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In Japan options include staying in a ryokan, monasteries,
simple country inns, glittering city high-rises or modernist
This cosmopolitan hotel is ideally situated in Shiodome, a
flourishing new center of business and culture. Guests enjoy
sophisticated modern design and a superior level of service.
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Spacious, visually stylish and sleekly comfortable, the newly
opened Peninsula Tokyo is an instant landmark. Fashionable dining
and exceptional service are hallmarks of its four restaurants.
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Established in 1818, Hiiragiya is reputably one of the most
beloved of all the Japanese traditional inns. Under the ownership
of the same family for five generations, it serves the finest
Kyoto-style Japanese kaiseki. View their
Accessible only by boat upstream from the Togetsukyo Bridge,
guests enter something akin to an alternate reality. View their web
The world-famous Fujiya was originally built in 1878. It is a
classical resort hotel with a reputation for incomparable
hospitality and service. All rooms are supplied with natural
hot-springs water. View their web site
This heavenly ryokan located in the midst of Hakone National
Park houses some of Japan's best onsen baths. It combines the
classical Japanese design elements of the quintessential ryokan
with modern amenities and technology. View their web site
A study in tranquility and tradition, the 250-year-old Nagase
Ryokan has been owned by the same family for 11 generations.
Private gardens are havens of peace, with smooth stones,
moss-covered walls and the purr of running water.
The Benesse House-a spectacular modern art resort-was designed
by renowned contemporary architect Tadao Ando. The resort itself is
an art museum with an impressive collection of modern works. Guest
rooms command sweeping views of the sea. View their
A graduate of the University of Maine, Jarrod worked on an expedition-cruising vessel that took him to the Antarctic, South and Central America. He heard the call of the west, and moved to Boulder, where his passion for skiing and whitewater kayaking could flourish. In the past decade, he's made countless trips to our region and enjoyed extraordinary experiences (including lunch with the king of Sumba). He is a superb resource for facilitating beyond-the-ordinary travel for others and was named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for 2007.
Eric's knowledge of Asia borders on the encyclopedic—he has twice been named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist. He was raised in the arid Colorado River valley and reared on National Geographic, periodic family trips to Central America, and Asian cuisine. He holds a degree from the University of Colorado in International Relations and Economics with an emphasis on the developing world. He was a guide in Europe, then joined ATJ in 1993 and has since traveled extensively throughout the region.
Rebecca became hooked on travel after spending a year of high school in a small Spanish province bordering Morocco. She studied Environmental Biology earning her degree at CU Boulder. A musical streak culminated in a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a penchant for travel manifested itself in years spent guiding around the U.S. She fell for Asia during extensive travels in the region, where she expertly captures its people and places in photos. She revels in sharing her deep first-hand knowledge and was named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for 2007. Rebecca was also named one of the World's Top Travel Agents by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2011.
As a child, Pat dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but decided that exploring the world and its various cultures would be just as exciting. He earned a degree in Operations Management from Western Washington University, climbed the corporate ladder, then began leading tours worldwide until he discovered his current ideal situation: a career requiring frequent destination research. His expansive travels in our region over decades make him an unsurpassed resource for crafting extraordinary itineraries.
Jen was majoring in Wildlife Biology before a study abroad program in New Zealand presented a fork in the road, and choosing travel, she’s never looked back. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Eco Tourism and has since traveled to nearly 40 countries, absorbing deep firsthand knowledge of Asia and beyond.Her continued affinity for all things wild led to a stint as a tour leader for the World Wildlife Fund on their lauded snorkeling tours in Micronesia. When not pulling together dazzling itineraries for her travelers she can be found in the Rockies hiking, skiing and snowshoeing with her family and two dogs.
A planned two-week trip to Bali became a three-month sojourn throughout SE Asia, and the beginning of a lifelong love of the region and its people. Tom's passion, wealth of knowledge and personal experience makes him an invaluable resource when planning travel to Asia and the Pacific.
While growing up, Chris' passion for competitive swimming cultivated a deep familiarity with pools from Oregon to Maine, but left little time to explore the rest of the world. That all changed once he earned degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from Miami (Ohio) University, after which he threw himself into travels throughout Asia. Recent forays include extensive journeys through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan and Myanmar (Burma).