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Luxury Arts tours

Contemporary Art of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto


Arts & Crafts in England
(8 Days)
London, Cotswolds


Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona


Contemporary Art of China
(13 Days)
Beijing, Great Wall, Guilin & Yangshuo, Shanghai, Hong Kong


Art & Temples of India
(18 Days)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai (Bombay)


Art & Design of Mexico
(8 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca


Ceramics Tour of Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Mashiko, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Hagi, Kurashiki, Imbe, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen


Art Tour of Berlin, Prague & Vienna
(9 Days)
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Vienna


Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna, Ravenna, Padua, Venice, Milan


Traditional Portuguese Design
(5 Days)
Lisbon, Sintra


Aboriginal Art & Culture of Australia
(9 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land


Art Tour of France
(8 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Cote d'Azur


Art Tour of Switzerland
(8 Days)
Zurich, Winterthur, St. Gallen, Basel, Weil am Rhein, Bern, Geneva


Arts & Crafts of Burma
(9 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay


Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Gelderland, The Hague, Delft, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges


Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)


Contemporary Art of Japan

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto

This private tour features the best of Japan’s many outstanding contemporary and traditional cultural attractions and experiences. It includes private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels, private airport transfers, first-class train travel, luggage transfers, and access to a wide range of unique, art-related activities. 

Begin in dynamic Tokyo, Japan’s capital of style and innovation. During private touring, explore interesting neighborhoods such as Shibuya, Harajuku, Aoyama and Ginza. Visit noteworthy museums such as the Tokyo National Museum, the Mori Art Museum and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art. See outstanding contemporary architecture by top Japanese and international architects. Experience Japan’s vibrant pop culture and street fashions. Visit the best specialty food and crafts markets. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange visits to top art galleries, meetings with gallery owners, meals with culinary and sake experts, and additional touring according to your interests. We can also make reservations for you to dine at our favorite local restaurants and at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world.

Continue to Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. With your expert local guide, tour former samurai and geisha neighborhoods. Explore the renowned Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Tour fascinating Myoryuji (the Ninja Temple), and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Ishikawa Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Visit a pottery kiln and shops specializing in Kanazawa’s celebrated silk, lacquer and gold-leaf products. Also tour the city’s enormous central food market, and experience Kanazawa’s excellent, refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. 

Next, travel to Naoshima, a renowned contemporary art destination on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Stay at Benesse House, a Tadao Ando-designed boutique hotel. During private touring, explore Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a complex of museums, installations and art spaces scattered across the island. Visit Benesse House Museum to see work by artists such as Richard Long and Hiroshi Sugimoto. See installations by Yayoi Kusama, Cai Guo-Qiang and others along the waterfront. Tour the Art House Projects, where installations by James Turrell, Rei Naito and other artists inhabit buildings in a local village. Depending on time and interests, also see other parts of the art complex, such as the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and Naoshima Bath. One day, journey across the Inland Sea to Shikoku Island, where we will arrange special permission for you to tour the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan and Ritsurin Garden.

Next, travel to enchanting Kyoto, Japan’s heart of culture and tradition. During touring with your private guide and driver, experience the best of this elegant city. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu, Shugakuin and Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local temple. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Visit markets and food purveyors to sample Kyoto’s culinary specialties, considered the most refined in Japan. Explore antiques districts, and browse our favorite shops for exquisite ceramics, lacquerware and other crafts. One day, enjoy a private excursion to the I. M. Pei-designed Miho Museum. Alternatively, visit additional contemporary art and architecture sites outside of Kyoto, such as Tadao Ando’s Church of Light, Honpukuji (Water Temple) and Awaji Yumebutai.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in Kyoto, such as an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko, private Zen meditation in a local temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, manga drawing lessons, and personalized shopping in Kyoto's galleries, antiques districts, and finest boutiques.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private tour

Day 3 Tokyo - Kanazawa

Private transfer to train station and first-class train to Kanazawa. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 4 Kanazawa

Full-day private tour

Day 5 Kanazawa - Naoshima

Private transfer to train station. Transfer by train, private car and ferry to hotel for 3 nights

Day 6 Naoshima

Full-day private tour of Benesse Art Site

Day 7 Naoshima & Shikoku

Morning private excursion to Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum & Ritsurin

Day 8 Naoshima - Kyoto

Transfer by ferry, private car and train to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 9 Kyoto

Full-day private tour

Day 10 Kyoto

Full-day private excursion to the Miho Museum or other contemporary art and architecture highlights in the region

Day 11 Kyoto - Tokyo

Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 12 Depart Tokyo
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Tokyo: Park Hyatt Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Naoshima: Benesse House
Kyoto: Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Cost
$22,485 Per person (double occupancy)

Luxury Arts tours - Favorite Places - Arts

 
Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan Benesse House by Tadao Ando, Naoshima Island, Japan Art overlooking the Inland Sea at Benesse House, Naoshima Island, Japan Hallway at Gora Kadan Ryokan in Hakone, Japan I. M. Pei-designed Miho Museum in Shiga (near Kyoto), Japan Sculpture outside of Noguchi Garden Museum and Studio, Takamatsu, Japan

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