, coupled with a two-night stay in the luxurious suite at Noborioji Hotel Nara, a charming villa wrapped in the slow flow of time.

Available until 16th March 2018 is a five-day natural wonders of Yakushima Island tour where guests are invited to experience a subtropical island off the Southern coast of Kyushu.

Small Luxury Hotels, The essence of Japan, Sankara Retreat Resort

The island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 and visitors can explore the ancient rainforest with a guided trek among the 7,000-year-old cryptomeria trees, discover waterfalls and regenerate in a Power Spot, believed to give visitors healing energy.

A villa at the Sankara Hotel & Spa provides the perfect place to complement this get-away-from-it-all experience, complete with butler, world-class spa and ocean views. Guests can opt for private yoga classes, sea kayaking and diving, or attend craft workshops to make their own bath salts, chopsticks or ceramics.

Small Luxury Hotels, The essence of Japan, Sankara Retreat Resort

Kick off a wedding celebration in memorable style with a two-day Japanese Wedding Experience at the ‘Palace of the Dragon God’, otherwise known as the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

This package offers the opportunity for a traditional Japanese wedding or couples photo shoot in the hotel’s ornate halls adorned with stunning Japanese heritage paintings and laquerwork or at the hotel’s chapel.

Small Luxury Hotels, The essence of Japan, Hotel Gajoen

Included is a sumptuous dinner and cultural performance, a professional pampering team who will take care of every single detail and accommodation in one of the hotel’s intricately decorated suites.

The four SLH luxury packages form part of a larger ‘The Essence of Japan’ campaign featuring a total of 44 packages. Partners of the campaign include JNTO, Atelier LaPaz (Luxury Consulting Firm), DENTSU AD-GEAR (Advertising Company), Voyagin (Online Travel Marketplace) and Ei-Publishing (Publisher of “Discover Japan” magazine).

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