Japan offer a distinct and appealing destination for a corporate incentive travel programme, not only does the country offer a travel programme full of excitement and luxury it also lends itself perfectly to a well designed and delivered marketing communications programme that will excite your audience and get them motivate to qualify for their place on the incentive trip.
Japan offers a variety of destinations. Most famously, Tokyo – one of the largest global city and, Kyoto – the former capital of Japan with more than 1,100 years of history, which is famous worldwide for its temple and shrines. Moreover, Japan has so many destinations to offer from northern ski resort Hokkaido to southern beach island Okinawa as Japanese archipelago stretches over a long distance from north to south, and each region has its own distinct and changing climate, culture, and traditions.
A popular corporate event itinerary to Japan includes embracing the countries capitals, both old and new, with a never to be forgotten visit to the unique metropolis that is Tokyo followed by a trip down to the ancient capital Kyoto:
Day 1 Arrive at Narita Airport and transfer to your choice of hotel in Tokyo with accommodation choices to suit any taste and most budgets. Take a welcome dinner on Yakatabune, a Japanese style boat cruise. On this dinner, the boat sails out to the Tokyo Bay. Enjoy delicious Tempura course menu with Japanese sake and, if desired Karaoke is also available on this boat the perfect way to break the ice and bond your group together right from the outset.
Day 2 Today your guests will get to know their surrounds more intimately with a City Tour of Tokyo including a visit to Imperial Plaza, Tokyo Sky Tree, the newest landmark and the highest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world, Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, and Shibuya and Harajuku district including Shibuya crossing, the so called “Times Square of Tokyo”, which is often featured in films and on the television. Dinner at best Kobe beef Teppanyaki restaurant. After dinner, a very unique and distinctly Japanese, robot themed show at Robot restaurant in Shinjuku Kabukicho area.
Day 3 It’s time for some team activities today with options available such as interactive learning of Japanese calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arrangements, Sushi making lessons, Japanese Taiko drum lesson etc. Alternatively a full day trip to Nikko is worth consideration, a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu shrine, a World Heritage Site. This World Heritage was built in 1617 as the mausoleum of the Tokugawa Ieyasu, the Japanese warrior, statesman and founder of the Tokugawa dynasty of Shoguns. Located nearby are many beautiful natural sights to enjoy, including Lake Chuzenje and Kegon Waterfalls. For dinner Tokyo has more than 100,000 restaurants and the most Michelin stars in the world and we’ll find something perfect for your group.
Day 4 Depart Tokyo for Hakone, located only a couple of hours form bustling Tokyo, and on the way to Kyoto for a day with a little more added adventure. Mt. Fuji and Hakone National Park is the most popular nature resort in Japan. Activities there include a brief cruise on the pristine Lake Ashi and an exciting rope way ride over volcanic valley with the beautiful Mt. Fuji view. On this night, we would propose that guests will stay at a Japanese Ryokan style accommodation and enjoy the Japanese hot spring and Japanese style dinner. Guests in Japanese kimono wear will be invited to, followed by Japanese-style dinner banquet with authentic Japanese “Kaiseki” in a “tatami”-floored Japanese banquet room.
Day 5 This morning your guests will depart Hakone for Kyoto by Japan’s famous high speed train, Shinkansen. In the afternoon, a half day city tour in Kyoto will be undertaken, visiting Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, and Kiyomizu Temple. The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto offers numerous numbers of temples and shrines, some of them are UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. An informal cocktail reception in the garden of a renowned Japanese temple followed by sumptuous Italian dinner with Kyoto local vegetables with unique surrounding and history.
Day 6 After a packed schedule day 6 would be at leisure for tours and activities, such as half day tour to Osaka, or Nara, sake brewery visit and tasting, Nishiki food market walk and Japanese home cooking, Budo Training experience, private viewing of an Exclusive Temple and Meet with a Buddhism Monk and more in Kyoto. For those with an interest in recent history a full day tour is also available to Hiroshima by Shinkansen. The farewell evening dinner will take place at one of the finest Japanese style restaurant, Kyoyamato. During the dinner, traditional Japanese entertainments are available including Geisha dance performance, Kabuki play, Koto or Japanese harp, Shishimai or dragon dance, Ninja and Samurai performance and more. The restaurant originally constructed for a second house of Nishi- Honganji Temple, is located in the middle of “Special District for Preservation of Historical Buildings”, where Higashiyama Great Temples, accredited as World Heritage, are surrounding around it.
Day 7 Transfer to Kansai International Airport and Departure
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