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Small Luxury Hotels, JNTO bring 'The Essence of Japan'

Immerse yourself in 'The Essence of Japan' with specially curated activities by JNTO, SLH

Staying at a Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) hotel is always more than just a luxury hotel stay. In Japan, the independently minded brand has teamed up with Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and local partners through a luxury travel consortium led by DENTSU AD-GEAR INC, to launch three exclusive packages that allow international guests the opportunity to really get under the skin of this fascinating country through its cuisine, nature, history and culture between now and March 2018.




The packages, lasting between two and five days, open the door to prestige activities, some not usually accessible to international visitors, that showcase both well-known and lesser-known parts of the Land of the Rising Sun, each complemented by a unique SLH hotel.


Premium packages include:

Three-day cultural and Michelin experience in Nara: 5th – 7th March 2018

One reservation for two people is available to witness the famous “Shunie” festival, at the historic Todaiji Temple in the ancient city of Nara. A 15-metre bronze Daibutsu (Great Buddha), cast in 749 and the largest in the world, awaits as well as the experience of Otaimatsu, which sees priests run along the corridors showering visitors with fire sparks from huge pine torches, believed to protect from evil. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki dinner at Nara’s 3-star Michelin restaurant Wa Yamamura, coupled with a two-night stay in the luxurious suite at Noborioji Hotel Nara, a charming villa wrapped in the slow flow of time. Prices from JPY137,760 per person (approx. USD1,210) based on double occupancy. 


Kaiseki dinner at Wa Yamamura, Nara


Five-day natural wonders of Yakushima Island: available until 16th March 2018

Guests are invited to experience another side of Japan on a subtropical island off the Southern coast of Kyushu. The island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 and visitors can explore the ancient rainforest with a guided trek among the 7,000 year-old cryptomeria trees, discover waterfalls and regenerate in a Power Spot, believed to give visitors healing energy. A villa at the Sankara Hotel & Spa, provides the perfect place to complement this get-away-from-it-all experience, complete with butler, world class spa and ocean views. Guests can opt for private yoga classes, sea kayaking and diving, or attend craft workshops to make their own bath salts, chopsticks or ceramics. Prices from JPY810,000 per person (approx. USD7,120) based on double occupancy.


Sankara Resort & Spa


Two-day Japanese Wedding Experience

Kick off a wedding celebration in memorable style at the ‘Palace of the Dragon God’, otherwise known as the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. This package offers the opportunity for a traditional Japanese wedding or couples photoshoot in the hotel’s ornate halls adorned with stunning Japanese heritage paintings and laquerwork or at the hotel’s chapel. The package includes a sumptuous dinner and cultural performance, a professional pampering team who will take care of every single detail and accommodation in one of the hotel’s intricately decorated suites. Prices from JPY387,500 per person (approx. USD3,406) based on double occupancy.


Filip Boyen, CEO at SLH says: “Japan mesmerizes many travelers with its diverse offerings from history, nature, culture, gourmet to modern urban life, and is an increasingly popular destination for our guests. We currently have twelve hotels in Japan, all well-defined by their location and this partnership allows SLH guests, staying at the selected hotels, exclusive access to some of the very best local, iconic and memorable experiences.”


The four SLH luxury packages form part of a larger ‘The Essence of Japan’ campaign featuring a total of 44 packages. Partners of “The Essence of Japan” campaign include, JNTO, Atelier LaPaz (Luxury Consulting Firm), DENTSU AD-GEAR, Voyagin (Online Travel Marketplace) and Ei-Publishing. For more details please visit the campaign website 


Hotel Gajoen bath


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Published: 16 February 2018

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