Inspirato members know they have access to an exclusive and extensive list of homes, hotel partners, and experiences. But what about when it comes to planning a completely customized vacation, uniquely catering to members’ requests to create the trip of a lifetime?
With about four months to start planning, Karen and Inspirato Bespoke Travel Lead Kelsey began the process of nailing down exactly what she and her husband would do during their trip.
Karen said she was impressed at the quickness with which the trip came together, and was pleasantly surprised at the activity ideas, some of which she wouldn’t have thought of herself—like a Zen meditation with a Buddhist monk.
“That was kind of fun—to try something that we would have never even thought of,” she said.
When she and her husband actually touched down in Tokyo, a plethora of adventures awaited. Activities throughout their 10-day itinerary across the country ranged from sake tasting to exploring Shinto shrines. In between, they toured temples, sipped tea in a 400-year-old Kyoto teahouse, and golfed the coveted Fuji Course on the Izu Peninsula—a bucket-list destination for any international golfer—as the course’s namesake mountain loomed in the distance.
And though they knew they would see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Karen and her husband were able to follow the path of the bloom beyond the city and throughout their entire journey across the country, an unexpected but beautiful addition to the trip.
The country has such a contrast: You’ve got Tokyo, which is a big, bustling city, and then you’ve got these other (areas), that are so serene and beautiful and tranquil—it’s just amazing.Karen WooInspirato member
One of Karen’s priorities when traveling is taking in as much nature and animal life as possible. She loved catching glimpses of Mt. Fuji on the horizon, and paid a visit to “Monkey Mountain” in Kyoto, where visitors can feed the macaque monkeys that inhabit the area. And a stopover in Nara afforded her the chance to meet some of the hundreds of friendly deer that bow for treats from humans, living among the trees and temple there.
“Every night we would come back and say, ‘Wow. What a great day this has been.’ We just saw so much, we experienced so much—we were tickled pink. We just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “We had the trip of a lifetime.”
(Photos 2 through 5 courtesy of Karen Woo.)