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Paint Enigmatic Japan - Spectacular Autumn Colours and the Snow Monkeys 10 nights 2021


To make this exciting trip affordable we are offering two very competitive prices when compared with other painting tour groups.



The idyllic land of the rising sun. There are very few destinations that blend past and future as Japan. We will be painting Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, totally awe inspiring scenery and animal life particularly the delightful Snow Monkeys bathing in their hot springs. Not to forget the enigmatic Mount Fuji which we will be able to paint, perhaps surrounded by magical mists.

The trip price includes all transfers, bed and breakfast in all the hotels, and either lunch or dinner in all the hotels. We also have our own private English speaking tour guide with us the whole time. He will recommend restaurants to us for the other meals out.

We will be flying into Tokyo and then going on to see Hakone,Yamanouchi, Nagano, Kyoto and flying back from Osaka.

This trip is aimed at couples, or friends sharing. Either both painting, or for non painters/photographers there is much to do and see so there is no time to get bored whilst soaking up the culture!

Unfortunately, we do have to add a Single Person Supplement of £1050 but the price for couples or for friends sharing is very competitive given all that is included in this trip.

When you book, we will give you a Code Number and you must then send a copy of your passport to our Agent PeoplesTravel so they can book your flights and hotels to ensure your booking. We will send you all details about this when you book.

For all our overseas courses, you will have to bring your own painting materials and there will be an excellent list of what to bring sent to you well ahead of this trip. We will have a special Japanese meal, see a famous tea ceremony, and witness the beautiful Geisha. Silk Kimonos. Gorgeous food as well.

What the trip includes:

10 nights bed and breakfast and one other meal each day.

All internal transfers by private bus

Flights if coming from the United Kingdom

Private English Speaking Tour Guide

All painting tuition

Optional extra of arranging a study trip of Japanese Calligraphy. Please ask us if you are interested.

What the trip does not include:

Your comprehensive health and travel insurance.

Your flight if you are coming from a country other than the United Kingdom

All our hotels have been specially chosen for us by our Travel Agent the excellent PeoplesTravel

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The Art of Japan

The interaction between Japanese and European art has been significant: for example ukiyo-e prints, which began to be exported in the 19th century in the movement known as Japonism, had a significant influence on the development of modern art in the West, most notably on post-Impressionism. Famous ukiyo-e artists include Hokusai and Hiroshige.

This extra special trip to paint Japan in the Autumn/Fall will show the vibrant fall colours, and it is the best time of the year to visit. Colours range from bright yellows, limes, deep reds, vibrant pinks in the foliage. The light is crisp and perfect for painting. Autumn/Fall is more colourful than spring famous for the cherry blossom and has the added advantage of being less crowded.

Led by Belinda Biggs, Seraphina and David Moody. Between us we have 30 years experience running these fabulous painting courses.

This course is already attracting international attention from previous guests who want to visit and paint in this stunning location, so early booking is essential to guarantee our places and the best rooms

What the trip will offer:


With Artist and Tutor Belinda Biggs -

Watercolours, Pencil, Pen & Wash, Pastel, Oil - a specialist in Wildlife and Botanical art

With Artist and Host Seraphina Moody -

Watercolour, Oil Painting, Wildlife Watercolours, Photography Seraphina Moody Website

Seraphina Moody and Belinda Biggs

Picture yourself painting temples, autumn fall rich colourful panoramas, lakeside and mountain views, fill your sketchbooks or canvases with exotic flowers, wildlife, and enjoy guided tours to local palaces and temples and a variety of walking tours, sight seeing and soaking up the culture.

We make sure there are lots of trips and excursions for non participating partners, so they will have a rich experience too with lots to tell family and friends afterwards!


You will need to bring your own paints and materials. There is an extensive materials list on our websites to help you pack. Belinda will also advise on this so please feel free to contact her directly via her website .

Click below to download a pdf of Belinda's suggested list of materials for paint:

Materials List

For photography, we recommend you bring a DSLR camera, or a digital camera with a manual setting, a tablet or laptop to view and back up your photographs and any good zoom lens that you may have.

Weather for Japan in October/November - Autumn

This time of year is a comfortable mid to high 20's centigrade, but can vary due to climate change. But the light at this time of year is absolutely perfect for painting and photography.


Some lovely words from some super guests from our recent painting trip to the Himalayas March 2018.

'Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work to ensure that our holiday was a success. You both really knocked yourselves out taking care of us. I couldn’t have asked for more. Hope your journey home was smooth. I’ll be in touch when I’ve had a go at finishing my pictures.'
Nancy B. Himalayas 2018

'Thank you Sara and David
Also thanks for a wonderful Holiday, I look at the pictures and think what a great experience it was. Being able to see the animals in the wild was a treat, as was seeing the Himalayas. It all went so fast. I have travelled a lot, and this trip is up among the top Holidays I have had.'
Best Wishes Karen. Himalayas 2018

We look forward to you joining us on this wonderful painting and cultural experience


Paint Enigmatic Japan

Spectacular Autumn Colours and the Snow Monkeys

20 October 2021 - 10 Nights

Painting in Europe with Arte Umbria -10 Night Painting Course with Arte Umbria and Painting in Europe

10 Night painting course



£4799 per person painting sharing a room INCLUDING Return Flights from London Heathrow

£4249 per person sharing a room EXCLUDING Flights

£1050 Single Person Supplement

ComprehensiveTravel and Health Insurance not included.


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More Photos of this area

To tempt you to take up this exciting opportunity to visit Japan and paint or photograph with Painting in Europe, in collaboration with Arte Umbria, here are a few photographs of the areas that we will be visiting and some others to give you a flavour of distinctive Japan.