A visit to Japan is one of those bucket-list items that appear on most intrepid travellers’ wish lists, and with good reason - Japan is simply magical. It’s one of those countries that never fail to astound and inspire even the most jaded globetrotters. As corporate travel planners with clients from around the world, we’ve helped our fair share of business travellers to tailor Japanese work itineraries that also left some room for exploration.
Here are four things we always recommend whenever we send someone packing for Japan:
When you’re travelling for work, it can be difficult to find time to see the sights. Fortunately, the Japanese are a very industrious nation. While many other countries offer morning tours, the Japanese offer super early excursions that are tailored especially for early risers, especially in cities like Tokyo. Get a head start on your exploring by getting a flight that gets in early (those that land around 5 AM are ideal), and take the morning to tick off a few of your must-see attractions before you buckle down for business.
The notion of getting a massage from a Japanese therapist may seem like a bit of a cliche - but it’s a cliche for a reason. The Japanese are truly exceptionally adept at the arts of relaxation. Travelling for work can be stressful, so leave some room in your schedule to relax and unwind when you can. Japan is also known for its onsens - resorts that were developed around natural hot springs that are the result of volcanic activity. These spas are open for most of the day, so pop in for a soak when you have a moment; it’s such a revitalising experience.
Business travellers often make the mistake of taking all their meals at the hotel. When you visit Japan, make a point of sampling the local cuisine, and we’re not talking room service. Ask a local to recommend their favourite hole in the wall - the place where they go to eat. Busboys and bellhops usually make excellent recommendations, and receptionists are also a wealth of information. Make a foray to one of the recommended spots to enjoy an authentic ‘taste of place’.
These are just a few of the wonderful additions you can make to a Japanese business trip to ensure that you drink in some local culture while you’re travelling for work. There are many more besides! Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months for more insider info on tailoring work trips that ticks all your must-have boxes. In the meantime, contact our team of talented corporate travel planners if you would like more information about our innovative services.