April 13 - 24, 2007
The art of the garden was imported to Japan from Korea and China in the sixth century A.D. Since then, the gentle aesthetic of Japanese gardening has earned international acclaim. Join us on an engaging journey, co-sponsored by the SF Botanical Garden Society and the California Academy of Sciences. Leading our journey will be our own Plant Collections Registrar Mona Bourell.
Not often visited by foreigners, Shikoku Island is on a pace separate from mainstream Japan, and the island has preserved much of its traditional arts and crafts, such as pottery making and bonsai artistry. In Takamatsu visit Ritsurin-koen, one of Japan's most classical and beautifully designed gardens and spend a night in a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, in Dogo Onsen, Japan's most famous hot springs resort area. Continue to Naoshima discover the Benesse Art Site, a repository of site-specific contemporary art, where, by special arrangement we spend the night at the museum.
Finally, we end our trip in Kyoto, the spiritual and cultural center of Japan. It was the home of the imperial family until the early 19th century. The incredible collection of exquisite temples, shrines and gardens here embody the rich history and tradition of Japan. On a day trip to Shiga, we visit the extraordinary world-class Miho Museum. I.M. Pei's ingenious design expresses the traditional Japanese aesthetic in striking modern architecture. Our farewell dinner takes place in the Gion district of Kyoto and features a Geisha/Maiko performance.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
· Seeing Japan's most famous gardens interpreted by a trained botanist.
· Riding the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Hiroshima.
· Spending the night in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn at Dogo Onsen, one of the most famous hot springs in Japan.
· Visiting Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and famous Himeji Castle.
· Experiencing the seldom-traveled island of Shikoku to experience traditional Japanese arts and crafts.
· Enjoying three days in beautiful Kyoto with its wealth of temples, gardens and parks.
A post-trip optional extension will be offered to experience Mount Hiei, Lake Biwa, Osaka and Koya-san. This includes a unique opportunity to spend the night in temple lodgings.
APPROXIMATE PROGRAM PRICE
Rates are per person and based on a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 25 participants. They are approximate and subject to change.
$6550 Based on double occupancy
$ 795 Single supplement
For further information, of if you would like a brochure sent to you, please contact the Academy Travel Office at (800) 853-9372.