Japan to Reconnect and Unwind
Find refuge from the demands of daily life and immerse yourself in the otherworldly calm of Kagoshima & Yakushima, Japan’s Edens.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
Arrival in Kagoshima
Upon arrival transfer to Tenku-no-Mori, a Relais & Châteaux property where all is tranquility, boasting open-air baths and spas to soothe the body. The delicate nature that surrounds the property nourishes the soul. Take the day to relax and embrace a new mindset: one closer to the sky.
Lunch in the Feudal Style
Travel back in time at Sengan-en, a truly unique 17th-century Japanese stately home and garden. Built by the Shimadzu Clan, one of the most influential during the Edo period, the garden captures impressions of feudal Japan. The Shimadzu were some of the first leaders to advocate the end of Japan’s isolationism and were instrumental in the founding of modern Japan. Take a relaxing stroll around the traditional gardens and see how the exquisite regional glassware Satsuma Kiriko is made at the neighboring glassworks before enjoying a private lunch of traditional Kagoshima cuisine in full view of the active volcano Sakurajima. Read more
The Island of Life
Travel to Yakushima by hydrofoil and carve the scenic waters of Kagoshima Bay as you reach the open sea and the natural paradise beyond. Check into Sankara, where your personal butler will consult with you to create the ideal blend of experiences, depending on your mood and preference. Hike in the ancient forest, relax by the beach until the stars come out and cover the sky with their myriad lights; kayak in the river, or simply take advantage of the spa and relax at your leisure.
The Flow of the Island
Take a full day to relax and unwind and explore the beauty of Yakushima. Feel the presence of the forest spirits and forest-bathe with the art of shinrin-yoku, the medicinal philosophy that takes advantage of nature as a whole.
Leave the magic of Japan’s southernmost reaches behind and fly to Osaka with renewed energy, nourished, and ready to take life head-on. From Osaka you can continue travelling in Japan or connect with your international flight.