As Experience Japan Travel is based in Kyoto, Japan, and we have had over 25 years of experience in the Tourism Industry, it allows us to create exclusive, semi-exclusive, and original experiences for our clients.
Noted below are just a sample of some of these “Experience Japan Travel (EXP) Originals”, and there are many more that may suit your individual interests and needs.
We are proud of these experiences, and equally appreciative to the many contacts and connections we have with special suppliers and the local Japanese people that are willing to create truly unique experiences.
Transfer to a mountain area of Kyoto, and have a day to remember with this exclusive experience. Walk part of the Kyoto Trail (approx. 4-5 hours) along a special river and then take the steep route up a sacred mountain to an important shrine at the summit (937 m) – a hike with a goal and much spiritual power to be gained by stepping foot into the Shrine. (the Shrine’s name will be advised after the booking is made). Then take another route down to a citrus producing village. Here you will be invited into a local Japanese house and have a regional style lunch. Before the lunch you will have the chance to enjoy a bath at the local house which will have some of the locally produced fruit floating in the bath with a great aroma. Mingle and talk with some locals and then return to Kyoto.
Transfer by a Chartered Car with an English Speaking Guide to a very special World Heritage Temple in the outskirts of Kyoto. Start the day with any questions about Buddhism and then have a private Monk show your around the vast complex and learn their day to day activities. You will be exclusively let in to areas of this Temple that are not open to the public and along the way, you will have the chance to be within inches of several Japanese National Treasures that are not usually on public viewing. A “Shojin (vegetarian) Ryori” style lunch will be arranged in a private area, and the day then will end with a very special ceremony that the usual Overseas Visitor cannot experience. Today will be without a doubt, a priceless and life changing experience. This is a 100% exclusive experience.
Sightseeing is not only travelling by a private car or public transportation. Walking is also good, but how would you like to experience a special kind of sightseeing by casually cycling though your destination just like a local? You too, can create that special experience, and that special memory.
For example…… Meet your local Guides in central Kyoto or at your hotel, and then start cycling through an area that once was lined with temples, and now offers galleries, antique shops, cafes and also Japanese Household items. At a relaxing pace then ride through the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. (You may even like to stop here and enter the official palace grounds). Riding through a residential area, your next stop can be an area that is famous for producing fabrics and textiles used in the making of Kimono. You can stop at a commercial factory to see a Kimono Fashion show, and then move to a family run factory that only hand-make their Kimono where even Giorgio Armani has visited to get inspiration. These are areas that are not visited by the normal traveler. Continue to view the city sights, and make your way past one of the top Universities in Japan, as well as through Shokokuji Temple, famous to Kyoto people, to take you to the Kamogawa River. Just before the river, cycle through a local arcade to see how people go about their daily chores. Once at the river, and for the remaining 10-15 minutes, you can cycle along the riverside of Kamogawa River, passing students, people exercising, and even the bird life that depends on this river. You can drop the bikes off at a central location and be proud that you have seen more than just the surface of Kyoto.