Time-warp Tokyo in Yanesen
Be transported back to pre-war Tokyo amid the sliding wooden doors of old ryokan, historical bathhouses and vintage pawnshops in the neighbourhoods of Yanaka, Sendagi and Nezu (collectively Yanesen). Located in Tokyo’s far north-east, these peaceful, cobblestone districts escaped bombing in the Second World War and remain home to artisans and craftsmen.
Ancient rituals at the Center for Arts and Wellness
Breathe in heady, mysterious scents and experience the peace and calm of the rhythmic ritual of kodo (incense ceremony). Small charcoal censers burning sandalwood, frankincense, etc are passed around in this ‘game’ – have a go at the Center for Arts and Wellness.
301, 3-20-15, Tsurumaki, Setagaya-ku
Sumo action at Arashio-Beya
Enjoy ringside seats as enormous sumo wrestlers fight, staggering around an earthen ring in loincloths during morning practice. Afterwards, eat steaming bowls of chankonabe (a stew of chicken, fish, tofu and vegetables) with the wrestlers and their oyaka (master). Arashio-Beya’s half-day programme through H.I.S. Experience offers an insight into life in beya (sumo stables).
Adventurous eating at Fugutake
A meal of fugu (blowfish) will leave the lips tingling from the neurotoxins found in the glands of Japan’s most dangerous delicacy. An evening at Fugutake restaurant showcases fugu in myriad tasty ways. Sample it in broth, marinated, as sushi or even infused in sake (rice wine).
Gothic vampires and the Mad Hatter with Diamond Dining
Gothic vampire waiters, coffin tables and dishes oozing ‘blood’; tea party cocktails, dishes saying 'Eat Me”, psychedelic art and playing card coasters; Vampire Café and Alice in Wonderland Café in Ginza take themed dining to imaginative new heights.
Gizmos and gadgets in Electric Town
Walk through Japan’s Electric Town in Akihabara for a look at whole streets of shops filled with the latest cameras, mobile phones and digital technology. It’s heaven for tech-lovers as you play with walking, talking robots or try game consoles not found anywhere else in the world.
Costume karaoke at Festa
Dress up as Hello Kitty, Pokémon, a tiger or a Japanese schoolgirl and sing karaoke at the top of your lungs in one of Festa’s 25 private rooms. You will be singing till the early hours with 6,500 English songs to choose from and musical instruments to play with.
1-2/F Amerex Building, 3-5-7 Azabudai, Minato-ku