Following our fall 2022 tour, Japan Specialized Group Tours is offering an optional extension to Naoshima, a tiny, world famous island in the Japan Inland Sea. This is a contemporary art destination with an atmosphere like nowhere else. On the last day of our fall tour we will travelby train from Kashihara, arriving in Okayama before noon and lodging at the Mitsui Garden Hotel for two nights. After lunch you have two choices for your afternoon activity: first, taxi to visit to Korakuen, considered one of the three most beautiful Daimyo stroll gardens in all of Japan or a short train ride to visit Imbe Bizen Pottery Village. Bizen pottery is over 1,000 years old and one of six favorite styles chosen for Wabi-cha tea ceremony. Our next day will be spent entirely in Naoshima. We have arranged for a private bus to collect us from our hotel, travel to Uno port for the ferry, then take us around the island to visit the three must see museums and other sites. Our private bus will return us to our hotel in the evening. The tour ends on thefollowing morning. If you arrange a flight home from Haneda Airport after 5:00pm you will be able to return this day, otherwise you will need to stay at a hotel in Tokyo for the night and return the next day.

PRICE Twin room 48,000 Yen Single room 55,000 Yen

Included in tour: train from Kashihara to Okayama, 2 nights lodging, all inland transportation, one lunch, and entry fees to Naoshima museums, Korakuen or Bizen Pottery Museum.

Not included: train fare back to Tokyo. (Cost for train from Kyoto to Tokyo in main tour is used for train travel on this tour. Some of you have expressed interest in extending your time in Japan and not returning directly to Tokyo.

A $200 deposit is due by May 1, 2022 for this tour. Please let us know ASAP if you are joining us as we need to secure reservations. Yen will be converted to dollars shortly before balance is due on September 1, 2022. Amounts are payable by check only to JSGT. Please mail to 13454 94th Pl. NE, Kirkland WA 98034.