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Opera in Japan

15 Oct — 31 Oct 2018 | Tour Director: John Deathridge

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Presenting the very best of Japan’s cultural highlights, this tour takes us on a stimulating journey from Tokyo to Kyoto and Nagoya, making stops in Kamakura, Hakone and Takayama en route. Throughout this journey, music plays just as important a role as Japan’s natural and architectural splendours, and altogether we will experience three spectacular operas in the company of Tour Director and Wagner expert, John Deathridge.

Our tour begins and ends in Tokyo, renowned for its fascinating heritage as well as futuristic architecture. We will discover Sensoji, the city’s oldest temple, and the Meiji Shrine, tucked away in a serene forested park in Shibuya. In one three musical highpoints, Tokyo’s New National Theatre will present us with a striking new production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, the composer’s heady denouement to his sweeping Der Ring des Nibelungen.

From Tokyo, an excursion to Kamakura offers the opportunity to explore iconic sights such as the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in Temple, and the atmospheric bamboo groves at Hokokuji Temple. Later we will visit the Hakone Open Air Museum, home to works by artists including Picasso, and the Hakone Ropeway, which, on a clear day, provides remarkable views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Fuji.

Kyoto’s highlights will include Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion, perhaps Japan’s most famous temple, and the Ryoanji Temple, where one of the most famous Zen dry-landscapes in Japan can be found. Nara, meanwhile, is home to the Todaiji Temple, containing a giant bronze Buddha statue.

In addition to Wagner’s masterpiece, further operatic highlights will be Bellini’s tragedia lirica Norma, and Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier. We moreover hope to include a local Kabuki performance, a highly stylised form of traditional theatre dating from the Edo period, in Takayama.

In Tokyo we will first stay at the Asakusa View Hotel, in the heart of Tokyo’s most traditional district, before moving to the Prince Hakone Hotel, occupying a prime location on the edge of Lake Ashinoko. We will then transfer to Takayama for two nights at the Associa Takayama Resort, surrounded by deep forests and tall mountains. In Kyoto we will stay at the classic Nikko Princess Hotel, in Nagoya at the elegant Cypress Mercure Hotel, and finally in Tokyo at the Niwa Tokyo, a modern hotel with a garden courtyard. All hotels are of a superior grade.

TOUR DETAILS

15 Oct - 31 Oct 2018
DAYS | 17
COST | £6995

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Cost per-person includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, 1st category seat, breakfast, fourteen dinners with water & coffee, all visits, admissions , gratuities, three illustrated lectures given by your tour director Prof John Deathridge who will accompany you  throughout the tour.

A donation will be made on behalf of each booking on behalf of each booking to either Buxton Festival, Scottish Opera or WNO.

Not included: travel insurance, lunches, remaining evening meals and double room for single use supplement £1045.

 

We are happy to arrange flights from regional airports. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

GALLERY 

  

 

TOUR DIRECTOR

John Deathridge, MA, DPhil

This tour will be led by John Deathridge, MA, DPhil, currently Emeritus King Edward Professor of Music at King’s College London and an active performer and regular broadcaster.

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow on British Airways flight 1545

Day

2

Arrive Tokyo Narita Airport 1125. Transfer to Asakusa View Hotel for four nights.

Day

3

Morning lecture followed by visits in Tokyo: Sensoji, Hamarikyu Gardens, Meiji Shrine and Harajuku. Evening opera: Wagner Götterdämmerung.

Day

4

Visits in Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Building, Shibuya Crossing & Shinjuku. Free evening.

Day

5

Whole day excursion by train to Kamakura: free time for sightseeing.

Day

6

Transfer by coach to Hakone via Fuji Five Lakes and Mount Fuji. Two nights at Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko.

Day

7

Visits in Hakone: Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi Pirate Cruise.

Day

8

Transfer by train to Takayama for two nights at Associa Takayama Resort.

Day

9

Morning: free time in Takayama. Afternoon: Hida no Sato Folk Village (open air museum). Evening: local Kabuki performance (subject to confirmation). 

Day

10

Transfer by train to Kyoto for five nights at Nikko Princess Hotel

Day

11

Visits in Kyoto: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Arashiyama.

Day

12

Visits in Kyoto: Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka and Kiyomizudera Temple. Geisha afternoon tea with a maiko (subject to confirmation). Free evening.

Day

13

Whole day excursion to Nara via Fushimi Inari Shrine. Free time for sightseeing in Nara.

Day

14

Morning lecture followed by free time in Kyoto. Evening opera: Bellini Norma.

Day

15

Transfer by train to Nagoya for overnight stay at Cypress Mercure Hotel. Afternoon lecture followed by evening opera: Strauss Der Rosenkavalier.

Day

16

Transfer by train to Tokyo for overnight stay at Niwa Tokyo. Farewell dinner. Day 17 Depart Tokyo Narita Airport 1235, arriving London Heathrow 1610.

 

IN ASSOCIATION WITH


This bespoke itinerary is designed specifically for members of Buxton Opera Society, Scottish Opera and the Welsh National Opera.

 

 
To make a reservation please call Gillian Harvey to reserve a place. A booking form should be completed and returned along with a deposit of £450 per person to Gillian Harvey, ACE Cultural Tours, Stapleford Granary, Bury Rd, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP.
Telephone: 01223 841055
Email: gill@aceculturaltours.co.uk

 

 
 
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