The spectacular turning of the Autumn leaves or ‘Koto’ in Japan attracts almost as many visitors as its famous spring blossom period. As you take in the gorgeous red, pink and orange hues, don’t forget to try these exclusive, luxury experiences that are sure to take your holiday a notch higher.
No trip to Japan is complete without indulging in Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course meal dating from 16th century tea ceremony customs. For a more exclusive experience, book a private tatami room at the Unkai Restaurant housed in the stunning InterContinental in Tokyo. Savour seasonal specialities from the Kaiseki degustation menu while looking out into a traditional Japanese garden and pond that reflects each season’s beauty. And if it's a luxurious stay in the heart of Tokyo's shopping district you are after - you won't go wrong with the Intercontinental ANA Tokyo!
Famous for its skyline, Tokyo is best seen by helicopter in the Autumn months, when visibility is at its highest. Bonus? You may also be able to get spectacular views of the elusive Mt. Fuji too! This tour by Viator includes breathtaking views of Tokyo from inside a helicopter with large windows. Taking off from Tokyo Heliport, you fly over Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba, Hamarikyu Onshi-teien, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji Market, The Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station, The Sumida River, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Kaminari-mon, Tokyo Skytree, The Arakawa River, Kasai Rinkai Koen, and then back to Tokyo Heliport. This has to be the coolest new way of sightseeing in a city, minus the traffic!
Konansou is worth every indulgent Yen. A Japanese-style hotel or Ryokan, it is also a happy medium between a traditional hotel and one with modern facilities. Konansou stands in the Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen resort and offers some of the best views of the Mt Fuji. Rooms feature private outdoor bathrooms complete with the Onsen experience (open only to hotel guests) and are sure to be the highlight of any stay!
Get to meet one of Kyoto’s stunning Maikos (apprentices and soon to become Geishas) who serve a traditional Japanese meal and dance performance in a private dinner ceremony at the famous Nishijin Tondaya Machiya townhouse. Designed in In 1999, Nishijin Tondaya was designated as a cultural asset of Japan, and is now dedicated to preserving the historic customs of the women of Kyoto. You are sure to enjoy this cultural show while indulging in ancient Japanese customs, all in a private setting.
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This is a private tour that you must book directly with the Distillery, well in advance. A hugely popular experience for Whiskey aficionados from across the world you can look forward to tasting unblended whiskies and learning about the history and making of the brand. Want to pick up a bottle or four? Simply hop over to the Museum shop and take in the delights – paid whiskey tastings included!