JAPAN Art+Culture 2019

Hello Fellow Autumn leaves JAPAN Travellers!

Above is our updated itinerary. I hope you enjoy the following links and short videos about the art & cultural destinations we will be visiting. We can refresh our prep as we travel – in our hotels and on the Shinkansen trains.

The Meiji Shrine  is our first ‘cultural’ destination. This link includes a very useful map showing the shrine’s proximity to our hotel and other places we will be visiting.


Tokyo Art Museums: we are visiting four very different museums. These links and short videos provide insights into the exhibitions and places we will see.

At the Yayoi Kusama Museum:About Yayoi Kusama

At the Ota Memorial Museum: please click on Translate button, top right

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At the Nezu Museum:

The Tea Ceremony in Edo

At the Mori Art Museum: please click Translate button

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Kanazawa Art Museums: in Japan we should also think of gardens, shrines and temples as places of artistic expression.

At the Kenroku-en (Six Attributes) Garden we will discover the essence of Japanese garden design. This short video was taken in the Garden in the Autumn of 2017.

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At  21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa  Where We Now Stand—In Order to Map the Future

Outdoor beauty in and around Hiroshima: Miyajima is most famous for its giant orange Torii Gate, but the whole island is a scenic delight: if the weather is pleasant, we may wish to linger on Miyajima: there are cafes, shops, a museum, places to sit and compose haiku, and a mountain to climb: Things to do on Miyajima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: the Children’s Monument

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Orizuru Tower Lookout: designed by Hiroshi Sambuichi

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Kyoto Art & Cultural Highlights: The Netsuke Museum was originally a Samurai House, replete with folding hand-painted screens, books of poetry and a window looking out onto an immaculate, miniature ‘world-view’ garden.

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One of the most beautiful places in Japan: The Silver Pavilion and Gardens

The Geisha District of Gion


The  Miho Museum designed by IM Pei is a 40 mins drive out of Kyoto and remarkable as much for its architecture and location as its art collection. Wonderful audio guide.

The natural beauty of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove:

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Kyoto’s newest art museum: Fukuda Art Museum

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