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Osaka - Naoshima, Teshima - Kyoto - Tokyo

MARCH 21 - APRIL 01, 2019

here to the TOURPHOTOS

Concept and moderation: Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR in cooperation with Kawabata Design Office, Tokyo

Guided tours: Hiroya Kawabata, Norio Yoshinaga, Masako Ban, Miki Ozaki, Yuka Yatsuhashi, as well as other architects and experts in numerous buildings, galleries and museums on site

Tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG


The tour begins with the arrival at Renzo Pianos Kansai Airport and forms the beginning of the varied tour with an exclusive visit to a private house for ceramic artists and a walk through the lively downtown Osaka. The next day, the maritime excursion leads to the picturesque Seto Inland Sea and to 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, among others ) have developed in cooperation with artists. Based on our exquisite location - we are accommodated directly in Tadao Ando's "Benesse House"! - the art installations on the island of Naoshima can be experienced and enjoyed up close.

The third stop of the journey is dedicated to Kyoto's unique landscaped gardens and temples, which unfold their full splendor at the time of the cherry blossom. 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 Machiya houses describe the three-day program in the former imperial city. At the end of the day, we go right to the heart of the action in the super-dense mega-metropolis of Tokyo for four days. Starting from the urban residence in Roppongi, there is a lot to explore within walking distance and in eventful 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. As usual, but especially here in Japan, the culinary component of the program also promises to meet high expectations.





Sunrise sunset  approx. 0550-18.15 o'clock


Thursday, March 21, 2019 / departure Vienna - Frankfurt

check-in takes place individually, flight Vienna - Frankfurt with LH 6347; Frankfurt - Osaka Kansai (Terminal 1) with LH 740 (arrival on March 22nd)




Friday, March 22nd, 2019 / Frankfurt - Osaka

Arrival at Kansai Airport / Renzo Piano, among others, 1994

Bus transfer

House for Pottery Festival / ofea Office for Environmental Architecture, 2018 (interior tour with the architects: Norio Yoshinaga / ofea)          

Atelier ofea Office for Environmental Architecture (studio visit)

Lunch at Chibo Dotonbori


Rokkaku-do Temple

Dotombori street

check-in Candeo Hotel Osaka Namba

free afternoon and evening (recommendation: Japanese bath in the hotel)

1st night in the "Candeo Hotel Osaka Namba"


Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 / Osaka - Naoshima

Bus transfer to Shin-Osaka station

Shinkansen Nozomi 3 to Okayama

Bus transfer to the Uno Port, meeting with Miki Ozaki

Ferry (by bus): Uno to Naoshima / Miyanoura Port

Yayoi Kusama "red pumpkin"

Naoshima Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

Chichu Art Museum / Tadao Ando, 2004

individual lunch in the Chichu Café

Lee Ufan Museum / Tadao Ando, 2010


Honmura Lounge & Archive

Art House Project Naoshima / Gokaisho, Kadoya, Minamidera

Conversions and extensions of 7 historical (machiya) houses in cooperation with architects & artists: Tadashi Yamamoto & Tatsuo Miyajima, Tadao Ando & James Turrell, Rei Naito & Masaru Kimura, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Hiroshi Senju, Yoshihiro Suda, Shinro Ohtake

Go-Oh Shrine / Glass Steps by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2002

Ando Museum / Tadao Ando, 2013

Naoshima Hall  / Kazuhiro Ishii

Minamidera / Tadao Ando, James Turrell

Bus to the hotel

Yayoi Kusama "yellow pumpkin"

dinner together at "Tsutsujiso", Naoshima

1st night at Benesse House , Naoshima / Tadao Ando, 1992


Sunday, March 24th, 2019 / Naoshima - Teshima - Naoshima 

Individual beach walk and sculpture garden

Hotel shuttle to Honmura Port

Passenger Port Terminal / SANAA, 2017

Taxi ship to Teshima island, Ieura port

Teshima Yokoo House / Tadanori Yokoo, Yuko Nagayama

Taxi ship to the Karato port

Teshima Art Museum / Rei Naito, Ryue Nishizawa, 2010 

Les Archives du Coeur / Christian Boltanski, 2008

Taxi ship back to Naoshima Island 

Shuttle to the hotel

Benesse House Museum / Tadao Ando, 1992

Dinner together in the Benesse House, Restaurant Issen

2nd night at Benesse House , Naoshima


Monday, March 25th, 2019 / Naoshima - Kyoto Central

breakfast at the hotel

Hotel shuttle to Miyanoura port, ferry to Uno, bus transfer to Okayama station

Shinkansen "Nozomi" from Okayama to Kyoto

Lunch on the train

Kyoto station  / Hiroshi Hara, 1997 (short visit)

transfer to the hotel

check in Mitsui Garden Shinmachi Bettei Hotel, Kyoto


Rokkaku-do temple

Issey Miyake Store in the historic Machiya house / Naoto Fukasawa, 2018

Nishiki Market

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

Pass The Baton Gion / Masamichi Katayama, 2015

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

Times II Building / Tadao Ando, 1991

Hakuhodo Cosmetic Brush Shop / Waro Kishi, 2014

Zohiko Teramachi Japanese Fine Lacquer Ware Shop / Waro Kishi, 2014

HIN Arts & Science, Nijodori Kyoto, 2016

joint dinner in the " Isomatsu "

1st night at Mitsui Garden Shinmachi Bettei Hotel, Kyoto


Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 / Kyoto North


Shugakui n Imperial Villa and Garden / 1655 (guided tour)

Saginomiya shrine

Entsu-j i Temple

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

Kyoto State Guest House in the complex of the Imperial Palace / Nikken Sekkei, 2005 (guided tour)

Free evening

2nd night at Mitsui Garden Shinmachi Bettei Hotel, Kyoto


Wednesday March 27th, 2019 / Kyoto West


Katsura Riky u Imperial Villa and Garden / 1615 (guided tour)

Shimokatsura-Goryo-Jinja shrine

Joint lunch in the tea house of the Ryoan-ji temple garden " Ryoanji Yudofu Seigenin " (tofu specialties)

Ryoan-j i Zen Temple and garden

Hirano Jinja Shrine

hot bath "o-furo" in the hotel

joint dinner in the " Izakaia Iro "

optional: K8 Ba r / Florian Busch Architects, 2016

3rd night at Mitsui Garden Shinmachi Bettei Hotel, Kyoto


Thursday, March 28, 2019 / Kyoto - Tokyo: Roppongi


Shinkansen "Nozomi" from Kyoto to Tokyo

Bus, check-in " Roppongi S Hotel " / Hiroyuki Ito


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

Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, 2003:

Mori Art Museum / Visit to the exhibition: "Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions"

Tokyo City View Observatory (fantastic city view)

Axis building (design shops, galleries)

joint dinner at " Otsuna Sushi "

1st night in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Friday, March 29, 2019 / Tokyo: Roppongi, Odaiba


National Art Center Tokyo / Kisho Kurokawa, 2007

Tokyo Midtown Complex

Design Sight 21_21 / Tadao Ando, 2007 (exhibition)

Suntory Museum of Ar t / Kengo Kuma, 2007 (Exhibition: Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped His Brush )

lunch together at Kasuitei Roppongi / Manabu Chiba, 2016

Metro, monorail

Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless (exhibition visit)

Free evening, recommendation: Daikanyama T-Site Tsutaya / Klein Dytham architecture, 201 in Daikanyama (book shops, cafes, etc., open until 2:00 a.m.)

2nd night in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Saturday, March 30, 2019 / Tokyo: Asakusa, Ueno, Tokyo, Ginza, Shimbashi


Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates, 2012


Nat. Museum of Western Art / Le Corbusier, Maekawa, Junzo Sakakura, Takamasa Yoshizaka, 1959

Exhibition: Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism

Lunch together at "Kamameshi Haru", Ueno

JR Yamanote Line

JP Tower Kitte / former Tokyo Central Post Office / Tetsuro Yoshida, 1931 / Reconstruction and interior design: Kengo Kuma, 2013

Good shoes good foot store / Ryusuke-Nanki, 2018

Walk with Hiroya Kawabata through the Ginza district, the center of the former Edo:

International Forum / Raphael Vignoly, 1996

Mikimoto Ginza 2 / Toyo Ito

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

San Ai Dream Center / Nikken Sekkei, 1962

Ginza Place / Klein Dytham architecture, 2017

Jugetsudo Kabukiz a / Kengo Kuma & Associates, 2013

Nicolas G. Hayek Center, Swatch group / Shigeru Ban

Ginza Six / Yoshio Taniguchi (roof garden)

Nakagin Capsule Towe r / Kisho Kurokawa, 1972

Dinner together in " Washoku-en " in the Shiodome Tower

3rd night in the "Roppongi S Hotel"


Sunday, March 31, 2019 / Tokyo: Minami Aoyama, Omotesando, Jingumae, (Shibuya)


Nezu Museu m / Kengo Kuma, 2009 (exhibition and garden, tea house)

Collezione Aoyam a / Tadao Ando, 1989

Issey Miyake, Yoshi Yamamoto Shops, Issey Miyake HaaT, Pleats Please

Prada / Herzog & de Meuron, 2005

Sunny Hills cake shop / Kengo Kuma, 2018

Free afternoon and evening to explore the flagship stores single-handedly in smaller groups based on a beautiful architectural city map by Kawabata Design Office, which will be distributed on site. Optional: guided tour with Hiroya Kawabata.

- optional guided walking tour with Hiroya Kawabata:

Spiral Buildin g / Fumihiko Maki, 1985

One Omotesando / Kengo Kuma & Associates, 2003

Tods Omotesand o / Toyo Ito, 2005

Omotesando Keyaki building

Omotesando Hill s / 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)

Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange, 1964

Evening free, recommendation: Shibuya, e.g.:  Hotel Koé  / Suppose Design Office, 2018

4th night at  "Roppongi S Hotel"


Monday, April 01, 2019 / Tokyo - Vienna

Transfer to Narita Airport, direct flight Tokyo - Vienna with OS 52



Photos:  Archive ARCH ON TOUR

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