Patron Trip: Japan

May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018 - June 3, 2018


The next IPO Foundation Patrons Trip will be to Tokyo, Kyoto  and Osaka – together with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta!



Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo, the Start of your Journey

Explore Tokyo – the center of modern Japan and enjoy a thorough introduction to this vibrant city. In the evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner.


Day 2: An Introduction to Tokyo

Start your Japan journey with a visit to the fantastic Tsukiji fish market, xplore one of the city’s most modern and fashionable areas with an architecture-focused walking tour, visit Sensō-ji, and see the extraordinary contemporary art collection of Mr. Takeo Obayashi. In the evening, enjoy the first IPO concert at Suntory Hall followed by a post-concert dinner hosted by the Israeli Embassy.

W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor


Day 3: Tokyo’s Artists and Creators

Tokyo is on the cutting edge of art, fashion, and technology and today will be spent exploring the current art trends and themes within the city. Meet some of the creators of these works including a photographer and textile artist and visit local galleries with curator introduction. In the evening, enjoy the second IPO Concert at Bunka Kaykan Hall.

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 I G major, BWV 1048
Schubert: Symphony No. 7 (8) in B minor, D.759 “Unfinished”
Brahms: Symphony No. 2


Day 4: Classic Kyoto

Travelling by the Shinkansen, the punctual bullet train, you will leave Tokyo and head to Kyoto, Japan’s old imperial capital. The next two days will be dedicated to Kyoto – the hub of traditional culture in Japan. In the evening, you will enjoy a private workshop of Japanese performing arts, Noh and Butoh, held in a local machiya (tea house).


Day 5: Gems of the Eastern Mountain

Continuing your journey in Kyoto, your first visit of the day will be to some of Kyoto’s most revered gardens and meeting a traditional lantern craftsman before enjoying a local noodle lunch.  The aft

ernoon will be spent exploring some local art galleries before visiting a local temple for an introduction to Japanese music, and to experience a traditional Urasenke tea ceremony. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to experience something very few Japanese will ever enjoy: a private meeting and Q & A session with a true practicing Geisha.


Day 6: Naoshima, The Art Island

In the morning, you will take a taxi to Kyoto station, where you will board the bullet train to Okayama. From Okayama, board a private coach and drive to a ferry port. You will be leaving the main island of Honshu for a night and heading for Naoshima. In the afternoon, you’ll continue by ferry and coach to Takamatsu for the evening where you will enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner, have a chance to visit a quintessential Japanese experience, the hot springs in the hotel.


Day 7: Visiting Teshima and Inujima; Osaka

To start your final day of touring, explore the final two major art islands of the Setouchi inland sea, Teshima and Inujima. In the afternoon, you will travel by coach and bullet train to Osaka, one of Japan’s biggest cities. A private coach will transfer you to the hotel prior to the third IPO concert this evening which will take place at Osaka’s Symphony Hall.

W.A.Mozart: Symphony No.38 in D major, K.504
Mahler: Symphony No.5 in C-sharp minor


Day 8: Sayonara and Safe Travels

Today you will start your way back home from Osaka Airport.



For more information on these invitation-only trips, email Cathy Lou or call 212.697.2949.