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Japan’s Best Buddhist Mountain Retreat

Posted on May 2, 2018 within News

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Buddhist Retreats: Remote, Spiritual and Beautiful Koyasan

Journey to mountainous Wakayama to experience Mt. Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the center of Shingon Buddhism. Located amidst forested peaks and with over one hundred temple complexes, Mt. Koya possesses an aura of serene spirituality. Continue Reading Japan’s Best Buddhist Mountain Retreat

Karuizawa, Japan’s Stunning Museums & Architecture

Posted on April 10, 2018 within News

Karuizawa museum and architecture

Mountain resort town Karuizawa, one hour from Tokyo, is home to fabulous museum exhibits and stunning contemporary architecture. It is a perfect day trip for art lovers. Museums are open on Mondays when most museums in Tokyo are closed. Continue Reading Karuizawa, Japan’s Stunning Museums & Architecture

Executives Discover JapanQuest Journeys

Posted on February 12, 2018 within News

Japan Executive Travel Company

Introduce Tokyo and Japan to Your Executives

JapanQuest Journeys supports businesses new to Japan by introducing corporate executives to Japan’s highly varied and exciting destinations, giving them the opportunity to hone their sense of the Japanese marketplace. Continue Reading Executives Discover JapanQuest Journeys

JapanQuest Journeys Expands B2B Travel Services

Posted on February 12, 2018 within News

Japan B2B business Travel Services for a bespoke experience

Enhance the Stays of Expats in Japan

Real Estate & Mobility/Relocation Companies

Expatriates often shy away from exploring the real Japan and miss out on the countless wonders that Japan has to offer. We work closely with luxury real estate companies and mobility/relocation firms to offer an additional resource and value-added service to their tenants and clients.
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Exclusive Sake Experiences in 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 within News

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Learn from the experts about the best Japanese sake brands and microbreweries!

Sake is an essential part of Japanese culinary culture. Experience the pleasure of sake at quintessential breweries in the heartland of Takayama or visit a Kyoto-based microbrewery to learn how sake is made and sample their delicious products.  Continue Reading Exclusive Sake Experiences in 2018

Timeless Retreats in the Mountains of Nara

Posted on December 24, 2017 within News

Rural and agricultural Nara is one of the most timeless retreats in Japan. Just wait until you behold its soft rolling plains, traditional towns and ancient walking paths. Take in the sweeping vistas of beautiful mountain ranges and rice terraces in the Soni Highlands. Visit Murou-ji Temple where you can climb 700 steps to reach its impressive five storied pagoda. You will love hiking in Akami, a beautiful and forested area with nearly 50 waterfalls! Continue Reading Timeless Retreats in the Mountains of Nara

Great Ryokans in Japanese Hot Spring Villages

Posted on September 12, 2017 within News

Unforgettable Japanese Hot Spring Ryokans

Yagyu ryokan japanese hot spring village

Hot spring ryokan Yagyu no-Sho is one of Japan’s premier inns of high quality and distinction. Yagyu no-Sho presents  an unforgettable stay where traditional cuisine, baths, scenery, hospitality, and the beauty of Japanese architecture come together impeccably. With conscientious hospitality as the staff’s guiding light, you will enjoy a truly unique and wonderful Japanese inn experience. Continue Reading Great Ryokans in Japanese Hot Spring Villages

Japanese Art Tour: The Fascinating Art Field of Echigo-Tsumari

Posted on August 14, 2017 within News

Echigo-Tsumari: A Japanese Great

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Experience the incredible Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata, home to over one hundred fascinating and entertaining modern art installations shown throughout the area’s beautiful 760 square kilometer landscape. Created by both global and Japanese artists, you will love these artworks which you’ll find inside local town centers, in old abandoned schools and throughout Echigo’s ubiquitous rice fields. Continue Reading Japanese Art Tour: The Fascinating Art Field of Echigo-Tsumari

A Guide to Japanese Castles

Posted on July 29, 2017 within News

The Best Japanese Castles

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Matsumoto Castle

National Treasure castle Matsumoto-jo is the oldest six story castle in Japan and one of our favorite sights to visit in the mountains. Its black and white exterior set against the shining backdrop of the Japanese Alps makes for some of the most magnificent historical scenery in the country. Matsumoto-jo ranks as one of Japan’s finest and most authentic surviving samurai castles and it doesn’t take long to see why once you enter. Continue Reading A Guide to Japanese Castles

Experience the Best Hiking in Japan: Yakushima and Kamikochi

Posted on April 24, 2017 within News

Hiking in Japan

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Yakushima, a mountainous and subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu known as “The Alps of the Sea,” offers some of the best hiking in Japan. Yakushima’s quiet, mossy green, primeval forests comprise a vast spread of cedars containing some of the country’s oldest living trees. Continue Reading Experience the Best Hiking in Japan: Yakushima and Kamikochi

For Powderhounds Japan​ is the Place to Ski​

Posted on December 30, 2016 within News

For those seeking the best places to ski in Japan, Hokkaido’s Niseko Village and Nagano’s Shiga Kogen offer the top mountain ranges in the country.
With world-class snow, moguls, downhill runs and steeps, skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels find something new at every turn.

Hokkaido’s Mount Yōtei, known as the “Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido,” and the mountain ranges of Annupuri make up Niseko. Niseko Village is situated inside the Niseko United ski resorts area which features over two thousand acres of ski slopes and an international snow school. Award-winning hotels, fabulous contemporary dining, shopping, and the native arts of Hokkaido and Japan showcased throughout Niseko Village all encompass an extraordinary alpine getaway and make the area ideal for your Japan ski trip. Continue Reading For Powderhounds Japan​ is the Place to Ski​

Luxury Magazines Town & Country and Departures Feature​ JapanQuest Journeys

Posted on October 14, 2016 within News, Press

(Washington, DC and Tokyo, Japan, October 11, 2016)

JapanQuest Journeys has been featured in the newest editions of luxury lifestyle magazines Town & Country and Departures! Continue Reading Luxury Magazines Town & Country and Departures Feature​ JapanQuest Journeys

JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman Named to Wendy Perrin’s WOW List

Posted on July 27, 2016 within News

We couldn’t wait to share the news: Scott Gilman of JapanQuest Journeys has been named to Wendy Perrin’s 2016 WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts! Continue Reading JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman Named to Wendy Perrin’s WOW List

The Best Japanese Fish Markets’ Exotic and Lively Seafood

Posted on March 14, 2016 within News

Tsukiji The best Japanese fish markets offer exotic and lively offerings of fresh seafood and seasonal local specialties. These busy and fascinating networks of covered streets are lined with hundreds of narrow stalls and two-story shops juggling the chaotic businesses of the nation’s fishermen. Sample locally produced and sourced delicacies while you and fellow tasters observe as buyers and sellers scurry along narrow lanes with small but efficient carts. Continue Reading The Best Japanese Fish Markets’ Exotic and Lively Seafood

World Famous Japanese Culinary Masters Leave an Inimitable Impression

Posted on November 20, 2015 within News

famous japanese chefs and culinary masters of japan The truly astonishing culinary masters of Japan are awash inside cozy restaurants tucked away in neighborhoods as delicate as the dishes they serve.Experiencing the work of world famous Japanese chefs during evening dining at one of these rare establishments will leave an inimitable impression, expanding your palette into a new realm, as you join other food connoisseurs of the world.

Pure excellence and seamless pacing redefine multi-course dining and home-style hospitality. Bite down effortlessly into small portions of Wagyu sirloin, deep fried prawn, steamed fish, tofu, seasonal fruits, and vegetables or perhaps even taste the rare treat of cheese richly incorporated into Japanese cooking. Continue Reading World Famous Japanese Culinary Masters Leave an Inimitable Impression

Enlightenment in a Zen Garden: From Canvas to Earth

Posted on October 12, 2015 within News

Zen Enter one of Kyoto’s most divine Zen Buddhist temples as a Buddhist priest, born inside these very grounds, guides you around his picturesque home on a delicate voyage of tranquility and scenic artistry.Unbeknownst to the first-time visitor, you’re moments away from standing “inside” a Zen composition declared a national treasure of Japan.

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The Perfect Stealth of Mt. Fuji

Posted on September 24, 2015 within News

Mt. Fuji Travelers to Japan yearn for a naked-eye sighting of one of the planet’s most powerfully sacred mountains.Aboard the Shinkansen between several major destinations, if you keep your eyes scanning the endless landscape, you may just get a clear view of the legendary volcano through the train window. That’s if and only if the heavens above are in a charitable mood that day and the clouds have parted far and wide enough to accommodate your eyes’ desire.

Throughout your otherwise perfect journey in this captivating country you have all but crossed this daunting feat off your checklist. A trip a bit closer to the mountain itself, such as the enchanting town of Hakone, should do the trick. Continue Reading The Perfect Stealth of Mt. Fuji

Cruising the Waves of Japan’s Culture by Lesley Downer

Posted on May 17, 2015 within News

Wakayama by Lesley Downer

This article appeared in the Japan Times on May 16, 2015. Scott Gilman, Co-Founder of JapanQuest Journeys, sailed on The World from Otaru to Tokyo.

As the great ship surges into Tokyo Bay I’m on the prow, hair streaming in the wind, like Kate Winslet in “Titanic.” Wooded crags come into view, dotted with buildings and the odd factory chimney. Continue Reading Cruising the Waves of Japan’s Culture by Lesley Downer

Inside the Atelier By Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on November 20, 2014 within News

Inside the Atelier Contemplating craft in Yufuin.

Yasuhiro and Ayako Takami sit opposite each other on a small area of floor surrounded by stacks of bamboo leaning against the walls.Both are both soft spoken, gentle, and welcoming. Tungsten light and a range of bamboo hues from golden to amber fill the room with a warm glow. A back door opens to an airy patch of woods. Maple leaves, small and green, rustle in the breeze. Yasuhiro sits cross-legged and casts a large swath of canvas over his lap. He takes a blond segment of dried bamboo culm and with a long and narrow square-tipped blade, deftly begins splitting the bamboo into even-width lengths called higo. Across from him Ayako begins threading reeds together. Continue Reading Inside the Atelier By Prairie Stuart-Wolff

A Necessary Revival By Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on August 14, 2014 within News

Lone Wolf Saratetsu finds its place in the present

Hagiwara Ichizo is enthusiastic. With kind eyes and a jolly demeanor, he wants to show you everything.As the annals of history threaten to bind his work and the work of two fathers before him between their covers, he’d like to educate and encourage us to understand and embrace the beauty of hand dyeing in the Yuzen tradition. Continue Reading A Necessary Revival By Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Below the Surface by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on July 29, 2014 within News

Lone Wolf The freediving traditions of ama

Three days in a row, I call Sakamoto from inland — where the air is still and the sun is warm — seemingly perfect for a boat ride. But thrice in a row, he reports impossible waves. While winter seas are predictably rough and summer seas are even and calm, spring proves the seas are capricious. There are two routes to Minato, a small village where a community of ama (freedivers) still work. One route passes farmed fields carved from dense overgrowth, the other skirts along the edge of blue that stretches toward islands on the horizon. Whether through the mountains or along the sea, both routes are winding and long and converge at Minato.

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Little Ones by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on July 3, 2014 within News

Lone Wolf A budding bonsai artist

On the brink of his twenties, Takuya Shimazu stumbled upon the world of bonsai and quickly dedicated himself to the craft. Largely self-taught, he works outside the vocation’s more staid traditions. His pieces reflect a certain whimsy, and Shimazu’s enthusiasm for bonsai is as apparent as it is infectious. Here is his story …

I planted this little guy from a seedling about eleven years ago. Pine tends to grow vertically straight. I train the young trunks with wire and gently shape them over time. The fibers and the bark adapt to the wire. That’s the crux of bonsai: shaping trees. So in that way, what I’m doing is traditional. But in terms of style, my approach isn’t. My bonsai tend to look lanky or frail compared to traditional bonsai. But in my view, there is no mandate on how bonsai should look. Each tree has its own character. I try to understand that character in order to enhance it. Continue Reading Little Ones by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Lone Wolf by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on June 5, 2014 within News

Lone Wolf A farmer like no other

Sasaki almost quit farming before he’d actually begun. As a young man he worked side by side with his grandfather, growing award-winning produce. Though he liked the work, he was disillusioned with the return. “Among other things, we were growing goya (bitter gourd). They were splendid goya but we received only 5 yen each. Those very same goya would sell in stores for 150 yen,” he says.

Witnessing an agricultural system that rewarded corporate middle men in suits many times over the backbreaking labor of farmers sent Sasaki into a dark well. “I saw the worst side of people in those days,” he says. “I got depressed. I didn’t work, just stayed home, drank, and watched TV.” This went on for six months. “Finally, one day my grandfather brought me a book by Matsushita Konosuke. He said, ‘If you read this and still aren’t motivated, then get out.’” Continue Reading Lone Wolf by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Ono’s Home By Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on May 22, 2014 within News

The Turnaround A portrait of place

Ono is petit. She emerges with a giant umbrella to shield me against the rain. As I thank her for her time and hand her a small cake, her cheeks swell and her eyes are lost to her smile. Ono doesn’t understand why I’m here. “It’s such a run-down house,” she says. I don’t entirely understand it either. But there’s something I can’t shake, something inherently intriguing about this space. I want to explore it more, examine its dark corners, and pass a little time inside its shell. Ono’s home doesn’t fit any category of typically revered architecture or design. Continue Reading Ono’s Home By Prairie Stuart-Wolff

The Turnaround by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on May 7, 2014 within News

The Turnaround Reintroducing sake to Japan

Daisuke Komatsu’s father insisted that he not succeed the family business. With sake sales falling nationwide, he saw no future in their microbrewery. “He urged me to study, go to a good college, and get a job elsewhere. He thought that was a better plan for me,” says Komatsu.

But soon upon landing employment at a securities firm, Komatsu realized that the life of a salary man was a poor fit. With a strong mind to do what’s right by his own measure, he failed to excel as biddable employee. He envisioned a different path, one in which he held the reins. As he entertained ideas from owning his own bookstore or flower shop to opening a bakery, he remembered a little microbrewery called Komatsu in the countryside of Saga prefecture that was going out of business. Continue Reading The Turnaround by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Where Taste is Concerned by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Posted on April 15, 2014 within News

Japanese Food Tofu reimagined

Yoshimasa Kwashima always knew he’d end up running the family business. “Probably eighth generation,” he says, guessing at his place in the lineage of tofu-making sons. But before stepping into his father’s shoes, he embarked on a self-imposed exile to the big city, working first as a salaryman. He sought to develop skills unrelated to the family business. “No matter what you end up doing, it’s better to get out and learn something unrelated to get a different perspective,” he says. “That way, you can see your goals more clearly.” Continue Reading Where Taste is Concerned by Prairie Stuart-Wolff

JapanQuest Journeys is Featured in Unique Travel magazine in Russia

Posted on January 24, 2014 within News, Press

JapanQuest Journeys and its creative itinerary is featured in a recent edition of Unique Travel magazine as a leading bespoke travel company serving high-end clients traveling from Russia to Japan. Click Here For Full Article

Elizabeth Hansen Features JapanQuest Journeys on Her Authentic Luxury Travel Blog

Posted on September 6, 2013 within News, Press

Elizabeth Hansen features five of JapanQuest Journeys Luxury Signature Journeys on her blog Authentic Luxury Journeys. A guide to real experiences from a veteran travel writer.

Experiencing the Thrill of a Sumo Stable

Posted on September 3, 2013 within News

Japanese Food On the narrow back streets of the Ryogoku district of Tokyo, the heart of sumo wrestling in Japan, lie what are known as beya or training stables where sumo champions and aspiring champions alike hone their skills to compete in one of six annual tournaments with the hope of someday being crowned a Yokozuna or Grand Champion.

When not competing in the spotlight of the six annual tournaments held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the national sumo stadium in Ryogoku or at similar venues in Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka, sumo wrestlers are up at the crack of dawn practicing in their respective sumo beya.

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