Japan Art Islands of the Seto Inland Sea – 15 days from A$7,030
Customisable 15-day private, locally-guided tour from $7,030 per person twin share
Enjoy in-depth cultural immersion while staying in high-quality accommodation
- Four- to five-star accommodation
- Local professional guides for sightseeing in key destinations
- Entrance fees and lunch included with the private guides
- Private airport transfers
- Green car (first class) Japan Rail Passes
- Breakfast every day plus several lunches and dinners
- In-depth cultural experiences
All over the world, the finest art is found almost exclusively in big cities.
But Japan has always done things differently, and on this itinerary you'll discover that Japan's true artistic heart lies not amid skyscrapers and neon – but amongst the rural islands of the Seto Inland Sea.
In addition to your journey through the Inland Sea, you'll spend three full days in the cultural capital of Kyoto, where ancient temples rub shoulders with modern art, stop off in Takamatsu, home of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, and round off your trip in hectic Osaka - perhaps Japan's most exciting city.
In the 1990s, the sleepy Seto Islands began reinventing themselves as a haven for world-class art, and now stand at the very forefront of the Japanese contemporary art scene.
It began with the Benesse House Museum on Naoshima Island, which opened in 1992, bringing outstanding architecture and cutting-edge art to the galleries, streets, beaches, and abandoned spaces of the island.
Today, the region is also home to the triennial Setouchi Art Festival, one of the biggest celebrations of contemporary art in Japan. The Setouchi Triennale features both Japanese and international artists' works on beaches, in the mountains, in rice paddies and villages. Plus, visit Japan's best galleries, sculpture parks, artisan workshops and gardens in various cities.
The 2019 Setouchi Art festival is held over three sessions:
- Spring Session: April 26 to May 26
- Summer Session: July 19 to August 25
- Autumn Session: September 28 to November 4
Combining the very best of Japan's traditional and modern artistic traditions and taking you far from the tourist trail, this is the penultimate itinerary for art-lovers in Japan, and if combined with the Setouchi Triennale it becomes the ultimate!
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