Throughout the 1,100-kilometer drive, the Rally participants experienced the tastes as well as the sights and sounds of Honshu, with sponsored stops and lunches en route in addition to regional breakfasts and dinners, local sakes, and fine wines and spirits provided with accommodation at luxury hotels and traditional Japanese inns. The climactic route took the drivers to five UNESCO World Heritage and Cultural Heritage Sites, including National Parks, historical landmarks, and ancient Japanese shrines. Kyoto, the starting point, has held the No. 1 spot on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best City list for the last two years. On the final day of the drive, the participants were treated to stellar views of Mount Fuji, Japan’s most iconic mountain and a symbolic entity for the Japanese people.
The Rally participants arrived on October 24 at The Peninsula Tokyo, the final destination of the unforgettable ride, to much fanfare. The Rally concluded that evening at the hotel, with a glamorous Gala dinner to fete the participants.