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 


  • 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


  • 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


Anne Alene