Greet your guide at your Tokyo hotel and depart to an aikido dojo for your in-depth martial arts lesson. Arrive at the training center and listen as your sensei (teacher) regales you with the foundations and religious principles that underline the complex martial are of aikido. Watch a captivating demonstration from elite professionals and then transition into a lesson in the intricate art of Japanese calligraphy.
Learn the correct way to draw each stroke of ink and create incredible Japanese pictographs after a short practice session. Relinquish the pen in favor of the mighty sword and head to the sword museum in Shibuya; delve into the history of the enigmatic samurais with your guide and observe some of the weapons used in fearsome duels.
Revitalize with lunch at a restaurant of your choice (own expense) and then head into a sake shop to sample one of Japan’s most iconic beverages; become enlightened on the complex processes used to make sake and educate your palate in the subtle flavors of the drink. Continue to Ginza, Tokyo’s premier shopping district, to enjoy a relaxed wander through an old shogunate garden.
Conclude your tour in Akinhabra, a pop culture temple in which anime stores and toy shops abound. Browse endless shelves of colorful manga and hear about the art form’s origin from your knowledgeable guide. Bid farewell to your guide in this vibrant district and make your own way back to your hotel.