2024 Painting Tours

Take advantage of this price and favorable exchange rate to explore Japan on a relaxed painting tour with friendly operators.

18-25 October 2024 includes 7 nights/ 6 days Autumn painting (3 places available)

NZD $1,500 per person

INCLUDES: Twin share accommodation, welcome dinner, breakfast, including meals at home, transfers to and from Otaru station, transport each day to all painting locations and all touring around with the painters, all tuition both at home and in the field, plus unlimited WIFI.

For more information please email charhird@gmail.com and ask for more information and the terms & conditions

REVIEWS: In May 2023 Charlotte hosted two outdoor spring Sakura painting tours to Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. Here’s what the guests had to say…

Malcolm said “A Week with Charlotte in JapanWith a friend strongly recommending that I spend a week with Charlotte painting in Japan, I never envisaged that this week would far exceed my expectations. Charlotte is just an amazing host, as apart from having a great home in Japan to use as a base, she knows numerous painting spots plus great restaurants for both lunch and evening dinners. Having always wanted to be in Japan when the blossoms were out, it was an unforgettable experience to be able to see them, and enjoy including blossoms in my painting efforts. I can well imagine it would be just as much fun painting the autumn colours in October. Opportunities to paint before we went out each day, and then after returning from dinner each evening, allowed me a chance to slowly fill up my sketch diary. Charlotte’s daily demos were an added bonus, plus she was always willing to share her knowledge and experience with numerous handy hints. An outing to the most amazing art supply store in Sapporo, was another highlight. Talk about a ”kid in a candy store”. I could have easily spent twice as long there! For anyone contemplating painting in Japan with Charlotte for a week, don’t think about it too long, just book. You will not be disappointed. May 2024

Dana said “Thanks so much Charlotte Hird for sharing this wonderful part of the world with us. What an adventure it’s been. So many beautiful places to visit and paint. Extraordinarily delicious and strange things to eat and enjoy. Such a relaxing, interesting, fun holiday! Wonderful weather too. Lifetime memories to treasure….” May 2023

Maureen said “The week I spent with Charlotte in Otaru, Hokkaido, was exceptional in every way. Charlotte and Dean’s house provided all the comforts of home in a cosy atmosphere. It was a pleasure to come back to relax after a full day’s adventure of painting and sketching very different landscapes. Each day was filled with colour and surprises, from the buildings, flowers, trees, food or shopping. A never to be forgotten unique experience. Definitely “an up there”, painting holiday. May 2023

Jenny says “Extraordinary : Thankyou Charlotte Hird! Best week to experience and enjoy Otaru and surroundings : Art, cuisine & cultural highlights! Greatest holiday: Scenery, escapism, painting and experiencing : watercolour tutorials and painting opportunities and Japan cuisine & cultural moments! Thanks #charlottehird May 2023