Tokyo, Kyoto and Naoshima
Paris Opera Ballet Tour
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    Let us forget in Japan the Western evidence! Art erases distinctions and opens the doors to supreme harmony.

     

    On the one hand, the artistic archipelago designed and created by Soichiro Fukutake, deploying treasures of inventiveness and innovation on Naoshima, the fabulous “treasure island”, and the astonishing Benesse House, shaped by the master of architecture Tadao Ando. This art setting is divided into four parts, entirely privatized for you, during your night in the heart of the Seto Inland Sea.

     

    On the other hand, Kyoto and its temples, which are listed as World Heritage Sites. All that’s left to do is immerse yourself in the delightful contrast of traditional Japan that this deeply spiritual city offers.

     

    A land of delightful contrasts
    The program
    Free flight to Tokyo
    February 9, 2024
    Swan Lake at Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan Hall
    February 11, 2024
    Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto
    February 12, 2024
    Nara, Todai-ji Temple
    February 13, 2024
    Naoshima Island
    February 14, 2024
    Ando Museum and the Art House Project
    February 14, 2024
    Benesse House
    February 14, 2024
    Chichu Museum
    February 15, 2024
    Artificial island "Rainbow Town"
    February 16, 2024
    L'Histoire de Manon at Bunka-Kaikan Hall
    February 16, 2024
    Free departure from Tokyo
    February 17, 2024
    Saturday 10 of february –TOKYO

    Free arrival in Tokyo.

    Recommended flight:

    Departure from Paris Charles de Gaulle on 09 February 2024 at 9:30 am (Air France flight AF282)

    Arrival at Tokyo Haneda Airport on February 10, 2024 at 6:50 a.m. local time

    Duration: 13h20 (direct flight)

    For those arriving by the recommended flight, you will be greeted at the airport by your La Fugue guide and your English-speaking guide.

     

    Enjoy an introductory tour of the city including a visit to the Tsukiji Outdoor Market, a historical witness to local life, and a visit to the Hama Rikyu Garden that belonged to feudal lords; A unique place to experience the contrast between traditional Japanese gardens and skyscrapers.

    Transfer and check-in at the Grand Prince Shin Takanawa Hotel.

     

    In the evening, close to your hotel, welcome dinner in a fine restaurant where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

     

     

     

    Nuit à l’hôtel.

    Sunday 11 of february –TOKYO

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 10:30 a.m., you will be able to attend a “stage class” by the Paris Opera Ballet at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall.

    Lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant, located in Ueno Park.

     

    At 1:30 p.m., at Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan Hall:

     

    SWAN LAKE, ballet in 4 acts

     

    Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev

    Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Conductor: Vello Pähn

     

    Free time after the ballet.

    Dinner at a French restaurant serving seasonal seafood and vegetables.

    Overnight at your hotel.

    Monday 12 of february - TOKYO / KYOTO

    Breakfast at your hotel and check-out.

     

    In the morning, departure to the ancient capital by Shinkansen bullet train (1st class ticket).

     

    Arrival in Kyoto, meet with your English-speaking guide followed by lunch in a beautiful garden and then the first visits.

     

    Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years, before ceding its role to Tokyo in 1869.

     

    After miraculously surviving the bombings of World War II, Kyoto is still considered the center of Japanese culture and tradition, rich in precious treasures of historical value. It is home to a record number of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

     

    After lunch, visit Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the “Golden Pavilion”, with its upper floors covered in gold leaf.

     

    Next, head to Arashiyama, a rural district in western Kyoto, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll through the unspoilt streets of Toriimoto and watch a tea ceremony and a Geisha performance.  Also discover the iconic bamboo forest.

     

    In the evening, transfer and check‐in to your Okura Kyoto hotel, conveniently located in the center of the city.

    A five‐minute walk from your hotel, dine at a restaurant on the banks of the Kamogawa River, specializing in shabu‐shabu, the famous Japanese hot pot.

    Overnight at your hotel.

     

    Tuesday 13 of february - KYOTO / NARA / KYOTO

    Breakfast at your hotel.

     

    Day trip to Nara, Japan’s first capital.

     

    In the morning, set off with your guide on the private tour of Todai-ji Temple in the company of a Buddhist monk and see the statue of the Daibutsu, “Big Buddha,” the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world.

     

    Visit the Isuien Garden, considered the most beautiful garden in Nara.

     

    Lunch at a local restaurant.

    Before returning to Kyoto, visit Horyuji Temple, the oldest wooden temple in the world.

     

    In the evening, you will enjoy a menu that is both Tokyo and inspired by French cuisine.

     

    Overnight at your hotel.

    Wednesday 14 of february - KYOTO / NAOSHIMA

    Breakfast at your hotel.

     

    In the morning, depart to the Seto Inland Sea by Shinkansen bullet train (1st class tickets).

     

    From Okayama, transfer by ferry to the beautiful island of Naoshima, also known as the International Center for Contemporary Art. There are specific works, created by the entrepreneur Soichiro Fukutake and designed by the renowned architect Tadao Ando.

     

    Upon arrival, a light lunch made with fresh local products from the island, before visiting:

     

    The Ando Museum:

    The Art House Project – a unique collection of abandoned houses, public buildings and temples transformed into art sites or places dedicated to contemporary art by artists and architects from Japan and around the world.

     

    Check in at Benesse House, your elegant hotel designed by Tadao Ando.

     

    Before dining in the hotel’s main restaurant, an introductory tour of the Benesse House Museum, including some exclusive works, accessible only to hotel guests.

     

    Overnight in Naoshima.

    Thursday 15 of february - NAOSHIMA / TOKYO

    Breakfast at the hotel.

     

    In the morning, visit the Chichu Museum.

     

    Lunch on your own.

     

    In the afternoon, return to Tokyo by ferry and then a one-hour domestic flight (economy class ticket).

     

    Transfer and check-in at the Grand Prince Shin Takanawa Hotel.

     

    Dinner at a tempura restaurant.

    Friday 16 of february - TOKYO

    Breakfast at the hotel.

     

    In the morning, accompanied by your English-speaking guide and private driver, head to the artificial island named “Rainbow Town” and visit the futuristic Odaiba district, one of Tokyo’s hotspots for shopping, dining and entertainment.

     

    You will have the opportunity to visit TeamLab Borderless, an experimental museum combining art, technology and science that offers a digital art experience that monopolizes the 5 senses. The museum is part of Azabudai Hills, a complex of three skyscrapers including commercial and residential spaces that is expected to reopen in the fall.

     

    After a stroll along the seafront, head to Omotesando, a district with a resolutely modern architecture and known for its luxury boutiques, and finally enjoy a Western lunch.

     

    At 6:30 p.m., at Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan Hall:

     

     

    L’HISTOIRE DE MANON, ballet in 3 acts

    Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

    Music: Jules Massenet

    Conductor: Pierre Dumoussaud

     

    Dinner at the end of the show at a hot plate (teppanyaki) restaurant, specializing in Japanese Wagyu beef.

     

    Return and overnight at the hotel.

    Saturday 17 of february - TOKYO

    Free departure from Tokyo.

    Private transfer to the airport for those traveling on the recommended flight.

    Recommended flight:

    Departure from Tokyo Haneda Airport on February 17, 2024 at 9:05 am (Air France flight AF279)

    Arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on February 17, 2024 at 3:50 p.m. French time

    Duration: 14h45 (direct flight)

    Your accommodation
    GRAND PRINCE HOTEL NEW TAKANAWA (****) – 2 + 2 NIGHTS

    Recently renovated, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa offers spacious rooms with contemporary décor. Its 4-hectare Japanese garden completes an experience of serenity and typical Japanese hospitality. It is ideally located for easy access to Tokyo’s various districts.

    KYOTO HOTEL OKURA (*****) – 2 NIGHTS

    Nestled near the banks of the tranquil Kamogawa River, Kyoto Hotel Okura has been one of the city’s most notable properties since 1888. Steeped in the history and traditions of this ancient capital, the hotel also offers a fitness centre and a swimming pool.

    NAOSHIMA – BENESSE HOUSE HOTEL (LUXURY) – 1 night

    A superb creation by Tadao Ando, the setting for an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art, the Benesse House Hotel is a unique place to live the overwhelming experience of Naoshima in total immersion. The sublime view of the sea as well as the works of art dotted the walls, spaces and gardens ensure you a few moments of happiness and serenity.

    Price per person

    PRICE PER PERSON based on a minimum of 15 participants

    Package per person in a double room: €9,900

    Flat rate per person in a single room: €10,550

     

    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 7 nights • 1 AROP companion (single room) • 1 companion from La Fugue • tourist tax • visits and transfers mentioned in the program with your La Fugue guide and your English-speaking guide • 1st class train tickets • domestic flight from Naoshima to Tokyo in economy class • the meals mentioned in the programme (drinks included) • repatriation assistance • tickets for the show in the VIP category and access to the “class on stage”.

     

    The price of this trip does not include: return flight from Paris to Tokyo, free lunches • extras.

     

    Extra night in a double room: 180 € per person

    Extra night in a single room: 330 €

     

    These prices are subject to currency fluctuations.

     

    NB: the date and time of the “class on stage” are subject to change. An adjustment of the above program is therefore to be expected, if necessary.

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    Pauline Heckly
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