Beniya Mukayu- A Relais & Chateaux Gem

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Tea Ceremony Beniya Mukayu

A marvelous addition to the Relais & Chateaux Japan collection is the beautiful Beniya Mukayu. Tranquil rooms with open-air baths in a hot springs hotel offering a garden setting, spa, and spectacular dining. The rooms have a traditional Japanese Mineral Spring tub. Located near the western coast of Central Japan, the drive offers spectacular coastal views.

Japanese Style Mineral Spring Tub

Typical bedroom Beniya Mukayu

Restaurant Kaiseki Horin

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Iconic Miyajima Island

Miyajima

Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest portion of Hiroshima Bay. It is popularly known as Miyajima which in Japanese means “Shrine Island”. The island is one of Hayashi Gahō’s Three Views of Japan designed in 1643.
What a thrill to see.

Buddhist Pagoda at Miyajima

Sasayuri-Ann, a Villa in the Japanese Countryside

Sasayuri-Ann

Interior Sasayuri- Ann

Sasayuri-Ann is one of about 8 small villas and Ryokans we are going to experience. Owned by a village Buddhist priest, Tetsuji Matsubayashi, the villa was surpassed all expectations! Hosted by he and his family, we were most pleasantly surprised to have a flute serenade by his teacher- who plays all over the world. Then the topper was having dinner prepared by another friend, a Michelin Chef.

Dinner cooked by a Michelin Chef! What an experience!

Japanese Countryside and Temple visits.

We visited the town of Nara – near Kyoto- on the way to an amazing country villa but more about that later. We visited Fushimi Inari, a shrine famous for it’s 10,000 gates. When one makes a donation, their name is inscribed on one of the gates. Stunning!

Fushimi Inari Shrine


Morning Mist Nara


Todjaiji Temple, largest wooden building in the world


Diety from Tojaiji Temple

Ritz Carlton Kyoto- a Japanese Jewel Box!

Ritz Carlton Kyoto


One checks in and gets an immediate sense of

Ritz Carlton Kyoto

Flowers at the Ritz Carlton Kyoto

Kyoto. Japanese culture is on display in every corner. Rooms are luxurious with a floor to ceiling window view of the city. Japanese design with an extreme sense of luxury. Both 5 Star hotels in Kyoto, the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons are superb choices for an experience in Kyoto.

Kyoto – Cultural Heart of Japan

Dinner with a Geisha

With so many stunning temples, castles, monasteries, Kyoto is packed with wondrous sights everywhere you turn. One needs at least 4-5 days here.


Shogun Palace Kyoto

Japan – Amazing Ancient Culture

Japan- amazing ancient culture!
Polite, respectful, serene. We are finding the people of Japan to be warm and welcoming! I am privileged to be on a 16 day journey planned by Windows to Japan. Today we are in Kyoto at the incredible Four Seasons Kyoto. Typically the FS service is over the top, and this hotel was perfect.

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Four Seasons Kyoto

Four Seasons Kyoto