Japan with Heath Ceramics
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The Soul of Craft
An unparalleled journey through the artistic zeitgeist of Japan with Heath Ceramics
Two Exclusive Departures
Sold OutOct 29 - Nov 7, 2023
Sold OutMay 18 - 27, 2024
10 Days, 9 Nights
Explore the art islands of Naoshima and Teshima, and the best of Tokyo & Kyoto
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You stare at sapphire waters through a darkening haze of wildflowers, shielding your eyes against the blaze of the tangerine-and-pink setting sun. Stars will be out soon, shining bright and close as an art installation. And maybe they are. After all, you’re in Naoshima, the famed Japanese art island nestled in the heart of the Inland Sea, a place where each field and slope is just another canvas for some of the world’s greatest art. You took a bullet train and ferry to get here, and there’s plenty of exploration still to come. But for right now, just breathe it all in.
Your companions on this 10-day journey are icons of modern design. In October 2023, we travel with Robin Petravic and Cathy Bailey, the husband-and-wife owners and creative forces behind Heath Ceramics. In May 2024, we’re accompanied by Rosalie Wild, the design director at Heath Ceramics for more than a decade, with a design point-of-view that is holistic and interdisciplinary, drawing inspiration from textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, and other craft practices. The iconic San Francisco ceramics company produces some of the world’s most highly regarded ceramic tableware and tile. In Japan we’ll meet makers and masters of craft who regularly collaborate with Heath, and explore the materials and techniques that make Japan a deep source of permanent inspiration.
If you possess a boundless passion for art, design and cultural exploration, this trip is for you. If you’re fascinated by ancient rituals and generations of artisans who’ve been perfecting their craft for centuries—and believe that every second of every day should be filled with adventure and moments of quiet wonder alike, join us in Japan.
Iconic museums, Naoshima art installations, traditional pottery and crafts workshops
The grace and beauty of an ancient civilization, from monumental shrines to artful tea ceremonies
With Japan’s world-class art scene and some of its most inspiring working artists and craftspeople
The philosophy of wabi-sabi, and in finding beauty in the small and humble
What started as a small-scale pottery in 1948 has turned into an American icon. They produce some of the world's most highly regarded ceramic home goods, believing in quality craft and timeless design, celebrating the process, materials, and people and places behind their products. Join us in Japan for an inspired week of art, design and cultural exploration.
Robin Petravic & Cathy Bailey
Owners, Heath Ceramics
Our October 2023 departure is with Robin Petravic and Cathy Bailey, the husband-and-wife owners and creative forces behind Heath Ceramics. They travel the world in search of inspiration, returning frequently to Japan to further refine their materials and techniques.
Design Director, Heath Ceramics
In May 2024 we travel with Rosalie Wild. Heath's design director has spent more than a decade immersing herself in every aspect of the creative process. Her nuanced understanding of color and materiality, and her passion for design history, makes her an invaluable steward of the institution's legacy. We are overjoyed to explore the artisanal heritage of Japan through her eyes.
Just seconds from the Shiodome subway station, the Conrad Tokyo rises from the electric hustle below and into the clouds above. Every room exudes Japanese motifs—an ideal blend of historical flourish and understated elegance—while offering a panoramic view of one of the most magnificent cities on Earth.
Naoshima IslandBenesse House
Few experiences in life can prepare you for staying at Benesse House, a breezy, light-filled gallery space that just happens to moonlight as one of the world’s coziest, most luxurious hotels. The brainchild of architect Tadao Ando, its expanses of concrete, glass, and wood are designed to showcase one of the world’s most stunning indoor-outdoor art collections, the perfect foil to the gently sloping meadows and azure sea just beyond.
An ode to ancient Japanese tea ceremonies, each room translates centuries of tradition into quiet luxury—spacious bathrooms carved with stone and artisanal cypress accents flow into the hotel’s majestic courtyard and breathtaking spa. A true sanctuary in the heart of Kyoto, the historic Nijo Castle is just across the street.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does this price include?
Nine nights at unique five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfers; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, many lunches and most dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuity for local drivers.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for Modern Adventure trip leader and local guides
What are the arrival and departure details?
Our October 2023 departure begins at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel, while our May 2024 departure starts at the Conrad Tokyo Hotel. in Tokyo, Japan. For both departures, the closest airports for arrivals are Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT) and, for departures, Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later from KIX.
What is the difference between the Oct 2023 and May 2024 departures?
We travel in October 2023 with Robin Petravic and Cathy Bailey, the husband-and-wife owners of Heath Ceramics. In May 2024, we’re accompanied by Rosalie Wild, Design Director at Heath Ceramics. Elements of the itineraries and certain accommodations differ between the departures, too, based on seasonality and availability. Both departures are designed for those with a boundless passion for art, design and cultural exploration.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Japan for visits under 90 days, however are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $4,600 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 12 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
On our October 2023 departure, you may cancel up to July 1, 2023, and receive a full refund, minus a $500 per-person service fee. On or after July 2, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after August 30, 2023, there is a 100% cancellation fee. For our May 2024 departure, you may cancel up to January 19, 2024, and receive a full refund, minus a $500 per-person service fee. On or after January 20, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after March 19, 2024, there is a 100% cancellation fee
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled for unforeseeable reasons (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit.