If you’re planning a stay in Tokyo and have an insatiable curiosity for culture, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Experience package is just the thing.
The package not only provides you luxury accommodation, it also comes with a choice of five unique cultural experiences, that’s aimed at showing off the cultural heritage of the neighbourhood.
Options include a workshop in Washi papermaking, a glass engraving class using the traditional technique of Edo Kiriko, dating back to the mid 1800s; and an experience in the cuisine and culture of Nihonbashi, incorporating a visit to traditional Japanese shops, the Fukutoku shrine and the famous Nihonbashi bridge, which marks Mile Zero of the Japan’s network of roads. The neighbourhood is also home to Japan’s oldest department store, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Maini with its bespoke kimono department, and other centuries-old shops selling traditional Japanese products from fabric and washi paper, to lacquerware, sweets and knives.
Starting from JPY80,000 per night, the package includes accommodation in the deluxe room, breakfast for two, one cultural experience and a customised historic walking map of Nihonbashi with insider tips and insights by the hotel’s concierge team. The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is also located near to one of the best spots for cherry blossom viewing.
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s December 2017 Issue – The Festive Issue, ‘Gourmet Traveller’