Venturing to the easternmost hem of the Silk Road, Japan luxury travel reveals an economic powerhouse with one foot firmly planted in its storied past and the other jumping head long into the prevalent future. Sure, the typical Japanese stereotypes still ring true: anime and Harajuku continue to infiltrate Tokyo’s subcultures, karaoke and endless sake remain the favorite Friday night pastime, and sushi is just as serious as it is popular. However, Japan luxury travel also divulges that the country is still very much grounded in its imperial roots, as witnessed in cities like Kyoto, still clinging to its traditional geisha teahouses and thousands of temples and shrines, and Hakone, a peaceful mountainside pilgrimage just outside chaotic Tokyo.
This dichotomy of past and present creates an almost timelessness to Japan luxury travel. It can by tasted in the country’s incredibly varied and altogether adventurous food scene, presented with an intentional and practically reverential attention to detail. It can be tapped in one of the countryside’s intimate ryokans where guests are invited to don their traditional Japanese robes, soak in restorative onsen hot springs, and dine on marathons of kaiseki cuisine, a several-hour culinary art showcase served on tatami floors. But most poignantly, it is felt in the meticulous and careful nature of the Japanese people who never shy away from beauty, whether in the form of a Zen rock garden, an on-time train schedule, or a dynamic Tadao Ando original whose forward-thinking design holds just as much permanence as the ancient craftsmen of Kanazawa.
Explore Japan’s heartland and economic capital to the north and the stunning manifestations of its cultural past to the south in Ker & Downey’s signature style of luxury and discovery. Ker & Downey’s inspirational luxury Japan tours—designed around the country’s distinct culinary flavors, artistic heritage, and essential highlights—offer the perfect jumping off point as you begin planning your next hand-crafted luxury Japan journey, an essential addition on any Asia holiday.