InsideJapan Tours has revealed a lineup of new experiences across Japan for travelers in 2019. From specialized Small Group Tours and Self-Guided Adventures to bespoke Exclusive Private Journeys, InsideJapan Tours' 2019 offerings provide a variety of ways to discover each destination.
New cultural and urban adventures include:
The Setouchi Art Triennale Is Back
Taking place once every three years across 12 islands in the Seto Inland Sea, the Setouchi Art Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of contemporary art in Japan. The festival covers three seasons—spring (April 26 to May 26, 2019), summer (July 19 to August 25, 2019) and fall (September 28 to November 4, 2019), and can be experienced via a network of ferries that shuttle visitors to the collection of islands. This year, InsideJapan Tours has partnered with Seto Yacht Charter and Setouchi Seaplanes to provide its guests with on-demand VIP connections between all 12 islands. InsideJapan Tours guests will visit the festival with an exclusive charter yacht service around the Seto Inland Sea. Additionally, custom air excursions by Setouchi Seaplanes provide a new way to experience the coastlines and islands, bridges and beaches scattered throughout the Seto Inland Sea from above.
New Inside Circle Tours in Tokyo
The Neon Night Food Tour and Tokyo City Walking Tour are the latest in exclusive tour offerings in the city from InsideJapan Tours. These excursions are led by "Insiders" who bring their years of knowledge living and working in Tokyo to the experience. InsideJapan Tours says guests experience an evening uncovering hidden gems, eating and drinking around every hidden corner of the city at the guide's favorite spots. The tours hold a maximum of 10 people.
Inside Circle Tours are included in a handful of InsideJapan Tours' Small Group itineraries or can be added to a Fully Tailored Journey. For instance, travelers can explore Tokyo with the HYPERJAPAN's J-Pop & Go! Small Group itinerary. The 10-night itinerary includes day-glo cafés, video game arcades, kawaii street fashion and ancient temples, gardens and natural scenery; J-Pop & Go! is a mixture of kitschy pop culture and traditional Japan.
Bespoke Photography Tours
InsideJapan Tours and photojournalist Everett Kennedy Brown have partnered to offer bespoke photography tours across Japan. With over 25 years of experience living and working in Japan, Brown utilizes his network of contacts to organize private photoshoots with notable individuals and other exclusive cultural experiences for guests of InsideJapan Tours.
For guests looking for a Small Group set departure, InsideJapan Tours has announced an 11-night Portraits of Japan Tour departing on October 21, 2019. InsideJapan Tours can also create customized photography tours tailored to suit any group's interests. For additional information, to plan a custom trip and for future set departures, visit www.getthepicture.tours.
Rugby Fever Arrives in Kyushu
With several Rugby World Cup games taking place across the island throughout the tournament—including two quarter-final matches—the little-visited island of Kyushu may find itself firmly in the spotlight in 2019.
Kyushu has the largest active volcano in Japan and rural scenery, alongside cosmopolitan Kagoshima, the ancient and modern Nagasaki and Kumamoto, national parks and foodie hotspots such as Fukuoka - home to Tonkotsu Ramen.
To help travelers "connect the dots," InsideJapan Tours created a 13-night Kyushu Elements Small Group Tour, designed to for those who want to experience Japan like a local. Highlights of this tour include a helicopter ride over the largest active volcano in Japan and a Japanese calligraphy class in Kumamoto.
Additionally, for guests who have secured their tickets for the two-quarter final matches taking place in Oita, InsideJapan's seven-night Kyushu Clash Self-Guided Adventure takes in Fukuoka and Nagasaki as well as a couple of nights in Osaka, the foodie capital of Japan.