Japan Field Seminar

Japan SAH Field Seminar Ken Oshima
SAH Field Seminar to Japan
December 6–18, 2019
Tour Leader:
Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington
$5395 per person double occupancy; $6455 per person single occupancy
Two fellowships are available for this program.
Fellowship Deadline: August 2, 2019
Limited to 25 participants.

This program has SOLD OUT. Thank you very much. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please contact Christopher Kirbabas at ckirbabas@sah.org. Space is reserved for the fellowship recipients, and we are taking fellowship applications through August 2.

The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to announce the 2019 Field Seminar to Japan, December 6–18. Past SAH President Ken Tadashi Oshima, Co-Chair of the Japan Studies Program and Professor of Architecture at University of Washington, will lead participants on an immersive 12-day tour of museums, temples, buildings and sites in Kyoto, Nara, Awaji Island, Takamatsu, Kurashiki, and Osaka. Dr. Oshima led SAH’s last tours to Japan, in 2006 and 2007, and we are thrilled for him to once again share his expertise and knowledge of both classic and contemporary architecture of Japan with SAH members.


DAY 1, Friday, December 6

Departure from hometown


DAY 2, Saturday, December 7: Arrival Kyoto

Arrive at Kansai International Airport

Transfer to Kyoto Hyatt Regency for check in

Welcome Reception

DAY 3, Sunday, December 8: Kyoto

Breakfast at hotel

Sanju-Sangen-Do Hall

Kyoto National Museum


Sanju-Sangen-Do Hall

Tofuku-Ji Temple and Garden by Mirei SHIGEMORI

Chochikukyo (1928) by Koji FUJII

Return to hotel

Dinner on Own


DAY 4, Monday, December 9: Kyoto

Breakfast at hotel

Day trip to Nara


Todai-Ji Temple


Horyu-Ji Temple

Return to Kyoto

Dinner on own in Kyoto


DAY 5, Tuesday, December 10: Kyoto/Takamatsu

Breakfast at hotel

Departure for Awaji Island

Awaji-Shima Water Temple by Tado ANDO


Awaji-Shima Youth Plaza

Travel to Takamatsu

Check In to JR Clement Takamatsu Hotel

Dinner on Own


DAY 6, Wednesday, December 11: Takamatsu

Breakfast at hotel

Kagawa Museum for Japanese architecture exhibit

Kagawa Prefectual Hall

Kagawa Prefectual Gymnasium


Shikoku-(Farmhouse) Mura

Ritsurin Garden

Return to hotel

Dinner on Own


DAY 7, Thursday, December 12: Takamatsu

Breakfast at hotel

Sakaide Housing

Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Art Museum


Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art by Yoshio TANIGUCHI

Isamu NOGUCHI Studio

Return to hotel

Dinner on Own


DAY 8, Friday, December 13: Takamatsu/Naoshima

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to Takamatsu Port

Chartered Ferry to Teshima Island

Teshima Art Museum

Chartered Ferry to Naoshima Island


Chichu Art Museum

Check in to Benesse House

Dinner on own


DAY 9, Saturday, December 14: Naoshima/Kurashiki

Breakfast at hotel

Visit Noashima art sites


Travel to Kurashiki

Check In to Kurashiki Ivy Square

Dinner on Own


DAY 10, Sunday, December 15: Kurashiki

Breakfast at hotel

Depart Kurashiki

Ohara Museum of Art

Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft


Kurashiki Museum

Dinner on Own


DAY 11, Monday, December 16: Kurashiki/Osaka

Breakfast at hotel

Departure for Osakavia Himeji

Himeji Castle


Afternoon visits

Check In to Imperial Hotel Osaka

Dinner on Own


DAY 12, Tuesday, December 17: Osaka

Breakfast at hotel

Tour Osaka

Kuromon Market

Doton Bori commercial district

Umeda Sky Building


Return to hotel

Farewell Dinner at Osaka Nadaman in Imperial Hotel Osaka


DAY 13, Wednesday, December 18: Osaka/Departure

Breakfast at hotel



Sites and locations to be visited are subject to change.












Double Occupancy: $5395
Single Occupancy: $6455


SAH membership is required to register for this program. Join or renew your membership here.  A per-person deposit of $1000 is required and will be applied towards the cost of your registration. The registration deposit is non-refundable. The balance is due on Friday, August 2, 2019. All reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Friday, August 2, 2019


  • All land transportation and transfers in Japan

  • Airport transfer from Kansai Airport to Kyoto hotel

  • 11 night’s accommodations in Japan

  • 22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 1 dinner

  • Welcome Reception first night in Japan

  • Welcome drink (one) for Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner

  • English-speaking guide

  • SAH donation ($350)


  • Passports

  • Visa fees

  • Airfare from your home city to Kyoto

  • Airfare back to your home city

  • Alcoholic beverages at meals other than the Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner

  • Any personal items/services including, but not limited to, telephone calls, personal services, travel extensions, valet service, a la carte orders

  • Optional travel insurance


If you cancel, the following charges are incurred:

  • There is a non-refundable deposit/administration fee of $1000 per person

  • The costs associated with any admission tickets already purchased for planned activities at time of cancellation are non-refundable.

  • Written cancellation received by SAH on or before August 2, 2019: full refund for the fully paid program price minus the $1000 deposit/administrative fee.

  • Written cancellation received by SAH between August 2 and October 18, 2019: a 50% refund of the fully paid program price minus the $1000 deposit/administrative fee.

  • No refunds on or after October 19, 2019.

  • If you purchased a double occupancy and your roommate cancels, you will be charged the single occupancy supplement.

No refunds for any unused portion of the program including, but not limited to, occasional missed meals or any missed sightseeing visits requiring admission fees.  The program costs are non-transferable.


Ken Tadashi OshimaKen Tadashi Oshima
 is professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Oshima served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2016–2018 and led SAH tours to Japan in 2006 and 2007. He has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught at Columbia University. He earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard College, M. Arch. degree from University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. from Columbia University. From 2003–2005, he was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in London.

Dr. Oshima's publications include Kiyonori Kikutake: Between Land and Sea (Lars Müller/Harvard GSD, 2015), Architecturalized Asia (University of Hawaii Press/Hong Kong U. Press, 2013), GLOBAL ENDS: towards the beginning (Toto, 2012), International Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku (University of Washington Press, 2009) and Arata Isozaki (Phaidon, 2009). He curated Tectonic Visions Between Land and Sea: Works of Kiyonori Kikutake (Harvard GSD, 2012), SANAA: Beyond Borders (Henry Art Gallery 2007–2008), and was co-curator of Japan in Architecture: Geneologies of its Transformation (Mori Art Museum, 2018), Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive (MoMA, 2017) and Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noemi Raymond (University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Santa Barbara, Kamakura Museum of Modern Art, 2006–2007). His articles on the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan have been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architecture + Urbanism, Architectural Review, Architectural Theory Review, Kenchiku Bunka, Japan Architect, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, and the AA Files.


An SAH Study Program Fellowship and a GAHTC Field Seminar Travel Grant are available for the Japan Field Seminar.

The SAH Study Program Fellowship is open to current full-time graduate students and emerging professionals. The fellowship covers the single occupancy price of the tour package and includes a travel stipend of up to $200 intended to provide underwriting for travel to and from the Field Seminar destination. Visit the Research Fellowships page for full criteria and to apply. 

Application Deadline: Friday, August 2, 2019

For information on the GAHTC Field Seminar Travel Grant, visit the GAHTC website or contact Eliana Hamdi Murchie at emurchie@mit.edu.


The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is registered with the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA CES) to provide learning units for participation in various events offered by SAH. To receive the eligible number of learning units for your transcript, please provide your AIA member number when you register for the program. At the conclusion of the program, SAH will report your earned learning units to AIA and will notify you to review your transcript to ensure it has been officially recorded. 


This trip will be a physical experience with a lot of walking including walking up steep hills and steps.  Both paved and non-paved terrain. You will need to get on/off shuttle buses with ease and carry/roll your luggage with ease as well. If you have any questions or concerns with this, please contact SAH Director of Programs Christopher Kirbabas at ckirbabas@sah.org before registering.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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