November 2023
Japan
8 nights /9 days
small group
POA
Australian Creative Legend Amanda Henderson Shares her favourite place

Amanda and her team’s at Gloss Creative possess the rare ability to transport one in place. For creatives and civilians alike, to spend time with Amanda is a delight. The stories, insights, cultural and pop-cultural references combined with a genuineness and good humour that leave you looking forward to the next time in her company.

Travel is a key inspiration tool for Amanda yielding fresh perspectives and enhancing her field of vision in ways that she shares with her audience. Amongst the many destinations Amanda has been inspired, Japan is a place she keeps returning to. Now, the opportunity exists for you to be literally transported and see Japan through Amanda’s eyes.

Join Amanda on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Japan – visiting her favourite places, meeting fascinating members of her enviable network and derive countless memorable and shareable elements. 

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

Be introduced to some of Amanda's favourite places and her local friends
Explore art and design within the megalopolis of Tokyo
Relax in the rural charm of Hakone including a traditional Onsen Experience
Take in beauty and tradition of one of Japan's ordest cities Kyoto

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

TOKYO

DAY 1 – YOU’VE ARRIVED

There is no city quite like Tokyo. As soon as you land, you’ll be greeted and transferred by private car to modernist icon the Okura Tokyo to settle in as you anticipate the magical journey that awaits you.

Accommodation – The Okura Tokyo 

TOKYO

DAY 2 – WAKING UP IN TOKYO

As the group gathers for breakfast, we get a chance to properly meet Amanda and each other. Amanda has said that “shopping is how I get my bearings” – so today we dive into Tokyo by taking you on a curated shopping tour of the city. Taking in local districts, obscure stores and some the places that Tokyo is famous for. We’ll regroup for a welcome dinner at a local favourite.

Accommodation – The Okura Tokyo 

TOKYO

DAY 3 – CAMERA EATS FIRST

Today is all about food – the real and the not-so-real. We visit a fake food factory and workshop and find out how these incredible selling tools are created. We experience lunch at a hidden sushi restaurant.

Accommodation – The Okura Tokyo 

TOKYO

DAY 4 – CULTURAL DELIGHTS

Today we explore the modern culture of Tokyo with visit to the incredible installation of TeamLab and a local studio visit. We visit the Mori Gallery and spend the afternoon shopping amongst the incredible architecture of Ginza. Our 4 days in Tokyo culminate with an incredible group dinner.

Accommodation – The Okura Tokyo 

HAKONE

DAY 5 – ESCAPE FROM TOKYO

This morning, following breakfast, we make our way out of Tokyo into the beautiful rural heart of Kawagane Prefecture, to the town of Hakone. An easy drive from Tokyo  – along the way we’ll experience the natural beauty of Japan, including vistas of Mount Fuji.

Accommodation – Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

HAKONE

DAY 6 – TAKE IT ALL IN

Today is about relaxation and respite. Enjoy a leisurely morning in the beautiful surroundings of your hotel followed by an afternoon spent in the private onsen (Japanese bath). Experience the restorative and meditative powers of what is essentially a national pastime.

Accommodation – Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

KYOTO

DAY 7 – HISTORIC KYOTO

Enjoy a late start before checking out as we move on to one of Japan’s oldest cities, Kyoto. Experiencing the Shinkansen (bullet train) is an absolute must when visiting Japan – we travel from Odawara to Kyoto by this method. Following our arrival in Kyoto – we take a walking tour of the local area, including the Imperial Palace ahead of a group dinner.

Accommodation – The Hotel Mitsui

KYOTO

DAY 8 – THE EYE MUST TRAVEL

Today we are reminded why Amanda loves Japan so much… The contrasts, the rich culture, the people – it’s a confluence that makes it like no other place. We explore the temples, parks and streets of Kyoto. The group enjoys a final dinner where we reflect on what are sure to be incredible memories.

Accommodation – The Hotel Mitsui

KYOTO

DAY 9 – JOURNEY CONCLUDES

Take your time enjoying the sublime surroundings of the Hotel Mitsui as you prepare for your onward journey. Joel Found has pre-arranged transfers to Kyoto airport or station as we say goodbye to Amanda’s Japan.

 

JOURNEY GALLERY

Kyoto
Tokyo Imperial Palace
The Okura Lobby
Fake Food
Team Lab
Tokyo
Ginza
Tokyo

Join Amanda IN JAPAN


  • Prices subject to change based on final group size.
  • Itinerary is indicative, elements may change subject to availability and final group size.
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