Entries tagged: Luxury Japan Travel

Top 5 Things to Do in Kyoto

Top 5 Things to Do in Kyoto

Ker & Downey’s guide to the top things to do in Kyoto. Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines, Kyoto is home to the country’s most treasured remnants of imperial life. Here, geishas still entertain in full makeup and dress within the Ochaya teahouses of Gion, masterpieces of religious architecture still house mesmerizing Zen gardens, and the Nishiki Market—or the “kitchen of Kyoto”—bustles with frenetic fish-selling energy. We asked our Luxury […]

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An Interview with Jiro Takeuchi, Hotelier of Kayotei Ryokan

An Interview with Jiro Takeuchi, Hotelier of Kayotei Ryokan

Asia Product Manager Lisa Sun recently returned from a trip to Japan where she had the opportunity to visit local artisans, one of the most memorable experiences in her long history of traveling. Upon her return, she spoke with Mr. Jiro Takeuchi, hotelier of Kayotei, Ker Downey’s preferred ryokan in Kanazawa, about their artisan experiences and his history in the industry. One of the most memorable and amazing experiences in my decades of travel was a one-on-one encounter with several humble, incredibly talented artisans on my recent fall visit to Kanazawa, an easy 2.5 hour journey on the speedy bullet […]

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Our Favorite Luxury Ryokans of Japan

Our Favorite Luxury Ryokans of Japan

A stay in one of Japan’s luxury ryokans is a great way to experience traditional Japanese culture, warm hospitality, and meticulous attention to detail the country has become known for. Ker & Downey has picked our favorite luxury ryokans to help you plan your journey to Japan. For centuries, travelers along the Tokaido road in Japan have been resting their weary bodies in ryokans. Typically located in rural areas around hot spring towns, the traditional Japanese inns were developed for traveling samurai in the 17th century. Today, they are an excellent way to experience Japanese heritage and hospitality. Within the […]

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A Culinary Tour of Japan For True Foodies

A Culinary Tour of Japan For True Foodies

Ker & Downey’s eight-day luxury culinary tour of Japan is a delicious treat for your taste buds. If Japan isn’t on your list as a foodie travel destination, it should be! Tokyo boasts more Michelin stars than any other city and Osaka is one of the world’s foremost foodie havens. Ker & Downey’s eight-day culinary tour of Japan is an indulgent voyage for your taste buds exploring the delicious world of Japanese cuisine. It’s jam-packed with excursions, tours, and private cooking lessons that explore Japan’s distinct culinary flavors. You’ll visit a depachika – an underground food basement that features a […]

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