Garden and Art Tours of Japan 2020 - 2021

A Japanese Garden and Art Tour will take you to the very best Japanese gardens and introduce you to some stunning examples of Japanese art, both traditional and modern.

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

2020 Autumn Leaves Tour of Japan 

14 Days | Comfort

Although our popular Garden & Art Tours for 2020 are almost fully booked, we have an alternative tour for autumn 2020. This tour visits many Japanese gardens that are renowned for their display of autumn leaves such as Rikugien Garden and Nezu Museum of Art in Tokyo, Hakone Museum Garden, Shukkeien Garden in Hiroshima and one of Japan's best gardens - Kenrokuen in Kanazawa. We will also visit selected gardens in Kyoto and Arashiyama which will be at the peak of their autumn colours at the time of your visit.

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. A maximum of just 8 people on this tour. Visiting Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Naoshima and Kurashiki, this tour offers travelers a relaxed pace, 4+ star accommodation.

Departure Dates
22 Nov 2020Last Double Place

A favourite journey across Japan to experience the very best 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. Enjoy visiting some of Japan’s iconic sites and touch the unique culture along the way.

Departure Dates
8 May 2021Available
22 May 2021Available
18 Oct 2021Available

A favourite journey across Japan to experience the very best in Japanese art and garden design. Enjoy visiting some of Japans’ iconic sites and touch the unique culture along the way.

Departure Dates
12 May 2020Fully Booked
26 May 2020Fully Booked
13 Oct 2020Fully 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).

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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.