The FIDI Conference

Our tours will give you the opportunity to experience some of Osaka’s delights.

You’ll get to see interesting places, experience the culture, and try one of Japan’s prized delicacies.

Quirky Osaka Tour

First, you will visit Shitenno-ji temple, which was built late in the 6th century by Shotoku-taishi (Prince Shotoku), a son of Emperor Yomei, as a token of his gratitude to the guardians for Buddhism and Buddhists.

Next move on to the district of Shinsekai, literally the New World. Developed before the war and neglected for years, this area centers around Tsutenkaku Tower, symbol of the nostalgia that evokes this area.

Date: 27 & 28 April 2020
Duration: 4 hours
Registration required

Nara Day Trip

Nara was Japan’s capital in the 8th century and many of the temples and shrines built at that time remain unchanged by time.
During this full-day tour, you will head to Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building and the home to Japan’s largest bronze Buddha statue.

The lunch at Kikusuiro, an elegant and classical Japanese restaurant founded in 1891, will give you an authentic experience of Japanese hospitality and a good glimpse of what is kaiseki, the Japanese version of fine dining.

After lunch you will visit Kasuga Taisha, another place of worship and Nara’s most celebrated Shinto shrine. In addition to its distinctive architecture, the shrine is famous for its lanterns donated by worshipers; hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings.

Finally, you will have a chance to walk through Nara Park, home to freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1,200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have been designated a national treasure.

Date: 28 April 2020
Duration: full day
Registration required

Kyoto UNESCO Day Trip

This full day tour will explore Japan’s former imperial capital and visit Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites. You will first visit one of Japan most emblematic building, the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji. Together with the pond in front of the temple, it is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks.

You will then discover Nijo Castle, built in 1603. It is famous for its ‘chirping’ nightingale floors that squeak when stepped upon, as a security measure against intruders.

For lunch, indulge yourself with one of the best ‘shabu-shabu’ in town at “Hyoto” restaurant. ‘Shabu shabu’ is a hot pot that is delectably easy to make and a feast for your palate.
You will round off this day of discoveries with the visit to one of the most iconic temples of Japan, Kiyomizudera, or literally “Pure Water Temple”. Founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance.

Date: 28 April 2020
Duration: full day
Registration required

Kobe Sake Breweries Day Trip

Kobe’s Nada district is Japan’s top sake producing region. It has long been famous for its sake due to the availability of high-quality rice, suitable water and favourable weather conditions in the area.

Many sake breweries operate in the Nada district, which stretches approximately 3km east to west. This tour will take you to carefully selected breweries, where you will learn the art of sake tasting under the guidance of a renowned specialist in sake, Mr. Chris Hughes.

For lunch, experience another prized Japanese delicacy and probably the most widely known regional specialty food in Japan: Kobe beef. It is one of several breeds of Wagyu, or Japanese cattle, which are bred throughout the country and often associated with the area where they are raised.

Date: 28 April 2020
Duration: full day
Registration required