Elements of the famed Japanese omotenashi hospitality, traditional philosophy, authentic culture, and innovative spirit can be felt throughout all regions of Japan, imbued in everything from accommodations to cuisine. Here are 6 of the most sought after experiences within easy access that you can incorporate into your next program to inspire new ideas to foster the ultimate team building outcome.
1 . Take in Japan’s Otherworldly Landscapes by Luxury Train
Known for high-speed bullet trains, Japan can also slow it down a notch with its fleet of luxury trains such as the Twilight Express and Seven Stars arguably provides the best experience the rails have to offer. With luxurious Japanese style interiors with all the trimmings of Western amenities – complete with private bathtubs – comfortably ride and take in Japan’s scenic coasts and landscapes, stopping at key sightseeing spots and indulging in unsurpassed dining experiences.
2. Experience Omotenashi and stay in a Ryokan
The Ryokan is potentially the oldest form of hotel in the world, dating back to the 8th century. These accommodations are imbued with Japanese tradition, making staying at one a memorable and cultural experience. Take your Ryokan experience to the next level on the floating Guntu or Asaba Ryokan on the breathtaking Izu Peninsula.
3. Experience a Japanese Fish Market & Sushi Making
Japan is filled with fish markets from the famed bustling Tokyo Tsukiji Market to the charming local Takamatsu Market, situated on the idyllic island of Shikoku, options are endless. Let a guide take you through the premise while learning about its history, witness exhilarating auctions, and end with a tasting of fresh sashimi or learn how to make your own sushi with the best teachers, using the best ingredients, at the world famous Tsukiji market.
4. Aunthenic Geiko and Teahouse experience in Historic Kanazawa
Host an unforgettable evening at Kaikaro, a Michellin-starred teahouse in the heart of the historical Higashi Chaya-Gai district of the Kanazawa. A geiko will welcome you into their world with a night filled with traditional entertainment and party games. Immersing in Japanese traditions is the perfect catalyst for team building.
5. World Heritage Koyasan: introduction to Buddhist culture and rituals
Koyasan (Mount Koya) was founded 1200 years ago as a place for Buddhist meditation. Just over an hour drive from Kansai International Airport, here you can experience meditation and shakyo (handwriting Sutras), enjoy Shojin Ryori (Buddhist-developed vegetarian cuisine), and reach zen and revive your energy via “Forest therapy” surrounded by serene wilderness.
Learn about Japan National Tourism Organization’s New Ideas Start Here Campaign and for inspirational itineraries that can heighten your programs.