Japanese gardens aren’t merely for the appreciation of well-tended plants and nature. With each rock, pond, and tree representing some element of the garden’s creator’s aesthetics and worldview, the Japanese garden is meant to be seen as one whole work of art. This is the unique characteristic of the Japanese garden.
For that reason, in the same way you would regard a sculpture or watch a movie, you should try to imagine the context in which the creator built the garden to fully enjoy the work of art.
Many famous Japanese gardens express abstract ideas such as the utopian ideals of the time, or values that sit closely with the creator’s religious beliefs. Therefore it is useful to first grasp the background of the artwork- when was the garden created, who was its creator- in order to understand its deeper meaning.
Good Old Days of Atami – Geisha Style Performance
This tour offers a rare opportunity to see the training and practice involved in putting together a show in the traditional style of the geigi-shu. Feel the atmosphere of the charming hot springs resort town of Atami, so beloved by generations of literary scholars. The good old days of Atami are still here today in its splendid villas and gardens.
Majestic Landscape of Hokkaido
This trip takes in some of Japan’s Northern Island’s splendid scenery. Highlights include the head of a Great Buddha Statue peeping over the edge of a lavender covered hill and the mysteries of the Fugoppe Cave.
Zen Meditation and Great Buddha of Kamakura
See the inside of one of Japan’s Great Buddha Statues in the ancient capital of Kamakura and enjoy some matcha green tea while gazing at a temple’s bamboo grove. Touch and feel warrior culture of centuries past.
Kyoto World Heritage - Temple Stay (1N2D)
A trip to give a comprehensive insight into the culture of Kyoto. Includes a visit to a UNESCO registered World Heritage Buddhist Temple and morning prayer servicesh. Kyoto’s celebrated scenery of the Arashiyama bamboo grove and a meeting with a real geisha apprentice are part of this experience too.
Captivating World Heritage Temple in Tohoku (2N3D)
Our introduction to special places in the Tohoku Region in Japan’s North East. The UNESCO World Heritage temple of Chuson-ji and the mountaintop views from Yamadera are sure to create an unforgettable experience.
Art World of Kawaguchiko
Immerse yourself deep into the world of art and traditional folk crafts in the Lake Kawaguchiko Region near Mt. Fuji.
Kyoto Day Tour – Escape the Crowds
This guided tour takes you to some of Kyoto’s most celebrated hanami locations for admiring cherry blossoms. Additionally, you will learn about the life and work of renowned artist and famous son of Kyoto, Kansetsu Hashimoto, in the tranquil surrounds of Hakusa Sonso Garden.
Gokayama Crafts Experience
The beautiful thatched rooves of Gokayama have endured for more than 350 years – and so have some unique traditions that can only be found in this area.
Scenery of West Izu & Geisha Style Performance (2N3D)
Course combining the rich history of Atami hot springs resort town with the breathtaking scenery in the Izu peninsula region.
Imperial Villa & Clear Water of Kakitagawa River
On clear days, the Numazu area offers some of the most impressive views of Japan’s sacred mountain, Fuji-san. An expert local guide will introduce you to a cobalt blue river which runs from under Mt. Fuji and the impressive view of Suruga Bay from a former residence of the Japanese royal family.