dsm Destinations Luxury Trip

Journey through Japan with dsm
October 13-22, 2024

Reservations due June 1, 2024

dsm magazine, known for bringing you the best of arts & culture and food & dining now brings you an extraordinary opportunity to experience a custom private tour of Japan.

John Shors Travel and dsm magazine are partnering again to offer a trip this October to Japan, with visits to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Shors lived in Japan from 1991 to 1994 and has planned a unique itinerary that features several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as authentic cultural activities such as tea ceremonies, sushi-making sessions and karaoke nights, all of which offer a glimpse into local life.

Japan is a fusion of past and present. In downtown Tokyo, for example, you can admire a thousand-year-old temple and, just across the street, an 80-story skyscraper. “Visitors can have countless different cultural experiences in a very short time,” Shors said. “The cultural richness is profound.”

During the trip in October, participants will explore Tokyo with a stroll through Yoyogi Park, a tour of the Asakusa Temple and a visit to the Tokyo Digital Art Museum. In Kyoto, they’ll see the legendary Fushimi Inari Shrine, Tenryuji Temple and the historic Arashiyama district, as well as several hidden gems that Shors discovered when he lived there. And during the tour’s final segment, in Osaka, the group will get a chance to make sushi and sample a few of the culinary delights at Dotonbori, a mile-long stretch known for its specialty restaurants.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Tokyo’s neon-lit streets, the zen beauty of Kyoto’s historic landmarks and tradition, and the exotic flavors of Osaka’s famous food scene. From the sleek sophistication of urban life to the tranquil beauty of rural Japan, this lavish expedition created by John Shors Travel promises an unforgettable fusion of culture, cuisine, and unparalleled hospitality.

Luxury Trip Includes:

  • Your own private guide and transport
  • An itinerary tailor-made for you by dsm Destinations and John Shors Travel 
  • Extraordinary experiences, guided tours, five-star hotels, hidden gems
  • Highest levels of safety and security 
  • 24/7 in-country support


To reserve a spot for this tour, a deposit is due to John Shors by June 1, 2024. Email shors@aol.com or call 303-885-3885 for trip details. Space is limited.

About John Shors

Des Moines native and internationally bestselling novelist John Shors has traveled to six continents and more than forty countries. Often these travels were done to research and promote his six novels, most of which are set in Asia. After spending more than two decades exploring some of the most beautiful places on Earth, John founded John Shors Travel in 2014. He has since led many small groups of travelers overseas, acting as a tour planner, guide, and storyteller. Guests of John Shors Travel enjoy wonderful local guides, excellent hotels, award-winning restaurants, and world-class itineraries. Read about the recent dsm Destinations trip to Southeast Asia.