Introducing the Ultimate Indulgences Expeditions the Kyoto Edition
Nov 28th, 2019
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.
From sumptuous meals to restorative retreats, follow your bliss in Japan’s cultural heart
Widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the former imperial capital of Japan is home to over 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. Centuries of devotion to spirituality and attention to craft have resulted in inspired architecture and a rich artisan culture that influences everything, from divine wellness therapies to unforgettable cuisine.
The observance of the changing seasons and the Japanese reverence for nature make Kyoto an interesting destination all year round. As the seasons change so do the menus, from the light and refreshing flavors of the summer, to tangy and floral twists of spring dishes, to the warm and rich textures of autumn and winter meals. Tending to one’s wellbeing is likewise elevated to an art form in local culture, where the emphasis is on holistic and natural treatments and remedies.
For a growing number of jetsetters, time away to slow down and rest – in beautiful settings – has become the ultimate luxury. The natural therapies and regimens designed to soothe mind, body and soul that abound in the city are proving to be a popular draw. A few highlights to get you inspired:
- The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto’s cycle tours offers guest the chance to combine fitness with discover as the route takes them down the city’s historical landmarks, temples and shrines
- Local ingredients such as green tea, known for their healing and restorative powers, form the base for the signature spa treatments at Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
- Hyatt Regency Kyoto’s Riraku Spa brings the essence of the popular Japanese healing modality of forest bathing indoors with a hinoki powder bath, among other interesting and unique spa treatments
As travel trends bend towards destination dining, and more and more luxury travelers plan entire holidays around acclaimed premium restaurants, Kyoto’s comprehensive and diverse list of dining experiences place the city firmly on the top spot of places to visit. Here’s a sampling:
- Centuries-old Miyamasou, once a stop for pilgrims on their way to a temple in the mountains, now has two Michelin stars
- The small, intimate restaurant called Monk along the Philosopher’s Path takes a poetic approach to seasonal cooking
- Hiroya, in the picturesque northern village of Kibune, crafts a different but equally beautiful dining experience for summer and autumn visitors
From sumptuous meals to restorative retreats, follow your bliss in Kyoto
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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