Field / North Kyoto - 2018

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  • Regular price $3,150.00

An intensive three-day training programme, hosted in an Edo Era lodge in rural North Kyoto, to discuss and learn the how-to and why-to of running international field research. For anyone that wants to inform and inspire design, product, brand and strategy.

The event is lead by Studio D Founder, Jan Chipchase. Mornings are focused sessions, afternoons more open. The setting provides an opportunity to reflect on your own career and realign to what’s next.

The lodge is deep in Japan's timber country, surrounded by pine forests.  


Limited to thirteen attendees.

Field / Retreats attract people from diverse backgrounds, from different life stages. Most attendees don’t have a background in research. Many are looking to broaden their skillset and world view.

Couples are discouraged in order to keep a balanced dynamic, but partners are welcome to join for the post-retreat experience. 

We also offer a scholarship for a local Japanese attendee. 


2nd - 5th October 2018 / 3 nights

We suggest arriving in Kyoto city on the 1st October and staying over night in the city. Public transport is available to the lodge on the morning of the 2nd—the journey takes one hour. 


An Edo Period lodge, in rural North Kyoto, Japan



The retreat price includes:

  • Three days of informing and inspiring talks, and walks

  • Lodge accommodation, in 5 shared rooms

  • Breakfast + dinner + banquet

  • Local transport from the nearest bus stop

Excludes: travel to Kyoto, visa, lunch, alcohol.


In keeping with the sprit of popup studios, we have full access to the kitchen, and treat the space as our home. The main space has an irori (sunken hearth) where we can also slow-cook.

This means we’ll take in turns to cook breakfast and dinner, except for the banquet (held in a special, separate venue) on the second night. Lunch is not provided and is a good motivation to head out of our grounds.

High quality caffeine is provided.

Let us know if you have any dietary requirements.


We’ll operate popup studio style accommodation. 

Sleeping arrangements are ryokan style—futons atop tatami flooring—with all attendees sharing five (gender split) rooms.


The weather will be cool so bring warm clothes, plus wet-weather gear for hikes. We're surrounded by beautiful nature. The lodge has hot water, and an irori for drying clothes. 

For newcomers to Japan, we’ll provide ample instructions on how to get there.

Sessions will be in English. 

For those that wish to extend their trip, we can recommend great multi-day hikes, meditation in local temples, crafts, and other adventures around Japan.

Reach out if you have any questions.


Fly to Kansai (KIX) or Tokyo (NRT, HND) airports. Public transport is available to near the lodge.

Most nationalities do not require a visa to enter Japan as a tourist. You are responsible for your visa application. 


Tickets are non-refundable. If you have a booking and can’t make it, we’ll be happy to help you find someone to buy your ticket.


Some of you may wish to claim the work portion of the retreat. For that reason we can issue a separate working receipt that covers the equivalent of an intensive two-day Field Research Masterclass ("Field Research 2-day Masterclass" for $1,999).



(Photo 2 and 3 credits to @gyulasimonyi)