Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Folk Art Japan Tour (14 days)

Abercrombie & Kent Hong Kong

Tokyo, Japan To Osaka, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 14 May 2018


Day 1
Tokyo, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo None

Today, you will arrive into Narita Airport in Tokyo. After disembarking, please follow the signs to Immigration and Customs, and proceed to the arrival hall.Our representative will meet you at the arrival hall and transfer to The Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo.

Day 2
Tokyo, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and from here you will commence your tour.You will first visit the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, which holds a collection of approximately 17,000 craft works originating from both Japan and oversea countries. Notably you can appreciate ceramics, wood works, paintings, kimonos, costumes and glass beads from various periods.Next proceed to enjoy a private demonstration for Edo Moku Hanga (Woodblock Prints). Woodblock printing first achieved general acceptance when the nation entered the Edo Period (1603-1868), as Hishikawa Moronobu (1631-1694) began to produce ukiyo-e prints. Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous shrine dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji. The shrine is a popular site for Japanese weddings where the bride and groom are dressed in traditional Shinto wedding attire.Conclude your day of touring by attending a session of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3
Tokyo, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and from here you will commence your tour.This morning, you will have the privilege of enjoying two private art demonstrations, one for the Edo Kiriko (glass-cutting works) and one for the Edo Sekku Ningyo (traditional doll). Kiriko is a glass-cutting work established in the late Edo period; and later evolved to the modern technique as we see today in 1882. Powdered emery will be applied to polish the glass; and traditional Japanese symbols such as chrysanthemum and lattice are often used as kiriko patterns.Edo doll making can be traced as early as in the early Edo period (1600s). Doll making technique reached its peak in the late Edo period (1804-1830). They are gracefully displayed during the Boys' Festival where helmet and armor are put on the the dolls, and when in the Girls' Festival dolls will be added with detail accessories.Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your art tour by visiting the Suntory Museum of Art. The museum has a vision to "Connect people with arts", it encourages visitors to enjoy the best of Japanese art, through stunning exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, acquerware, glassware, dyeing and weaving; with facilities on site including a housing shop, cafe and a tea-ceremony room. Before heading back to your hotel, enjoy a shopping spree at Tokyo’s most fashionable shopping districts, Harajuku. The area emerges as a fashion landmark in 1964, the year of the Olympics. Take a stroll down a tree-lined boulevard or a small winding street, lined with boutiques for teenagers, specializing in trendy clothes and music.

Day 4
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Chiba, Japan
The Peninsula Tokyo Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and commence a tour to Chiba.After arriving in Chiba, you will meet a traditional Edo kite maker who is specialized in rectangular kite. The kite, made of washi (Japanese paper) and bamboo, is hand-made with many long bridle lines and hammer. Every kite is an art of painting drawn by Sumi, a black ink, and dyes, to create a stained glass effect when the kite is flown in the sky. Theme of the kite painting are usually created with ideas from historic figures, story books, and the Kabuki (Japan opera). Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch return to Tokyo.

Day 5
Tokyo, Japan
Hakone, Japan
Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer you to Hakone.Your tour in Hakone will start with Lake Ashi, which is the principle attraction of the area. Created by volcanic activity, the lake lies at approximately 2,380 feet above sea level. Enjoy a boat cruise (share basis) on the picturesque lake, framed by the mountain landscape.Next, visit Mt. Komagatake, a 1,637 metre volcano mountain rising above Lake Tazawa's eastern edge. Enjoy an aerial cableway up and down Mt. Komagatake for a sweeping view of the celebrated Hakone National Park and Mt. Fuji.Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy another private art demonstration which is the Hakone Yosegi Zaiku. It is a traditional woodwork handicraft in Hakone, creating a detailed geometric pattern or mosaic with pieces of different kinds of woods, making the most of the natural tinges of the material. It is often used for small boxes to keep jewelry.Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.Enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel.

Day 6
Nagoya, Japan
Hakone, Japan
Hilton Nagoya Breakfast, Lunch

* Separate luggage transfer from Hakone to Kyoto. Please prepare hand carry bag to visit Nagoya for one night. Place your luggage at the bell desk by 07.30am.Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to Odawara Station for your bullet train to Nagoya in first class (no guide will be accompanying on the train tour).Arrive Nagoya, you will be met and commence sightseeing to a Textile Museum in Arimatsu to see the amazing patterns they create. Followed by a visit to Shibori-Dyeing Juno Studio. Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After sightseeing, transfer to the hotel for check in.

Day 7
Kyoto, Japan
Nagoya, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to the Nagoya Station for your bullet train to Kyoto (no guide will be accompanying you on the train tour).After arriving into Kyoto, your first tour will be a relaxing Japanese tea ceremony which is called chanoyu or sado in Japanese and the bitter tea served is called matcha. It is basically a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving tea together with some sweets. Each movement is predefined. The whole process is not about drinking tea, it is about aesthetics.Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to the Saihoji Temple which is better known as the Moss Temple (Kokedera). This lovely Zen temple is famous for the thick carpet of velvety-green moss covering the grounds. Altogether there are 120 species of moss here which give off an iridescent and mysterious glow. A jewel in a crown of gardens, the Moss Temple is comprised of a dry landscape garden featuring only rocks and sand as well as a pond style garden, with lush vegetation encircling a scenic pond. The “dry” garden is located on the higher grounds, while the “pond” garden is in the lower precincts.Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to experience origami – the art of paper folding. Origami in Japanese can be separated into two meanings: ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper". It is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. The small number of basic origami folds can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best-known origami model is the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be of different colors, prints, or patterns. Origami has been practiced since the Edo period.After sightseeing, transfer to the hotel for check in.

Day 8
Kyoto, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and commence sightseeing in Kyoto.Today's Kyoto trip begins with visit to the Kiyomizu Temple. According to legend, Priest Enchin built his hermitage and a small chapel here in 788. With support from General Sakanoueno Tamuramaro, the temple was erected in 798. Many of the present buildings were reconstructed between 1631 and 1633 by the order of Shogun Iemetsu Tokugawa. As you approach the main hall, enjoy a panoramic view of Kyoto surrounded by cherry blossoms in the spring, green foliage in the summer, and crimson maples in autumn.How can a Japan art tour go without a pottery making session? You will have the privilege to enjoy a private demonstration for Kiyomizu ware, which is the pottery that was historically made at the foot of the famous Kiyomizu temple. Enjoy Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. Your second private demonstration for today is on the Kyo-Yuzen pattern painting. Kyo-Yuzen, a technique of painting dye directly onto cloth, was invented in the middle of the Edo era. It has since become the ultimate art of kimono dyeing, famous for its use of distinctive and vivid colors seen nowhere else in the world.

Day 9
Kyoto, Japan
Miyama, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to the Miyama Town.Your trip begins with a visit to the Little Indigo Museum, located in a lovely village of thatched-roof house, which holds the collection of the artists Hiroyuki Shindo.Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer back to Kyoto and visit two artists and their studios.

Day 10
Kyoto, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and transfer to Tokushima.You will visit the Tokushima Castle which was built by the first lord of the Tokushima Han (Domain), Hachisuka Iemasa, in 1585. Until 1875, when the new Meiji government ordered that all castles in Japan be demolished except for certain castles, Tokushima Castle had stood there for almost 300 years under the reign of the Hachisuka Clan. The only remains of the castle buildings, Eagle Gate, was burnt down during World War II, but it was reconstructed in 1989. Enjoy Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. After sightseeing, transfer to the hotel for check in.

Day 11
Naoshima, Japan
Benesse House Breakfast, Lunch

* Separate luggage transfer from Togenkyo-Iya to Osaka. Please prepare hand carry bag to visit Naoshima for 2 nights. Place your luggage at the bell desk by 07.30.Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and commence sightseeing.You will first visit the Konpira shrine. While the date of its establishment is not known, the shrine is believed to be the object of veneration from early times. Konipra worships the Juichimen-Kannon (an eleven-faced statue of a standing goddess of mercy), which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government.You will then visit Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, which was to pay tribute to the great sculptors Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). He was an artist, in addition to his sculpture, designed and created conceptual projects, landscaped environments, earthworks, gardens, plazas, stage sets, furniture and lighting fixtures. The museum is an extension to his museum in New York, and hosted 150 of his artworks, some are unfinished and loan from New York. Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, transfer to Takamatsu Port for a local ferry (share basis) to Miyanoura Port, Naoshima. After arriving into Naoshima, transfer to your hotel to check in.

Day 12
Naoshima, Japan
Benese House Breakfast, Lunch

Journey to Naoshima, Japan’s far-flung “art island,” for a day of eye-opening encounters. In contrast to the thousands of quiet islets dotting the Seto Inland Sea, Naoshima has become a buzzy mecca for art devotees drawn in by the artistic and architectural wonders that have been created specifically for the island.

Begin your visit at the Benesse House, Naoshima’s principal facility. Built in 1992, it comprises four buildings - Oval, Park, Beach and Museum - all envisioned by star architect Tadao Ando. Artworks by internationally acclaimed artists are found not only within the walls of the Museum but also along the seashores and amidst the nearby forest, playing off the island’s natural beauty.

Afterwards, make your way to the nearby Lee Ufan Museum, where the organic stone and steel sculptures and two-dimensional paintings of Korean contemporary artist Lee Ufan resonate harmoniously with Ando’s gentle, minimalist architecture.

Then, travel to Honmura, home to the Art House Project, wherein a series of abandoned traditional Japanese structures, scattered throughout a residential district, have been transformed into works of art by contemporary artists and architects from both Japan and abroad. Weaving together the history, locality and memories of Honmura with each artist’s unique creative vision, the experience here is one that changes constantly and organically, not only through interactions with the art houses themselves but with the local culture of the community as well.

Conclude your excursion at the Chichu Art

Museum, yet another exemplar of the seamless dialogue between art,

architecture and nature that pervades Naoshima Island. Artworks by James

Turrell, Claude Monet and Walter De Maria have been thoughtfully integrated

into Ando’s

intimate spaces, which despite being largely subterranean, utilize only natural

lighting, making for magically illuminated ambiances that change hourly with

the light of the day as well as the seasons.

Day 13
Osaka, Japan
Naoshima, Japan
The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and you will be transferred to Miyanoura Port for a local ferry crossing (share basis) to Uno Port. After arriving into Uno, you will commence sightseeing to Korakuen Gardens, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. It is a representative garden of the Edo period build in 1700. You will then proceed to visit the Bizen Pottary Studio which is situated in a city of pottery facing the Katakami Bay in southeastern Okayama. The city is known as the hometown of Bizen-yaki, one of the six types of ancient Japanese pottery styles. Bizen-yaki is more than 1,000 years old, and is the oldest among the six ancient pottery styles.Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant.After lunch and later in the afternoon, your guide will accompany you to the Okayama Station. You will then take the bullet train to Osaka (no guide will be accompanying you on the train tour). After arriving into Osaka, transfer to your hotel for check in.

Day 14
Osaka, Japan
None Breakfast

Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and you will be transferred to the Kansai airport for your departure flight booked on your own ticket. 

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing


An art trip to Japan with private artist demonstrations, architectural tours, and museum and garden visits; perfect for the arts enthusiasts.

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All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received between the date of booking and 60 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the deposit. Cancellations received 60 - 45 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 15% of the tour price. Cancellations received 45 - 28 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 25%of the tour price. Cancellations received 28 - 14 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 50% of the tour price. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price. Cancellation of airline tickets will be subject to the refund policy of each individual airline and may be greater than the percentages above particularly when low cost/net based fares are used. The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details. A&K reserve the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred a result of cancellation.

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Highly recommended!!

By: Nana

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2013

I don't know how they could have improved....I feel that they did an excellent job......
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Excellent Guide Services

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

A national guide and local guides in each city accompanied us. All were knowledgeable, informative, and extremely helpful. Without exception, outstanding!
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy
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Highly Recommend

By: Larry G

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2013

Our travel group was well cared for during all of our trip in Hong Kong and People's Republic of China. The hotel accommodations, local bus transportation and restaurant selections were great. Our local guides and national guide were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They provided us with bottled water during our daily tours and to take to our rooms in the evenings. Thank you Abercrombie & Kent
Travel Advisor:  Angela Walker
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Highly recommended

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2014

Travel Advisor:  Karen Barber

Worth the Money

By: Rich8

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Our guides were very good - knowledgeable and friendly locals that gave us a great picture of Hong Kong. The Dragon's Back hike is super - fantastic views of the Pacific away from the crowds and chaos of downtown. The start is a little steep, but accessible for almost anyone. We also enjoyed the tram ride to Victoria and lunch was wonderful - the guide picked out incredible dishes and the view is spectacular. The Big Buddha and cable car ride on Lantau was also a great experience, well planned and executed, and a must-see. Our driver was there whenever we needed him despite the crazy traffic. I'd recommend A&K and these guides if you want to make your trip to Hong Kong special!
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Victor was wonderful!

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2015

When you hire Abercrombie you expect top notch quality and service. Victor was a wonderful guide who made our 2 day stay in Hong Kong a pleasant and memorable experience.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Best China Tour Guides

By: 6Wynns

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2016

We were a little hesitant about using A&K thinking that their tours might be too upscale for our family of 6, and we trusted our long-time travel agent. However, we couldn't have been more pleased! Working with LF Travel, A&K made sure the itinerary was a perfect fit for us. Their responsiveness to us and our travel agent was also excellent. But what really distinguishes A&K are their local guides, who were simply fantastic! It was as though they were handpicked for our family. For sure, each was very knowledgeable about their city and the itinerary sights, but they also bonded with our family incredibly well and provided invaluable personal insights and perspectives, that greatly enhanced our travel. Their customer service was "above and beyond," making sure everything went smoothly at every point and helping us with anything we needed to get done, including our laundry. Rebecca (Beijing), John (Xi'an), Wallace (Hong Kong), and Jeff (Shanghai) were each truly exceptional!
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Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2016

Our guide, Anddy, and drivers were excellent. Anddy was very knowledgeable and flexible with our schedule and needs. Very professional AND fun to be with!
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska
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Rebecca Kwan is the BEST guide

By: Paula

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2016

Our visit to Hong Kong was exceptional. Rebecca went above and beyond to show us the beauty, culture and uniqueness of Hong Kong. She made excellent recommendations for restaurants for the meals we had on our own. THE BEST PEKING DUCK!!! Helped me shop for gifts - I always need help. My husband and I will always remember our special Rebecca and Hong Kong are.
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Excellent Service

By: Ted

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

We have used A&K on a number of our trips and would highly recommend them. Service is outstanding, truly enjoying getting to know our guides! Service is bespoke, just make sure you take some time to think through your plan so you have the right number of hours booked for your guides.
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Tour Guides

By: A & J

Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2017

We had fabulous guides in both Beijing and Hong Kong. Each of them were so knowledgeable and personable. We felt like we had made a wonderful friend by the time we left each city!
Travel Advisor:  Monika Dysart
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Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kyoto, Beijing and Tokyo, Feb 2017

By: Mike and Glo

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2017

Great. Did a perfect job. Sensitive to our needs, flexible, knowledgeable and helpful. We appreciated their knowledge.
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All hat and no cattle

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

I think these guys are probably capable of doing good but we really did not see it. Our guides were way under qualified. Their most marketable asset was ability to speak English. We used AK folks as a security blanket but decided early on / we used them in 6 cities of our trip. Some better than others. We had Benny in HK who was a real hustler. He pushed his tailor for suits which I did not appreciate. He was street smart and we did find his insight helpful on many things. His subject matter was Hong Kong- I'd love to have that as a subject and get paid for it. I think they need to find guides who can speak English and have more in common with guests- at least a college education.
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A&K Hong Kong

By: S&L

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Good experience with A&K Hong Kong. They got us 3 first class guides in Japan but all three did not have our preferred luncheon arrangements straight.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Hong Kong city highlights tour

By: wcdnola

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2017

This was a very good tour. We visited all of Hong Kong's must see places. Our tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett
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Hong Kong Tour Guides

By: Joe

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2018

May was an incredible tour guide to Lantau Island. She and the driver were very knowledgeable about the island, and about Hong Kong in general. Their insights were very educational while providing for a leisurely tour. The weather unfortunately did not cooperate, it was quite foggy and chilly which made it impossible to see the Big Buddha statue on top of the mountain from the usual parking location. The driver used his contacts and was able to drive us up to the very base of the Big Buddha which afforded us a foggy but great viewing experience.
Travel Advisor:  Mark Rubinstein
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trip to Japan

By: Anne C.

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

We didn't work directly with A&K as we interfaced with a local travel agent where we live. After all the details were ironed out, we were very happy with the arrangements A&K made for us.
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Klippel
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Trip to Japan

By: Patti

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2018

I would recommend A&K as they have great knowledge of Japan and their contacts for the guides and drivers was invaluable.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Rollins
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