Japan Arts Trail on a Budget – 16 days from A$3,293
16 days: from AU$3,293 per person (twin share). Form your own small group of 6 or more and save even more!
Just the basics are included on this customisable tour so you can choose how much you spend. Includes:
- Two- to three-star accommodation
- No airport transfers (but a city transport pass and detailed airport transfer instructions are provided)
- Ordinary class Japan Rail Passes
- Breakfast every day plus some dinners
- Cultural experiences
World-class museums and galleries proliferate across Japan, not only in the metropolitan centres such as Tokyo and Nagoya but also in rural areas, where art adds a unique vibrancy and excitement to otherwise forgotten places and enhances traditional tourist destinations.
Explore some of the best museums and art experiences available, travelling from exciting Tokyo to the cultural heart of the country at Kyoto before returning to the capital for the end of your trip. Through visits to galleries and museums large and small, you will see Japan through the eyes of its artists whilst exploring the attractions and inspirations that each destination has to offer.
Your exploration will begin with three nights in Tokyo, a city that encapsulates the diversity of the Japanese art world. Next you will travel by bullet train to Hakone, famous not only for its hot spring baths, sulphurous volcanic craters and spectacular views of the iconic Mount Fuji, but also for its world-class art galleries and museums.
Here you will have the chance to visit the Chokoku no Mori outdoor sculpture park, where the works of Henry Moore, Anthony Gormley and many others are set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
In Matsue you'll make a stop to appreciate the beautiful collection of Japanese modern art and the award-winning landscape garden at the Adachi Museum. Here, in Japan's "City of Water", you can also take a sunset cruise out into Lake Shinji and visit one of Japan's best-preserved original samurai castles.
You will cap off your adventure with a stay in Nagoya, home to some of the finest arts of the Shogun era at the Tokugawa Art Museum, followed by a stop on the Inland Sea island of Naoshima.
On this truly remarkable island you can visit the various annexes of Benesse House, designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando; wander the galleries of the Chichu Art Museum; or explore the Art House Project whereby old Japanese houses in the main town area of the island have been restored and turned into art exhibitions.
So rich are the artistic offerings here that it isn't difficult to understand why Naoshima has become known as Japan's "Art Island"!