• Be captivated by Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, whose top floors shimmer with gold leaf, and the Silver Pavilion, once the retirement villa of a 13th century shogun
• Absorb the enchanting atmosphere of mountain-based Takayama, a World Heritage site containing a beautifully preserved old town
• The historical city of Kanazawa welcomes us with its traditional samurai residences and enthralling museums
Meri Arichi, MA, PhD
art historian and lecturer at SOAS
Depart London Heathrow 1350 on British Airways for overnight flight.
Arrive Tokyo Narita 1035 and transfer to central Tokyo for four nights at Asakusa View Hotel. Short walking tour of Asakusa.
Morning introductory lecture followed by Tokyo National Museum (Japanese art and Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasure). Afternoon walk through Ueno Park. Free evening.
Kamakura: Tsurugaoka Hachimangū shrine and Great Buddha.
Morning: Meiji Shrine, Seitoku Memorial Picture Gallery (Meiji Emperor’s Memorial Museum). Afternoon: Ota Memorial Museum of Art. Free evening.
Transfer to Takayama (old town in mountainous countryside) by train for overnight stay in Tanabe Ryokan (traditional inn with hot springs). Afternoon walking tour of Takayama including Jinya (Edo period).
Morning in Shirakawa-go (World Heritage site) including gassho-zukuri farmhouses and museum. Afternoon: transfer to Kanazawa for three nights at Daiwa Roynet Hotel. Evening lecture: Art and Culture of the Kaga Domain in the Edo Period.
Kanazawa: Kenroku-en garden, old streets of samurai residences, DT Suzuki Museum (commemorating the Zen master) and 21st century Museum of Contemporary Art.
Further visits in Kanazawa including local lacquer workshop and Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. Free evening.
Transfer by train to Kyoto for four nights at Royal Park Hotel. Visits to Golden Pavilion and Ryōan-ji Golden Zen Rock Garden followed by traditional Japanese dinner at Ganko Takasegawa.
Morning lecture: Kyoto – The Cultural Capital of Japan followed by traditional tea ceremony. Afternoon: Nijō Castle and garden (Tokugawa Shogun’s residence in Kyoto). Free evening.
Morning excursion to 17th century Hikone Castle by Lake Biwa. Afternoon in Shigaraki: potter’s kiln and workshop.
Further visits in Kyoto including Tō-ji Temple (9th century sculptural mandala), Fushimi Inari Shrine (torii gates), Sanjūsangen-dō (1001 Kannon statues), Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion). Free evening.
Transfer via Uji Byōdō-in (Phoenix Hall) to Nara, the capital of Japan from 710 to 794, for two nights at Hotel Nikko. Afternoon: Hōryū-ji Temple (circa 670 AD) with important treasures of early Buddhist art.
Morning lecture: History, Politics, Religion and Art of the Nara Period followed by visits to Kōfuku-ji Temple and Tōdai-ji Temple (Great Buddha). Some free time.
Transfer to Tokyo by bullet train. Free afternoon and overnight stay in Tokyo at Shiba Park Hotel.
Depart Toyko Narita 1115, arriving Heathrow 1500.
8 Nov — 24 Nov 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, twelve lunches, ten dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £860.