Win a Once in a Lifetime Trip to Japan!

Sakurajima from Senganen

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 go 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. 

You’ll then be transported by JAL to Kyushu, the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands. Blessed with abundant volcanoes and hot springs, ancient religious sites, famous pottery villages, and stunning coastlines, Kyushu is a lesser-known corner of Japan that has plenty to offer travellers who venture there.

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 the south of 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.
Wasure no Sato Gajoen
You’ll also enjoy a two-night stay in Kagoshima Prefecture’s capital city at Hotel Shiroyama Kagoshima. Here, you can relax and enjoy the views from the hotel’s open-air, natural hot spring bath overlooking Kinko Bay and active volcano, Sakurajima. 

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

Japan House London restaurant
There are also a number of other great prizes on offer from Japan House London. The second prize winner will savour a meal for two people at Japan House London's in-house restaurant. The menu, designed by Executive Chef Akira Shimizu, will reflect the amazing regional diversity and seasonality of Japanese cuisine. 

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.

Enter Now

To enter the competition, all you have to do is answer a question about Japan - don’t worry, there are clues! All the answers can be found on either our website or Japan House London’s Facebook page. The competition will run for 28 days (from 18 December 2017 to 14 January 2018) with a new question each day, meaning you have 28 chances to enter and increase your chances of winning! You must be able to access a Facebook account in order to enter the competition.*

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 House London facade
Opening in 2018, Japan House London will be a new cultural attraction offering Japanese innovation and creativity over three floors. Visitors to Japan House London will experience an immersive encounter with Japan through exhibitions, film screenings, performance, talks, workshops, cultural activities and events. The gallery-style shop will showcase the Japanese concept of 'social retail', selling finely crafted objects and lifestyle goods from Japan. The restaurant will offer high-quality, authentic Japanese cuisine, reflecting the regional diversity of Japan and importance of seasonality in Japanese cooking. It will be located less than five minutes walk from Kensington High Street London Underground Station.
Visit Japan House London's website or follow @japanhouseLDN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more. 

Japan Airlines (JAL)

Japan Airlines (JAL)
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 344 airports in 56 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 230 aircraft. From London, JAL offers a double daily direct service to Tokyo Haneda, with good connections to more than 30 destinations within Japan thanks to JAL’s extensive domestic network. Awarded one of the most punctual major international airlines, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become the most preferred airline in the world.
For more information, please visit JAL’s website or Facebook page or follow JAL on Instagram at @japanairlines_jalJAL

Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum

Senganen interior

Sengan-en is a stately home and landscape garden on the coast north of downtown Kagoshima. Built in 1658 as a residence of the Shimadzu clan, one of Japan’s most powerful samurai clans, the 12-acre garden's most striking feature is its use of active volcano Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay as borrowed scenery. Japan was the only country in Asia to undergo an industrial revolution in the late 1800s, and the story of the revolution is told at the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, housed in Japan’s oldest remaining former factory, built in 1865. Together, they were recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site related to Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution in 2015.
Find out more about all there is to discover at Sengan-en on their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here.

*We understand that not everyone has access to a Facebook account. However, we regularly run competitions to win prize trips to Japan (as well as a host of other Japan-related prizes) via other platforms, including our newsletter, website, and Twitter account, to enable as many people as possible to win a chance to experience Japan.