Member Travel

Art Treasures and Traditions of Japan
September 4–15, 2016 

The 2016 Japan Tour has reached maximum capacity. 
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Alison Peters at ext. 224.

The Kimbell Art Museum is pleased to invite Sustaining and Circle Members on an exclusive journey to the Far East to experience the art treasures and refined cultural traditions of Japan. Explore Japan’s rich heritage of art and architecture at its ancient temples, castles, gardens, teahouses, and an array of spectacular museums, and delve into the Japanese aesthetic through its pottery, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, woodblock prints, and traditional rituals. This custom-designed program features visits to all the major sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara, as well as excursions to important contemporary architectural masterpieces and several hidden gems. Luxurious accommodations and Japan’s famously impeccable service make this program truly an unforgettable experience.

We begin in bustling Tokyo, one of the world’s great modern cities, and explore the remarkable National Museum of Art, the studios of practicing artists, and energetic neighborhoods showcasing cutting-edge architecture and fashion, including the posh Ginza district and Omotesandō Boulevard. From Tokyo, we travel by the famous high-speed Bullet Train (Shinkansen) to Himeji Castle, widely considered Japan’s most spectacular original castle, which has recently undergone an extensive renovation. We then continue to Kyoto, the country’s ancient capital for over 1000 years and home to countless cultural sites and relics of immeasurable value to Japan’s national identity and culture. See the iconic Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple Pavilion), tour the famous geisha district of Gion, stroll through exceptional gardens, and, by special arrangement, be invited to participate in private rituals and ceremonies. From Kyoto, we will take day trips to Nara, another of Japan’s ancient capitals; to the pottery town of Shigaraki; and to the Miho Museum, I. M. Pei’s architectural masterpiece.

Accommodations in both Tokyo and Kyoto will be in Ritz Carltons, offering incomparable service and amenities. At the Ritz Carlton Tokyo, located in one of Tokyo’s most vibrant cultural and entertainment districts, enjoy four nights in Club Level rooms with magnificent views over the city. Then, enjoy six nights in upgraded Deluxe Garden View rooms at the Ritz Carlton Kyoto, unquestionably the premier luxury hotel in the historic city. Meals will be in top restaurants amid beautiful settings and will feature the splendid variety of Japanese cuisine, as well as international selections. Opportunities will also be provided to shop along some of Japan’s best antique streets and elegant shopping districts.    

Accompanying the group will be Jennifer Casler Price, curator for Asian and non-Western art at the Kimbell, and Robert McAn, manager of membership and special events, as well as tour managers and outstanding in-country cultural guides.

The tour price, per person based on double occupancy, is $12,995. Single supplements are available. International airfare between the United States and Japan is not included. A deposit of $2,000 per person is required to reserve a space on the tour. Space is limited, so we highly recommend that you register as soon as possible. To receive the complete travel brochure, including the registration and deposit form, please call 817-288-3224.