We began our trip with a journey on a Shinkansen (Japan's infamous bullet trains which run at speeds of up to 300km per hour), from Tokyo to the original capital of Kyoto, where we stayed at the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel, which is situated in the heart of the city’s modern ‘new town’. Celebrated as one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, and as the Emperor's residence from 1794 until 1868, Kyoto is the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. Despite the modernisation of the now 7th largest city in the country, there still remain 17 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines. During our two days in Kyoto, we visited the Byodoin Temple which is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Ko'olau Mountains, the Ginkakuji Temple, and the Tofukuji Temple which is famous for its beautiful autumn colours. We also indulged in the local cuisine with a 7-course meal of Japanese delicacies and breakfast of dried fish and rice porridge. On our return to Tokyo, we were back to business! Having press meetings with Ethical Fashion Japan (the principle online platform for ethical fashion in Japan), Fudge Magazine and Yuri Hayashi to name a few. We also got the chance to visit some of our proud Beaumont Organic stockists including Dressterior (photo of shop front) and Isetan Tokyo (photo) where it was wonderful to see our products being merchandised with the likes of By Marlene Birger. We had a truly fantastic time in Japan, as always, and rounded off our trip with a visit to the top of the Tokyo Tower, and a spot of gift shopping for people... as well as for a certain dog! We love the culture, the people, the food, and are already looking forward to next year's visit to our Beaumont Organic family in Japan.

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