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AT TOURS | Japan
November 11, 2019 - November 18, 2019
Image: Seiichi Ohsawa Courtesy of Benesse Art Site Naoshima
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Naoshima and Tokyo are where art lovers are flocking to along with
Kyoto for lovers of heritage and nature. It is attracting tastemakers from all corners, with its booming contemporary art scene around Tokyo such as the Yayoi Kusama Museum and TeamLab Space, and lesser known Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Enoura Observatory selected by Conde Naste as one of the most exciting destinations for 2019. And of course the epic Naoshima Art Islands with surreal masterpieces of art and architecture. Autumn is one of the most delightful and admiring seasons to experience in Japan, and Kyoto is notorious for its beautiful Fall foliage.
This journey immerses you to the modern and contemporary art world starting from cosmopolitan Tokyo, that is a micro-universe on its own. You will be introduced to the local art and creative movers and shakers in the various neighborhoods of this city, whether its commercial, non-profit or underground, it is what makes Tokyo such a unique place unlike any other. For fashion and design lovers, Tokyo is a mecca for cutting-edge trends and innovation.
After the introductory plunge into Japanese culture, we sweep across to the highlight of your trip visiting the Naoshima Art Islands. Established by an art collector, the Naoshima art project is a series of remote islands acquired and redeveloped into a private museum with stunning architecture (i.e. Tadao Ando) maximizing the impact of the art with its natural surroundings. Your final stop will be in Kyoto, one of the most beautiful cities on earth that has just the right balance of cultural heritage with modernity and nature. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and because it was spared the bombs of World War II, its historic monuments, heritage sites, and 2500+ temples and shrines are still intact. Kyoto boasts the nations greatest concentration of craft artisans, as it was home to the Imperial court for 1,000 years. Your experience will not only uncover the traditional side of Kyoto, but will also show you the modern take of this alluring city.