What We Love
- Diana Vreeland, the editor of Vogue in the 1960s, once said of Japan, “God was fair to the Japanese. He gave them no oil, no diamonds, but he did give them style.” And that, they certainly have in spades. The panache, color, and culture packed into this tiny island nation is most impressive. For those who admire beautiful, thoughtful design and incredible scenery, Japan will not disappoint.
- Modern life is full steam ahead in Tokyo as it pops up among the ancient shrines and castles.
- Kyoto was the imperial capital, and it remains the traditional heart of Japan.
- The cherry blossoms are overwhelming in the best possible way.
- We love staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), where one can find the true meaning of Zen.
Things To See & Do
- Visit a natural hot spring.
- Learn about and participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Happo-en Garden.
- Pace yourself in the kaleidoscope of colors and sensory stimulation in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo.
- Take the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and enjoy a multi-course kaiseki banquet complete with geishas or maikos.
- Hit the slopes in the north during the winter.