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nikko

7 Days
Gastronomy & Farm
Tokyo, Koga, Nikko, Nasu

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This is an ideal itinerary to escape to the countryside with the theme of gastronomy, farm, the world cultural heritage site, the NIKKO national park, hot spring, and architecture in NIKKO & NASU.
Hario café Good Coffee Workshop
+ Tokyo Orientation Half day / Full day tour
KOGA Farm & Dining / KOGA Farm & Picnic
Escape to NIKKO, the world cultural heritage site, the NIKKO national park
MIZUNIWA botanical garden in ART BIOTOP, NASU
Nature Guided Trekking in Heisei-no-Mori, the NASU imperial villa forest

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Coffee workshop and Tokyo tour
    Today you'll go deep into Japan's rich and delicious coffee history by partaking in a workshop with one of the best drip coffee masters in Tokyo, Mr. Takahashi of coffee company HARIO. Tokyo, HARIO Co., Ltd, located in Nihonbashi, has been dedicated to designing, producing, and selling heatproof glass since 1921. The company began as a manufacturer of laboratory glassware and expanded its production to household items in 1948, starting with the coffee syphon. Their V60 coffee dripper is recognized and beloved by baristas around the world. You'll enjoy a class before the store opens.

    After the class, you'll take a comprehensive tour through Tokyo with your English-speaking guide. You'll discover Tokyo landmarks and key locations like Nihonbashi, Asakusa, Kappabashi, Ginza, Shibuya and Omotesando. We can suggest other destinations/ modify the tour depending on your interests.

    In terms of accommodation, we recommend the following luxury resorts: Palace Hotel Tokyo, The Peninsula Tokyo, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Aman Tokyo, or the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo.
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  • Day 2 and 3: Independent exploration
    These two days are free for you to explore however you wish. There's a likely chance you'll have some idea of what you want to see and do after your guided Tokyo tour. Or, if you're not too sure, feel free to ask us for some suggestions, as we can point you in the right direction.
  • Day 4: Farm and dining Koga
    Today is very special; you'll be enjoying an artfully curated day adventuring through Koga, Ibaraki, one such example of the country's endless gifts and potential. The adventure begins at Aoki Sake Brewery, a proudly family-run brewery and an example of Koga's local appeal. Aoki Sake Brewery, which was founded in 1831, is located on the west side of Ibaraki, right by the rushing water of the Watarase River and not far from the neighbouring Tone River. Meet the family behind the sake label, who also happens to live behind the brewery, and sample the delicious brews offered by Aoki.

    The tour then continues on to Akiba Farm, a compact but vibrant farm run by a couple (husband) Satoru and (wife) Hiroko Akiba. Satoru's hometown is Koga, and the pair relocated from Tokyo to enjoy a more laid-back life and showcase the regional side of Japan. The pair grow many of their own vegetables and occasionally offer boutique farm-to-table style dining in their charming repurposed greenhouses, working in collaboration with local breweries, chefs, and producers to craft a multi-sensory, multi-course seasonal lunch, featuring a variety of cooking styles, from Japanese-inspired bento (lunch box) style dishes to European flavours like rich, smooth beetroot soup with yuzu (a little taste of Japan).

    After you head to Nikko for the night, we recommend staying at The Ritz-Carlton Nikko.
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  • Day 5: A day in Nikko
    This day is dedicated to taking in all the gorgeous scenery, fascinating history and incredible culture of Nikko, a world cultural heritage site and national park. Sitting at the doorstep of Nikko national park, Nikko itself is a townhome to Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Long before the town's incredible sites were built here, this corner of the country was a centre of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship, and its power can be felt throughout the area. We can curate a day exploring, depending on what you want to see/ do experience.
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  • Day 6: Water and art
    Today you'll head deeper into Tochigi for an experience you'll never forget, a visit to groundbreaking architect Junya Ishigami's 'Water Garden' (Mizuniwa), a spectacular combination of landscaping, avant-garde design, architecture and the natural beauty of Japan. Here we'd suggest staying the night (maybe even two) at Art Biotop. This hotel and garden is a curated biosphere and lush, tranquil retreat. Contact us for more information on this somewhat elusive experience.
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ART BIOTOP
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  • Day 7: Nature guided trekking in Heisei-no-Mori
    Also known as the Nasu Imperial villa forest, this sprawling, untouched corner of lush beauty lies in northern Tochigi Prefecture and is a wonderful destination to visit for those looking to get deeply immersed in the unrivalled natural beauty of Japan. Take a guided tour through the 560-hectare forest, which used to be a part of the Nasu Imperial Villa, to learn about its ecological and political significance. After you will continue on your Japan adventure. Some recommended destinations include Ise, Koyasan (Mt. Koya), Nara, or Kyoto. If you'd like some more advice, just let us know. We're always happy to help!

Private guide and private car options

Musubi is happy to introduce and recommend to you the best local guides and drivers in the countryside you'll visit. This is Musubi CEO Megumi's expertise, as she likes to work with inspiring local guides as they know what's coming up in their region and offer the best insight in the region. Please feel free to contact us for further arrangement and booking. We can be very flexible about how you would like to travel and how we can support you on your journey.
  • Want to let your interests guide you? Then why not check out our tours arranged by theme? Gastronomy, wellness, history, nature, adventure, or contact us for tailor-made options.

  • Have some spare time, and want to make the most of it? Whether it’s a one-day activity or a multi-day tour through some of the nation’s most fascinating cultural landmarks and offerings, we’ve got you covered. Food, spirituality, history and adventure, it’s all here.

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