Abercrombie & Kent is responding to demand for Japan as the country’s border restrictions eased this week, developing a number of new luxury journeys through the country.
Working closely with its office in Tokyo, A&K says it is able to bring guests its most immersive Japanese experiences yet. Guests can relish a behind-the-scenes visit to a sumo stable, a kodo taiko drumming workshop, an itamae master sushi class, private tea ceremonies in historic Zen gardens, geisha performances, and hands-on demonstrations in the arts of samurai and ninja.
The portfolio features four suggested Tailor-Made Journeys, an intimate Luxury Small Group Journey and a Cherry Blossom Luxury Expedition Cruise, with two new journeys: Art & Culture in Japan, and Winter in Hokkaido.
Addressing the huge spike in interest, Debra Fox, Managing Director, A&K Australia TOC said the Tokyo team has gone “above and beyond to create a ‘truly A&K’ selection of insider experiences that are immersive and experiential.
“More than ever our guests want the ‘real’ Japan to shine through, with that extra touch of authenticity.”
The portfolio comprises hand-picked hotels, ryokans and onsens that meld flawless luxury with timeless Japanese tradition. Among the collection are the following new trips.
- 10-day Northern Japan: Winter in Hokkaido – priced from $9,495 per person
Winter in Japan is a rare treat. Discover the far North, where cold fronts from Siberia shift blankets of light, powdery snow to the peaks and coasts of Hokkaido. Here, quaint canals and coast towns vie with Narnia-esque forests and some of the best ski fields on earth. From coastal Hakodate to Japan’s seafood capital Sapporo to charming port city Otaru, dine on the freshest ocean fare, sip the warmest whiskeys, and explore 2000 years of northern Japanese history before taking to the snow-covered mountains of Niseko.
- 12-day Art & Culture of Japan – priced from $16,895 per person
From cosmopolitan Tokyo to the Noto Peninsula (Japan’s hidden secret), and on to cultural Kyoto before hitting the international art sensations: sister islands Noashima and Teshima, find out why Japanese art and culture are among the world’s greatest treasures. Immerse yourself in the meticulous rituals of the tea ceremony and the mysteries of a geisha performance; the intricate art of origami and scrupulous Zen-gardens; thought-provoking installations and avant-garde galleries.
View A&K’s full Japan program at abercrombiekent.com.au/destinations/asia/japan