Spirits of Japan Tour

Prime Minister Abe and President Obama at Sukiyabashi Jiro. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
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Total Trip:

13 Days

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Places Visited:

Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Fushimi, Osaka

Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departure.
Spirit and spirits blend seamlessly on this journey through the best of Japan, celebrating the Japanese culture for its quest for continuous improvement and the pursuit of perfection. From the intricate smooth notes of the world’s best single malt whisky to the most coveted three Michelin star sushi, the soul of Japan is manifested on this tour through every mouthful, sip, and sight that embody the dedication and craftsmanship of its master distillers, artisans, and chefs. This 13-day tour summons


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Day 1

Tokyo – Konichiwa From the World Whisky Distiller of the Year

Japan's history is alive with myths and legends, the delicate notes of its spirits blurred into the sublime tastes of today. Take the Miyagikyo Distillery, enclosed by mountains and nestled between two rivers in Sendai. Legendary tales talk of Masataka Taketsuru starting whisky production after one sample of the unsullied mountain water - A fanciful tale? Maybe. Fast-forward to 2015, Miyagikyo Distillery was voted Distiller of the Year by the International Spirits Challenge, so perhaps there's a little more than mythology here. Arrive at Miyagikyo and the mystical reverie is immediately apparent, the distillery dominating a postcard setting, nobly standing on a landscape dappled with the elegant search for perfection.

In the morning you'll land at Narita Airport, where you will be greeted and transferred directly to the five-star Palace Hotel and a deluxe room with balcony overlooking the city. Relax and settle in, the Tokyo skyline rising and falling away towards the horizon. Your expert Tokyo guide meets you at Sendai station and guides you on a tour of the Miyagikyo Distillery, a place that happily opens its doors to those seeking to pursue the impeccability of its production. You're pulled into the natural setting, the distillery tucked away amongst a setting of diaphanous beauty. Then you're swept away by the complex fruit-noted tones of Nikka Whisky.

Return to Tokyo and a dinner at Takazawa is recommended, the exclusive 10-seat restaurant expertly fusing French and Japanese cuisine. Voted one of Asia's 50 Best restaurants by the World's 50 Best, the intimate dining room is effervescently brightened by signature dishes like snapping turtle soup and purple asparagus, or a rock pool-like assembly of seafood served on a gentle dusting of powdered shrimp sand. Subtle notes prosper and mingle while there's always a visual surprise emerging from the kitchen.

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Day 2

Tokyo – The Eclectic Treasures of Tokyo

Day 3

Tokyo – Whisky Beneath Mount Fuji and Authentic Kobe Beef

Day 4

Takayama – Exploring Japan's Sake Heritage in Takayama

Day 5

Takayama to Kanazawa – Japanese Culinary Delicacies and Gardens of Splendor

Day 6

Kanazawa – Ancient Sake and the Charms of Kanazawa

Day 7

Kyoto – Understanding the Craft of Kyoto's Spirits

Day 8

Kyoto – The Temples and Architecture of Ancient Kyoto

Day 9

Kyoto – The World's Best Whisky

Day 10

Osaka – Exploring Japanese Craft Beers

Day 11

Osaka – Iconic Beer and an Iconic Castle

Day 12

Tokyo – At the World’s Most Coveted Sushi Restaurant - Sukiyabashi Jiro

Day 13

Tokyo – Departure
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