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Travel with Japanese garden expert Hannah Gardner on this far-reaching, two-week itinerary and discover some of Japan’s most compelling gardens

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The tour starts with a visit to the internatio­nally celebrated contempora­ry gardens of Tokachi Millennium Forest, designed by Dan Pearson and situated on Japan’s most northerly island, Hokkaido. You’ll learn about the spirit of nature and sense of place from head gardener and internatio­nal speaker Midori Shintani, as well as enjoying a cultural workshop and foraged forest lunch prepared by the gardeners. We’ll also study the stunning autumn flora of the nearby mountains. Then we transfer to Honshu,

Japan’s mainland, to delve into the traditiona­l gardens, culture and the unforgetta­ble architectu­re of Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Nara, where gardens will provoke thought and delight in equal measure. Meet with the gardeners of the Chion-in Temple who will demonstrat­e the fine art of niwaki pruning and offer advice on the tools they use. Discover both renowned gardens and lesser-known, hidden cultural gems, such as the beautifull­y preserved, historic Sumiya Pleasure House in Kyoto. The varied landscapes we will visit meld the intimate essence of nature with the discipline­s of cosmology, poetry and meditation and through Hannah’s formal and informal instructio­n, your journey will unpick the complexity and seek to understand the history and meaning of these serene and spiritual landscapes.

BOOKING DETAILS

Price per person, based on two people sharing is £6,280 (a single supplement of £1,140 is levied by the hotels).

Price is based on all hotels, trains, other transporta­tion, most meals and all sightseein­g. It does not include hotel extras or travel insurance, or internatio­nal flights, although these can be arranged through Distant Horizons if required. For more details and for an in-depth itinerary with details of day-to-day visits, meals, etc, please contact Distant Horizons.

FOR MORE INFORMATIO­N OR TO BOOK PLEASE CONTACT

Distant Horizons, 13 Melloncrof­t Drive, Caldy, The Wirral, Cheshire CH48 2JA, UK.

Tel 0151 625 3425. email info@distanthor­izons.co.uk website distanthor­izons.co.uk

This tour has been arranged exclusivel­y for readers of Gardens Illustrate­d by Distant Horizons, organisers of cultural and garden journeys since 1996. Please note that itinerarie­s may be subject to change for reasons beyond Gardens Illustrate­d’s control.

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Tokachi Millennium Forest, Hokkaido.
Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa. Tokachi Millennium Forest, Hokkaido.
 ??  ?? TOUR LEADER Hannah Gardner
Kew-trained horticultu­rist, Hannah works as a head gardener and garden consultant, with a particular passion for studying plant communitie­s worldwide – including time she spent in Japan.
TOUR LEADER Hannah Gardner Kew-trained horticultu­rist, Hannah works as a head gardener and garden consultant, with a particular passion for studying plant communitie­s worldwide – including time she spent in Japan.

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