Naoshima Art Island & Beyond
10-Day | Customized Journey
Naoshima Art Island & Beyond
Tokyo > Okayama > Naoshima > Hiroshima
Discover the harmony between nature and Japanese arts by touring internationally recognized art destinations of the Chugoku region.
This journey starts in Tokyo, where we board the Shinkansen and travel along the foot of the iconic Mt. Fuji to Okayama prefecture: the home of Bizen pottery, the Bikan Historical Quarter of Kurashiki, and the Korakuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens in Japan. Okayama, the so-called Land of Sunshine (they receive the most sunshine in Japan!), has a rich history of textiles and indigo dyeing. The coastal town of Kojima is where Japan Blue jeans originated.
From Okayama, we will take a ferry to Naoshima Art Island in the Setouchi inland sea for just a peek at what the island offers. This small island with a population of just over 3000 is an internationally recognized art hub, awash with artwork by Yayoi Kusama, Jackso Pollock, Claude Monet, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, and others.
We will spend our last two days in Hiroshima at the other end of the Seto Inland Sea. Sadly, Hiroshima is best known for the atomic bomb, and the Peace Museum but in Japan, Hiroshima is famous for its truly delicious oysters. The region is also well known for its sake production. Take a train ride to visit Saijo sake town nestled in the mountains, to sample sake and learn about its history and how it’s made. Enjoy the fresh seafood and street food Hiroshima has to offer. This journey is not to be missed.
Ideal trip for:
First time in Japan , Family with adult or older children , Like-minded friends , Couples
2 to 3 people starts at $5999 per person, double occupancy
4 to 6 people starts at $5500 per person, double occupancy
stay two nights at the Benesse Art House Hotel is extra
Minimum number of travelers:
- Meet and greet in Tokyo
- Tokyo sightseeing
- Visit Okayama, home to Japan Heritage sites, Japanese cotton, and denim
- Visit Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki
- Visit Korakuen Garden
- Tea ceremony
- A two-day trip to Naoshima Art Island
- Bike rental on the art island
- Sightseeing in Hiroshima or a day trip to Itsukushima Shrine (optional)
- Visit Saijo sake town
Local transportation, include JR Pass, taxies, and ferry
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Admissions fees for activities listed
From early planning to safe return Koshiki listened, tailored, then lead my daughter and me through beautiful Japan. We were able to enjoy each unique day free from worry or stress of “what to do”, language barriers, accommodations, currency exchange, and travel connections. She is a delightful companion, sensitive to the needs of travelers and, now, a respected friend. Each day was filled with so many varieties of highlights it difficult to pick one but perfect weather on Teshima Island made riding electric bikes to its amazing art museum a joy. Thank you to Tanpopo Journeys for our treasured and wonder-filled adventure.