A Cultural Immersion in Tokyo

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TOKI offers a traditional weaving experience in Tokyo.

TOKI offers high-end guided experiences in Tokyo that truly immerse guests in Japan’s traditions right in the middle of the country’s bustling capital city.

These full-day, tailor-made experiences launched a couple of years ago and are ideal for clients who want to engage with local chefs, artisans and artists. In fact, says Yuko Inamasu, co-founder of TIMExperience, “it’s ideal for fashion designers, for example, who want to learn about indigo-dying or kimono-making.” Experiences run the gamut, touching on arts, crafts and culinary themes.

Under the “Authentic Arts” category, one finds the Traditional Tea Ceremony at a Cultural Heritage House; the Japanese Calligraphy Experience; and the Ikebana-Japanese Flower Arrangement Experience. Under “Authentic Foods,” you’ll discover Making Sushi with a World-Class Master Sushi Chef; Sake Brewery Tour and Sake Tasting at Tokyo’s Finest Brewery; and Make Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) With a Prominent Japanese Patissier. Under “Authentic Crafts,” there’s Witness the Making of Ancient Japanese Katana Swords; Traditional Weaving at the House and Atelier of a Craftsman; and Edo Kiriko (Japanese Glass) Making Taught By a First-Class Artisan.

TOKI recently partnered with the luxury property, Palace Hotel Tokyo, located just opposite the Imperial Palace Gardens, to offer a 2-night Unmasking Tokyo year-round package that includes tickets to a performance at the Kabuki-za theater, and a pre-performance lunch with a local Kabuki journalist and commentator who will introduce the stage art before the curtain is raised. A post-show backstage meet and greet or even a dinner with members of the cast and crew can potentially be arranged, along with the chance to be dressed in a Kabuki costume. Rates start at approximately $3,781. For more information on TOKI, visit toki/tokyo.