Japan with Heath Ceramics
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The Soul of Craft
An unparalleled exploration of Japanese art and culture with Heath Ceramics
Sold OutSeptember 12 - 20, 2022 with Robin Petravic & Cathy Bailey
Sold OutOctober 6 - 14, 2022 with Robin Petravic & Cathy Bailey
Sold OutMay 15 - 23, 2023 with Tung Chiang
9 Days, 8 Nights
The very best of Tokyo, Naoshima and 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 train, a bus, 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 nine-day journey are the creative forces behind Heath Ceramics. The iconic San Francisco pottery house is famed for making beautiful things slowly and painstakingly, producing some of the world’s most highly regarded ceramic home goods. In September and October, we’ll travel with husband-and-wife owners, Robin Petravic and Cathy Bailey. In May, Heath studio director Tung Chiang will accompany us. On all three departures, we’ll explore the materials and techniques that make Japan a deep and ongoing source of inspiration for Robin, Cathy and Tung.
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, ancient kilns firing ceramics since the Middle Ages
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.
Director of Heath Ceramics Clay Studio
Our May 2023 departure is with Tung Chiang. A gifted designer and ceramist, Tung's career spans graphic design, advertising and industrial design and ceramics. He's constantly moving toward a fusion of thinking, designing and making.
Park Hyatt TokyoTokyo
It's among Tokyo’s top hotels, a five-star icon famous for its starring role in the film Lost in Translation alongside Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The service is flawless, the design modern and elegant, the rooms as luxurious as you'd expect. Added bonus: the views of Mount Fuji and one of the world’s most atmospheric cocktail bars.
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.
Nestled at the edge of Honshu and the inland sea, the Uno is both a modern boutique hotel and an elegant basecamp for exploration. Simple wooden embellishments blend with wisps of denim and the Setouchi islands to create unrivaled serenity and calm.
KyotoThe Mitsui Kyoto
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 $2,500 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?
Eight 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 guide and tour leader.
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 tour leader.
What are the arrival and departure details?
For all departures, our adventure begins at 9am at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel, in Tokyo, Japan. The closest airports are Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT). We recommend arriving on or before our first day to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. On our last day, the closest airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later from KIX.
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 $3,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate of the same gender, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 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?
For all departure, you may cancel up to 120 days of travel and receive a full refund, minus a $500 per-person service fee. Within 119 days of travel, there is a 50% cancellation fee; within 60 days of travel, 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). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific 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 and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.