Japanese Art, Gardens & Culture Tour – Exclusive Tour

9 - 24 May 2025
FROM (AUD) $10,625
16 DAY
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Tour Overview
Join supporters of the Tweed River Gallery Foundation Ltd. plus Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc. on tour in Japan, a vibrant, contemporary country honouring an immensely rich cultural heritage. Its people are welcoming, respectful and friendly. Revered, centuries old temples and gardens will leave you spellbound as will avant-garde architecture, stunning art museums, chic retail centres and fabulous restaurants. We travel comfortably via coach and very fast trains.
Tour features:
  • GARDENS Golden Pavilion – Kinkakuji, Silver Pavilion – Ginkakuji, Sagano Bamboo Grove, Koishikawa, Korakuen – Kenrokuen, and Korakuen in Okayama
  • TEMPLES Sensoji, Ryoanji and market at Toji Temple
  • CULTURAL Ginza district, Japanese tea ceremony, local produce, traditional foods
  • ART & ARCHITECTURE Miho Museum, Hosomi Museum, National Museum, Mori Art Museum, Itkushima Shrine, Naoshima Art Island and Benesse House Museum
Dates & Prices

9 May to 24 May, 2025

Tour Prices*
Per person, twin share $10,625
Single room supplement $1,630
Tour deposit $800

*Exclusive tour for Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Tour price is Land Only, starts in Tokyo and finishes in Kyoto.

About your tour leader - Kim Woods Rabbidge

Kim Woods Rabbidge behind the popular ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Instagram, is an award winning garden writer, photographer, and design consultant. Her articles and photographs have appeared in several Australian and International publications. She spent several years as Queensland’s Coordinator for Open Gardens Australia, is a member (past executive member) of the Horticultural Media Association Australia and Australian Garden History Association. Kim leads bespoke garden tours in Australia and overseas, and presents on various subjects including garden edits and design elements. Kim and her husband are currently developing a garden on an old dairy farm at Eltham, in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

What's Included

Tour Inclusions: 

  • 15 nights in well-appointed hotels in twin share
  • All meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Shared arrival and departure transfer
  • All transport and excursions in bullet train or air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sights as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer (one piece per person) from Kanazawa to Kyoto
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip

Not Included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Porterage & gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS:

In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

  • You will need to be able to walk for a few hours at a gentle pace
  • Use combined shower/bath facilities (it is impossible to guarantee walk-in shower facilities)
  • Undertake walking tours of 1-2 hours duration, including using stairs, walking over cobblestones and other uneven surfaces
  • Stand for long periods in museums and other sites
  • Embark / disembark coaches, trains and other methods of transportation without assistance
  • Handle your own luggage
Itinerary
Japanese Art Gardens and Culture Tour Map

For tour itinerary and booking form, please contact Opulent Journeys