|Flight time||from UK: 11hrs; from US: 13hrs 45mins|
|Ideal length||7 Days|
|Price||From £3,575 pp|
|When to go||All Year Round|
Learning the mysterious discipline of Ninja from one of Japan’s most legendary sensei in his private dojo.
Unearthing the secret gems of Tokyo, from its glitzy shopping districts and internationally acclaimed galleries, to its ancient "pleasure quarters".
Taking it down a pace with some personal tuition of a more Zen variety: discover Japan's budou arts like calligraphy and flower arranging.
We can arrange for the most incredible money-can’t-buy learning experience in which you will receive martial arts lessons with one of Japan’s most legendary sensei, famous for taking on 13 Yakuza at once and coming out on top (with only a couple of broken fingers). This master has a karate dojo in Tokyo's ritziest neighborhoods, where Yoji Yamamoto and other legends also train.
Just imagine the dinner party conversation when you get home. “The bruise? It’s from training with a real life Japanese Ninja”. Having said that, we like to mix the ying with the yang, so to learn a slightly gentler skill we will arrange for you to learn other budou (way of Samurai) arts, like calligraphy, origami and ikebana (flower arranging).
And with our help, you'll get the inside track on the best that Tokyo has to offer. One of our all time favourite destinations, this city combines the thrilling vibe of the present with the beautiful traditions of the past. Aside from the blade-runner cityscapes, bright lights and bustling streets, Tokyo also has a wonderfully tranquil side - if you know where to look.
We suggest glimpsing what is left of the floating world of old Japan in the northeast of Tokyo, home to the old courtesans of Yoshiwara (or the “pleasure quarters”, as they’re known), exploring the magnificent Asukusa Kannon temple and the Sumo stables of the Ryogoku district.
Ueno Park is home to some of the world's top-class museums, dotted with scores of smaller independent galleries. If you fancy a cuppa, take a break in one of the Japanese tea rooms to experience a classic society lesson. From the futuristic heights of Odaiba and Roppongi Hills, to the bustling shopping and entertainment centres of Shibuya and Shinjuku, Tokyo surprises you at every turn.
A beguiling clash of old and new, it is an intriguing, if baffling, world to the uninitiated. Head for the Land of the Rising Sun for a one-on-one lesson with a bona fide Ninja legend. This is without question a highly original, once in a lifetime Oriental escape.