Futuristic. Traditionally. Inspiring. Japan – a land of paradoxes.

Cherry blossoms, high-speed trains and tea ceremonies – proud tradition and heritage meet sophistication and modernity in Asia’s unique and enigmatic island nation. From the hectic energy of nightlife in Tokyo to the tranquil temples of Kyoto, Japan will constantly challenge your senses.

Meet sumo champions, discover the secrets of their sport, and watch them fight. Discover the art of exquisite Japanese cuisine in the best restaurants. Learn how to become a samurai in a swordfighting class led by Kill Bill’s Tetsuro Shimaguchi. Awaken your senses as you visit the infamous early morning Tokyo Tsukiji fish market, which is headed by a master chef, followed by a private cooking class in his personal kitchen.

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Take the high-speed train to Kyoto and visit the best Nishijin textile manufacturer, where you will see the kimono manufacturers in action. Put on beautiful, traditional kimonos for a Japanese-style photo shoot in a quaint local shrine. Explore the magnificent gardens and the famous Golden Pavilion of Kyoto with a knowledgeable guide. Take an architectural tour of Tokyo’s sci-fi landscape. Visit the famous cherry blossoms of Maruyama-Koen. Come to rest in luxurious, century-old ryokan and state-of-the-art design hotels. Luxury travel Japan.

Japan – wild and casual. Experience unforgettable moments. Barefoot luxury, active and relaxed. Travel like Dr. Julia Malchow.

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CALLIGRAPHY

“Shodo” is the art of Japanese calligraphy. More than an art form, Shodo cultivates the inner self. A particular focus is on the color tones of the ink, the movement of the brush and the combination of strokes to draw a “kanji”, the Chinese character on which the Japanese writing system is based. Each kanji is a symbol of a concept and reflects a historical connection with the inner meaning of the word. After an inauguration with your own private master, choose a “kanji” and try to create your own unforgettable experience.

TEA CEREMONY

The Tea Ceremony, one of Japan’s most famous traditional cultural practices, not only includes tea making, but also the appreciation of tea room architecture, tea utensils and bowls. Although it is a non-religious event, Tea Master Sen no Rikyu’s aphorism “WA-KEI-SEI-JAKU” (Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility) conveys the importance of spirituality in the tea ceremony. Under the guidance of a professional taster, learn the basic meaning, experience the grace and precision of making the tea before you finally try it yourself and prepare the beaten green tea.

EXCLUSIVE DINNER & ENCOUTER WITH GEISHA

In antiquity, wealthy merchants and nobles enjoyed a fine evening in upscale surroundings, accompanied by the respected geisha and maiko. The geisha was trained in classical art for several years and performed songs and dances in the evening, as well as social entertainment and games. The geisha’s longstanding tradition is still alive today, and thanks to our connections, we offer your customers this memorable experience. Enjoy the privilege of a traditional kaiseki fine dinner with private encounters and entertainment with geisha, maiko and musicians in a historic “teahouse” or an exclusive restaurant. Our carefully selected private tour guide serves as a facilitator for smooth communication and exchange with your geisha host

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Season / Weather / Climate

Japan’s climate can be divided into four different seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter). Late spring (March to May) and late autumn (September to November) are generally the best times to visit Japan. When there is little rain, the sky is clear and the temperatures are mild. In addition, the delicate cherry blossoms of spring and the bold colors of the autumn leaves are visually stunning. The colder months, December through February, are less attractive to most visitors. The best known and most popular time to visit Japan is in the spring to see the magical sight of the blossoming cherry blossoms. Because it is a natural event, the flowering data changes every year depending on the weather conditions. The trees begin to flower in the warmer south at the end of March and reach a flowering time within a week. Within two weeks, the flowers start to fall from the trees. In the cooler regions, the flowering begins later and in the cool Sapporo, it begins only in early May. The best time to enjoy the blossoms in Tokyo or Kyoto is usually the last week of March or the first week of April. At the end of April and the beginning of May Japan is the “Golden Week”. During this time there are a number of holidays as a result of which many locals enjoy their holidays at this time.

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Time

Japan is nine hours above the world time. Germany, however, one hour. That makes a time difference of 8 hours. In summer, the time difference Germany – Japan shortened by one hour due to the summer time.

Language

More than 127 million people live in Japan, most of whom use the official language of the country, namely Japanese (Nihongo), which is the country’s largest language group, the Japonic language family. The Japanese language is heavily influenced by the Chinese language, and the language is written using many Chinese characters known as “kanji”. In recent years, the Japanese vocabulary has been blended with other foreign languages, especially English. The Japanese language also features the use of Arabic numerals in conjunction with traditional Chinese numerals. Little is known about the origin of the Japanese language. Scientists claim that the language was brought to Japan by settlers from the Pacific Islands or continental Asia and replaced the existing languages ​​of the Jomon peoples.  

To eat and drink

Japanese cuisine includes the regional and traditional foods of Japan, which have been established through the centuries of social and economic change. Traditional Japanese cuisine is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes. The focus is on seasonal ingredients. Side dishes often consist of fish, pickles and vegetables cooked in broth. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in sushi. In addition to rice, staples include noodles such as soba and udon. Historically, the Japanese avoided meat, with the modernization of Japan in the 1880s, meat-based dishes such as Tonkatsu and Yakiniku have become commonplace. Japanese cuisine, especially sushi, is popular and well-known around the world. In 2011, Japan overtook France in the number of Michelin-starred restaurants and has retained it ever since.

Population

Japan consists of a large archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shitoku) are populated by 97% of the population. The latest official figures on the Japanese population were released at the time of the 2015 census, showing that 127,094,745 people live in Japan, making Japan the tenth largest country in the world.