Come with me to Japan

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My March/April 2018 tour to Japan also promises to be very special. Garden making is deeply embedded in Japanese culture, as is the appreciation of all things of beauty. Japanese gardens are idealised representations of a wider landscape: they fall into several categories, although different styles might be embodied in a single garden. Stroll gardens - restrained, quiet and tasteful - were often created by the ruling elite as personal pleasure grounds, whiletea gardens were incorporated into the grounds of temples, and embodied ideals of discipline. Temple gardens were intended to be more striking, many built by shoguns as a sign of power. Email me (at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for details of some of the secret places we will visit. Again, for the tour price and reservations contact Noel Bradey at Spencer Travel, on 02 92815477 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And each guest on my tours is provided with a detailed and illustrated booklet of the places we visit, and the plants we see.