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Taste of Japan with Naoshima Art

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 3,999

Combining modern and sophisticated Tokyo and traditional and historical Kyoto, this trip to Japan also visits Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park, followed by a ride on a bullet train. Then spend a day on a remote island in the Seto Inland Sea, exploring fabulous contemporary art installations.


Explore Japan on this 7-day journey through a land where ancient temples dot high rise neighbourhoods that seem lifted from the future. Explore Tokyo and Kyoto, then go beyond the mainstream attractions and uncovering Japan’s more artistic side on the island of Naoshima.

Begin in Tokyo, as so many great Japan trips do. A morning tour takes you through the highlights of Edo Tokyo. See the Imperial Palace, the seat of the Japanese Government, and Tsukiji Outer Market, where eateries, grocers, and retailers live on, even though the fish vendors have moved on. See the legendary Kabukiza theatre on your way to Tokyo Skytree, where you’ll take in the city’s ultimate bird’s eye view. Finish in Asakusa where you can visit Senso-ji.

Head for perhaps Japan’s most recognisable icon, Mount Fuji, where you’ll take in the view from around halfway up the mountain. Take a cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi and ride the Hakone Ropeway for more spectacular views. Then, it’s time to board the Shinkansen, bound for Kyoto. A full day tour devotes the morning to Kyoto’s highlights including either Nijo Castle or Ryoanji temple. In the afternoon, drive to Nara, the nearby former capital of Japan. Famous for its free-roaming wild deer, Nara is also home to Japan’s largest bronze Buddha, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Return to Kyoto in the evening, and spend the following day exploring this beautiful city on your own. You may wish to visit Kinkaku-ji, the legendary Golden Pavilion, or Fushimi Inari-taisha, famous for its seemingly endless grove of red torii gates. Alternatively, enjoy Kyoto’s more natural side in Arashiyama, famous for its bamboo grove and mountainside monkey park.

Set out for the island of Naoshima, where you’ll have a chance to explore Japan’s more artistic side. With a relaxed, countryside attitude, the island holds some of the country’s best art museums, creative installations, and sculptures. Naoshima also contains some of Japan’s most remarkable modern architecture including work by Ishii Kazuhiro and Ando Tadao. You’ll explore the Art House Project, a collection of abandoned structures that now support a wide range of art installations and studios, used by artists from all over Japan. Finally, the Chichu Art Museum is as remarkable for its location as for its art, built into the hillside, overlooking the island’s southern coast.

Overnight on the island before returning to Kyoto for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,999

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a taxi to your Tokyo hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Shiba Park Hotel

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    Shiba Park Hotel



    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business ...

    Welcome to the best in Japanese hospitality, the Shiba Park Hotel. It is the tradition of this hotel to serve the local and overseas guests alike, with their well-trained, friendly and helpful staff. They offer many services regardless of whether you are travelling on business or pleasure.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
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    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Tokyo

Today you will start off your stay in Tokyo on a morning tour. Your tour will start with a drive by of the National Diet Building which is the center of the Japanese Government. Don't let the impressive Western-style architecture fool you, this building is constructed almost entirely out of pure Japanese materials. Then you will pass the Imperial Palace which is formerly known as Edo Castle, this palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan. The grounds are lush with green foliage and provide a relaxing spot for Tokyoites and visitors alike. Take a short stop to see Nijubashi Bridge on the Imperial Palace grounds. Then continue to Tsukiji Outer Market which is Japan's No.1 place for seafood with over 400 shops including fresh fish retailers, grocers, and restaurants. Enjoy shopping and try some local food while exploring this one-of-a-kind location. Then visit Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street. Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple, offers plenty to see including the bright red Kaminarimon Gate, a statue of the god of thunder, and a five-story pagoda. The bustling street known as 'Nakamise' stretches for about 250 m from Kaminarimon Gate to Senso-ji Temple and is filled with a plethora of shops. The tour ends in Asakusa after enjoying a stroll around. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Tokyo to Mt Fuji to Hakone to Kyoto

Depart from Tokyo by bus for Fuji Hakone-Izu National Park in the morning. Your first stop is Mt. Fuji where you will drive half way up the mountain to the 5th station for a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside from a sight 2,300 meters. (When the drive to the 5th Station is closed in winter, due to snow, you will go to the highest possible point.) After lunch (included) take a cruise on the beautiful Lake Ashi followed by a scenic ride on the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. After the tour, drop off at Odawara station to take the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. You will arrive in Kyoto late this evening.

Please Note: Baggage will be separately transported from Tokyo to your hotel in Kyoto with allowance of 1 piece per person. Some hotels have a terminal for LFT (luggage free travel) if this is the case at your hotel, please take your luggage to the terminal and you will need to input your 6 digit Goway reference/booking number to receive the printed receipt. Please keep this receipt in order to take delivery of your luggage in Kyoto. If the hotel does not offer LFT, please hand your baggage over to the hotel porter indicating you are part of the Sunrise Tour by showing your travel vouchers. For extra luggage, JPY 2,200 will be charged per piece in destination. Please arrange an overnight bag for your first night in Kyoto.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    Karasuma Kyoto Hotel



    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

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    • Bar(s)
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Day 4

Kyoto to Nara to Kyoto

Take a full day tour to explore some of Kyoto's and Nara's most famous sites. Spend the morning in Kyoto. Visit Nijo Castle, noted for its gorgeous interiors and its 'squeaky' nightingale floors which alerted residents to unwanted intruders (if Nijo Castle is closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Continue to Kinkakuji Temple, famous for its Golden Pavilion covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold as well as for its exquisite Japanese gardens and koi ponds. Afterwards, visit Kyoto's Imperial Palace and gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). After lunch travel to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the ancient Todaiji Temple and its massive Great Buddha (the largest bronze Buddha in Japan). You will also see the colorful Kasuga Taisha Shrine with 3,000 lanterns. This Shinto shrine is considered one of Japan's "Three Great Shrines". Also visit Nara Park, affectionately called "Deer Park" because of the friendly, free-roaming deer that inhabit it. After this you will return to Kyoto in the evening.

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Day 5

Kyoto

Today is a day at leisure to explore Kyoto on your own.

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Day 6

Depart Kyoto

Kyoto Hotel to Osaka Kansai Airport by Taxi and Airport Bus

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Depart to Naoshima

Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Part of Kagawa Prefecture, the island with its Mediterranean atmosphere, sandy beaches and sunny weather, combined with a laid-back rural feel is a relaxing getaway from Japan's large urban areas.

Much of Naoshima's art was installed by the Benesse Corporation, which oversees art museums, installations and sculptures both on Naoshima and on neighboring islands. Benesse's museums were designed by the well-known Japanese architect Ando Tadao and include the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and all the buildings of the Benesse House. In addition, Naoshima's municipal buildings and schools were designed by the modern architect Ishii Kazuhiro.

This morning make the 150 minute journey by train to Okayama with your guide (pick up at your Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima hotel). You will be met in Okayama by a car that will take you to Uno port, where you will ride the ferry to Naoshima. You can spend the day exploring the island by private car.

Honmura, a small port town on Naoshima's eastern coast, is home to the Art House Project, a collection of abandoned houses, workshops, a temple and a shrine that have been converted into art installations and venues for contemporary art by artists and architects from Japan and abroad. The art houses are scattered throughout town, and most of them are unassuming from the street, blending into the surrounding traditional Japanese neighborhood. The interior of each, however, has been converted into whatever suits the artist's artistic vision.

The Chichu Art Museum is a unique modern art museum built into a hillside overlooking the southern coast of Naoshima. The museum building, designed by Ando Tadao and itself a work of art, is mostly located underground and solely utilizes natural light to illuminate the artwork. This creates a viewing experience that is heavily influenced by the surrounding natural environment.

There are many other smaller art installations and museums which your guide will be happy to show you. Tonight, have dinner at Benesse House's renowned French restaurant.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Benesse House Naoshima

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    Benesse House Naoshima


    Benesse House is a facility incorporating a museum and a hotel, based on the concept of a coexistence among nature, architecture, and art. The complex, entirely designed by Tadao Ando, is made up of four buildings, centered on the Museum, which opened in 1992, with ...

    Benesse House is a facility incorporating a museum and a hotel, based on the concept of a coexistence among nature, architecture, and art. The complex, entirely designed by Tadao Ando, is made up of four buildings, centered on the Museum, which opened in 1992, with additional lodging facilities in the buildings known as Oval (opened in 1995), Park, and Beach (both of which opened in 2006).

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Day 7

Departure to Kyoto

In the morning you have time to continue exploring the island with your guide by local transport. Please note however that as there is no set plan for the day, entrance fees and meals are not included. You will be then escorted by ferry back to Uno and by car to Okayama, where you will catch the train (not included) to your next destination.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily (Except Wednesdays and black out dates apply)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • 6 night’s accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Train ticket Tokyo/Kyoto/Okayama - Ordinary class, reserved seats
  • English Speaking local guide as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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6 Nov 2020
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