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Japanese Cuisine

Japanese Cuisine

Tokyo Skytree

Night View of Tokyo Skytree

• Tokyo - a mixture of modernity and tradition

Tokyo represents a vital crossroad where over 400 years of history and tradition meet innovation. The city is a fast-paced cultural hub where what’s new and modern sit side-by-side to historical gems. Tokyo offers visitors a uniquely eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary attractions, including world-renowned, exceptional Japanese cuisine.

♦ Delicious, Delicate, and Diverse Cuisines

Tokyo is without a doubt one of the world’s gourmet paradises. Guests will be overwhelmed by the sheer range of choices for dining, with over 100,000 restaurants offering tempting delights from around the world in the finest restaurants and highest culinary standards. Of course, there is no better place in the world to enjoy sushi, tempura, sukiyaki and other traditional and authentic Japanese delicacies.

- 72 choices of cuisines, international and local
- 150 Michelin-star restaurants
- From high quality to budget menu
- Genuine Japanese cuisine
- Restaurants catering to dietary and religious food restrictions

♦ Shopping

There are countless opportunities for visitors to shop for the beautiful and innovative products for which Japan is famous for - exquisite green teas and traditional sweets, attractive lacquerware, textiles and fashion, in addition to state-of-the-art electronic products. Crossing through the Ginza shopping district, home to the hottest brand-name stores, the oldest department store in the world, and the Sony building, leads to Akihabara's "Electric Town", where multi-storied mega stores and backstreet specialist shops deal in the latest electronics and coolest pop-culture trends.

Hakone

Lake Ashi in Hakone

Kinkakuji

Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto

• Gateways for further discovery

Tokyo, located in the middle of Japan’s main island, serves as a gateway to countless other beautiful cities in Japan. The magnificent shrines of Nikko, the hot springs of Hakone, the Great Buddha of Kamakura, the legendary slopes of Mt. Fuji, and the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are all easily accessible from Tokyo by train. Making use of the integrated national transportation system, conference participants can make short getaway trips and discover the additional charms of Japan.

♦ Hakone, hot spring and resort area

Experience the Japanese traditional resort area with hot spring and beautiful summer scenery, and take a cruise on Hakone’s famous summer retreat, Lake Ashi to see Mt. Fuji.

♦ Nikko, a World Heritage site

Dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Toshogu Shrine is better known as “Ieyasu’s Mausoleum.” Many of the outstanding structures, including the five-storied pagoda, Sacred Stable, Yomeimon Gate and Haiden, feature delicate and intricate decoration. Rinnoji Temple is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Nikko. The area was the centre of all religious activities in Nikko till the mid-19th century.

♦ Kyoto and Nara, two ancient capitals

Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, is only two hours away from Tokyo by bullet train. The Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple and Ryoanji rock garden are all magnificent temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Nara, another former capital, is home to Horyuji Temple, which is the world’s oldest surviving wooden structure at 1,400 years of age.

Tokyo Cruise

Tokyo Cruise

Asakusa

Asakusa

• Accompanying Persons’ Programme

Complimentary half-day Tokyo tours for 320 persons and cultural programmes for 60 persons will be offered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Registered delegates from overseas can also participate in these tours and cultural programmes for free. These tours will take them to the most touristic areas in Tokyo during the Conference, and cultural programmes will offer them exotic experiences beyond imagination.

♦ Tokyo City Tours

The half-day free bus tours with an English speaking guide will take participants to the most popular sightseeing areas in Tokyo. Each tour takes 3 to 3.5 hours. The following are some of the options.

- Japanese Garden Tour and river cruise

This tour will take you to traditional Japanese gardens, such as the Hama-Rikyu Gardens, a typical garden of the Edo period (1603-1868), or the Imperial Palace East Gardens, a part of the palace grounds open to the public, and the former site of the Edo castle. A river cruise from the Hama-Rikyu Gardens will offer a view of Tokyo from the river.

- Asakusa Tour

The tour will take you to Asakusa, which is the old centre of downtown Tokyo, and the most famous sightseeing spot in Tokyo. The area maintains the atmosphere of the old capital, with its 200m-long covered avenue of numerous stalls leading up to Japan's most famous Buddhist temple, Sensoji. You can find traditional shops to buy some souvenirs or Japanese local sweets and fast food along the street market.

Origami

Origami

Cha-no-yu

Cha-no-yu

♦ Cultural Experience

The complimentary cultural programmes conducted in English provide an opportunity to experience Japanese traditional culture. Each programme lasts from 1.5 to 2 hours.

- Origami – Paper Miracle

Origami, literally meaning “folding paper”, is a traditional Japanese art. It is the art of transforming a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture. You can create almost anything with origami from a simple airplane to flowers and animals. The most popular origami may be a Japanese crane, which you can find in the ICC 2019 logo.

- Cha-no-yu (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Kimono

Kimono Wearing

Cha-no-yu is not just about the ceremonial way of serving tea. It is an art form that also concentrates on the relationship between the host and the guest. In the search for the ultimate hospitality, each encounter is treasured as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Guests can experience the beauty and elegance of cha-no-yu.

- Kimono Wearing

Kimono is a Japanese traditional clothing made with fabrics frequently hand-made and decorated. Kimono was worn daily in old Japan era, and nowadays in special occasions such as weddings and tea ceremonies. Guests can try out Kimono and enjoy photo taking.