Agents head back to Japan with JNTO – Travel Weekly

To celebrate the reopening of Japan’s borders in October, JNTO has kidnapped agents to get a first-hand look at the incredible destination.

In collaboration with Linkd Tourism to create the perfect itineraries, JNTO hosted five different fam trips through Kyushu, Hokuriku, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Kansai in November.

Last week, Sally Miles, Business Development Manager at JNTO, hosted seven luxury agents for a six-day all-inclusive luxury family in Tokyo, Ise Shima, Kobe, Osaka, Sakai and Koyasan.

Sekisho-in Temple on the last night of the family

The group flew Japan Airlines to Haneda and began the itinerary with two nights at The Okura Tokyo, staying in the property’s 6-star Heritage Wing. To ensure a variety of options for each client, accommodation during the trip included a range of hotels, as well as a unique temple stay.

Showcasing the breadth of cuisine available in Japan, meals ranged from traditional Japanese “kaiseki” tasting paired with sake to exquisite Michelin-starred French cuisine, as well as a touch of Osaka soul food with a “ Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba Cooking Class.

Of course, a visit to Kobe wouldn’t be complete without seeing the famously melt-in-the-mouth Kobe beef prepared right in front of you.

Agents experience the famous Kobe beef first hand

The agents witnessed traditional crafts and customs such as Edo Kiriko glass cutting, pearl harvesting, knife sharpening and a tea ceremony.

When asked about the most memorable highlights of the trip, opinions largely split between teamLab Planets, a museum for multi-sensory digital art in Tokyo, and the temple stay in Koyasan, where agents dressed in traditional monk’s robes for their vegan dinner “Shojin Ryori” beforehand Embark on a night tour of the Okunoin Cemetery.

From ancient traditions to modern innovations, the Fam trips dazzled the agents and inspired everyone to return to Japan.

Featured Image: Group shot after the Bonito Flake Experience looking towards Ise Shima

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