IN SEARCH OF TRANSIENT BEAUTY
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. Japanese proverb
23rd March 2021 - 13 day tour
We are delighted to be planning our second trip to Japan - this time, a spring tour to witness Hanami (loosely, - flower viewing).
The celebration of transient beauty holds a very particular place in Japanese custom - we hope our tour will give us further insight into this fascinating country and will provide an immersive cultural experience to enrich and inspire.
We are have also arranged for some very special experiences which we hope will give us an insight into the Japanese culture, as well as taking time to visit the 'art island', Naoshima where we can enjoy its modern architecture, beautiful natural landscape and some of many art installations.
We invite you to view our online presentation for an in depth description of what we have planned.
Please see the online presentation for a description of the attractions we will be visiting.
We have put together a compelling tour which aims to give us a fully immersive experience and allows us to spend time in the locations visited.
We have no reason to suspect that this itinerary will alter, but we must always prepare for the unforeseen and therefore, we reserve the right to amend these details if necessary.
23 March Tour commences in Kyoto early evening.
24 March Kyoto
25 March Kyoto
26 March Kyoto
27 March Mt Koya
28 March Hiroshima
29 March Hiroshima
30 March Naoshima
31 March Shikoku
01 March Shikoku
02 March Shikoku
03 April Osaka airport
04 April Fly home
KYOTO - Mogana
A hotel in a class of its own mixing modern architecture with Japanese tradition.
This beautiful property offers peaceful minimalism in luxurious surroundings and will provide us with a restful haven as we recover from our journey and begin our tour. We are here for four nights.
MT KOYA - Fukuchi-in
Koyasan Onsen Fukuchiin Shukubo offers Japanese-style accommodations in a historical Buddhist temple. Guests can refresh in the public hot-spring baths, experience Shakyo Sutra transcriptions or attend Buddhist morning services. We are here for one night.
HIROSHIMA - Sheraton
A modern hotel centrally located, we are here for two nights.
NAOSHIMA - Benesse House
A museum where people can sleep with a single original artwork in each room. . The minimal architecture, with expanses of concrete, glass and wood – created by the deeply respected architect Tadao Ando – is the perfect complement to the surrounding nature and artworks. One night.
SHIKOKU - Asan Kotonami
In the heart of Shikoku, far from Japan's urban bustle, Asan Kotonami is found within the mountains that form the border between Kagawa and Tokushima.
Surrounded by lush forests it offers an open-air bath "Seseragi", which overlooks a nearby mountain stream. Bathers can listen to nature's symphony, from birdsong to flowing waters. Three nights
FINAL NIGHT IN OSAKA - to be confirmed. This is due to a change of flight schedule and us no longer flying out of KIX
SORRY -FULLY BOOKED. email for waitlist or 2022 tour
All hotels are of excellent standard. We have tried to strike a balance between the comforts expected at normal western-style hotels and an authentic Japanese experience.
Some of the hotels can only provide us with a certain number of 'standard' grade rooms, therefore we have to offer two options.
Single, £7,950 standard accommodation
Single, £8,895 upgraded accommodation
Reduction for sharing £750 per couple
We are unable to offer a discounted non-photographing 'partner rate' due to the very high cost of the local accommodation, meals included, transfers, local guide etc.
DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING - 20%
Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt out and we will cover your contribution.
All accommodation listed on a single room basis.
Dinner on days 2, 5, 9, 10 and 11
Private dinner and entertainment with geisha and maiko (detailed in presentation).
Private tea ceremony in TeaMaster's home.
We have some wonderful restaurants planned for the remaining evenings - excluding those meals enables people to make a choice about where they dine for some of the trip, if they so wish.
Tuition from Valda and Denis
Max, 14 clients.
Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.
Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.
Listed below are the recommended flights. Going from Heathrow to Tokyo, Haneda then on to Osaka, Itami. The latest you can travel to connect with the start of the workshop is the 22nd March. I will be going out on the 21st March in order to acclimatise slightly.
OUTWARD - 22nd March or earlier:
BA0007 LHR/HND 10.55/07.35 +1
BA4627 HND/ITM 09.30/10.40
RETURN - From 4th April 2021:
BA4630 ITM/HND 08.30/09.40
BA0006 HND/LHR 13.15/17.25
GMT +8 hours
Average temp. High 15°C - Low 3C°
March is a lovely time of year to visit Japan and is also high season on account of the cherry blossom.
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