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ARCH ON TOUR 67_JAPAN 4

Kanagawa - Osaka - Okinawa - Tokyo  
07. - 20. MAI 2024

Concept and expert accompaniment: Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR; as well as expert guiding by local architects: Norio Yoshinaga (ofea), Issho Architects, Croton Architects, Studio Cochi Architects, Yuka Nakamura, Atsuko Takayama

Consultants: Masako Ban, Yuka Nakamura, Fumio Matsumoto, e.a.

Tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG

The second version of the completely new Japan program again lets you experience the diverse country from special perspectives and is suitable for both "beginners" and "advanced" visitors to Japan. For a refreshing start the tour takes us to 2 projects by Hiroshi Sugimoto to the coast south of Tokyo: right after arrival to the Museum of Art in Atami and on the following day to Enoura Observatory in Odawara. The journey continues to Osaka and to the island of Awaji to Zenbo Seinei, an outstanding wooden building by Shigeru Ban, which we not only visit, but also actively experience while practicing Zen. A day trip to Ise is dedicated to the Shinto shrine Ise Jingu, which is considered a sanctuary in Japan, as well as its extensive shrine complex. As another highlight  the tour leads to the main island of the subtropical Okinawa archipelago, where we visit traditional island-typical wooden buildings, castle ruins and contemporary private houses guided by the architects. There will be enough time to enjoy the nature and beach in our beautiful hotel Moonbeach. As the grand finale, the tour leads directly back to Tokyo, where we will explore selections of the vast repertoire of built and lived urbanity in the ultra-dense Tokyo metropolis and discover unique locations, new public spaces, and recent buildings, while paying tribute to the well-known highlights.

Besides the comprehensive program, there is also enough time for individual explorations; for selected hotels and restaurants with authentic cuisine - such as the particularly healthy Okinawan cuisine enriched with island-specific mountain and sea plants - is, as always, well taken care of.

We look forward to the common trip and shared experiences in Japan!

 

 

here to the ROUTE and TOUR PRICE  

PROGRAM

as of 2024/02/01, subject to changes

(some visits and restaurants currently in request)

approx. sunrise – sunset on our respective travel dates:

Osaka: 05:00 – 18:45

Okinawa: 05:35 – 19:20

Tokyo: 04:35 – 18:40

Tuesday, 2024/05/07 / departure from Vienna

individual check-in

12:30 meeting at the boarding / Vienna airport

13:30 departure flight – Tokyo Narita by AUA, OS051 (BOEING 777-200/200ER)

 

Wednesday, 2024/05/08 / arrival in Tokyo, prelude in Atami

08:50 arrival in Tokyo Narita by OS051

bus transfer to Atami, Shizuoka (coastal province south of Tokyo), lunch snack 

MOA Museum of Art, Atami / Renovation: New Material Research Laboratory / Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2017

check-in Hotel New Akao, Atami

Siesta and free time at the hotel, spa, hot-spring, walk, etc.

common dinner at the hotel

1st night at Hotel New Akao, Atami

Thursday, 2024/05/09 / Odawara - Osaka

breakfast at the hotel, check-out

bus

Enoura Observatory | New Material Research Laboratory , Odawara / Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2017

walk through Odawara Art Foundation: Uchōten "listen-to-the-rain" Tea House, Shinto Shrine

by Shinkansen to Osaka

check-in Royal Classic Hotel Osaka / Kengo Kuma, 2020, Osaka Namba

walk in Osaka Shinsaibashi, Dotombori

common dinner in Osaka

1st night at Royal Classic Hotel, Osaka Namba

Friday, 2024/05/10 / day tour to Ise

breakfast at the hotel

train: Namba - Iseshi with Kintetsu Ise-shima-Liner

Ise Jingu shinto shrine complex:

walks, public bus, ev. taxi

Sengukan (Ise Jingu Museum) / Akira Kuryu, 2012

Geku shrine park, Ise Jingu / 478

common lunch at Sushikyu / 1830, renoviert 1989

Naiku shrine park, Ise Jingu / 657

individual walk through Okageyokocho 

back by train Kintetsu Ise-shima-Liner to Osaka Namba

free evening in Osaka

2nd night at Royal Classic Hotel, Osaka Namba

Saturday, 2024/05/11 / Zen on Awaji-shima island

breakfast at the hotel

bus

Gonda House, Osaka / ofea, office for environmental architecture, 2022 (interior visit guided by the architect)

ZEN Wellness Seinei, Awaji / Shigeru Ban 2022 (participation at an exclusive Zen-Wellness-program, lunch and tea ZEN-CHA & ZEN-SHO)

Farmer´s Restaurant Haru San-San, Awaji / Shigeru Ban, 2021

Honpukuji Water Temple, Awaji  / Tadao Ando, 1991

banquet dinner at Royal Classic Hotel Osaka (sky banquet room Ruri)

recommendation: Kumokumo Bar at Royal Classic Hotel Osaka / Kengo Kuma, 2020

3rd night at Royal Classic Hotel, Osaka Namba

 

Sunday, 2024/05/12 / departure to subtropical Okinawa

breakfast at the hotel, check-out

free time or optional visit: Namba Parks / Jerde Partnership Urban Lands Institute, 2009

bus transfer to Osaka/Itami airport

14:00 - 16:10 Osaka (Itami) - Okinawa (Naha) by ANA, NH767

bus transfer 

check-in Loisir Hotel Naha

walks in the city center and of Naha

common dinner at Nuchigafu, Naha

1 night at Loisir Hotel Naha

 

Monday, 2024/05/13 / Okinawa: Naha and Tamagusukuio

breakfast at the hotel, check-out

bus

Sora no Mori Clinic / Tezuka Architects, 2014 (interior visit in request)

Tamagusuku Haus, Mui Haus, House in Shikenbaru / Studio Cochi Architects, 2018, 2021, 2023 (interior visits with the architects, in request)

lunch at Hyakunagaran 

Sefa Utaki sacred site

Shikinaen Royal Garden / 1799

bus transfer

check-in Hotel Moon Beach, Onna, Okinawa / Yukifusa Kokuba, 1975

common dinner at the hotel

1st night at Hotel Moon Beach, Okinawa

 

Tuesday, 2024/05/14 / Okinawa: Motobu

breakfast at the hotel

bus

Nago City Hall / Team Zoo,1981 (external stairways, terraces, etc.)

Tsukayama Sake (Awamori) Brewery (interior guided visit)

gemeinsames Mittagessen im Cafe Kokuu / Croton Architects (meeting with the architect)

Nakijin Castle Ruins  / 14th certury. (walk through the castle area)

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium / Yukifusa Kokuba / 2002

Bise Fukugi Tree street and village

common dinner at Restaurant “Chanya” / Croton Architects

2nd night at Hotel Moon Beach, Okinawa

 

Wednesday, 2024/05/15 / Okinawa: holiday on Moon Beach

breakfast at the hotel

free time for leisure at the hotel pool and beach

or optional boat tour to the private Island YOjima for kayaking and snorkeling

dinner at the hotel

3rd night at Hotel Moon Beach, Okinawa

 

Thursday, 2024/05/16 / Okinawa and departure to Tokyo

breakfast at the hotel, check-out

bus

Nakamura Residence / 18. Jhdt (interior visit)

National Theater Okinawa / Shin Takamatsu, 2003 (short visit of the exterior and entrance hall)

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum / Syuji Nose and Shigeru Ban, 2007

common lunch

16:40 - 19:10 Flug Okinawa (Naha) - Tokyo (Haneda) by ANA, NH472

Bus transfer

check-in Hotel New Otani The Main

individual evening, p.e. Sky Bar at the hotel or bars in Akasaka

1st night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

 

Friday, 2024/05/17 / Tokyo: new and classical highlights

breakfast at the hotel

visit of the japanese garden at Otani Hotel

public transportation and walks

Toraya Akasaka sweets shop / Naito Architect & Associates, 2018

Toranomon Hills Station Tower und Tokyo Node / OMA, 2023

lunch

Kyu Asakura House / Torajiro Asakura, 1919 (interior visit of the house and garden)

Art Front Gallery 

Hillside Terrace / Maki and Associates, 1969-92

Daikanyama T-Site: Tsutaya bookstore / Klein Dytham Architecture, 2012

Shibuya Scramble Square / KKAA Kengo Kuma Architects & Associates, Nikken Sekkei, 2019 (visit of the rooftop terrace Shibuya Sky)

Shibuya Tsutaya bookstore, reopening

Shibuya Miyashita Park / Nikken Sekkei, 2020

common dinner at Shibuya Yokochoo Food court

optional: Or Bar und Night Club

2nd night at Hotel New Otani The Main

Saturday, 2024/05/18 / a perfect Saturday: in the heart of Tokyo

breakfast at the hotel

public transportation and walks

Japan National Stadium / Kengo Kuma, 2019 (in request)

Meiji Jingu: walk through the park and shrine garden

Meiji Jingu Museum / Kengo Kuma, 2019

Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange, 1964 (from outside)

lunch-picnic at Yoygipark 

Tokyo Toilet Project / buildings by Shigeru Ban and Tadao Ando

free afternoon and evening

recommendations for an individual walk (map will be provided):

- Tokyu Plaza Harajuku Harakado / Akihisa Hirata, 2024

- Maison Margiela

- Aoyama Stores in Omotesando: Issey Miyake Pleats Please; HaaT, Comme des Garcons / Takao Kawasaki, Future Systems, 1999; Yoshi Yamamoto; Miu Miu / Herzog & de Meuron, 2015; Prada / Herzog & de Meuron, 2005; Collezione Aoyama / Tadao Ando, 1989

- Nezu Museum / Kengo Kuma, 2009 (with japanese garden and contemporary tea house)

3rd night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

 

Sunday, 2024/05/19 / Tokyo: Ginza

breakfast at the hotel

public transportation and walks

Shibaura House / Kazuyo Sejima, SANAA, 2011

WHAT Museum und Archi-depot

walk and common Sushi-meal at Tsukiji Jogai Fish market

walk through Ginza

various shops and galleries

Pola Museum Annex

Higashiya Ginza

Uniqlo Tokyo Ginza 3-chome / Herzog & de Meuron, 2020

e.a.

common Cocktail and snack

4th night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

 

Monday, 2024/05/20 / departure from Tokyo, arrival in Vienna

breakfast at the hotel, check-out

bus transfer to the airport

09:40 - 17:00 flight Tokyo Haneda HND - Munich MUC by LH 715 (AIRBUS A350-900)

19:25 - 20:30 flight Munich MUC - Wien VIE by OS 116 (EMBRAER 195)

 

ROUTE

 

2024/05/07 / 13:30 flight Vienna – Tokyo Narita by AUA, OS051

2024/05/08 / - 08:50 arrival in TOKYO Narita / continue to / 1 night in Atami, Hotel New Akao

2024/05/09 / visits in Odawara, KANAGAWA / by Shinkansen to OSAKA / 1st night at the Royal Classic Hotel, Osaka Namba

2024/05/10 / by train to ISE / 2nd night at the Royal Classic Hotel, Osaka Namba

2024/05/11 / by bus o AWAJI-shima / 3rd night at the Royal Classic Hotel, Osaka Namba

2024/05/12/ flight 14:00 - 16:10 Flug Osaka Itami - OKINAWA Naha by ANA, NH767 / 1 night at Loisir Hotel Naha, Okinawa

2024/05/13 / visits by bus in Naha / 1st night at Hotel Moon Beach, Onna, Okinawa

2024/05/14 / visits by bus in Okinawa / 2nd night at Hotel Moon Beach, Onna, Okinawa

2024/05/15 / free time / 3rd night at Hotel Moon Beach, Onna, Okinawa

2024/05/16 / 16:40 - 19:10 flight Okinawa Naha – TOKYO Haneda mit ANA, NH472 / 1st night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

2024/05/17 / public transportation and walks in Tokyo / 2nd night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

2024/05/18 / public transportation and walks in Tokyo / 3rd night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

2024/05/19 / public transportation and walks in Tokyo / 4th night at Hotel New Otani The Main, Tokyo

2024/05/20 / flight 09:40 - 17:00 Tokyo Haneda HND - Munich MUC by LH 715 / flight 19:25 - 20:30  Munich MUC - Wien VIE by OS 116 / arrival in Vienna

 

TOUR PRICE per person in a double room 6.890 EUR (incl. tax.); single room supplement: 1.530 EUR

including: flights (Economy class or Premium Economy with surcharge) by Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa: Vienna - Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda - Munich – Vienna; domestic flights (Economy) by All Nippon Airways: Osaka Itami – Okinawa Naha, Okinawa Naha - Tokyo Haneda; 12 nights with breakfast in selected central hotels (1x Hotel New Akao Atami 4*, 3x at The Royal Classic Hotel Osaka 4* , Osaka Namba,  1x at Loisir Hotel Naha 4*, Okinawa, 3x at Hotel Moon Beach 4*, Okinawa, 4x at Hotel New Otani The Main 5*, Tokyo ), 14 common meals (excluding beverages) and 1 banquet dinner incl. beverages; private Zen Wellness program at Zenbo Seinei; all entrances and guided tours according to the above schedule; airport transfers, public transportations, private coach; tipps; expert guiding and program by Marion Kuzmany

not included: individual meals and beverages, beverages at common meals (except at the banquet dinner), coffee breaks, individual program, taxi rides, etc.

 

SOLD OUT

number of participants: maximum 35 persons

IMPORTANT: Good walking ability is required for this tour!

here to the TRAVEL- and CANCELLATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS: modified cancellation terms for this tour!

 

 

Fotos: Archive ARCH ON TOUR, Virtual DynamiX, KATTAT by Artmanas

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