Luxury Art & Design Tours

Decorative Arts & Gardens of England
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London, Cotswolds

Art Tour of France
(10 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Provence, Cote d’Azur

Art & Design Tour of Berlin
(5 Days)
Berlin & Potsdam

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

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(13 days)
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle

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

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka, Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen, Kanazawa, Tokyo

Contemporary Art & Architecture of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Miho Museum, Naoshima, Tokyo

Culture, Crafts & Gardens of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto, Hakone

The Art of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Naoshima, Kyoto

Art, Crafts & Design of Mexico
(9 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca

Arts & Crafts of Morocco
(13 Days)
Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh

Arts & Crafts of Myanmar
(9 Days)
Yangon & Twante, Bagan & Mount Popa, Mandalay

Design, Architecture & Nature of Norway
(9 Days)
Oslo, Alesund & Atlantic Road, Norangsfjorden, Geirangerfjord, Storfjorden

Art & Design of Portugal
(8 Days)
Lisbon & Sintra, Porto

Contemporary Art & Design in Seoul & Jeju Island
(8 Days)
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Swedish Design Tour
(5 Days)
Stockholm & environs

Art Tour of Switzerland
(6 Days)
Geneva, Basel & Weil am Rhein, Zurich with St. Gallen & Winterthur

Design & Gardens Tour of Sicily
(8 Days)
Palermo with Monreale & Agrigento, Taormina with Mount Etna & Syracuse

Decorative Arts & Gardens Tour of Paris
(8 Days)
Paris & environs

MULTI-COUNTRY TOURS

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(7 Days)
Berlin, Vienna

Food, Design & Culture of Copenhagen & Sweden
(12 Days)
Stockholm, Kingdom of Crystal, Wanas, Malmo, Copenhagen

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp, Amsterdam with The Hague, Delft & Kroller-Muller Museum

Contemporary Art & Architecture of Japan

(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Miho Museum, Naoshima

This exclusive Japan tour features private touring of top art museums and galleries, fascinating contemporary architecture, vibrant neighborhoods, the unforgettable art island of Naoshima and the best in traditional Japanese culture.

Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. Stay at one of the city’s best luxury hotels, and enjoy comprehensive city touring with your private guide and driver. Visit Tokyo’s most interesting neighborhoods, such as Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Roppongi and Aoyama. Tour important historical sites such as Meiji Jingu Shrine and Sensoji Temple, and see outstanding contemporary architecture by top Japanese and international architects such as Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito and Herzog & de Meuron. Experience the best of Japanese pop culture during visits to trendy districts, specialty shops, quirky cafes and popular sites such as Yoyogi Park. Visit Tokyo’s best museums, such as the Mori Art Museum, Nezu Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum, according to your interests and current exhibitions. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange visits to top contemporary and traditional art galleries and meetings with gallery owners. If desired, experience Tokyo’s exciting culinary scene at the Tsukiji Outer Market or Toyosu Market, the Kappabashi kitchenware district, and our favorite specialty food shops and department store food halls. We also make reservations for our travelers at our favorite restaurants in Tokyo, which range from local noodle shops, sushi bars and izakaya (pubs) to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world.

Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional experiences in Tokyo, such as watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, a private sushi-making lesson, visiting a teamLab Borderless immersive video installation, shopping for the latest Japanese gadgets, meetings with culinary and sake experts, private martial arts lessons, seeing a Japanese baseball game, attending a kabuki performance and visiting the Ghibli Museum. We can also arrange touring to include Japanese seasonal events such as ohanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties in the spring, fireworks festivals in the summer and viewing koyo (fall foliage) in the autumn.

Continue by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa, one of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era and now a wonderful cultural and culinary destination on the Sea of Japan. With your expert guide, explore the highlights of the town, including traditional Japanese architecture in former samurai and geisha districts and beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Learn about Kanazawa’s celebrated traditional crafts, including silk, lacquer and gold leaf products. Also tour fascinating Myoryuji (Ninja Temple), and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (designed by SANAA) and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts. Explore the city’s Omicho food market, and experience Kanazawa’s refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. One day, Artisans of Leisure will arrange an exclusive private visit and culinary experience at a traditional Japanese farm in the countryside. Other touring options around Kanazawa include visiting the Ohi Museum, the D.T. Suzuki Museum, and a renowned pottery kiln and studio.

Next, travel to enchanting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese culture and tradition. Stay at one of Kyoto’s best luxury hotels or ryokan (traditional inns), and enjoy flexible private touring of the best of this elegant city with your private guide and driver. Visit the city’s most important historic attractions and temples and shrines such as Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji and its famous Zen rock garden, Kiyomizudera Temple, Nijo Castle, Ginkakuji, Saihoji (Moss Temple) and Fushimi Inari, famous for its tunnel of red torii gates. Take a private excursion to Arashiyama, a beautiful mountainside district, to see its enormous bamboo forest, historic gardens and sites, and to have a vegetarian lunch at a Zen temple. Enjoy a private tour of Gion, Kyoto’s traditional geisha district, walk on the Philosopher’s Path, and see traditional architecture in our favorite neighborhoods. Also browse Nishiki Market, antiques districts, specialty museums and historic shops that have been selling traditional goods for centuries. Upon request, we can arrange access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu and other less-visited attractions. One day, enjoy a private excursion to the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange an exclusive private Japanese tea ceremony in a tea villa and reservations at Kyoto’s best restaurants.

Upon request, other activities that can be arranged around Kyoto include an exclusive private dinner with geisha entertainment, private Zen meditation in a local Buddhist temple, meetings with local craftspeople, private ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, visiting a master swordsmith, meetings with ceramics experts, tea tastings and tea plantation visits, visits to sake breweries and tofu factories, manga drawing lessons, a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house), hiking to temples in the hills, attending local festivals, private Japanese cooking classes, and visiting the best places around Kyoto to view cherry blossoms and fall foliage. Touring of additional contemporary art and architecture sites outside Kyoto, such as Tadao Ando’s Church of Light, Honpukuji (Water Temple) and Awaji Yumebutai, can also be arranged.

Next, travel to Naoshima, an amazing art destination on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Stay at Benesse House, a Tadao Ando-designed hotel and contemporary art museum. During private touring with a resident art expert, explore Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a collection of museums, installations and art spaces scattered across the island. See compelling artworks by Yayoi Kusama, James Turrell, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rei Naito, Claude Monet and other top artists. If desired, see additional installations on the nearby islands of Teshima and Inujima (also part of Benesse Art Site).

Return to Tokyo for additional touring or shopping customized to your interests.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2

Tokyo

Full-day private city tour

Day 3

Tokyo

Half-day private city tour

Day 4

Tokyo – Kanazawa

Private transfer to station for shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 5

Kanazawa

Full-day private tour, including afternoon culinary experience at a farm in a rural village

Day 6

Kanazawa – Kyoto

Private transfer to station for first-class express train to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 7

Kyoto

Full-day private city tour, including private tea ceremony and vegetarian lunch at a temple

Day 8

Kyoto & Miho Museum

Morning private excursion to museum. Afternoon private city touring

Day 9

Kyoto

Full-day private city tour, including option for cultural activity

Day 10

Kyoto – Naoshima

Private transfer to station for first-class shinkansen, private car and ferry to Naoshima. Private touring with resident art expert en route to hotel for 2 nights

Day 11

Naoshima

Full-day private tour with resident art expert

Day 12

Naoshima – Tokyo

Transfer by private car, ferry and first-class shinkansen to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 13

Tokyo

Full-day private city tour

Day 14

Depart Tokyo

Private airport transfer


Hotels
Tokyo:

Aman Tokyo, Peninsula Tokyo and/or Park Hyatt Tokyo

Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Kyoto:

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto or Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

*Aman Kyoto, Tawaraya Ryokan or Hiiragiya Ryokan can be booked for a supplement

Naoshima: Benesse House or Ryokan Roka

Cost
$25,390 Per person (double occupancy)

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Our guide in Japan arranged one-on-one conversations with some amazing artisans… lots of credit to Artisans for arranging things so well, understanding our interests and making sure they were communicated to Japan.
~ J.R., Raleigh, NC

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~ L.S., New York, NY

Our recent Vietnam trip was excellent…Thank you for arranging for us to visit the home and studio of the renowned art dealer in Hanoi.
~ A.R., Easton, MD

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