Places Visited: Tokyo, Obuse, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Matsue, Kurashiki
With an artistic history as long and illustrious as any European country, Japan is a mecca for aesthetes. The key temples on this tour are treasure troves of Buddhist kannon statues, intricate carvings and even a mural by the Katushika Hokusai. Some of his renowned ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Mt Fuji can be viewed at one museum, while others on the tour house a wealth of art from ancient pottery in Kurashiki to modern art installations on Naoshima. Admire kimonos and samurai armour, explore castles, view some of Japan’s most beautiful gardens and experience the epitomy of Japanese etiquette at a tea ceremony. Recount your experiences over a beautifully presented kaiseki dinner at a heritage ryokan (traditional inn) towards the end of the tour.