JOIN ME IN JAPAN: BENESSE ART SITE NAOSHIMA & ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART FIELD

NIIGATA & ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART FIELD:  SEPTEMBER 2 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2018  

NAOSHIMA EXTENSION: AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Imagine a culture embedded with a great regard for art, celebrating and sharing creative spirit as a unifying element for culture, economy and community. Two regions in Japan are awaiting your arrival, which are Echigo-Tsumari in Niigata Prefecture and the Naoshima Islands in the Inland Sea.

For those of us who are moved by art, intrigued by artists and always of a mind to talk about both, Echigo-Tsumari and the Naoshima Islands will exhilarate. Both tregions, once in decline, and suffering their own forms of destitution have been resurrected by the inventiveness of art and architectural projects in the context of regional Japan. In both cases, the Japanese people have returned to their respective hometowns and started a revolution fueled by the human spirit and love-of-place, now two of the best examples of cultural revitalization based on the belief that art has the power to heal and provide. 

Naoshima's Benesse Art Site is now considered one of the top places to visit in the world, and is also inextricably linked with the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, directed by Fram Kitagawa, internationally renown for serving as founding advisor for Naoshima's Setouchi Triennale launched in 2010.  These movements have been enormously successful in helping Japan revitalize its regional and national spirit through art.  This is the trip for you if you want to explore first-hand these important narratives, to experience some of the world's best contemporary art, and to immerse yourself in connecting with art, nature, and the Japanese people.

This trip includes exclusive access to private collections, gardens, art historical sites and museums of Niigata region.  You will receive in-depth guidance through the art sites, and meet curatorial and local supporters of the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale in Tōkamachi and the adjacent Water and Land Festival in Niigata.  There will be an overnight stay in James Turrell's House of Light, and, stays in the beautiful Japanese Inns of the famous hot spring towns of Yamagata and Niigata prefecture.  We will engage in cultural exchange with the people of the region including a temple pilgrimage and visits to local artisans' studios.  This is an extraordinary trip that cannot be imitated, and it is enthusiastically curated using expertise and services for a seamless travel experience in Japan.   A bullet point itinerary is noted below.  Pricing, registration forms, deposit information, and the terms and conditions will be forwarded upon show of interest.

YOUR TRIP CALENDAR:

Naoshima Extension Program:

August 27 Departure from U.S. to Japan

August 28 Arrive Ōsaka (ahead in time by 12 - 17 hours)  - Westin Osaka

August 29 Transfer to Naoshima

August 30 Naoshima

August 31 Naoshima

September 1 Naoshima

September 2 Naruto

 

Main Program:

September 2 Departure from U.S. to Japan

September 3 Transfer to Tōkyō / Meet in Tōkyō

September 4 Transfer to Yamagata (Shōnai) Tsuruoka

September 5 Tsuruoka

September 6 Niigata

September 7 Niigata

September 8 Matsunoyama Onsen & Tokamachi

September 9 Matsunoyama Onsen & Tokamachi

September 10 Matsunoyama Onsen & Tokamachi / James Turrell’s House of Light

September 11 Transfer to Tōkyō  - depart from Tōkyō, arrive same day (cross international date line) 

Only a few spots left to join Art Travel on intimate and transformative tours: Echigo-Tsumari Art Field September 2 - September 11, 2018; Benesse Art Site Naoshima August 27 - September 2, 2018

Japan's Benesse Art Site Naoshima is now ranked one of the top destinations in the world to visit, and is inextricably linked with the upcoming Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Triennale, both of which are spearheaded by philanthropist Soichiro Fukutake and curatorial genius Fram Kitagawa.  These phenomena have revitalized the Japanese people's spirit, local culture and economies.  These upcoming trips are for you if you want to intimately connect with the art, culture, nature, and people of Japan. 

Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

(Main Program)

September 2 - September 11, 2018 

Highlights:

  • Cultural immersion in the Niigata and Yamagata regions, including a shrine pilgrimage, visits to studios of artisans, historical collections, gardens, and art museums

  • In-depth guidance through art sites of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field Triennale, including an overnight stay and experience of James Turrell's House of Light
  • Stay in the beautiful Japanese Inns of famous hot spring towns of Niigata and Yamagata

An extraordinary and specially curated experience that is made available ONLY every three years. Receive the expertise, service and experiences that will bring Japan and its people to life for you and will create memories for years to come.

Benesse Art Site Naoshima

(Pre-program Extension)

August 27 - September 3, 2018

Highlights:

  • Engage with the profound art, architecture and nature of Naoshima Island while staying in celebrated architect Tadao Ando's Benesse House property
  • Explore Naoshima, the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and Shikoku's remote villages and towns of Inujima, Iya Valley, Mure, Naruto, and Teshima, visiting Isamu Noguchi's last working studio, local craft studios, gardens, life-transforming art installations, and private collections 

Contact us here for detailed pricing, deposit guidelines, registration information, and a bullet point itinerary.  The following costs are included in the trip price:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers between the airports closest to the start and end of each program
  • Accommodations for 8-nights during the main program
  • Accommodations for 6-nights during the pre-program extension
  • 4-star and 5-star hotels and Japanese Inns
  • Breakfasts, lunches and most dinners
  • Ground transportation
  • Admissions and special visits scheduled within the itineraries  

 

An intimate trip of Japan: Niigata, Echigo-Tsumari “Art Field” Triennale, and Naoshima Benesse Art Site August 28 - September 11, 2018

Best wishes for an abundance of happiness, joyful adventures, and good health for you in 2018!

I would like to invite you to join me on a custom-designed, intimate tour of Niigata and to visit the Echigo-Tsumari “Art Field” Triennale. 

You may recall in our travels together in Japan or may have heard the latest news that Naoshima's Benesse Art Site is now considered one of the top places to visit in the world.  Naoshima’s Benesse Art Site is inextricably linked with the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, directed by Fram Kitagawa who is internationally renown for serving as founding advisor for the Naoshima’s Setouchi Triennale that was launched in 2010.  These movements have been enormously successful in helping Japan revitalize its regional and national spirit through art.  This is the trip for you if you want to explore first-hand with me these important narratives, to experience some of the world's best contemporary art, and to immerse yourself in connecting with art, nature, and the Japanese people.

Echigo-Tsumari Program: September 2 - September 11, 2018 

Naoshima Extension: August 28 – September 2, 2018

Unique highlights:

  • Exclusive access to private collections, gardens, art historical sites and museums of Niigata region
  • Receive my in-depth guidance through the art sites, and meet curatorial and local supporters of the Echigo Tsumari Triennale
  •  Stay overnight in James Turrell’s House of Light and in the beautiful Japanese Inns of the famous hot spring towns of Niigata
  • Cultural immersion in the region including a temple pilgrimage and visits to local artisans’ studios

The trip will include airport transfers, 10-nights (main program) and 5-nights (extension) with a mixture of 4-star and 5-star hotels and Japanese Inns, ground transportation, admissions and special visits.    This extraordinary trip is one that cannot be imitated, as I enthusiastically curate and lead the trip, providing my  expertise in service to you.  The overall cost is estimated to range between $7500-8500 for the main program and $2500-3500 for the extension. I will be able to provide the price and a draft itinerary by early to mid-February to those who reply with interest.

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A review of my upcoming programs and services for groups, individuals, families, and museum parties.  Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or are interested in the various ways I can help you to experience Japan and beyond!

Anne’s upcoming travel program calendar:

  • JAPAN: Echigo-Tsumari Triennale (September 2018) with Naoshima Benesse Art Site Extension (August 2018); 
  • EUROPE: Belgium and The Netherlands (Dec 2018  & Mar 2019, latter includes TEFAF) 
  • EUROPE: The Veneto, including 2019 Venice Biennale, Slovenia, and Croatia (June 2019)
  • JAPAN: Sanin Crafts & Textiles and Setouchi Triennale (October 2019)

Anne's curated travel program services:

  • INDEPENDENT TRAVEL: Design customized trips (FIT) for repeat, referral and new clients, including for couples, families, and small groups who would like to travel to Japan independently, building a personalized and seamless itinerary along with travel guidance by me and my team in Japan. 
  • PRIVATE GUIDE: Privately guide on excursions of  Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara (2018), Sanin Region and Setouchi Triennale (2016), Venice Biennale and Italy (2015), Hokkaido (2014, 2013).
  • MUSEUM PARTIES: Lead curated travel programs for art museum delegations to Japan, including for  Mingei International Museum (2017), inSite (2017), San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), Art Institute of Chicago (2015), Getty Research Institute (2014), Andy Warhol Museum (2014), Aspen Institute (2013), Royal Academy of Arts (2013).
  • TRAVEL PROGRAMS: Lead trips to the best art fairs in Japan, Asia and Europe, including the Setouchi Triennale, Venice Biennale, and Maastricht, providng in-depth historical background of the culture and art of the country from local experts and introducing artists and supporters of the art world.  

Anne Alene, M.A.
Art Travel LLC
Japanese Language & Tour Services
Tel: 310-980-6449 Fax: 310-393-1642
http://www.arttravelltd.com  CST#2118742-40

Join me this autumn on an adventure of Japan in the pursuit of art!

West Japan and the Inland Sea featuring the Setouchi Triennale with art specialist Anne Alene

November 12 - 22, 2016

This unique trip is an opportunity to explore Japan's art and culture while traveling amongst Japan's spectacular fall foliage, the quaint countryside and coastal landscapes of West Japan and the Seto Inland Sea. Asyour dedicated art specialist and bilingual tour leader, I will bring Japan alive for you and take you deep into the spirit of the arts of Japan and its people.

The group will gather in Osaka, and then travel through Western Japan, along the northern side of Shikoku and traverse the islands of the Inland Sea. We will visit to the pottery centre and medieval castle town of Hagi, then travel to Hiroshima and cross over to Shikoku Island, to the charming hot spring town of Dogo Onsen, castle city of Matsuyama, and the port city of Takamatsu.

Along the way we will visit historical sites, museums, influential individuals and community members of the regions and have intimate cultural experiences including visits to studios of ceramicists, indigo dyers, bamboo artisans, sculptors and washi paper artisans.

Most important is that the trip is designed with the final destination goal as the Naoshima Islands, where we will have four days of comprehensive visits to the contemporary art sites and installations of the Benesse Art Site and the 2016 Setouchi Triennale.

Highlights:

  • Journey in Japan with me as your enthusiastic Japanese art and culture specialist who has been planning and leading trips to Japan for nearly twenty years.
  • Travel on Japan's efficient, friendly and accommodating transportation system including on the renowned shinkansen bullet train, express and local trains, boats and ferries.
  • Learn about the aesthetic of Japanese ceramics, arts and fine crafts, from traditional to contemporary, and their unique qualities as they pertain to the regions of West Japan, Shikoku and the Seto Inland Sea.Explore coastal landscapes, small towns, historically preserved and restored villages, and provincial cities that highlight their distinctive heritages along within Japanese history
  • Discover charming shops, galleries, museums, castles, and gardens and temples of the regions.Meet local artists and people whose lives revolve around the beautiful communities of these areas, to hear their stories about their work and lives, and who are charming representatives of Japan's rich culture, artistic history and culture.
  • Enjoy the local and seasonal Japanese cuisine, which varies even from region to region, at delightful local establishments and hotel properties.
  • Visit the sacred shrines and temples associated with the inland sea and with the Shikoku junrei pilgrimage route designed by ninth-century Buddhist master, Kobo Daishi.
  • Thoroughly investigate and experience the Naoshima Islands Benesse Art Site and the 2016 Setouchi Triennale with me as your art specialist who has been traveling to Naoshima since its early stages and sharing its important mission for almost 20 years.

November 11 (Friday)

International flights to Japan

November 12 (Saturday)

Arrive in OsakaPrivate transfer to hotel

Meet me for a light dinner in the hotel. Overnight: Courtyard Marriott Shin-Osaka

November 13 (Sunday)

Travel from Osaka to the small castle town of Hagi via Shinkansen bullet train and bus.Studio visits of Hagi ceramic artists

Kaiseki Dinner at Hagi Kanko Hotel

Accommodations: Hagi Kanko Hotel

November 14 (Monday)

Studios and kilns of Hagi ceramic artists

Hagi Castle, local shops, galleries and lunch 

Hagi Uragami Museum of Ceramics

Dinner in downtown Hagi at a friend's restaurant 

Accommodations: Hagi Kanko Hotel

November 15 (Tuesday)

Travel to Hiroshima via bus and shinkansen bullet train 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Lunch - Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima Peace Park 

Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art

Hiroshima to Matsuyama via high-speed boat 

Accommodations: Hotel Tsubaki-an at Dogo Onsen

November 16 (Wednesday)

Travel by local trains, bus and on foot Matsuyama Castle

Lunch - famous Shikoku udon noodles

Shikoku junrei pilgrimage temples

Japanese banquet dinner at Hotel Tsubaki-kan 

Accommodations: Hotel Tsubaki-an at Dogo Onsen

November 17 (Thursday)

Travel by local trains and bus

Konpira Shrine

Noguchi Museum

Indigo dyer's workshop

Lunch - Shikoku's famous udon 

Accommodations: Takamatsu Hotel Clement

November 18 (Friday)

Tea ceremony at Ritsurinkoen garden 

Ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima 

Lunch in Honmura Village

Naoshima House Projects

Chichu Museum

Lee Ufan Museum

New sites from the Setouchi Triennale 3rd Edition 

Dinner at Issen - seafood delicacies of the Inland Sea 

Accommodations: Benesse Park Hotel

November 19 (Saturday)

Interisland ferries to Teshima 

Teshima Museum

Christian Boltanski's Heart Archive 

Lunch on Teshima

New sites of the Setouchi Triennale 3rd Edition 

Japanese barbecue dinner 

Accommodations: Benesse Park Hotel

November 20 (Sunday)

Interisland ferries to Teshima

Inujima Seirensho Museum

Inujima House Projects

Lunch on Inujima Island

New sites of the Setouchi Triennale 3rd Edition 

Transfer to Ushimado Hotel Limani

Dinner at Hotel Limani

Accommodations: Ushimado Hotel Limani

November 21 (Monday)

Interisland ferries to Shodoshima

Lunch on Shodoshima

Local artisan's studio

New sites of the Setouchi Triennale 3rd Edition 

Farewell dinner in Ushimado 

Accommodations: Ushimado Hotel Limani

November 22 (Tuesday)

Visit to World's Largest Kiln

Transfer to Osaka via coach, shinkansen bullet train and express train for international departures from Osaka-Kansai International Airport or from Osaka-Itami Airport

The price is $7500.00 USD double occupancy, which includes

  • Airport transfer upon arrival into Japan via private reserved shuttle between Osaka-Itami/Osaka-Kansai and Osaka hotel property
  • Accommodations for 10 nights in Osaka, Hagi, Dogo Hot Springs (Matsuyama), Takamatsu, Naoshima, and Ushimado.
  • Full-time commentary and facilitation by Anne Alene, art specialist and fluent in English and Japanese, using a radio headset system
  • All group transportation by shinkansen bullet train, express and local trains, public and hired buses, ferries and chartered boats, and taxis
  • Overnight luggage courier service between Osaka and Hagi, Hagi and Naoshima, Naoshima and departing airport
  • All admissions including for the Setouchi Triennale and Benesse Art Site permanent installations
  • All breakfast, lunches and dinnersAirport transfer for international departure between Okayama and Osaka-Itami/Osaka-Kansai via combination of reserved shuttle, bullet train and express train.
  • Single supplements are available upon request at $1400 USD

NOTE: The group size is limited to 16 and the price is based on a minimum of 10 guests. The price may be adjusted at the time of final payment to accommodate currency fluctuation. It is recommended to arrange flights in order to arrive at and depart out of Osaka-Kansai International or Osaka-Itami Airport. Please ask for recommended flight patterns based on your departing airport, so I can provide the best timing for your arrival to Japan and return home.

Registration is based on a first come first served basis. Your precious spot on the trip can be confirmed with a 20% deposit that is applied towards the final balance.

Look forward to traveling with you! 

Anne

P.S. Good news - I finished a graduate thesis and master's program in Art History! I am so grateful to all of YOU for your encouragement and support.

 

Anne Alene, M.A.

Art Travel LLC

CST#2118742-40