Make the most of Japan’s innovation
If one thing is constant in Japan, it is change. 2018 is a shining example of many new hotels, events and sights for an adventuring tourist. Here is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you want to experience more tea ceremony and tea drinking than you dreamed possible, green tea is the hot beverage in Japan right now. Tokyo is home to Hotel Koé, a fashion and lifestyle boutique hotel and bakery, with an emphasis on ‘stay’, ‘fashion’ and ‘music’.
Guest rooms here are inspired by the tea ceremony, with a modern twist on the chashitsu (tea rooms) incorporating features such as an engawa porch.
Speeding along Japan’s rail tracks this year is a new and revolutionary ‘invisible train’, designed by Kazuyo Sejima. This has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings by reflecting them.
Tokyo Disney Resort will mark the resort’s 35th birthday, from 15 April 2018 until 25 March 2019, showcasing the best of the attraction in with new day- and night-time parades, special events at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Its Universal Studios counterpart will host the 4th annual Universal Cool Japan, the biggest ever celebration of cool Japan with an ultra-immersive ride attraction.
Not simply a guide, simply the best
Our best insider tip, perhaps ironically, is to find an expert. The guides in Japan are some of the best in the world. This is not a student summer job, but a highly regarded, highly qualified career. It takes years of studying to become a guide in the country and rightly so, because there is a lot of ground to cover. It is like a taxi driver in London – you only want to take a cab where the driver has passed The Knowledge – because then you really know where you are going. A&K only hires the unforgettable guides who truly have the knowledge we want to pass to you.