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Five essential and exclusive experiences in Japan

Japan offers an enchanting mix of ancient tradition and ultra-modern.

Japan offers an enchanting mix of ancient tradition and ultra-modern. Photo: Abercrombie & Kent

You could go to Japan and attend a sumo match, or you could go to Japan and experience a sumo training session and see the athletes’ living quarters.

You could go to Japan to see a geisha, or you could go to Japan and enjoy an unforgettable meal in the company of a geisha.

You could try some of Japan’s street food, or you could be guided by your own food expert to the secret gems of Osaka’s famous food market.

Abercrombie & Kent takes the very best reasons people have for visiting this fascinating country and make them even better by adding exclusive experiences and expert local advice.

Here’s just some of the ways Abercrombie & Kent can help supercharge your Japan adventure.

Up close and personal with a sumo

The national sport of Japan, sumo wrestling is a way of life and an obsession.

And while attending a tournament is a thrilling way to immerse yourself in local sporting culture, an even better way to understand the mysteries of sumo is to visit a sumo training stable.

Here, at Tokyo’s sumo facilities you’ll watch a morning training session and view the athletes’ living and training quarters, gaining unbeatable understanding of the training and discipline required in this centuries-old sport.

Japan Geisha experiences

Experiencing time-honoured geisha traditions is a must for travellers to Japan. Photo: Abercrombie & Kent

Tea with a geisha

The geisha is one of Japan’s most unmistakable and misunderstood traditions, and Abercrombie & Kent’s Japanese journeys include the opportunity to take tea with a maiko, or apprentice geisha, as she leads the ceremony and explains its importance.

Or perhaps attend a multi-course dinner of Japanese cuisine in the company of a maiko or geisha, where you can chat and learn more about their world.

Secrets of Osaka’s Kitchen

One of Japan’s culinary capitals, Osaka is a hotspot for some of the best food experiences on the planet.

And while it’s hard to find a bad meal here, there is a way to ensure you’ll have the best.

Local culinary guides join Abercrombie & Kent travellers on an exploration of the colourful Shinsekai district.

Expect delectable deep-fried meat and vegetable morsels and ice-cold beer.

Then head to the covered Kuromon Ichiba Market, known as Osaka’s Kitchen, where you’ll make your way through the 150 vendors to find only the best grilled seafood, sea urchin and Takoyaki.

Japan Sake pottery

Enjoy exclusive experiences and expert local advice travelling with Abercrombie & Kent. Photo: Abercrombie & Kent

Become a sake expert

Anyone can drink sake, but to savour, discuss and recommend sake, you’ll need something a little extra.

At a masterclass in sake tasting you’ll sample a flight of sake handpicked from 41 breweries at Tokyo’s Meishu Centre as a local expert teaches you about how to best appreciate Japan’s national beverage.

Snowmobile through the Niseko Range

Safe for beginners but spectacular for everyone, a guided snowmobile tour through the Niseko Range will take you through snow-covered forests and pastures for incredible views and exhilarating fun on easy-to-ride, lightweight vehicles.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Tailor Made Japan Journeys are customised to suit each traveller.

One suggestion is a 12-day itinerary is priced from $18,960 based on twin share.

Contact a Journey Designer on 1800 161 352 to create your trip.

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