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
starts at $4800 per person, double occupancy (standard accommodation)
starts at $5300 per person, double occupancy if you prefer to stay two nights at the Benesse Art House Hotel
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
Our Commitment to You
Tanpopo Journeys is an independently-owned travel company located in St. Paul, MN, USA. Our mission is to work with artists, farmers, craftspeople, and small businesses to foster and help them preserve traditional Japanese crafts and food production methods and to share them with you.
We are proud of the quality of the services we provide and would love to curate a one-of-a-kind experience for you.
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm (CST)
Sat: 10am – 3pm (CST)