DAY 1 Saturday 24 October 2020 Osaka, Japan
Arrival day in Osaka. Check in is available after 3:00pm (Flight and pre tour accommodation options are available). This evening join Malcolm for welcome drinks.
DAY 2 Sunday 25 October 2020 Hiroshima
The tour begins this morning with a transfer to Osaka Train Station for a high speed Shinkasen train to Hiroshima. On arrival we will explore some of Hirsohima’s fascinating contemporary buildings including the MOCA Gallery and the Museum of Art (Kisho Kurokawa). We hope to visit the Itsukushima Shrine at sunset which is being renovated. If inaccessible we will visit the small chapel within the Crowne Plaza Hotel
DAY 3 Monday 26 October 2020 Kurashiki
This morning we visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Afterwards we travel to Kurashiki with a stop at the Kohtei Pavilion then a traditional house in Kamitomii (Shin Ohori) (subject to owner’s permission). Wander the historic town of Kurashiki in the evening.
DAY 4 Tuesday 27 October 2020 Kurashiki
This morning we travel to Naoshima Island, known for its art museums, architecture and sculpture. We will see the Ferry Terminal before visiting the spectacular, Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House and Ando Museum all by Tadao Ando. Chichu Art Museum has paintings from Monet’s “Water Lilies” series. Benesse House Museum shows contemporary sculpture.
DAY 5 Wednesday 28 May October Kobe
This morning we travel to Tazaemon Yamamura House (Yodoka Guest House), the first of two Frank Lloyd Wright buildings we will see in Japan. After lunch we arrive in Kobe, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan’s ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities. The afternoon will be free to explore the city.
DAY 6 Thursday 29 October 2020 Osaka
This morning we visit another of Tadao Ando’s spectacular works – the Water Temple, Awaji Island. This is a modern Buddhist temple built of concrete and located underground, with a circular pool of water planted above the prayer space. Tadao Ando was also the architect for the nearby Yumebutai Hotel & Observation Terrace research centre which we will also visit. We then continue on to Koshino Hiroko House. Ando designed the Koshino House for fashion designer Hiroko Koshino and her family during 1979 - 1984.
DAY 7 Friday 30 October 2020 Kyoto
This morning we drive past Ando’s Azuma House. This is a private residence so will not be able to enter. We continue on to Oyamazaki Museum (Ando). We then visit Katsura Imperial Villa (completed in 1645), one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design.
DAY 8 Saturday 31 October 2020 Kyoto
Kyoto is old Japan with atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and is the heart of Japan’s geisha world. It is most well known in Japanese history for being the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years. Today we explore some of the outstanding modern works in Kyoto. We begin with a visit to the Garden of Fine Arts (Ando), followed by Kyoto Concert Hall (Isozaki) (external view only unless attending a concert) and Nishjin Lifestyle Museum. We the visit Shisendo Temple. Former samurai, Chinese classics scholar, and landscape architect Ishikawa Jozan built the shrine in 1641 as a retirement villa. We conclude the day with a visit to Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, with a spectacular view over Kyoto.
DAY 9 Sunday 1 November 2020 Kyoto
This morning those that wish to do so can attend a service at the Church of Light (Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church) (Ando) (attendance at the service is subject to room being available for a group on the day) followed by a visit to the spectacular Arashiyama Bamboo Grove one of most photographed sights in Kyoto. We continue on to Ryoan-ji Temple. Originally an aristocrat’s villa during the Heian Period, the site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450 and belongs to the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It is popular for its rock garden. After lunch we visit the famous Kinkaku Ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.
DAY 10 Monday 2 November 2020 Kyoto
A free day in Kyoto to visit some of its historic sites. You may wish to visit Gion, Kyoto’s geisha district made famous from the novel and film Memoirs of a Geisha. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geisha and maiko (geisha apprentices) entertain.
DAY 11 Tuesday 3 November 2020 Nagoya
We depart Kyoto and travel to Nagoya today. Along the way we will visit Miho Museum (I M Pei) and Ise Grand Shrine, Naiku. Ise Grand Shrine is Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine and dates back to the 3rd Century. It is considered to be the spiritual home of the Japanese and its national religion Shinto.
DAY 12 Wednesday 4 November 2020 Chino
Today we visit GC Prostho Museum Research Centre (Kuma) and the Imperial Hotel Foyer (photo below) at Museum Meiji-Mura (Wright). Meiji- Mura is an open-air architectural museum near Nagoya. The museum preserves historic buildings from Japan’s Meiji (1867–1912), Taisho (1912– 1926), and early Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. Over 60 historical buildings have been moved and reconstructed. The most noteworthy being the main entrance and lobby of Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Imperial Hotel, which originally stood in Tokyo from 1923 to 1967, when the main structure was demolished to make way for a new, larger version of the hotel.
DAY 13 Thursday 5 November 2020 Tokyo
This morning we visit the House in Yatsugatake (Kidosaki Architects – photo above) a minimalist home cantilevered on the top of a hill overlooking the serene mountainscape and Hakone house (Kidosaki Architects) (subject to the owner’s permission). We arrive in Tokyo late afternoon.
DAY 14 Friday 6 November 2020 Tokyo
There aren’t many places on Earth that blend ancient tradition and the ultra-modern quite like Tokyo. Centuries-old gardens and cobblestone laneways live in perfect harmony with soaring skyscrapers and dazzling neon lights. We will visit the Asakusa district, well-known as a region of Old Tokyo, the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a Buddhist temple also known as Sensoji, built in 645 A.D with the finest Japanese architecture. In the afternoon we will visit Tokyo International Forum (Rafael Vinoly), Mikimoto Ginza 2 Building (Ito) and a special visit to Hirotaka Kidosaki’s own house (Kidosaki Architects).
DAY 15 Saturday 7 November 2020 Tokyo
A full day of exploring Tokyo’s architectural wonders including the Architecture Museum Edo W, Sumida Hokusai Museum and the National Art Museum.
DAY 16 Sunday 8 November 2020 Tokyo
Today we visit Nezu Museum, 2121 Design Sight (Ando), Omotesando Hills (Ando) and Tod’s Omotesando Building (Ito)
DAY 17 Monday 9 November 2020 Tokyo
Our final day in Tokyo We will see Sky House (Kitutake), St Mary’s Cathedral (Tange) and the Olympic Stadium (Kuma). The afternoon will be free for individual sightseeing or last minute shopping. We will have a farewell dinner this evening to celebrate a wonderful tour.
DAY 18 Tuesday 10 November 2020 Departure
We transfer to the airport for our flights back to Australia and New Zealand.