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South Japan's Coastlines, Colours, and Culture

Oct 17-30, 2022

14 days | Japan | alumni UBC Travel Club

Explore the coexistence of nature, art, and architecture on this special tour to South Japan.

Travel from the traditional arts and crafts of the Fukuoka region to Myajima Island’s mystical Itsukushima Shrine, across the Shimanami Kaido Sea Highway to the scenic Iya Valley, and traverse island-dotted, aquamarine waters to the iconic contemporary art islands of the Benesse Project. Conclude with four magnificent days in stunning Kyoto.

Many of the museums you will visit rank among the finest examples of contemporary architecture in the world and traditional arts and crafts are well represented throughout including an extended relaxing stay in Kyoto. November is perhaps the best time of year to visit, with brilliant autumn colours—deep red and gold of Japanese maple.  If you love art, and have been looking for a different sort of trip to Japan, this is the journey for you. The beauty of Japan will change the way you see.
 
 
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$7995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Transfer on arrival; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by private coach; Shinkansen train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all entrance fees; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Paula Swart and our Japanese Tour Manager

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Fukuoka
2Pottery centres of Saga Prefecture
3Traditional arts and crafts
4Shinkansen train to Hiroshima
5Miyajima Island
6Along the Shimanami Kaido Sea Highway
7Iya Valley, Takamatsu
8Teshima Island and Benesse House
9Naoshima Island, Naruto
10Across Awaji Island to Kyoto
11Pavilions and Gardens
12Zen Temples, Tea Ceremony
13Nijo Castle, Temples
14Depart Kyoto
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$7995
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Transfer on arrival; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by private coach; Shinkansen train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all entrance fees; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Paula Swart and our Japanese Tour Manager

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