SFMOMA Director's Circle Travel to Japan
Thursday, March 28 - Friday, April 5, 2019


We are pleased to invite Director’s Circle members to join Neal Benezra for a one-of-a-kind trip to Japan, March 28 to April 5, 2019.

Experience the diverse wonders of Japanese culture, art and architecture in the beguiling capital, Tokyo, and travel on the ‘bullet train’ to the extraordinary art islands of Naoshima.

Japan’s traditions unite both aesthetic beauty and dignified human behavior with a spirit that is unique in our world. Contemporary artists both honor and challenge those traditions.

Travelers will explore this wonderful cultural universe with access to incredible private homes and collections, and through visits to the spectacular galleries and museums of Tokyo and the Naoshima islands.

They will visit the studios of world-renowned Japanese contemporary artists and encounter the works of younger talents.

The program will also include experiences of classic arts, such as the tea ceremony, and time to explore Tokyo and its wonderful neighbourhoods. Weather permitting, this springtime adventure will coincide with the blooming of the cherry blossoms.

Trip programming will begin in Tokyo on the evening of Thursday, March 28, concluding the morning of Friday, April 5. Guests will enjoy 6 nights at the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo, and 2 nights at Benesse House on Naoshima.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Important Note 

Please be advised that this trip is unique to many of our other recent trips. There will be a substantial amount of walking, as well as travel by bus, city train, bullet train, and boat; travel by train is fast-paced, and will require guests to be responsible for carrying their own carry-on luggage, as well as timeliness.

We will often communicate through translators, and signage and directions in English are quite limited. Japanese custom might require guests to remove their shoes at visits, or to sit on tatami mats on the floor (seiza).

Additionally, while we always strive to make guest accommodations as needed, please note that we will be very limited in our ability to accommodate dietary restrictions, as well as hotel needs (it is often customary to provide twin or double beds).