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Tokyo - Kyoto - Naoshima, Teshima, Shodoshima - Osaka

OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 04, 2018

here to the TOURPHOTOS

Concept and moderation: Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR

Guided tours: Fumio Matsumoto, Hiroya Kawabata, Masako Ban, Nikken Sekkei, Norio Yoshinaga, as well as other architects and experts in numerous buildings, galleries and museums on site

Tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG


The tour starts in the super-dense mega-metropolis Tokyo,  where we meet for four days

get on the pulse of the action. Starting from the urban residence in Nishiazabu

there is much to explore within walking distance and in adventurous journeys by rail and train: the latest projects and high-rise buildings next to small-scale structures, "concrete classics" from the 1960s and 70s, "cool" bars and shops, fine museums and the detailed city

itself as a source of inspiration. The second stop of the trip is dedicated to Kyoto's unique landscaped gardens and temples, which unfold their full splendor in autumn.

A selection of the very best places - including exclusive tours through the imperial villas -

and walks to temples as well as contemporary interventions in historical ones

Machiya houses describe the three-day program in the former imperial city.

An excursion into the picturesque Seto Inland Sea includes several refreshing boat trips

to the islands of Naoshima and Teshima, which since the mid-1990s have become an artists' colony with numerous art and museum projects by well-known architects

(Tadao Ando, Ryue Nishizawa, etc.) in cooperation with artists. In our traditional hotel by the sea you can enjoy authentic food and the hot bath "o-furo"

to be experienced and enjoyed to the fullest. Osaka, departing from Renzo Piano's Kansai Airport, rounds off the varied tour with a visit to a private home for ceramic artists and a walk through the lively city center. As usual, but especially here in Japan, the culinary component of the program also promises to meet high expectations.



Sunrise sunset  approx. 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 24th 2018 / departure Vienna

Flight Vienna - Tokyo Narita (arrival on October 25th) / direct flight with Austrian Airlines OS 51


Thursday, October 25th, 2018 / Tokyo: Roppongi

Arrival in Tokyo Narita

airport transfer

check-in Roppongi S Hotel / Hiroyuki Ito



acrylic shop / Klein-Dytham architecture, jewelry and objects by Masako Ban, meeting with Masako Ban

Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, 2003:

Mori Art Museum : Exhibition "Catastrophe and the Power of Art"

Tokyo City View Observatory (fantastic city view)

Dinner together at Otsuna Sushi

1st overnight stay in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Friday, October 26th, 2018 / Tokyo: Bunkyo-ku, Iidabashi, Ginza

Subway, JR

Koishikawa annex, Museum of Architecture , The University of Tokyo; Exhibition "Architectonica", guided tour through the exhibition and lecture on the development of Japanese architecture by Fumio Matsumoto , architect and professor at Tokyo University

Nikken Sekkei Ltd., Tokyo Head Office (office tour and presentation)

joint lunch in the restaurant "Kagurazaka Shimakin"

Nakagin Capsule Tower / Kisho Kurokawa, 1972 (guided tour with interior visit)

Nicolas G. Hayek Center, Swatch group / Shigeru Ban (interior visit and top floor)

Walk through the Ginza district, center of the former Edo:

Jugetsudo Kabukiza / Kengo Kuma & Associates, 2013

Ginza Six / Yoshio Taniguchi (roof garden)

Ginza Place / Klein Dytham architecture, 2017

San Ai Dream Center / Nikken Sekkei, 1962

Mikimoto Ginza 2 / Toyo Ito

Tokyu Plaza Ginza / Nikken Sekkei, 2016 (Kiriko Terrace)

International Forum / Raphael Vignoly, 1996

dinner together at SHUNJU Tameike-Sanno / Takashi Sugimoto: SUPERPOTATO

2nd night in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Saturday, October 27th, 2018 / Tokyo: Aoyama, Omotesando, Jingumae


Nezu Museum / Kengo Kuma, 2009; Exhibition. "Momoyama Tea Utensils: A New View."

Collezione Aoyama / Tadao Ando, 1989

Prada / Herzog & de Meuron, 2005

Thessen-kai Noh Theater / Shunsuke IMAI, 1983 (inside view of the stage)

PS Gallery / Ichiro Toda, 1987

Free afternoon and evening to explore the flagship stores single-handedly in smaller ones

Groups based on a beautiful architectural city map by Kawabata Design Office,

which is distributed on site:

Issey Miyake Shops: Pleats Please, etc.

Spiral Building / Fumihiko Maki, 1985

One Omotesando / Kengo Kuma & Associates, 2003

Tods Omotesando / Toyo Ito, 2005

Omotesando Keyaki building

Omotesando Hills / Tadao Ando, 2007

Dior Omotesando / sanaa Kazuyo Seijima, 2005

GYRE / MVRDV, 2007

Cat street, among others

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku / Hiroshi Nakamura NAP, 2012 (roof garden)

W Café Harajuku / Suppose Design Office, 2017

Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange, 1964

Recommendation: Shibuya, e.g. Hotel Koé / Suppose Design Office, 2018

3rd night in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Sunday, October 28th, 2018 / Tokyo: Roppongi, Shinjuku


International House of Japan / Kunio Maekawa, Jun'zo Sakakura, Jun'zo Yoshimura, 1952

Tokyo Midtown Complex

Suntory Museum of Art / Kengo Kuma, 2007; Exhibition: "Daigoji Temple: A Shingon Esoteric Buddhist Universe in Kyoto"

Design Sight 21_21 / Tadao Ando, 2007

National Art Center Tokyo / Kisho Kurokawa, 2007

Gallery ma : Exhibition " Archeology of the Future " / Tsuyoshi Tane

individual lunch

  JR, subway

Yayoi Kusama Museum , Shinjuku

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium / Kengo Kuma, under construction

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower / Tange Associates, 2008

and other projects by Kenzo Tange in Shinjuku in the past

Walk through Shinjuku and dinner together in "Cha Cha Hana"

4th night in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Monday, October 29th, 2018 / Tokyo - Kyoto Central

Bus transfer to Tokyo Station

Ride with the Shinkansen "Nozomi 25" to Kyoto

individual lunch on the train

Kyoto Station / Hiroshi Hara, 1997

Bus transfer to the " Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei ", check-in


Nishiki Market

Bake cheesecake store / Yusuke Seki, 2016 (Lego sales counter)

Issey Miyake Store in historic Machiya House / Naoto Fukasawa, 2018

Times I, II Building / Tadao Ando, 1983, 1991

K8 Bar / Florian Busch Architects, 2016

Walk through the Ponto-cho district, historic Ponto-cho alley

Pass The Baton Gion / Masamichi Katayama, 2015

joint dinner at "Ganko Takesagawa Nijoen"

1st night at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 / Kyoto North


Shugakuin Imperial Villa and Garden / 1655

Saginomiya shrine

Entsu-ji temple

Lunch together in the "Takaragaike" restaurant in the Grand Prince Hotel / Togo Murano

Garden of Fine Arts / Tadao Ando, 1990-94

Afternoon and evening free

2nd night at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / Kyoto West

breakfast in the hotel


Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa and Garden / 1615

Suzumushi dera temple

Ryoan-ji Zen temple complex

Lunch together in the tea house of the Ryoan-ji garden "Ryoanji Yudofu Seigenin" (tofu)

Kozan-ji temple complex, 13th century

Hot bath "o-furo" in the hotel

joint dinner in the "Izakaia IRO"

3rd night at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei


Thursday, November 1st, 2018 / Kyoto - Naoshima - Shodoshima

Bus transfer to the train station

Take the Shinkansen "Nozomi 3" to Okayama


Ferry (by bus) to Naoshima Island / Miyanoura Port

Yayoi Kusama "red pumpkin"

Naoshima Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

Lee Ufan Museum / Tadao Ando, 2010

Chichu Art Museum / Tadao Ando, 2004

individual lunch in the Chichu Café

Benesse House Museum / Tadao Ando, 1992

Yayoi Kusama "yellow pumpkin"

Ando Museum / Tadao Ando, 2013

Passenger Port Terminal / SANAA, 2017

Honmura Port: Taxi ship to Shodoshima Island / Tonosho Port

Transfer to the hotel, check-in

Hot bath and dinner together in the hotel

1st night at the Tenku Hotel Cairo in Tonosho , Shodoshima Island


Friday, November 2nd, 2018 / Teshima

Walk to " Angel Road " (sand bank)

Transfer to Tonosho Port

Ferry to Teshima Island, Karato Port

Teshima Art Museum / Rei Naito, Ryue Nishizawa, 2010

Les Archives du Coeur / Christian Boltanski, 2008

Taxi ship to Ieura Port, Teshima

Teshima Yokoo House / Tadanori Yokoo, Yuko Nagayama, 2013

Ferry back to Shodoshima Island

transfer to the hotel

Hot bath and dinner together in the hotel

2nd night at the Tenku Hotel Cairo in Tonosho, Shodoshima Island


Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 / Shodoshima - Osaka

Transfer to Tonosho Port, ferry and bus

13:03 - 13:48 Ride with the Shinkansen "Sakura 548" from Okayama to Shin-Osaka

individual lunch on the train


House for Pottery Festival / ofea Office for Environmental Architecture, 2018 (interior viewing, meeting with the architects)

House in Nipponbashi / Tadao Ando, 1994 (interior view)

check-in Candeo Hotel Osaka Namba, Osaka


Kirin Plaza / Shin Takamatsu, 1987

Dotombori business and restaurant street

Dinner at Kani Douraku (Osaka specialty "Kani" = crabs)

1st night at the Candeo Hotel Osaka Namba


Sunday, November 4th, 2018 / Osaka - Frankfurt - Vienna


Kansai Airport / Renzo Piano, et al., 1994

Flight Osaka Kansai - Frankfurt with LH 741; Frankfurt - Vienna with LH 1242



Photos:  Archive ARCH ON TOUR

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