Explore Japan in depth during visits to many of the country's highlights, plus off-the-beaten-path excursions to learn about its rich traditions.

Starting at: $6,257 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Daibutsu or "Great Buddha" in Nara, Japan  An artisan at work  Mt. Fuji  Young Geishas offer a picturesque pose against sake barrels  Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto  The Todaiji Temple, Nara  The historic houses of Shirakawa-go

Eternal Japan

13 days from $6,257 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore Japan in depth during visits to many of the country's highlights, plus off-the-beaten-path excursions to learn about its rich traditions.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This Smithsonian Journeys trip exceeded my expectations. The quality of leadership and their narratives, the hotels, and local guides make my trip rich beyond words. Thank you Smithsonian for a special life experience.

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Apr 2 - 14, 2018 Departure; Oct 1 - 13, 2018 Departure
Lee Makela

Lee Makela

Lee Makela is Associate Professor of East Asian History, Emeritus, at Cleveland State University.  His academic interests include traditional urban architecture, garden design, and contemporary popular culture.  Beginning while a Fulbright Scholar in Japan in 1979, he amassed an extensive image collection which allowed him to develop a wide range of illustrated online educational materials.  His "Teaching and Learning About Japan" web site was honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from CSU in 2001.  Lee has served as study leader on numerous Smithsonian-sponsored Japan tours since 1980.
 

Apr 16 - 28, 2018 Departure; May 14 - 26, 2018 Departure
Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan M. Hall is a film researcher and curator in Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. An expert in East Asian film cultures, Jonathan's research profile extends to avant-garde art and digital technologies. In 2004-2005, Jonathan co-curated “JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film, 1955-now,” the most extensive program of Japanese experimental film to tour outside Japan; he has also served as Festival Fellow for the Cinema/Pacific Festival where he curated a program on sound in recent Japanese cinema.  His published articles and forthcoming book include writing on kabuki dance, Japanese postwar photography, and mid-20th century avant-garde film.  Jonathan has previously taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California, and the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. He pursued his graduate work simultaneously at the University of Tokyo and the University of California Santa Cruz.

Apr 23 - May 5, 2018 Departure
Louisa McDonald

Louisa McDonald

Aya Louisa McDonald, is an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas specializing in Japanese art . She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Art from Stanford University and did post-graduate studies in Japanese art history at Tokyo University. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the gender distinctions in medieval Japanese narrative scroll painting. After a post-doc at Harvard University, where she was an Associate in Research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, she taught in New England before joining the faculty at UNLV. Louisa’s scholarly interests range widely from French Japonisme to modern and contemporary Japanese art. Currently, her research is focused on the relationship between art and war, particularly the World War II war art of the Japanese artist Fujita Tsuguharu (1886-1968). She is co-editor of Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1931-1960, an anthology of art historical essays, including her own, published in 2012 by Brill (Leiden) in the Japanese Visual Culture Series.

Aug 29 - Sep 10, 2018 Departure; Sep 17 - 29, 2018 Departure; Oct 22 - Nov 3, 2018 Departure
Geeta Mehta

Geeta Mehta

Geeta Mehta is an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University in New York. She has lived in Japan for 23 years with her family, where she taught Japanese Art History at Temple University’s Japan Campus and co-authored five books on Japan published by Tuttle Press. These include New Japan Architecture, Japan Gardens, Japan Living, Japan Houses and Japan Style. Geeta also served as the president of the American Institute of Architects’ Japan Chapter while in Tokyo. She received her education from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and Columbia University, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. Her experience of working in India, China and Korea and several countries in Europe, Africa and South America enables her to bring a global perspective to her teaching and speaking engagements. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Friends of University of Tokyo. Geeta was recognized as one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women’s eNews in 2015. She is fluent in spoken Japanese.