Art tour

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Tour Departure Dates: 11/15, 3/20, 4/3
Tour Price: US $3,398 per person based on double occupancy

This tour combines natural scenery, historical sites and contemporary art scenes of Japan traveling through Osaka, Himeji, Tottori, Okayama, Kagawa and Tokushima. Discover Japanese culture by visiting beautiful castles and gardens and through hands on experiences.

Tour Highlights

Tottori Naoshima Gardens

Tottori
Explore Tottori, a prefecture along the coast of Sea of Japan, a home to breathtaking sand dunes, a treasure trove of wholesome food such as seafood, Tottori Wagyu beef, and top-quality Japanese sake.

Art in Naoshima
A remote island in the Seto Inland Sea, has earned a reputation as the prime destination for art devotees. Spend a day exploring the world class modern art.

Japanese Gardens
Visit various Japanese gardens including one of Japan's "three most beautiful gardens" and the garden of the Edo feudal lord's residence.

And more…

✔ Visit magnificent Japanese castles of Himeji and Bitchu-Matsuyama
✔ Walk around the historic quarter of Kurashiki
✔ Travel to Shikoku by crossing the Great Seto Bridge

 

What's Included

• 6 nights accommodation with combination of Western and Japanese style
• Meet and greet at designated hotel in Osaka
• Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
• Professional English speaking tour guide

Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 4 lunches and 4 dinners

Admission Fees and Activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary
• Gratuities

What's NOT Included

• International Airfares
• Meals that are not included in the itinerary
• Travel Insurance
• Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
• Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Brief Itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

Day 1: Arrive in OSAKA – HIMEJI - TOTTORI

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to OSAKA!
Meet with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a designated hotel in Osaka.
After lunch, head to the magnificent HIMEJI CASTLE, considered to be Japan's most beautiful castle.
Then proceed on to Tottori, Japan's least populated prefecture waiting to be explored.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is also known as the White Heron Castle, and is both a Japanese National Treasure and a World Heritage site. It is considered as Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty. It is one of Japan's 12 remaining original castles.

Day 2: TOTTORI

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Start your tour in TOTTORI filled with unique experiences.
- Walk the vast expanses of sand at TOTTORI SAND DUNES along the coastal Sea of Japan.
- Visit the SAND MUSEUM, the only indoor sand sculpture museum.
- Experience the art of sashimi through culinary class at KAROICHI SEAFOOD MARKET.
- Pay a visit to HAKUTO SHRINE where the spirit of the white Rabbit of Inaba is enshrined.

Sand Dunes

Tottori Sand Dunes

These breathtaking dunes, located at the entrance to the coastal San'in Kaigan National Park, form a 16km-long stretch along the Sea of Japan – but could easily be mistaken for an arid desert.
Sand Museum

Sand Museum

A short walk away from the dunes stands the only indoor sand sculpture museum, filled with huge world-class pieces of sand art.
* Due to museum closure, we will visit Watanabe Museum of Art instead for the tour departing on 3/20 and 4/3. The museum has a wide range of exhibits with outstanding collection of armours and weapons.
Karoichi

Tottori Harbor Seafood Market Karoichi

At the largest seafood market in Tottori, you will learn how to wash, clean, gut, slice, and arrange your own sashimi before enjoying it for lunch through this fun and interactive course.
Hakuto Shrine

Hakuto Shrine

Enshrined here is the spirit of a rabbit, the White Rabbit of Inaba, the subject of a famous myth. Inaba was the name of the province that became Tottori prefecture.
Shabu shabu

Wagyu Shabu Shabu & Sake Event

Tottori is home to Tottori Black Wagyu. Enjoy your evening with Shabu Shabu dinner and learn about delicious Japanese sake.

Day 3: TOTTORI - OKAYAMA

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your tour in TOTTORI.
- Admire the thatched roof houses at the village of ITAIBARA in the historical town of CHIZU
- Visit the ISHITANI RESIDENCE with serene Japanese gardens
- Relax and enjoy lunch at MITAKI-EN, with seasonal cuisine prepared in the beauty of nature

Head to OKAYAMA city
- Visit KORAKU-EN, one of the three great gardens of Japan. You can enjoy the garden fantastically lit up with candles and illuminations

Finish your day with a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner

Chizu

Itaibara/Chizu

Travel back to the Edo period at this picturesque, mountainous village where buildings and roads still resemble the prosperous bygone era when Chizu-cho was a major waystation along Japan’s Five Highways system.
Ishitani

Ishitani Residence

The biggest building of the town, the Ishitani Residence, is a masterpiece of Japanese architecture and was designated as an Important Cultural Property. The house features over 40 rooms, seven storehouses and Japanese gardens.
Mitaki-en

Mitaki-En

Surrounded by natural scenery of Tottori and thatched roof buildings, this unique restaurant offers a dining experience meant to relax your mind and refresh your spirit.
*We will take you to an alternative restaurant due to Mitaki-En being closed for the tour departing on 3/20.
Koraku-en
©Okayama Prefectural
Tourism Federation

Koraku-En

Korakuen is a garden created by a daimyo (feudal lord) that represents the Edo period. Korakuen's uniquely breathtaking scenery is vast and vivid, and features an up-close view of Okayama Castle with Mount Misao as a backdrop.

Day 4: OKAYAMA - KAGAWA

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you have the option to participate in the morning tour of BITCHU MATSUYAMA CASTLE (fee included in the tour cost).

- Stroll through KURASHIKI BIKAN HISTORICAL QUARTER, historic area with classic architecture situated along a canal with shops, eateries & galleries
- Observe a great view of GREAT SETO BRIDGE and SETONAKAI at WASHUZAN OBSERVATION DECK
- Experience UDON making

Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle
©Okayama Prefectural
Tourism Federation

Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle

Often referred to as the "castle in the sky," it is the oldest surviving castle in Japan. It is also famous as the only mountain castle where its original tower still exists.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
©Okayama Prefectural
Tourism Federation

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867), when the city served as an important rice distribution center. The white-walled storehouses and merchant houses with latticed-windows line the streets, next to a row of willows.
Seto Bridge
©Okayama Prefectural
Tourism Federation

Great Seto Bridge

The world's longest two-tiered bridge system, the Great Seto Bridge, is an architectural feat visible from space that took a decade to build.
udon

Sanuki Udon

Sanuki Udon is listed as one of Japan's three most famous types of udon noodles. It is characterized by its firm, chewy texture, achieved by using a specific type of wheat which was traditionally grown in Kagawa Prefecture.

Day 5: NAOSHIMA

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience Japan's most favorite art island "NAOSHIMA" by ferry ride.

Naoshima
"Red Pumpkin"
©Yayoi Kusama, 2006
Naoshima Miyanoura Port Square
Photo/Daisuke Aochi

Naoshima

Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Naoshima houses works by some of the largest names in contemporary art and architecture—Yayoi Kusama, Claude Monet, James Turrell and Tadao Ando—to name but a few.

Day 6: KAGAWA - NARUTO - OSAKA

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your guided tour on the island of SHIKOKU
- See Japan's one of the best garden, RITSURIN GARDEN
- Experience NARUTO WHIRLPOOLS by sightseeing cruise.

Our final destination OSAKA

Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden

It is the largest Cultural Property Garden to have been designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty by the Japanese government. Successive lords of the Matsudaira clan of the Takamatsu Domain repeatedly restored the gardens as their private retreat, and it was completed close to 300 years ago.
Naruto

Naruto Whirlpools

Naruto Strait is located between Naruto City in Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island, and it is famous for its tidal whirlpools. According to the change of tides, the whirlpools occur roughly every six hours and can typically be seen once in the morning and once in the afternoon for an hour or two.
Kyushu
©Osaka Convention
Tourism Bureau

Osaka

Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. Osaka is known for delicious food, exciting nightlife and friendly locals, as well as for historical sites such as Osaka castle.

Day 7: Tour Ends

Included Meal: Breakfast

The tour officially terminates after breakfast.

Dates & Prices

DISCOVER GARDEN AND ART IN JAPAN TOUR - 6 NIGHTS

Tour Departure Dates 11/15, 3/20, 4/3
Tour Price US $3,398 per person based on double occupancy
Tour Code Departure date 11/15: DGA1115
3/20: DGA0320
4/3: DGA0403
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