Japanese Aesthetics Tour with a Designer

3 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $82 Per Person (Minimum 2)

Japanese Aesthetics Tour with a Designer

3 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $82 Per Person (Minimum 2)

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      Japanese Aesthetics Tour with a Designer

      Tokyo, Japan
      From (USD) $82 Per Person (Minimum 2)
      • Architecture and design: Trace the development of Japanese architecture over the past century on a walk through the city's most aesthetically vibrant districts, including magnificent Omotesando, a leafy avenue that's home to top luxury brands.
      • Personal style: See how the Japanese aesthetic permeates not just the structures lining the streets, but the people walking them, who go to great pains to visibly identify themselves as members of unique Tokyo subcultures tied to interests, values, and social roles.
      • More than a guide: Even by GoBe standards, your tour leader is special. Known officially as "docents" (from the Latin for teacher), these Ph.D. and M.A.-level experts are the difference between visiting Tokyo and understanding it.
      • Flexibility: With group size limited to six, this three-hour tour can range from leisurely to fast-paced, with sights and locations that reflect individual tastes and preferences.
      About This Tokyo Tour

      This tour not only helps you get your bearings in the world's most populous city. It imparts a deeper understanding of the design sense that infuses every aspect of Japanese culture, from Shinto shrines to consumer meccas, from stunning art museums to people who make an art of expressing their individuality without saying a word.

       We begin at Meiji Jingu, a shrine built in 1920 to honor the deified spirits of the late Emperor Meiji and his wife. As an example of more traditional Japanese design, it's the ideal starting point for our walk – and for an enlightening discussion of how the national aesthetic has evolved over the past century, thanks to the interplay of ancient values with Western influence and consumer culture.

      We then depart this tranquil oasis for nearby Harajuku and Omotesando, two areas that represent modern Tokyo at its most energetic. We'll pay close attention to both the architectural landscape and what you might call the social-scape: how people make very clear statements about themselves through clothing, hair, and accessories. We'll see dazzling museums and Tokyo's version of Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue, where Prada, Dior, and Hugo Boss reside in lavish shops that reflect their own design principles.

      Depending on time and the interests of the group, we can conclude our walk at one of a number of aesthetic icons: the Kengo Kuma's Nezu museum, the 21_21 Design Sight, the National Art Center, or even Roppongi Hills. This commercial, cultural, and residential center epitomizes the curious clash of East and West, ancient and contemporary, that defines modern Tokyo.


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      Cancellation policy

      You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.

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