JNTO recently hosted an Izu, Shimoda, luxury famil with seven travel partners escorted by Stephanie Sng from Japan National Tourist Office Sydney Organisation.
Participants were taken on the Royal Express, a luxury train from Yokohama to Shimoda and Shimoda to Izu Kogen, chartered for this famil, where they were treated to French cuisine, an on board violinist and pianist, and handcrafted sushi.
During the famil, the group experienced the hydrangeas (a native flower to Japan) in full bloom at a Hydrangea festival at Shimoda Park, visiting the Bamboo Forest of Shuzenji Onsen, staying at Arcana Izu, an Auberge-style resort located in a sacred green forest by the Kano River with each suite having a private onsen facing the river and forest, seeing two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces and Mt Fuji, and taking part in an Edo Kiriko glass-cutting experience in Tokyo and a ‘Nerikiri’ Japanese sweet making workshop.
The tour ended with a full day of pre-matched business sessions at the Japan Luxury Showcase held at the Conrad Tokyo. The event was attended by 53 overseas buyers including those from Oceania, North America and Europe, and domestic sellers from 62 companies including luxury hotels, DMCs and experiences.
Participants (pictured) included Adam Burke, Scenic; Dorothy Chambers, World Journeys; Fanny Gibert, Renaissance Tours; D’arne Haines, Holland Clarke & Beatson (New Zealand); Wendy James, Kaleidoscopic Travel; Kerrie Kaesler, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents; Petia Davis, Captains Choice and Stephanie Sng, JNTO.