Garden and Art Tours of Japan in 2021 and 2022

2021 Small Group Garden & Art Tours of Japan

The garden tours of Japan take you to a selection of the very best Japanese gardens and introduce you to some stunning examples of Japanese art, both traditional and modern.

Each of these tours has been designed to give you 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 Japanese culture.

2022 Season Tours 

Many of our guests like to plan well in advance and although our 2022 season tours are not released yet, 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
8 May 2021 Contact us
22 May 2021 Fully booked
18 Oct 2021 Last solo place
13 Nov 2021 Available
Kinaku-ji Kyoto

14 days

Highlighting natural and manmade beauties of Japan in blazing autumn colours, this tour takes you to some of the internationally renowned Japanese gardens as well as hidden small beauties. With 4+ star western style accommodation, touch of luxury and relaxed pace.

Departure Dates
13 Nov 2021 Fully booked

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.