Discover some of the intricacies of art in Northern Japan, where traditional culture rubs shoulders with sleek modernity. 

At a Glance

  • Marvel at Enoura Observatory, designed by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, with breathtaking views of Sagami Bay 
  • Learn about the rich artistic culture of Aomori with a visit to the extraordinary Aomori Museum of Art and the ancient Jomon period site Sannai-Maruyama  
  • Gain valuable insights into modern woodblock printmaking and Kogin-zashi embroidery 
  • Wander through outdoor parks, such as the extraordinary Geo-Park at Toyako Lake and the remarkable Moerenuma Park, a former rubbish dump converted into a large public park by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi 

From Tokyo, explore the Nebuwaka district of Odawara, home of the Enoura Observatory, a modern art complex designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto. 

Discover Aomori, a city blessed with both diverse culture and magnificent nature and known for its spectacular Nebuta Matsuri summer festival and the ancient Jomon period site, Sannai-Maruyama. 

Explore Hokkaido, Japan’s most northerly and sparsely populated island, home to the Ainu, whose artwork is inspired by the volcanic surroundings. Wander around outdoor sculpture parks around Lake Toya where works of bronze, stone and concrete are in dialogue with their natural environment, and visit Sapporo, Japan's fifth-largest city, which offers a wealth of culture, art and natural beauty.

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This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.


17 – 28 October 2025 (12 days)

Tour leader

John McBride

Tour Status

On request

More Details

Tour code: AG2516

Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

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