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JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman Featured on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Website!

Posted on June 25, 2019 within News

Cofounder and managing director of JapanQuest Journeys (JQJ), Gilman is a Japan buff and former Tokyo resident now living in Washington, D.C. His love of Japan led him to cofound JQJ seven years ago, and the company now assists as many as 1,000 Japan-bound travelers per year. A selectee of the 2018 Travel+Leisure A-list and the 2016–2018 Wendy Perrin WOW List, Gilman is recognized worldwide as a leading tour operator. Continue Reading JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman Featured on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Website!

Japan Travel Tips in AFAR Magazine

Posted on June 23, 2019 within News

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Japan Travel Tips from Scott Gilman

AFAR Magazine put together a wonderful article featuring Japan travel tips. We were honored to have Scott Gilman asked to contribute. Scott’s biggest tip? Continue Reading Japan Travel Tips in AFAR Magazine

JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman as Featured Travel Advisor on Travel+Leisure!

Posted on June 13, 2019 within News

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We’re excited to share that Travel+Leisure has named Scott Gilman as a “Featured Travel Advisor” for tourism to Japan. Continue Reading JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman as Featured Travel Advisor on Travel+Leisure!

2020 Olympics and Paralympics

Posted on June 11, 2019 within News

2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Next summer, the Olympic Games will descend upon Tokyo for the first time in 56 years —and you can gain access to all the action through the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation’s exclusive Games Hospitality Program. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will show you the power of sport and human potential as Team USA takes on the world. For more information about attending the 2020 Olympic or Paralympic Games in Tokyo, please contact foundation@usoc.org or (202) 230-8463.

Discover the Mysterious World of Geisha

Posted on May 22, 2019 within News

A maiko geisha in traditional make-up and kimono rushes to work through the narrow alley of Pontocho Street in Kyoto, Japan.

Journey to the western side of Japan to Kanazawa and meander through Higashi Chaya, the largest and most resplendent of Kanazawa’s remaining tea house and geisha districts. Visit a beautiful ochaya (tea house) built in the 1830s. Ochaya were a luxurious place for customers to be entertained by Geisha with exquisite song and dance. As a rule, an ochaya would have been exclusively patronized by upper class merchants. Continue Reading Discover the Mysterious World of Geisha

JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman named to Wendy Perrin’s 2019 WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts!

Posted on March 7, 2019 within News

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Many of our travelers found us because of Wendy Perrin, whose annual WOW List remains a uniquely useful resource for sophisticated travelers seeking the world’s best trip-planning specialists. Continue Reading JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman named to Wendy Perrin’s 2019 WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts!

Awaji Island, a Great Day Trip from Osaka

Posted on November 2, 2018 within News

Awaji Island day trip from osaka

Day Trips from Osaka: Awaji Island

Discover Awaji Island, the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea. Awaji is a great day trip from Osaka especially for those interested in modern architecture and beautiful gardens. Experience the Tadao Ando designed Westin Awaji Island Resort & Conference Center and the Tadao Ando-designed Water Temple (Honpukuji), a peaceful complex surrounded by Awaji’s bamboo covered hills and rice fields. Continue Reading Awaji Island, a Great Day Trip from Osaka

Travel+Leisure Names JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman to A-List 2018!

Posted on October 9, 2018 within News

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Travel + Leisure’s A-List 2018: Japan

Scott Gilman, co-founder of JapanQuest Journeys, has been chosen for Travel + Leisure’s A-List 2018, an annual collection of the best travel advisors and specialists. T+L recognizes Scott’s expertise on Japan, his dedication to excellence and his ability to deliver the highest-caliber unique experiences for our clients.   Continue Reading Travel+Leisure Names JapanQuest Journeys’ Scott Gilman to A-List 2018!

Japan is Stunning in Autumn and Wintertime

Posted on September 6, 2018 within News

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Explore Japan in Autumn

… And Be Awed By Kyoto’s Maples

Imagine being in Kyoto on a delightfully cool day this fall. Meander into some of the city’s most tucked away temples like Unryu-in and Komyo-in before dusk hits the sky. Visit Nanzenji, home to two of Kyoto’s finest karesansui dry landscape gardens. This lovely temple is famous for its autumn foliage. Enjoy viewing the beautiful maples lining the river from Togetsu-kyo Bridge in peaceful Arashiyama. The maples are illuminated in the evening at some of Kyoto’s most famous temples. It is truly a moment when you can feel the natural beauty abound in Japan. Continue Reading Japan is Stunning in Autumn and Wintertime

Japan’s Beautiful Yamaguchi Prefecture and Famous Hagi-yaki Pottery

Posted on August 21, 2018 within News

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Yamaguchi Prefecture, located at the westernmost end of Japan’s main island of Honshu, has beautiful mountainous scenery and is famous for Hagi-yaki pottery. Hagi-yaki is especially renowned for its milky, white-glazed texture. Continue Reading Japan’s Beautiful Yamaguchi Prefecture and Famous Hagi-yaki Pottery

Soothing Hot Spring Areas Near Tokyo

Posted on June 10, 2018 within News

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Soothing Hot Springs Near Tokyo

Some of the most soothing hot spring destinations in Japan are within easy reach of Tokyo.

Sojourn to Hakone, a beautiful mountainous area with verdant forests, small lakes and thermal springs located approximately 90 minutes from Tokyo. Behold the beautiful red tori gate of Hakone Shrine set along the edge of Lake Ashi as well as views of majestic Mt. Fuji, the iconic symbol of Japan. Continue Reading Soothing Hot Spring Areas Near Tokyo

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.
Continue Reading JapanQuest Journeys Expands B2B Travel Services

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

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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.

Continue Reading Enlightenment in a Zen Garden: From Canvas to Earth

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