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The Hidden Daily Life and Living Traditions – Tokyo, Onomichi & Kyoto

The Hidden Daily Life and Living Traditions – Tokyo, Onomichi & Kyoto

8 Days 7 Nights

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For solo travelers, there is a single supplement fee of $1200. After booking your trip, please indicate your preference for a private room when filling out your traveler information form, and we will send a separate invoice for the associated cost. Alternatively, if you are open to sharing accommodations with another solo traveler this option may also be available upon checkout. Please note that these shared spots are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Highlights

The destinations in this itinerary offer magnificent wonders, craftsmanship, cuisine, architecture, and nature experiences that awaken your senses, stimulate the mind, and expand your imagination. You will delve into various lifestyles, ranging from a minimalistic existence to a ritualistic life amidst beautiful natural landscapes.

This journey begins with the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo, offering a diverse range of experiences from cultural exploration to entertainment and culinary delights. Try your luck with omikuji (fortune slips), purchase protective amulets or lucky charms, and seek out a personal gift that helps ward off misfortune and brings tranquility to your heart. Next, discover the timelessness of Onomichi, a charming hillside town overlooking the serene Seto Inland Sea. With homes hugging the slopes, hidden temples, lush parks, and an idyllic coastal railway, Onomichi paints a picturesque scene of traditional Japan. Included meditating and tasting at a hard-to-experience Zen temple.

Then, we will visit Kyoto which boasts a rich heritage that is reflected in cultural landmarks everywhere. Then we will explore the mountains and small villages where you can enjoy pleasant walks. All the places have long nurtured and developed its distinctive culture and are dotted with excursions that reflect its history and the lives of its people.

Five Senses Travel

Nurture your heart and treat yourself to the wholesome nourishment of “me time” amidst nature, art, beauty, and embrace new friendships. Me Time International Travel is centered around awakening all five senses, offering solace, comfort, and rejuvenation for both the mind and body. Your senses will come alive during this journey.

  • Sight:

    Beauty surrounds us, inviting us to pause and truly observe our surroundings. Through our eyes, we enrich ourselves with every moment, allowing us to appreciate and absorb the profound history and the heart of Japanese culture.

  • Touch:

    There is a lovely meditation on touch—because the Japanese believe there is a soul in every object, every part of life. Pay close attention to your hands and feet as you engage with nature and the ambient surroundings.

  • Sound:

    Pay attention to the sounds that grace your ears. The hustle and bustle of the big city can infuse us with excitement and energy, while a Zen temple or a quaint hidden café can induce relaxation and tranquility. Imagine yourself as a composer, gathering inspiration for a symphony.

  • Smell:

    Inhale deeply, embracing a tranquil state of mind, and savor the surrounding aromas. The art of living and the essence of scent intertwine everywhere. Being attuned to the diverse fragrances of our world will enhance your travel experience.

  • Taste:

    Indulge in an array of flavors. Delight in the awareness of mouthfeel, savoring the specialties of local seasonal freshness in food and drink. Engage in the textures, movements, and taste sensations of eating and drinking.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Japan – Tokyo

    • Visit Tokyo’s oldest town: Asakusa and Kappabashi

    • Ramen making and lunch

    • Welcome cocktail and dinner

    • Stay at Park Hotel Tokyo

    On the first morning, we will meet in the hotel lobby before immersing ourselves in the lively atmosphere of Asakusa, home to Tokyo’s oldest temple. Don’t miss the chance to draw a good omikuji fortune. Around the temple, you will uncover hidden gems where time-honored traditions and secret recipes give birth to delightful local sweets and snacks.

    Later, we will take you to Kappabashi, known as “Kitchen Street.” Stretching 800 meters, it hosts over 170 stores offering culinary supplies for both professionals and home cooks. We will continue on to  a “Make Your Own Ramen” workshop and a sumptuous lunch in Asakusa. Dive into the art of crafting your ramen bowl, learning the secrets of a perfect broth, and selecting your favorite toppings.

    The evening concludes with a warm welcome dinner at a traditional dining spot, marking the beginning of your unforgettable journey.

  2. Day 2

    Explore Heart of Bustling Metropolis -Tokyo

    • Pilgrimage to Meiji Shrine

    • Harajuku sweet treats

    • Stay at Park Hotel Tokyo

    Our morning begins with a visit to the Meiji Shrine, where tranquility graces the heart of the bustling metropolis. It offers a serene change of pace from the city before you venture onto the lively streets of Harajuku. Afterward, our focus turns to a hands-on food tour through these lively streets, allowing you to explore and savor whatever piques your interest. From crêpes to rice flour dumplings and cotton candy, Tokyo’s kawaii capital promises a delightful array of treats for your taste buds.

    You’re free to choose your own dinner. Explore a range of dining experiences, from casual izakayas to Michelin-starred establishments. Discover unique restaurants tailored to your palate and enjoy a delightful meal.

  3. Day 3

    Fish Market & Cat Alley – Tokyo to Onomichi

    • Morning walk to Toyosu market

    • Travel to Onomichi

    • Dinner at a tranquil yet enchanting and cozy bar restaurant

    • Stay at LOG

    The morning kicks off early with a visit to Toyosu, the epitome of organized chaos in the wholesale fish market. Afterward, we will board a Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Onomichi, a charming town in western Japan. Upon arrival, we will have lunch before exploring Onomichi, a picturesque small town with narrow streets filled with delightful coffee and sweets shops. If you are a cat lover, don’t miss a stroll to the famous “Cat Alley,” home to one of the most significant cat colonies.

    After a leisurely stroll through the charming town of Onomichi, unwind with a delightful dinner. Begin with a cocktail at the bar lounge, and then savor a delectable six-course dinner thoughtfully crafted from seasonal local ingredients, prepared by a chef blending European and Pan-Asian influences.

  4. Day 4

    Inland Sanctuary Experience – Onomichi

    • Morning meditation and breakfast with fresh local produce

    • Create a lucky charm

    • Explore Onomichi’s gems

    • Stay at LOG

    After a healthy breakfast made from local produce, we will guide you to a local temple, where you can enjoy painting a maneki-neko (beckoning cat).

    The rest of the afternoon will be spent exploring Onomichi or the enchanting island of Ikuchijima, where you can savor not only the sights but also the local cuisine. You will receive a handpicked list of temples, cafes, shops, and restaurants, carefully curated by the locals and the Me Time Travel team. You can use these recommendations as your guide to explore historical, artistic, and cultural sites. There will be time for cycling, immersing yourself in the natural surroundings, and enjoying dinner at your leisure. The following day, we will embark on a journey to a traditional yet futuristic Zen temple, radiating quaint and charming allure.

  5. Day 5

    A Truly Ritual Day – Kyoto

    • Visit Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens

    • Savor soulful udon noodle like a Zen monk

    • Enjoy a memorable Kyotonian dinner

    • Stay at an exclusive hotel in Kyoto

    After breakfast, we will partake in meditation sessions at the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens. Led by a knowledgeable monk, you’ll learn the art of meditation, promoting calmness, clarity, and inner happiness. Take your time to explore the expansive and unique Japanese garden complex, featuring architectural structures that blend historical design with contemporary Zen art.

    For lunch, we’ll indulge in a nourishing Zen meal with udon noodles at the temple, a feast that nurtures both body and soul. Following this peaceful retreat, we’ll embark on a Shinkansen (bullet train) journey from Onomichi to Kyoto, setting the stage for a lively evening in Kyoto renowned as Japan’s culinary haven. Expect dishes featuring the best of Kyoto, incorporating locally sourced vegetables and ingredients.

  6. Day 6

    Daily Life & Living Tradition – Kyoto

    • Visit to a farming village

    • Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch with a local family

    • Savor a wholesome tsukemono dinner

    • Stay at an exclusive hotel in Kyoto

    Today, we venture into the countryside of Kyoto, an area surrounded by mountains to visit and connect with a local farming family. They will graciously guide you on a tour of their farm and village, allowing you to explore their harmonious relationship with nature and their deep reverence for the natural world, which enables them to coexist in harmony. After savoring a hearty farm-to-table lunch in a charming thatched-roof house, you’ll have some free time to wander the village at your own pace. Take a stroll along the pristine river, sourced from the mountains, and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance while gaining insight into the local lifestyle.

    In the early afternoon, we will head back to Kyoto. Tonight’s dinner is a delightful Kyotonian experience to enjoy tsukemono (pickled vegetables) made from vegetables that are traditionally grown only in Kyoto. Served in a modern and cozy setting, you can savor dishes like eggplant, pickling melon, lotus root, and an array of plant-based options.

  7. Day 7

    Into the Alluring Nature – Kyoto

    • Hike the Kurama-Kibune circuit

    • Riverside lunch at Kawadoko

    • Shabu-shabu farewell dinner accompanied by geisha entertainment

    • Stay at an exclusive hotel in Kyoto

    In the morning, we’ll embark on an exploration of Kyoto’s breathtaking natural beauty nestled in the hills north of the city. Our journey will take us through the enchanting districts of Kurama and Kibune, a day hike starting from Kurama Temple to the Kifune Shrine. This trek is classified as easy and offers a perfect opportunity for mindful exercise that engages all our senses, including the rejuvenating practice of forest bathing. We will stop for lunch at a picturesque riverside and savor a delicious meal.

    Return to central Kyoto for the farewell dinner and prepare to delight in shabu-shabu with Kuroge-wagyu beef in a traditional Kyoto townhouse-style establishment. As the evening unfolds, enjoy an authentic dance performance by a geisha accompanied by music. You’ll even have the chance to partake in traditional games with her.

  8. Day 8

    Until We Meet Again – Kyoto

    • Transfer to Airport

    It’s time to bid farewell. You will carry the memorable experiences in your hearts until our paths cross again. The tour will conclude after breakfast. If you plan to stay a few extra days, we can provide you with some tips on places to explore.

Accommodations

Our accommodations will be primarily boutique hotels run by local businesses, offering a range from minimalistic and comfortable lodgings to traditional Japanese inns called ryokans with communal baths. These serene retreats serve as the ideal starting point for “Me Time” and mindful journey.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo, the Park Hotel Tokyo offers a truly unique and artistic experience for its guests. From the moment you step into the hotel, you will be surrounded by the year-round art exhibition that transcends conventional hospitality. The concept of “Art for all” has been woven into every aspect of the guest experience, including the exhibitions that grace the corridors of every guest room floor. During your stay, enjoy the guest lounge located on the 25th floor with panoramic views of Tokyo's majestic skyline, including Mount Fuji and Tokyo Tower.

LOG

LOG is a hidden gem perched atop a picturesque hill. This boutique hotel is a harmonious blend of contemporary design and timeless charm with views of Onomichi and the tranquil Seto Inland Sea. It has an inviting library and dining area, where the soothing hues of blue and warm yellow create an ambiance of comfort. What sets this small-scale hotel apart is the personal touch you'll experience. The staff's genuine care and attention to detail will make your stay memorable. If you're keen to explore, the hotel staff occasionally lead guided tours when their schedules permit.

Notes

For Solo Travelers

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement fee of $1200. After booking your trip, please indicate your preference for a private room when filling out your traveler information form, and we will send a separate invoice for the associated cost. Alternatively, if you are open to sharing accommodations with another solo traveler this option may also be available upon checkout. Please note that these shared spots are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hotel

We want to note one condition if you are staying overnight at LOG in Onomichi. Due to the unique terrain characterized by stone-paved staircases and narrow streets, many roads in Onomichi cannot be traversed by car. Access to LOG is exclusively on foot, involving a climb of 100 stairs as it is located on a hill. We kindly request that you make reservations with this condition in mind. You can securely store your luggage at their affiliated hotel near Onomichi train station and pack for the duration of your stay.

Flow through this trip; daydream awaits.

Every day, all destinations fill your eyes with wonder.

Explore Onomichi’s treasure from sea to land.