The Pursuit of Perfection

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About Japan

For many centuries, Japanese cultures have strived to surround themselves with beauty and have committed themselves to the pursuit of perfection.

Modern Japan still aspires to these ideals, and the adherence to these standards is reflected everywhere in the meticulous attention to detail- whether it’s manifested in the architecture, food, philosophy, or fashion. From cherry blossoms, ornate temples and shrines, water gardens, and the most iconic of natural features, Mount Fuji, Japan typifies the expression of physical and spiritual beauty.

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Thomson Experiences in Japan

Explore the rich cultural and artistic history behind Japan’s aesthetic ideals. The pursuit of perfection is reflected everywhere: in shrines and temples, in a rock garden, in a tea ceremony, and in a Geisha’s hairstyle. Even Mount Fuji looks perfect.
Join local chefs for an immersive journey into Japanese cuisine; sourcing sushi, sipping sake, searching the woods for mushrooms, making home-made noodles, joining a traditional tea ceremony.
All aboard a bullet train and fly through the countryside at 200 miles an hour! Glide across a lake in a pirate ship. Take the family to a professional baseball game. Delight in watching the famous “snow monkeys” soaking in steaming hot springs.
With so many exquisite subjects to choose from, you might not know where to start: ornamental shrines, temples, and water gardens; “snow monkeys” soaking in steaming hot springs, cherry blossoms, and, of course, iconic Mount Fuji.

Favorite Properties

In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.

Tokyo Station Hotel

Tokyo Station Hotel


Set in a Renaissance-style red-brick building dating back to 1915, Tokyo Station Hotel seamlessly blends upscale comfort with historical architecture, and is an iconic landmark in the heart of the city. The rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the Imperial Palace Gardens that raise the bar for exclusivity and sophistication.

Hoshinoya Kyoto Hotel

Hoshinoya Kyoto Hotel


Hoshinoya Kyoto Hotel was built from a single riverside villa, where its perfectly preserved scenery and architecture have been defined by beauty and luxury for centuries. Guest rooms are located in a traditional Japanese ryokanbuilt over 100 years ago as a private residence which has since been modernized enough to ensure a pleasant experience without sacrificing the heart of traditional Japanese architecture.



Ise-Shima National Park

Guided by a classical Japanese aesthetic, Amanemu’s suites and villas are replete with natural materials and large glass windows, with woven textile and timber sliding shutters that open to embrace the natural surroundings. Located within the heart of Ise-Shima National Park, the resort overlooks Ago Bay, a blue expanse dotted with oyster rafts and islets.

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
-Moslih Eddin Saadi