Fly By Design 2018 Japan

Join a small ADF group tour for an exclusive experience in Japan, on March 11-18, 2018

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  • March 11th to March 18th, 2018
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
  • Starting Price: $4000
  • Maximum number of guests: 18

4 nights in Tokyo

The architecture and design travel starts in Tokyo, the most populous metropolitan area on earth and a global hub in design, technology, art, culture, and commerce. Japan is home to six Pritzker Prize-winning architects, and the nation’s capital is densely dotted with layers of history and architecture ranging from traditional shrines and 1960s Metabolist concrete superstructures to the creations of contemporary visionaries who push boundaries on today’s built environment.

3 nights in Naoshima Island at the Benesse House

The tour takes a journey aboard the Shinkansen Bullet Train and a marine ferry to the countryside islands of Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima. Contrasting the serene natural environments are museums and art installations by some of the most respected architects and artists in the world, including Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Tadao Ando, James Turrell, Lee Ufan, Walter De Maria, Yayoi Kusama, and Claude Monet. Staying at the Benesse House provides special access to the wonders of these surreal art islands.

Tour includes

  • Unique design-focused itinerary
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • ADF host
  • Accommodation and hotel breakfast
  • Curated lunches and dinners (about half, as indicated on itinerary)
  • Transportation within Japan
  • Entrance fees to all site visits

Tour does not include

  • Airfare to/from Japan
  • About half of lunches and dinners, to provide flexibility for individual preferences

Cost per person

Early Bird Registration (ends 12/10/2017)

  • $4000 / double occupancy
  • $4500 / single occupancy

Regular Registration (ends 1/5/2018)

  • $4500 / double occupancy
  • $5000 / single occupancy

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required at the time of registration.


***Please note that itinerary is subject to change.

Sunday, 3/11 (Tokyo)

  • Guests check-in One@Tokyo Hotel (Kengo Kuma)
    • 4 nights in “Loft” rooms (incl.)
  • Fly By Design Japan tour starts 6pm at hotel lobby
  • Welcome to Tokyo dinner (incl.)

Monday, 3/12 (Tokyo)

Tuesday 3/13 (Depart to Naoshima Island)

  • Hotel breakfast (incl.)
  • Check-out hotel
  • Depart Tokyo on Bullet Train (incl.) / Arrive Okayama
  • Depart Uno Port on ferry (incl.) / Arrive Naoshima Island Ferry Terminal (SANAA)
  • Welcome to Naoshima Dinner

Wednesday 3/14 (Naoshima Island)

Thursday 3/15 (Naoshima Island)

Friday 3/16 (Return to Tokyo)

Saturday 3/17 (Tokyo)

Sunday 3/18 (Tokyo)

  • Hotel breakfast (incl.)
  • End of Fly By Design Japan tour.
  • Guests check-out and return to airport or continue travel on their own.


Note 1There will be a lot of walking, so personal mobility and good overall health and fitness are recommended for traveling in Japan. While the infrastructure is well maintained, lengthy walks with stairs and uneven terrain are standard while getting around from site to site.

Note 2:  Alaska Design Forum is not liable for personal injury, medical emergencies, or any other damages incurred on this trip. It is recommended participants carry personal travel insurance.