Pinnacle of Craft
Celebrate the cuisine culture of Japan with Kyle & Katina Connaughton of three-Michelin star SingleThread
April 15 - 23, 2023
9 Days, 8 Nights from Osaka and Kyoto to Tokyo
Per person, limited to just 8 guests
Flawless and exquisite. So many delicately prepared dishes, each crafted with a purpose. You’re in one of Japan’s most exclusive kaiseki restaurants, the anticipation building as a kimono-clad server sets a delicate bowl before you. Inside, it’s a work of culinary art honoring centuries of tradition, perfectly matched with the season’s ingredients. All this week you’ve met chefs and artisans at the peak of their craft. You’ve dined at family homes and in some of Japan’s greatest Michelin-star restaurants. You’ve seen how the different threads of architecture, history, and cuisine culture are woven together. Tonight, full of joy and the spirit of celebration, you pause to honor the Japanese concept of ichigo ichie: one life, this one moment, and the opportunity to share in something truly special with us in Japan.
Along with us are Chef Kyle Connaughton and his partner Katina. The owners of three-Michelin star SingleThread in Healdsburg, California, have lived, worked and raised a family together in Japan. Kyle’s connections to artisans and master chefs run deep and are deeply personal. This is your exclusive invitation to the rarest and most delicious experiences in Japan, experienced through the relationships Kyle and Katina have cultivated over years and decades.
If you delight in the artistry of Michelin-star fine dining, Japan with Kyle and Katina Connaughton is the experience you’ve dreamed of. Join us for unparalleled access and behind-the-scenes meetups with chefs and artisans and with all the incredible artists who breathe life into Japanese cuisine culture today.
The Paragon Experience
Join us in celebrating the beauty of human potential
Paragon provides unparalleled access and intimacy. Go behind the scenes through relationships cultivated over years and decades by Kyle and Katina Connaughton.
Force for Good
Paragon supports causes handpicked by our luminaries. On this departure a $50,000 donation is going to the nonprofit Culinary Institute of America to fund scholarships to study in Japan.
Pinnacle of Craft
Paragon explores the beating heart of Japan, experiencing it through the lens of chefs and artisans at the peak of their creativity and craft.
Celebrate People & Place
Join Kyle Connaughton, chef and owner of SingleThread Farm, Restaurant and Inn, and partner and farm manager Katina Connaughton, to explore Japan’s history, design, architecture, ceramics and cuisine culture—everything that you might expect—but shown in a way that reveals how these different threads are connected.
We believe that exploration and discovery are essential elements of the human experience.
Force for Good
It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose, one that serves to improve the lives of people and places. It's the reason why we are a Certified B Corp, because how we travel matters.
Each Paragon experience supports a charity handpicked by our luminaries. We call it the The Paragon Giveback. On this departure a $50,000 donation is going to the nonprofit Culinary Institute of America to fund scholarships to study in Japan.
People & Planet
Our goal is that the places we visit are protected and flourishing for future generations. It’s why we are a certified Climate Neutral business, and why we support environmental and social-justice nonprofits.
Where We Sleep
Our luxury hotels and historic ryokans are the ideal combination of modern elegance and gracious tradition, pairing perfectly with our journey.
This is one of the newer luxury hotels in Osaka, on par with the most premium hotels in the world. It sits atop a tall tower on Nakanoshima island in the heart of the city; on arrival, exiting the elevators at the 40th-floor lobby, you're greeted by huge contemporary art installations and sweeping views across the city. The service and amenities are impeccable, from the indoor pool to the ultramodern spa.
Founded six generations ago in 1811, this family-run ryokan channels centuries of art and tradition into flawless luxury. Each room follows its own motif and deft nuances of craftsmanship tie it all together—reed ceilings, hand-carved transoms and Koyamaki (Japanese Umbrella pine) bath suites all seem to naturally drift toward the inn’s breathtaking garden. This is a home away from home for artists of great renown and members of the Imperial Family.
It's one of Japan's iconic luxury properties, an urban sanctuary drawing design inspiration from traditional Japanese residences. The elegant rooms have views over the Imperial Palace Gardens and (on clear days) Mt Fuji on the horizon. It's a serene place to end our trip, with a Zen calm that captures your heart and soothes your spirit.
Per person based on double occupancy
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What does the price include?
Eight nights at exclusive five-star accommodations including some of Japan’s top properties; exclusive VIP access, culinary experiences and tastings; private access with local guides and cultural experts; private travel and transportation from beginning to end; airport transfers; all entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners including Michelin-star dining at some of Japan’s most iconic kitchens.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare to Japan; travel insurance; activities not included in the Itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for our Paragon tour leader.
Who is going on this trip?
This exclusive Paragon experience is limited to 8 guests, plus Kyle and Katina Connaughton and our Paragon team. You can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.