Floating landscapes

We are thrilled to be returning to Japan in November! Finding the essence of Japan is what this tour is all about.  Steeped in Japanese art... Read more

From £5625 pp sharing PRICE FREEZE FROM 2022
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16 Nov - 29 Nov 2023

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ASIA / Japan

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Watercolour; landscapes, gardens, wildlife, fascinating architecture and design

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Mary-Anne Bartlett

Join artist Mary-Anne Bartlett on a Japanese painting tour that is a revelation of culture, design and style!

We are thrilled to be returning to Japan in November!

Finding the essence of Japan is what this tour is all about.  Steeped in Japanese art is a love of landscape.  It is represented both poetically and realistically in traditional painting and we will allow our own styles to be influenced by the simplicity and romance of the landscape – contrasted now and again with the modern world and its noise, throngs of people and high-rise buildings.

On this Art Safari, we visit some of the loveliest areas for landscapes and culture.

We paint Mount Fuji floating high above Lake Kawaguchiko, sketch the temples and shrines of Kyoto, as well as moss gardens, geisha districts and markets.

We include a small amount of wildlife with the adorable snow monkeys wallowing in the thermal baths, and with the help of our superb local Japanese guide (whose English is perfect) and we will also meet contemporary Japanese artists and visit art galleries.

We travel to Japan in November during the ‘autumn-leaves-viewing’ months.  In many ways, this time of year is more colourful than the Spring blossom time (and also less crowded).  Colours range from brilliant yellow, to lime greens, to reds, oranges, pinks and magentas.  The November light is crisp and bright and amazing for painting, especially Mount Fuji, but also for the rest of the country.

Everywhere you look in Japan there is superb design, thoughtful juxtaposition of objects and colour.  Being there is a lesson in the visual arts, but also in consideration for space, contrast and positioning.

On our travels, we will learn more about our own painting, open up to new ways of thinking and looking at things, and create a record of our travels in our sketchbooks, perhaps for future paintings or simply just to keep wonderful memories alive…

This is Mary-Anne’s fourth visit to Japan, and she is really looking forward to returning, especially as this is her first visit since before the pandemic.  As you may recognise her artwork bears the influence of Japanese simplicity.

Our itinerary is moderately fast paced – we have tried to fit in many highlights, but also balance this with some longer intensive painting periods.



Day 1Arrive Tokyo; enjoy an afternoon walking tour
Day 2Transfer to Lake Kawaguchi; sketching Mount Fuji
Day 3Kawaguchi Lake, visit Kubota Itchiku Museum
Day 4Transfer to Yudanaka, visit Matsumoto Castle
Day 5Yudanaka, visit Jigokudani Park to sketch snow monkeys
Day 6Transfer to Kanazawa; visit the historic geisha district
Day 7Kanazawa, visit Kenrokuen Garden, Omicho Market and the samurai quarter
Day 8Transfer to Yamanaka, sketch at Hakusan Hime Shrine and Natadera temple
Day 9Yamanaka; visit Kutani Yaki pottery kiln and Kakusengakyo Gorrge
Day 10 Transfer to Kyoto, stopping on the way stop to learn about Japanese paper making
Day 11Kyoto, Gold leaf workshop and sketching Kyoto's classic sights
Day 12Kyoto, visit the Philosopher Path, Woodblock paintijng workshop
Day 13Transfer to Tokyo, visit Tenryuji Temple and Sagano Bamboo Grove
Day 14Depart from Tokyo Airport
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Per person sharing from £5,625 per person

Single room supplement from £670 per person (there is extreme pressure on rooms this year, which appears to have driven up the prices)


The joining point for this Art Safari is Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Please liaise with us for flight timings.

Please note:

During our time in Japan, we use a mix of public and private transport, so please ensure that you can easily handle your luggage for these journeys, as there are no porter services available to us.

All accommodation with breakfast, 6 dinners, English-speaking guide and art safari tutor, all transfers, excursions, entrance fees, and driver and guide tips,

Airfares from your home country and internal flights, visa fee, any Covid-19 related tests and services if required, optional activities, drinks, lunches and 7 dinners, art materials and personal expenses

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or [email protected]

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