Japan is hailed as a land where old and new coexist in perfect harmony and nothing encapsulates its striking contrasts more than its artistic and theatrical offering. In Tokyo, historic shrines sit side by side with world renowned museums, whilst in Kyoto, Japan’s burgeoning contemporary art scene continues to grow from strength to strength.
Elsewhere, Naoshima, a tiny island at the crossroads between the Sea of Japan and the Pacific, is home to iconic sculptures, intriguing installations and a host of galleries. Whether it's Kabuki, calligraphy or contemporary, experiencing Japan’s weird and wonderful art world promises to be an unforgettable addition to any trip.
Gora Kadan is one of Japan's most luxurious and chic Ryokans located in the Hakone National Park. It is a great base for exploring the local 'onsen' or hot springs and the surrounding Hakone area.
Naoshima Island, Japan
Sitting opposite the Seto Inland Sea on the arty island of Naoshima, Benesse House feels more like an art gallery than a hotel and that's mostly because it is. It is a contemporary museum with rooms and is an extraordinary place to stay for art lovers.