Journey to the great cultural metropolis of Tokyo and the celebrated Setouchi ‘art islands’ to appreciate Japan’s bold and unique aesthetic in contemporary art, architecture and design.

At a Glance

  • Wander Tokyo’s Omotesandō streets, an outdoor museum of contemporary architecture featuring works by SANAA, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito and Tadao Ando 
  • Spend three full days on the famous Setouchi ‘art islands’ of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, which beautifully combine contemporary art and rural Japanese landscapes
  • Be inspired by the sublime Teshima Art Museum by SANAA’s Ryue Nishizawa
  • Savour Japan’s unique cuisine in some of the country’s best restaurants 

Traditional yet futuristic, timeless yet fast-moving, Japan has developed a bold and unique aesthetic in contemporary art, architecture and design that permeates all aspects of everyday life. The aesthetic adventure begins with ‘the-city-as-museum’, exploring Tokyo’s extraordinary new architectural masterpieces, art museums, design spaces and commercial urban complexes. 

Continue to the extraordinary ‘art islands’ of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima, where Japan’s artistic culture brims with a new confidence, and creates some of the most exciting and authentic contemporary Japanese art experiences.

Please click ‘Register Interest’ to receive further information when more details are available.

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


November 2025 (10 days)

Tour leader

Kathryn Hunyor

Tour Status

On request

More Details

Tour code: AG2518

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

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive news and updates.

Follow us: