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Monday, November 11, 2019

ArtTable TOURS | Japan

Start Date: 11/11/2019 11:15 AM EST
End Date: 11/18/2019 12:23 PM EST

United States 

Organization Name: ArtTable

Mary Beth Sullivan
Email: travel@arttable.org
Phone: 212-343-1735

Japan Contemporary Art &

Cultural Heritage Autumn Expedition

November 11 - 18, 2019


Naoshima and Tokyo are where art lovers are flocking to along with
Kyoto for lovers of heritage and nature. It is attracting tastemakers from all corners, with its booming contemporary art scene around Tokyo such as the Yayoi Kusama Museum and TeamLab Space, and lesser known Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Enoura Observatory selected by Conde Naste as one of the most exciting destinations for 2019. And of course the epic Naoshima Art Islands with surreal masterpieces of art and architecture. Autumn is one of the most delightful and admiring seasons to experience in Japan, and Kyoto is notorious for its beautiful Fall foliage.

This journey immerses you to the modern and contemporary art world starting from cosmopolitan Tokyo, that is a micro-universe on its own. You will be introduced to the local art and creative movers and shakers in the various neighborhoods of this city, whether its commercial, non-profit or underground, it is what makes Tokyo such a unique place unlike any other. For fashion and design lovers, Tokyo is a mecca for cutting-edge trends and innovation.

After the introductory plunge into Japanese culture, we sweep across to the highlight of your trip visiting the Naoshima Art Islands. Established by an art collector, the Naoshima art project is a series of remote islands acquired and redeveloped into a private museum with stunning architecture (i.e. Tadao Ando) maximizing the impact of the art with its natural surroundings. Your final stop will be in Kyoto, one of the most beautiful cities on earth that has just the right balance of cultural heritage with modernity and nature. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and because it was spared the bombs of World War II, its historic monuments, heritage sites, and 2500+ temples and shrines are still intact. Kyoto boasts the nations greatest concentration of craft artisans, as it was home to the Imperial court for 1,000 years. Your experience will not only uncover the traditional side of Kyoto, but will also show you the modern take of this alluring city.

Additional insights on the itinerary for this incredible trip can be found below along with other pertinent trip details.

TOKYO | 3 Days

• Mori Art Museum Private Visit with welcoming by the curator or museum team
Of all the names in Japan associated with contemporary art, Mori Art Museum is probably the best known internationally. Located in Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum is a pioneering museum that wanted to show the best contemporary art and architecture. The Museum opened in 2003 at the top of the central Mori Tower - a place visible from throughout Tokyo and is one of the best places in Tokyo to get panoramic views of the city

• Yayoi Kusama Museum VIP tour
Yayoi Kusama Museum is dedicated to the artwork of the avant garde Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, The grand dame of Japan’s art world, long been famed as the anti-queen of minimalism, and most famous for her signature polka dot motif. The new Kusama museum – set up by a foundation created by the artist – is located in a residential neighbourhood in Shinjuku, nearby her studio and the psychiatric hospital where she has lived voluntarily for 40 years. Designed by architectural rm Kume Sekkei, the concept is simple: ve white cubes have been stacked and slightly rotated, creating ve compact oors, each measuring less than 131 sq m. Waiting list to get inside the museum is said to be around 45 days.

Watarium museum of contemporary art & Hara Contemporary Museum private visits

• Visit the studio of artist Kohei nawa, one of the most talked about artist in Japan
Kohei Nawa (b. 1975, Osaka JP; he is represented by Pace Gallery and SCAI the Bathhouse) is a Japanese sculptor exploring digital culture and contem- porary spirituality. Perhaps best known for his PixCell series, he creates works by covering found objects such as taxidermied deer with an intricate layer of glass beads, prisms, glue, plaster, and spray foam. The artist is inspired in part by digital pixels—which use light to construct images—as a conceptual gesture, thereby making his sculptures a real life analogue to the digital image. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne, among others.

• Teamlab Exhibition and Art Space visit and meet the artist

• Tokyo galleries behind-the-scenes private tour and meet the Directors

• Explore the underground culture and small streets of Shibuya, including a sake bar nightwalk with a Japanese lmmaker

• Omotesando fashion & architecture district walk

• Obayashi Art Collection and welcome drinks

• Meet a visionary Japanese art collector and learn about his collecting vision and art patronage

• Roppongi Nightlife (optional)

• Welcome dinner at a highly acclaimed Japanese restaurant + daily cuisine selections that maximizes the Tokyo gastronomic experience

OKAYAMA Art Summit Exhibitions Visit: The 2019 Summit is curated by Pierre Huyge


Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture and sculptures. Part of Kagawa Prefecture, the island with its Mediterranean atmosphere, sandy beaches and sunny weather, combined with a laid back, rural feel is a relaxing getaway from Japan’s large urban areas.
Often referred to as the perfect balance of light, sound, space, and color

Much of Naoshima’s art was installed by the Benesse Corporation, which oversees art museums, installations and sculptures both on Naoshima and on neighboring islands. Benesse’s museums were designed by the well known Japanese architect Ando Tadao and include the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and all the buildings of the Benesse House. In addition, Naoshima’s municipal buildings and schools were designed by the modern architect Ishii Kazuhiro. The art site comprises mazes made of stone that lead from one underground chamber to another, each differing in shape and size. While many of those islands remain quiet and uninhabited, Naoshima has been turned into one of the most remarkable art and architecture destinations in the world.

KYOTO | 3 Days Discover the former imperial city’s stories through its heritage, arts and culture

• Specialist-guided visit to Kyoto’s temples and monuments, zen gardens and heritage sites including the Nanzen-ji and Ryoan-ji, Chion-in among others

• Discover the secrets of Kyoto’s century-old craftsmanship through traditional arts such as kimono, textiles, ceramics, paper, and bamboo products, woodblock printing in artisan ateliers and shops in Nishijin

• Gion district twilight guided walk with a local insider

• Private collection visit

• Experience the famous Kyo Kaiseki meal in a traditional atmosphere

• Arashiyama Tour and bamboo forest private rickshaw experience
On your Arashiyama Tour, you travel back in time to this integral period of growth on an excursion to the quiet enclave of Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto, visiting villas, temples, and unspoiled forests to unearth how Japanese identity came about.

• Conduct tea ceremony with a Japanese tea master to learn about its history in depth (optional)

• Tailormade traditional silk kimono (optional)

• Kyoto onsen or natural hotspring experience (optional)



3 days 3 nights in tokyo
2 days 2 night in okayama / naoshima
3 days 2 nights in kyoto


Insider’s Japan Art Stay Package Price
Member price (double occupancy) $6,530 + $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $7,280
Member price (single occupancy) $7,530+ $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable= $8,280
Guest price (double occupancy) $6,530 + $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $7,630
Guest price (single occupancy) $7,530 + $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $8,630

Priority will be given to ArtTable members. 

Credit card fee of 3% has been added and can be deducted if paying by check. 

What's Included: 
• All hotel room fees and hotel taxes
• 14 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (alcoholic beverage not included)
• Special Dinner with a Geisha or Maiko (alcoholic beverage not included)
• Inter-city transportations
• Airport private transfers
• Private transportation to all activities on the program
• Entrances and program activities on the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• Day by day curated agenda with digital travel app
• Guided cultural and heritage tours
• Private gallery and museum tours
• Artist studio visit
• Professional networking opportunities
• Pre-departure pack
• Curagenda souvenir
• Curagenda tour manager for duration of trip

What's Not Included: 
• Hotel Incidentals
• Travel insurance (we strongly recommend it and will suggest travel insurance companies to you)
• Gratuities for guides
• Additional city taxes (if any)

Optional Ad Ons:
• International flight bookings (through our flight partner)
• Hotel room upgrade
• Spa booking
• Trip Extension before and after the group trip in Japan or elsewhere • Other tailormade excursions and tours

• Full itinerary details will be issued after booking is confirmed
• Itinerary is subject to change until booking is confirmed
• Activities are subject to availability at time of booking
• Final Price is determined after itinerary is con rmed by the client

Payment Schedule: 
1st deposit payment due May 31: $1,900 ($125 discount if sign up by May 17)

• Balance payment due: July 31

*Please note: for those signing up after July 31st, there will be a $300 fee

Cancellation Policy:
• Trip charges are non-refundable but transferrable.
Please purchase travel insurance to protect your investment

Booking Contact:
Helen Wu
info@curagenda.com | +1 917 727 1972

This trip is being organized by Helen Homan Wu, ArtTable member and founder of CuragendaBorn in Hong Kong and native New Yorker, Helen has previously lived in both Tokyo and Kyoto, bringing a fresh perspective and highly personal touch to her Japan itineraries. Curagenda is a boutique travel company based in New York.


Seiichi Ohsawa Courtesy of Benesse Art Site Naoshima

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