Garden and Art Tours of Japan in 2021 and 2022

Small Group Garden & Art Tours of Japan

The garden tours of Japan take you to a selection of the most awarded Japanese gardens along with with some exceptional 'secret' gardens that are accessible by our small group size.  The garden tours of Japan introduce you to some stunning examples of Japanese art, both traditional and modern. A number of the gallery buildings housing the art are worth a visit in their own right own too!.

Each of these tours has been designed to give a lifetime memory with a delightful all-round experience of Japan. You will visit many of Japan’s iconic sights, explore some magnificent gardens and galleries, engage first-hand with Japanese artisans, taste exquisite food, and come away with a deep and lasting impression of the Japanese culture.

2022 Season Garden Tours 

March Update: Our May 2022 Garden and Art Tours have been released and we have already received a number of bookings! The October/November Garden and Art Tours will be released in the coming months. If you contact us we will promise to let you know as soon as they are released!

 

Where are Japan’s best gardens?  Find out here ...

15 days

Experience the very best of Japanese gardens including Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. The tour also covers magnificent Japanese art both traditional and contemporary. Highlights include a visit to Naoshima Island, interaction with a pottery master in Bizen and hands-on bonsai appreciation experience.

Departure Dates
18 Oct 2021Fully Booked
13 Nov 2021Last Double Place
Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto Japan in autumn

14 days

Highlighting natural and manmade beauties of Japan in blazing autumn colours, this comfort tour takes you to some of the internationally renowned Japanese gardens and art museums as well as small hidden beauties.

Departure Dates
13 Nov 2021Fully booked

15 days

Experience the very best of Japanese gardens including Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. The tour also covers magnificent Japanese art both traditional and contemporary. Highlights include a visit to Naoshima Island, interaction with a pottery master in Bizen and hands-on bonsai appreciation experience.

Departure Dates
14 May 2022Available
21 May 2022Available

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

Where Are Japan’s Best Gardens and Art?

Japan has an extraordinary number of excellent gardens of different styles. Many gardens are very old and part of the old feudal era, some are even in the middle of giant cities such as Tokyo. The top selection includes Kenrokuen in the western city of Kanazawa;  The Adachi Art Museum (taking out Japan’s number one garden for 17 consecutive years); Korakuen garden in Okayama is another favourite. Kyoto does not miss out either with gardens like Kokedera (the moss temple’s gardens) and of course Ryoanji, the most famous ‘stone’ garden is there too.

Art is such a personal thing and Japan offers something for almost everyone.  Pick a small handful of all the galleries and it may well include the Ohara Museum of Fine Art (exhibiting a superb collection of Japanese and European fine art); The Island of Naoshima (offering a fascinating take on contemporary art); The building alone at the Miho Museum is worth seeing, to say nothing of the world famous art. In Kanazawa, you just can’t afford to miss 21st Century Contemporary Museum of Art. Then of course, there is the Open Air Museum in Hakone (offering some fascinating art and views to go with it).

Do have a look at our Garden Tours departure dates

Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.