Introducing the Ultimate Indulgences Expeditions the Wakayama Edition
The Ultimate Indulgences Expeditions is a series of five thoughtfully curated travel experiences — across Kyoto, Sapporo, Ishikawa and Wakayama — organized by the Japan Luxury Travel Alliance. Each singular experience showcases trends in wellness and gastronomy, from inspired innovations and rediscovered ancient traditions, found in some of the country’s finest establishments.
Taste and feel the bounty from summit to sea in the Japan’s spiritual heartland
Wakayama, south of Osaka, is known as the home of Mt Koya, the sacred temple mountain and seat of Shingon Buddhism, and the trailhead of a network of pilgrimage trails known as the Kumano Kodo. A sense of spirituality pervades long cultivated traditions in Wakayama, from temple cuisine to onsen bathing, inspired by both the religion and the dramatic natural landscapes of the Kii Peninsula.
Wakayama’s unique topography — rugged coast to misty mountain peaks and wooded valleys — has supplied the local cuisine with a wealth of rare and often luxurious ingredients. The abundance of hot spring has also made it a favorite destination for onsen retreats.
Soak up the joys of hot spring bathing at Wakayama’s top onsen retreats Here’s why There are countless delights in onsen bathing — relaxing in mineral-rich waters are not only beneficial to mind and body, it’s also a shared activity that forges bonds. Whether you’re traveling alone or with loved ones, these three luxurious destination ryokans are the perfect settings for a healing holiday
At Kumano Bettei on the island of Nakanoshima, enjoy thermal baths supplied by six natural hot springs plus a view of Katsuura Bay
The hilltop location of Infinito Hotel & Spa Nanki-Shirahama, in the storied onsen town of Shirahama, gives the property unique access to spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean
The enchanting Ama no Sato in the foothills of the scared Mt Koya is magical retreat at any time of the year
Wakayama is one of the world’s most unforgettable dining destinations
Fresh, locally sourced ingredients make Wakayama’s cuisine delicious and wildly intriguing, whether you’re enjoying temple cuisine or food as medicine
6 Nights 7 Days Model Itinerary
From sumptuous meals to restorative retreats, follow your bliss in Wakayama
The Japan Luxury Travel Alliance introduces discriminating travelers to one-of-a-kind and thoughtfully crafted experiences, featuring some of the most revered establishments in wellness and gastronomy. Each six-day experience comprises a carefully crafted daily itinerary for an unforgettable dining and wellness holiday.
About Japan Luxury Travel Alliance
Formed in 2016, the Japan Luxury Travel Alliance (JLTA) is a group of several Japanese localities, each offering unique and inspired experiences in luxury travel. The members of the alliance are: Kyoto, one of Japan’s leading historical and cultural destinations; the city of Sapporo, renowned for its fine, powder-like snow; Ishikawa Prefecture, where the fascinating samurai culture endures to this day; and Wakayama Prefecture, home of Mt Koya and the spiritual trail known as the Kumado Kodo. The group’s objectives are to collaborate on delivering consistently high quality travel experiences and to promote Japan as an ideal destination for luxury travelers from around the world. The Ultimate Indulgences Expeditions Series is a project with curated content by luxury travel specialists members of Japan Luxury Travel Alliance project.
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