22.03.2018 - 26.03.2018
The islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima are a new destination for contemporary art with the added distinction of being in harmony with the natural surroundings. Daily life on the islands itself has been turned into a work of art, something that never fails to impress and astonish visitors. The Chichu Art Museum, designed by Tadao Ando, holds artworks by Claude Monet, Walter De Maria and James Turrell. Your visit to Kyoto includes special permission to visit venues with limited access.
Tour Program, 5 days and 4 nights:
Tour dates 22nd to 26th March
Day 1, Thursday, 22 March
On arrival at Okayama Station at midday in First Class on the bullet train from either Kyoto or Osaka, you will be met by an English-speaking assistant on the platform and escorted to the Port of Uno by private transfer. A short ferry ride and transfer sees you arriving at the Benesse House residence. The afternoon will be spent in sightseeing of the Naoshima Island by private car with a museum curator, visiting the Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum. The Park Room will be your haven for sweet dreams for the next two nights.
Day 2, Friday, 23 March
Today you can explore the island at your own pace, or, take the following optional upgrade (at additional cost)
Naoshima is unique, but the Teshima and Inujima Islands are even more so, and they can only be accessed by boat. Today you can have a full day of sightseeing on the Teshima and Inujima Islands by private boat with an English-speaking art guide, visiting the Teshima Museum, Yokoo Museum, Les Archives du Coeur, Inujima Seirensho Art Museum and the Art House Project. A transfer from and back to the hotel in Naoshima is included.
Day 3, Saturday, 24 March
An English-speaking assistant will pick you up from the hotel lobby and escort you to the ferry at Miyanoura Port, to Uno on the mainland, and ensure that you find your First Class seat on the bullet train to Kyoto. Arriving in Kyoto, you will be met on the platform and escorted by private transfer to the very best hotel in the city. As traditionally there are no free rooms in Kyoto during the Hanam festival at all, you are doubly lucky to have the exceptional privilege of a luxury room at The Ritz-Carlton.
Day 4, Sunday 25 March
Today you can explore Kyoto at your own pace, or, take the following optional upgrade (at additional cost)
Today you have a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto in a private minivan with an English-speaking guide and special permission to access the Katsura Rikyu Villa. It is one of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures with gardens that are considered to be a masterpiece of Japanese gardening, and buildings considered among the greatest achievements of Japanese architecture. Next is the Saihoji Temple (with special permission to visit), famed for its moss garden, and is commonly referred to as "Koke-dera", meaning "moss temple”. Finally, you have been granted permission by the monks to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is the head shrine of the god Inari and sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari. 4 kilometres of trails that lead to scores of smaller shrines criss-cross the mountain.
Day 5, Monday, 26 March
A leisurely departure