Japan Itinerary of Fine Art
Explore Tokyo’s art scene as you make your way through art galleries, master studios and the most exclusive bars and restaurants
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
Arrival in Tokyo
Japan’s capital since the Edo period, Tokyo is a complex city that is ripe for exploration and discovery. A renowned mecca of business and technology, travellers often overlook that Tokyo is also a cultural powerhouse, with art and fashion to rival any other capital. That will be the focus of your exploration during the days to follow. For the time being, you enjoy an outstanding dinner in one of Tokyo’s best restaurants… Bon appétit!
The Traditional Arts
Your private, English-speaking guide and driver takes you to the Sumo ring. Here you witness a training session, a privilege usually reserved for VIP patrons. The ritualistic aspects of Sumo fighting make it quite a compelling martial art. Before lunch, you take a leisurely stroll along Kiyosumi Garden, imbibed in history and verse, so to speak. You witness a Shingon Buddhist Fire Ceremony, with drums and bonfire a-blazing, it’s a suitable way to bless your journey. You then head to a Bonsai villa to see some of the finest examples of this art and enjoy the company of a master. Shinjuku Golden Gai is an iconic section of Tokyo that reflects the city’s past and harbours some of the best bars in town. A resident American filmmaker joins you in this enterprise. Read more
The Modern West Side
You begin the day at the studio of a master bamboo artisan whose craft has been exhibited at the Met NY. A fashion specialist joins your entourage to Daikanyama and Nakameguro, Tokyo’s chic-central, with quirky boutiques, high-end shopping, a vibrant sidewalk café culture, and a unique vibe, not to mention the best contemporary art galleries in Japan. To end the evening, you enjoy a sake tasting and an exclusive dinner.
Enjoy a free morning in Tokyo and then head to the countryside for a traditional ryokan where you will discover the charm of nature and the pleasures of Japanese high-cuisine.
At the Artist’s Retreat
Visit a local artisan’s studio and enjoy the natural highlights, ancient Shinto shrines and breathtaking views of the Japanese countryside. As the day wanes, head back to Tokyo for a dining experience arranged exclusively for you.
After enjoying some free time in Tokyo, your private driver will take you to the airport where you will catch your international flight.