Tour Dates: Wed 9th - Wed 30th November.
Last November, a party of JGS members visited Japan. The seasonal focus was the autumn colour. The tour was led by Graham Hardman, recently retired Chairman of the JGS, and Graham Bowyer, National Committee member.
The full tour was three weeks duration and members joined for either two or three weeks.
The first week was based based in Okayama, where a splendid garden in the city and many others were easily reached as day trips. Highlights included Korakuen at Okayama, Himeji Castle and Koko-en garden, Adachi Museum and Yushi-en Garden (right)
near Matsue, Ritsurin-koen in Takamatsu and Shukkei-en in Hiroshima.
The second week was based in Kyoto where there are innumerable gardens worth visiting. Some of the highlights there included Ryoan-ji (below),
Golden Pavilion, Daitoku-ji, Murin-an, Ginkaku-ji, Kennin-ji, Kodai-ji and many others. A
group dinner was held in the fabulous Ganko-Nijo-en traditional Japanese restaurant: delicious
food served in a stunning setting.
For the third week we went to Kyushu. This was a first for JGS tours. We visited
the famous garden of Suizen-ji in Kumamoto (left),
the historic city of Nagasaki, Komyozen-ji karesansui garden near Fukuoka and many others.