Sprawling Tokyo is one of the world’s most fascinating metropolises, a place where time-honored traditions and futuristic innovation exist side-by-side. The offerings for a culturally curious traveler are astounding, from the crafts, fashion and food scenes to the amazing architecture (Japan has more buildings by Pritzker Prize award–winning architects than any other country in the world). On this design- and arts-focused journey, get an insider’s view of this complex and layered destination, hosted by the founder of Indagare, Melissa Biggs Bradley, and AD contributing editor Gay Gassmann—with the possibility to continue on with a special post-trip extension in spiritual sister city Kyoto.
A spot on this trip may be secured with a non-refundable deposit of $4,500, per person, with the remaining balance to be paid in full by January 5, 2020.
What to Expect
Travelers may join the Tokyo main trip (May 12-17, 2020 • 5 nights), starting at $12,200 (per person, double occupancy) and may choose to also add on our scheduled extension to Kyoto (May 17-20, 2020 • 3 nights), starting at $6,950 (per person, double occupancy). Together, the full 8-night itinerary includes the following highlights:
- Explore Tokyo’s rich art and design scene with expert-guided tours of top contemporary galleries and museums like the Nezu Museum, 21 21 Design Sight, the Mori Museum and the wildly imaginative flower studio of Makoto Azuma.
- Discover hidden gems known only to locals in Tokyo and Kyoto’s most charming neighborhoods, including tea houses, up-and-coming design studios and artisan workshops for ceramics, silks, paper and other traditional crafts.
- Taste local delicacies and learn about the art of Japanese cuisine, both past and present, with omakase and kaiseki meals, as well as reservations at Tokyo and Kyoto’s top restaurants and stops for noodles and sushi at beloved local spots.
- Experience Japanese spirituality with visits to historic temples, with guided walks and meditations in their serene gardens.
- Take a day trip to Hakone to visit the Enoura Obervatory, wander the famous open-air sculpture park and get a taste of ryokan life.
- Immerse yourself in the beauty of Japanese culture with a flower-arranging workshop, a traditional tea ceremony and the opportunity to see a geisha performance.
WhenMay 12 - 17 or 20, 2020
Length6 days / 5 nights
Type of TravelerArt Lovers , Style Mavens , Foodies