Self Guided Adventure


Japan Arts Trail

15 Nights: from US$11986 per person (twin share) Trip Code: JARTD

Discover world-class museums and galleries all across Japan, from city skyscrapers to rural towns where art has brought a new and unique vibrancy to otherwise forgotten places. This trip will allow you to visit Japan's classic sights as well as some real artistic treasures. Read more >

With this itinerary you will travel from Tokyo to Kyoto via a stunning national park before returning to the capital by way of Naoshima "Art Island" in the Seto Inland Sea. Exploring some of the best museums and art exhibitions both large and small, you will see Japan through the eyes of its artists whilst discovering the country and culture that have shaped their works.

Three nights in the capital will introduce you to the diverse nature of the Japanese art world before you travel on to Hakone by the world famous Shinkansen bullet train. Here you will soak in hot spring onsen baths created by the area's volcanic activity and surrounded by spectacular views - including (if you're lucky!) a glimpse of Japan's most iconic landmark: Mount Fuji.

At the Chokoku no Mori outdoor sculpture park you'll have the chance to admire the works of Henry Moore, Anthony Gormley and many others are set against a stunning mountain backdrop.

In Matsue you'll appreciate the collection of modern Japanese art at the Adachi Museum, also home to one of the country's best landscape gardens, before taking a sunset cruise across Lake Shinji and exploring one of Japan's best-preserved medieval castles.

Nagoya offers some of the country's finest Shogun Era arts alongside world-class contemporary museums, whilst Naoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea will not fail to disappoint with its litany of outstanding galleries such as Benesse House, the Chichu Art Museum, and the Art House Projects of Honmura village.

This itinerary will take you from Japan's modern capital to its historical and cultural heart, via a mountainous national park and a remarkable little island to discover the amazing range of arts that Japan has to offer.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 15 nights' accommodation (four nights Japanese-style)
  • Breakfast each morning, four evening meals and three lunches
  • Airport transfers by private car
  • First class (green) train travel between destinations
  • Taxis between train stations (and hotels in some destinations)
  • Eight-hour private guide and driver service in Tokyo and Kyoto, including lunch and entrance fees
  • Tour of Fuji Five Lakes by private car with an expert guide
  • Afternoon tea with a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (taxis, subways, buses) unless otherwise specified
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Hop across the Inland Sea to explore Naoshima art island
  • See Tokugawa Era artworks in Nagoya
  • Experience the very best in Japanese hospitality at the Gora Kadan ryokan
  • Discover Tokyo's world-class galleries
  • Meet an apprentice geisha in Kyoto
  • Visit the award-winning Adachi Museum and gardens

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