Sep 6 – 18, 2014
Discover how Japanese art — and the landscape of this country — inspired the Impressionists and forever changed French art. On your first stop in Tokyo, you’ll visit the Shinto Meiji Shrine and historic Imperial Palace, as well as the gallery of preeminent calligrapher Koshun Masunaga. Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and the Japanese Alps, along with a sake tasting in Takayama, before traveling on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri Village. In Kanazawa, visit the renowned Kenrokuen Garden (ca. 1676), the Gold Leaf Museum, the Higashi Chayagai teahouse, and the Nagamachi Samurai district. Before departing for Kyoto, spend time exploring the Kutani Ceramics Museum and the Asakusra Isokichi Art Museum. In the cultural and artistic capital of Kyoto, you’ll visit the lakeside Temple of the Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle, arguably the best surviving example of palace architecture from Japan's feudal era. End your tour with a visit to the Imperial Palace and the Gion district, where the geishas gather.
With Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art
Fee: $5,986 with air from Washington, D.C.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices quoted “with air” include airline taxes, departure fees, and fuel surcharges.
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