Japan 2019

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

After successfully hosting their first painting holiday in Japan tutors Janet Brady and Peter Davies are planning their second trip!

2019 Dates : March 16th – March 31st

We are offering a 15 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 often the beginning of the 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 fifteen nights, sixteen days to add three full painting days on the trip.

We start our tour with six 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 for a day to visit Mt Fuji. Such wonderful  landscapes and scenery and to top it it all the breath taking Mt Fuji a real wow moment! We hope to sit and sketch Mt Fuji, we were very lucky last time as she was visible the whole day.

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.

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.

Finally finishing off the trip with four nights in Osaka, the first day is a free day to explore and enjoy the city, the second day we travel to see the ancient castle in Hemeji, an amazing structure, beautifully restored. Our penultimate day in the morning we will visit the cathederal of temples, featuring this dramatic bridge. In the afternoon we have organised a cooking demonstration by a local chef. She will also provide a home made authentic feast for our supper. The last day we will paint in a studio.

The final fee for this trip is to be confirmed it is approximately £4500.00 per person when two people are sharing a twin or double room with an extra £450.00 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!

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. The guide arranges arrival and departure taxis to and from all airports, this is not included in the price but is often a shared cost.

Final price and dates for 2019 tbc

Room Occupancy Per Person Deposit Price
Lunch is not included
Transfers from and to airport not includedDeposit is non refundable
Single Painter £1000£4950
Sharing Painter - twin or double room in all locations£1000£4500
Sharing Non -Painter - twin or double room in all locations£1000£4150

For more information email: janet@bramblesartretreat.com

tel: +44 (0) 1566784359

An excerpt from one of the four sketchbooks Janet filled while touring Japan, she found it inspirational and a great resource for the New body of work she produced.  A selection of which she exhibited in London in The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in October as part of a group show.