Japan 2019

Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hemeji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka.

We have successfully hosted our first painting holiday in Japan and are planning to do so again.

2019 Dates : March 20th -April 6th

We are offering a 16 day trip touring Japan, sketching and painting in Japan’s major cities, national heritage sites, shrines, gardens, temples and museums. Japan is full of special places that are a pleasure to paint. This is cherry blossom season when Japan is especially beautiful, we can’t guarantee arriving at the peak of the season but try our best.

We stay in western hotels in central locations, and use public transport to get around. We use the bullet train for faster and longer journeys, local trains, buses, the metro, trams, the cable car and boats on our travels, and on rare occasions a taxi.

Entrance fees to all major sites are included, however special events such as the calligraphy or wood cut printing are extra.

Each evening we eat at a different Japanese restaurant experiencing the full range of fabulous Japanese cuisine. This is also included in the price.

We have extended our original two week tour to sixteen days to add three full painting days on the trip. We feel it’s okay to add the extra days as many of our guests arrived two or three days early last season.

We start our tour with five nights in the capital city of Tokyo. It’s a very cosmopolitan city, a metropolis with a wealth of culture, museums, beautiful gardens, palaces and shrines. We sketch and paint out and about and then develop those ideas in to a larger painting during our studio day.

We leave Tokyo to travel to Hakone, leaving the city for the beautiful countryside. This is where we have the opportunity to see Mt Fuji. Such wonderful  landscapes and scenery and to top it it all the breath taking Mt Fuji a real wow moment! We sat and sketched all afternoon as Mt Fuji was visible the whole day.

We stay in a traditional Ryoken a typical Japanese house, for two nights, it’s cosy, welcoming, with a private hot spa.

Then on to Kyoto for five nights, there is so much to see, the Torri arches and the Ariyamshi Bamboo forest and the splendid Golden temple. We also go Geisha spotting.

Finally finishing off in Osaka for three nights. There is also an optional day trip to Hiroshima and the beautiful island of Miyajima said to be one of the top three beauty spots in the whole of Japan.

We have an exciting programme of locations, mixing ancient and modern. A full list of locations is available on booking.

The final fee for this trip is to be confirmed it is approximately £4700.00 per person when two people are sharing a twin or double room with an extra £500.00 single supplement. We work with an excellent tour company in Japan and they provide a professional Japanese guide 24/7. We couldn’t have been more pleased with their service.

We provide tuition from two tutors throughout the trip, working in all media. Collection on arrival in Japan from the airport to the hotel.  Transportation throughout the trip, bullet train, local trains, metro, local buses, tram, cable car, and boat!

All hotel accommodation with breakfast and all evening meals, it does not include lunch. Dinner each evening at a range of Japanese restaurants which we thoroughly enjoyed.

This price does not include the cost of the international flights. Guests can choose whatever airline and class to travel. We recommend flights and arrange arrival times. Collection on arrival is including the price. The guide arranges departure taxis to all airports, this is not included in the price but is often a shared cost.

Final price and dates for 2019 tbc

 FeeAccommodation Travel in Japan**Tuition *Meals
Single Room with supplement added for all locations£4250YesYes Yes Yes
Single Room with Supplement excluding Hakone£4150Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sharing twin or double room in all locations£3750Yes Yes Yes Yes
*Lunch is not included
**Transfers from and back to the airport is not included
Deposit £1000 this is non refundable once paid.Payment is in four installments

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