Win a Once in a Lifetime Trip to Japan!
JNTO has teamed up with Japan House London and Japan Airlines to offer one lucky winner and their companion the chance to win a dream holiday to Japan.
Grand Prize – Trip to Tokyo and Kagoshima
The seven-night holiday will see you whisked from the UK to the skyscraper-laden streets of Tokyo, where the neon lights never switch off and ancient temples from bygone days nestle in amongst peaceful urban forests. Next you’ll head south to experience a smoking volcano, a UNESCO-listed stately home, and a luxury farmhouse retreat on Japan’s third-largest island of Kyushu. Your journey will start with Japan Airlines (JAL) in the Skytrax-awarded best economy class seats on board JAL's direct service to Tokyo Haneda Airport.
In Tokyo, Japan House London will arrange for you to stay at one of the city’s coolest hotels, ONE@Tokyo, designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Kuma has designed Japan House London’s sister cultural centre, Japan House Sao Paulo, that opened in May 2017. He also designed the Tokyo Olympics Stadium and the V&A Museum of Design set to open in Dundee in 2018. At ONE@Tokyo, Kuma's concept of "inst@llation for time travel towards historic Tokyo" aims to combine the best of old and new Tokyo. Take a journey through time as you experience the striking contrast between the Japanese capital’s traditional and modern faces.
Located at the foot of the Tokyo Skytree® in Sumida district, ONE@Tokyo is situated where the capital’s modern cityscape intersects with the charms of Edo (old Tokyo). You’ll enjoy four nights in a spacious Loft Room featuring large windows with views of the Skytree’s futuristic metal structure. Tokyo’s distinctive urban art and culture developed along the banks of the Sumida River from the 1600s, and related cultural sites such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum, the Sumida Hokusai Museum, and the Kokugikan sumo stadium are all just a stone’s throw away. When you’ve finished sight-seeing, take a break in the hotel’s lobby cafe, with a 15-metre long counter and terrace seating, or enjoy a night-time tipple amidst glittering views of the Tokyo skyline in the “sky forest” rooftop bar.
Your stay on Kyushu will be split across two hotels, starting with a luxurious overnight stay at picturesque ryokan (traditional inn), Wasure no Sato Gajoen. Tucked away in the quiet hot spring town of Myoken Onsen in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Kyushu, it is brimming with rustic charm - and free-ranging chickens! The winner will lodge in a thatched farmhouse cottage with its own private hot spring spa bath and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast made with the freshest ingredients from the ryokan's kitchen garden.
A guided tour and lunch of local Satsuma cuisine at UNESCO-listed traditional Japanese garden and stately home Sengan-en is an extra special treat to make your trip even more memorable. Fabulous views of the constantly-smouldering volcano await at the gardens, which were named as one of CNN’s most beautiful places in Japan.
With the perfect blend of urban and rural, old and modern, activity and relaxation, your seven-night stay in Japan will leave you feeling both relaxed and energized for your return flights to the UK.
More Prizes From Japan House London
Meanwhile, three runners-up will each win a unique Japanese artisan gift from Japan House London’s shop, including a Mage-wappa bent woodcraft lunchbox and bento cookbook; an Iga-style donabe (claypot) and cookbook for cooking rice, soup and stews; and a Koshu wine set including a bottle of Grace Wine Koshu wine, a pair of ultra-thin Shotoku wine glasses, and a vacuum layer titanium wine cooler.
As well as introducing you to Kyushu’s unique culture, heritage and geography and acclaimed examples of Japanese art, architecture and design, the quiz will also enable you to find out more about Japan House London, soon to be the UK’s foremost Japanese cultural destination, ahead of its opening in 2018. Find out more about each of the prize sponsors below. Best of luck! ENTER HERE
Japan House London
Japan Airlines (JAL)
Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum
Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here.
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