Duration: 10 nights
Location: Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurashiki, Naoshima Island, Fukuoka and Arita
Price: From £1,495 pp

Designed for lovers of arts and crafts, our ‘Japan Arts Revealed’ tour is a 10-night self-guided itinerary which includes visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurashiki, Naoshima Island, Fukuoka and Arita. From the ancient to the modern, Japan Arts Revealed encompasses traditional crafts, such as the world-famous Arita ceramics, to the cutting edge of art, architecture and design, such as the ground breaking installation projects on Naoshima Island.

Download our Brochure here: Japan Arts Revealed Brochure and our Reservation Form here: Japan Arts Revealed Reservation Form

TOUR INCLUDES:
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  • Visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurashiki, Naoshima Island, Fukuoka and Arita
  • Travel on Japan’s famous Bullet Train
  • 7 Day Japan Rail Pass
  • 10 Nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meet and Greet service upon arrival at the airport

 

HOW OUR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER’S TOURS WORK

It’s quite straight forward to travel independently in Japan as so much of the signage is in English. Our independent itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions which coincide with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We’ll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run as smoothly as possible. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.
 

Daily ItineraryLocation GuideAccommodationInclusions

Japan Arts Revealed: Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Japan

Welcome to Japan! Our friendly Meet & Greet service representative will be waiting in the Arrivals lobby and holding a sign with your name on. The Meet & Greet will direct you to the Narita Express train bound for Tokyo. Check in to your hotel located in central Tokyo for 3 nights.

Day 2: Tokyo

Your options are unlimited in this incredible city. Explore Tokyo’s past in the bustling, traditional Asakusa district, visit the world’s largest fish market at Tsukiji, shop in the fashionable districts of Shibuya and Harajuku and dine on Japan’s finest cuisine. Tokyo is relatively straightforward to navigate, and our Information Pack will make travelling around the city a breeze.

Optional guided excursion

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing by coach in Tokyo, with lunch included. Your guide will show you the highlights of this vast metropolis, from the Imperial Palace and serene Meiji Shrine to the ‘Electric City’ of Akihabara.

Day 3: Tokyo

After breakfast, why not visit Mori Art Museum in the heart of Tokyo’s contemporary art scene in Roppongi. Later we suggest you make your way to Ueno Park to visit SCAI The Bathhouse, one of the city’s most prestigious contemporary art galleries, and possibly the best art space in the city. Go on to visit Tadao Ando’s International Library of Children’s Literature and Yoshio Taniguchi’s Gallery of Horyuji Treasures in the Tokyo National Museum complex.

Day 4: Tokyo to Kyoto

Transfer to Kyoto by the Superb Bullet train, a city blessed with countless temples and shrines. Check in to your hotel in central Kyoto for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. A rich history of religion, art and craft have combined to make this glorious city a spiritual home for the Japanese. For temples we recommend Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji in the hills to the east of the city. Nijo Castle is also well worth a visit, and make sure you allow yourself plenty of time for the wonderful craft shops and delightful streets of Gion, the old geisha quarter.

Day 5: Kyoto

You’ll start today with a visit to Nishiki Food Market. Then visit the Raku Museum, showing 450 years of tradition in pottery. Move on to Sanjusangen-do Temple and its extraordinary collection of 1000 human sized gilded statues of the Buddhist deity Kannon. Walk a short distance to the shrine-like house of great folk art revivalist potter Kawai Kanjiro. If the time allows, go on to the Fujihira Ceramic studio where you can see the process of making Kiyomizu pottery.

Optional guided excursion

Join a guided coach tour. As well as Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Temple), see Sanjusangendo, and the world famous Kiyomizu Temple. Today’s tour includes a delicious buffet-style lunch.

Optional Japanese Experiences At a Culture Centre At a Japanese Home
Rolled Sushi Cooking 1.5 hours
Tempura & Rolled Sushi 3 hours
Kimono Wearing 1 hour 2.5 hours
Tea Ceremony 1 hour 2.5 hours
Calligraphy 1 hour 2.5 hours
Ikebana Flower Arrangement 1 hour 2.5 hours

Day 6: Kyoto/Nara/Himeji/Osaka at leisure

Use your Japan Rail Pass to explore further afield. Why not visit Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital and home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Or how about magnificent Himeji Castle? You could even check out nearby Osaka, Japan’s lively second city.

Day 7: Kurashiki, Okayama

Transfer to the quaint provincial town of Kurashiki, where rows of houses and streets form a townscape with a traditional old world atmosphere in the delightful Bikanchiku canal district. We recommend you visit the Ohara Museum, the first Western art museum in Japan and its collection of works by Western and Japanese artists. Nearby Kurashiki Mingeikan – a museum of folk craft is also woth a visit. Take the local train journey to Okayama and check in to your hotel located in central Okayama for two nights.

Day 8: Naoshima

Spend today on wonderful Naoshima Island. The island is the centre of the Setouchi Art Islands area, where sleepy villages and picturesque sandy beaches combine with cutting edge art installations and museums in a truly unique way, making for a fascinating experience. The highlight of the island is Benesse House, a modern art museum and resort hotel complex designed by the famous Japanese architect Ando Tadao. You can find the work of Western and Japanese artists throughout the island, which is small enough to explore in a day.

Day 9: Fukuoka

This morning take the Bullet train once more to Fukuoka, located in the southern island of Kyushu. On arrival, visit Ohori Par, home to the Fukuoka Art Museum, where you can see a range of early Japanese and Asian art. A short bus ride away is Fukuoka Tower, the city’s most striking landmark from which you can see spectacular views of the city. This evening try some of the famous Hakata tonkotsu style ramen at one of the city’s famous street vendors in the party district of Nakasu.

Day 10: Arita

Spend your last day visiting Arita in nearby Saga prefecture – famous for Arita-ware. The first Japanese porcelain was produced in Saga, and there is an abundance of local styles. A good first stop is the superb Kyushu Ceramic Museum in Arita where you can view the numerous different styles of porcelainware and some wonderful contemporary pieces. Later head into the mountains and visit the delightful secret hidden, pottery village Okawachiyama, one of the first homes of Japanese porcelain.

Okawachiyama has a long history of producing its unique own ceramics in the secret kilns built in the mountains. Aside from browsing the numerous shops, you can explore this beautiful village and visit the Imari Nabeshima-ware Exhibition Hall. From atop of the observatory at Nabeshima-han Yo Park, you can view the lovely scenery of the village below. At the end of the day, head back to Fukuoka for one last night in Kyushu’s lively regional capital.

Day 11: Depart Japan

Say goodbye to Japan from Fukuoka International Airport (Fukuoka).

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Japan Arts Revealed: Location Guide

Tokyo

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Home to over 12 million people, the vast metropolis of Japan’s capital must be seen to be believed. Tokyo embraces the modern and ancient like no other city on earth and offers something for everyone who wants to delve into the Japanese phenomenon: the towering skyscrapers and frenzied neon of Shinjuku, the pop culture and gadget paradise of Akihabara, the sophisticated chic of Ginza, the biggest and liveliest fish market in the world, the old downtown area of Asakusa, and the tranquil, understated beauty of Meiji Shrine. Not to mention superb restaurants and great bars as well as fabulous shopping and museums befitting the capital of the world’s second-largest economy.

Kyoto

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Kyoto is where you will find the Japan of silent temples nestling in bamboo groves, gardens of finely raked sand and bewitching geisha. This city is home to over 2,000 temples and shrines, exquisite crafts and some of the best cuisine in the country. In short, Kyoto is the heartbeat of traditional Japan. Not to be missed are Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and Kiyomizu temples, although be aware that these do become crowded. For a more peaceful, intimate temple experience we recommend the temple complex of Daitoku-ji, in particular Daisen-in sub-temple, and the Arashiyama area to the west of the city.

Kurashiki

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In the Edo period Kurashiki was an important trading town for rice and later became known for textiles. Having largely escaped war time damage, much of Kurashiki’s old storehouses, mills and shops remain in good condition. With arching bridges and weeping willows flanking the feudal era canal, Kurashiki will give you a sense of where people lived and worked in old Japan. The nearby town of Okayama is home to Korakuen, a traditional stroll garden considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens.

Naoshima

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Naoshima is an island located in the Seto Inland Sea and is best known for the Benesse House museum – hotel complex. The island is a little hilly but pleasant enough along the coasts for biking and walking, except for the road from Miyanoura to Chichu Art Museum. It is entirely feasible for all sights on this island to be seen in one day but take a note from the locals and enjoy the island at your own pace.

Fukuoka

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Fukuoka, the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture, sits on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s known for its ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls, including Canal City. Its expansive Fukuoka Art Museum lies within tranquil Ohori Park, and neighbouring Maizuru Park contains ruins of the 17th-century Fukuoka Castle. Fukuoka is the birthplace of Tonkotsu ramen which has recently gained great popularity in the West – enjoy it in the way it was first conceived at one of Fukuoka’s riverside street food ‘yatai’ stalls.

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Japan Arts Revealed: Accommodation Guide

Tokyo

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Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo (Your room category will depend on whether you choose the 3* or 4* package)

Kyoto

Toyoko Inn
Toyoko Inn Shijo Karasuma Kyoto (3* package)

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Kyoto Royal Hotel (4* package)

Okayama

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Toyoko Inn Okayama Higashi (3* package)

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Mitsui Garden Okayama (4* package)

Fukuoka

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The b Hakata (3* package)

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JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Chuo (4* package)

5* hotels available on request.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.
 

Price Includes

  • 10 nights 3*/4* accommodation in a double/twin room on a bed and Japanese breakfast basis.
  • 7 day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network. including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services.
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival at Narita/Haneda International Airport (Tokyo)

 

Not included in Price

  • International airfare.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Taxi, subway and tramway fees.
  • Insurance.
  • Optional excursions (see below)

 

Price:
3* accommodation from £1,495.00 per person based on Twin/Double room occupancy.
4* accommodation from £1,995.00 per person based on Twin/Double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
3* from £260.00
4* from £280.00

Optional guided excursions:
Tokyo full day tour including lunch: £101.00 pp
Kyoto full day tour including lunch: £109.00 pp

 

Optional Japanese Experiences At a Culture Centre At a Japanese Home
Rolled Sushi Cooking 1.5 hours
Tempura & Rolled Sushi 3 hours
Kimono Wearing 1 hour 2.5 hours
Tea Ceremony 1 hour 2.5 hours
Calligraphy 1 hour 2.5 hours
Ikebana Flower Arrangement 1 hour 2.5 hours

 

Upgrade to 5* accommodation available: contact us for details

To make a booking, a deposit of £200 per person is required.
Download our Brochure here: Japan Arts Revealed Brochure and our Reservation Form here: Japan Arts Revealed Reservation Form

  • The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Full terms and Conditions
  • All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange and are subject to availability.

 

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.
 

INSURANCE

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