For Eastern flavours of a completely different kind, consider Japan. If you’re even the slightest bit enamoured of modern art and architecture, the Artisans of Leisure’s 13-day Contemporary Art of Japan trip is not an option to be missed. The experience starts in Tokyo, where you are treated to private viewings in galleries in Ginza and Harajuku, the Roppongi Hills, before moving on to Kanazawa, one of feudal Japan’s wealthiest cities, and home to some of the country’s most acclaimed museums, as well as the famous Kenrokuen Garden. Next up is Naoshima Island, a magnificent contemporary art destination in the Seto inland sea, where notable installations by leading Japanese and Western artists await. Then there’s Kyoto, the city of imperial villas, enchanting gardens, mysterious shrines and, yes, the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum, a series of glass pavilions tucked into the mountains. Infuse the priceless art with a sense of infinite leisure, imbued with the local graces, and you have a holiday you’ll be grateful money can buy. Artisans of Leisure designs only private packages, complete with its own guide and driver—no group tours and no set dates—and the Contemporary Art of Japan tour costs $21,565 (around Rs10 lakh) per person on double occupancy at Park Hyatt Tokyo, Peninsula Tokyo, Asadaya Ryokan, Benesse House and other five-star hotels. The vacation can be customized according to your dates. For details, visit www.artisansofleisure.com or call +1 (800)-2148144.
Old and new: (right) The Golden Temple in Kyoto; and Tokyo’s skyline.