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Japan Pottery & Art Tour

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13-16 Nights

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From US$8498.00

  • Study the history of local pottery villages on Kyushu island at Karatsu, Toho Village, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami.
  • Meet local Japanese potters and ceramic artisans at their private studios for a first-hand introduction to regional pottery styles.
  • Take part in a Kintsugi Experience and study the art of "golden joinery" which repairs broken pottery with shining lacquer.
  • Stroll enchanting Japanese gardens including Ritsurin Garden, Adachi Garden, and Heian Shrine Garden.
  • Visit the art galleries of Naoshima Art Island designed by famed architect Tadao Ando.
  • Discover the enchanting streets of the Gion Geisha District on a Night Walking Tour.
  • Find your own Japanese porcelain souvenir for a good price in Kyoto's Shinmonzen and Furumonzen Antique Streets.
  • Choose either our original 14-day itinerary or a 17-day tour which includes an extension to Mount Fuji and Tokyo.
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Japan Pottery & Art Tour

Toho Village - Sasebo - Hasami - Arita - Karatsu - Bizen - Kurashiki - Yasugi - Naoshima - Takamatsu - Kobe - Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - (Mt. Fuji - Tokyo)

13-16 Nights | From US$8498.00

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Our Pottery and Art Tours celebrate the creative genius of Japan on tours including pottery villages in Kyushu, Naoshima Art Island, Architecture Walking Tours, enchanting Landscape Gardens, and more.

Immerse yourself in the traditional ceramics and vibrant art scene of Japan while on our Pottery and Art Tours. Japan's ceramics are celebrated the world over for an elegant simplicity in their designs; its artisans honed their craft in hidden pottery villages and private workshops across the country for over 400 years. These tours have a focus on ceramics, with visits to hidden, with visits to art galleries, architecture walking tours, and visits to beautiful landscape gardens, with an espe... View More

Immerse yourself in the traditional ceramics and vibrant art scene of Japan while on our Pottery and Art Tours. Japan's ceramics are celebrated the world over for an elegant simplicity in their designs; its artisans honed their craft in hidden pottery villages and private workshops across the country for over 400 years. These tours have a focus on ceramics, with visits to hidden, with visits to art galleries, architecture walking tours, and visits to beautiful landscape gardens, with an especial focus on ceramics, in 14-day and 17-day itineraries.

Explore the pottery culture of Japan with visits to hidden pottery villages - each with their own unique ceramic styles. Tour Karatsu, home to Karatsu-ware and the ruins of a number of old-fashioned climbing kilns which produced simple, sturdy ceramics with an earthy tone. Arita (and nearby Imari) is the birthplace of Japanese ceramics, and is famed for producing elegant porcelain that was popular in 17th and 18th-century Europe. Bizen produces Bizen-ware, a kind of heavy, unglazed porcelain with a rustic appeal. We also explore Sasebo (for Mikawachi porcelain created by the "sometsuke" technique), and Hasami (known for making sturdy, affordable porcelain for common people). We visit the pottery districts of Kyoto for Kiyomizu-ware (a magnificent porcelain from the ancient capital city), and visit the historic home / workshop of one of Kyoto's foremost ceramic artists - Kawai Kanjiro. We include a Kintsugi Experience to learn the art of "golden joinery" that mends broken pottery with shining lacquer. And travelers looking to find their own treasured souvenir won't miss out: browse the Antique shops in the streets of Shinmonzen and Furumonzen. And during our extended itinerary, you will be able to explore the ceramic galleries in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district.

Ceramics aside, our tours aim to immerse you in the world of Japanese art, architecture, and gardens, when visiting Naoshima Art Island, which features modern galleries created by popular architect Tadao Ando such as the Ando Museum and the Chichu Art Museum, as well as the Benesse House, a unique fusion of hotel and art gallery. You will experience the modern architecture in Osaka with a Guided Walking Tour, and we include visits to top museums like the Adachi Museum of Art and Garden, the Ohara Museum of Art, with the Nezu Museum, Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and Mori Art Museum included in the extended tour. And what is a trip to Japan without sightseeing some of the country's historic landmarks? The Golden Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, the Gion Geisha District, historic Osaka Castle, the idyllic Kurashiki Canals, Kobe's classic Chinatown, gorgeous Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, and many more time-honored treasures are included for your enjoyment. Our Tokyo extension features even more must-sees, such as Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Hamarikyu Garden, Imperial Palace East Gardens, and views of Mount Fuji (in clear weather) from Oishi Park.

Our dining and accommodation also reflect the tour's Pottery and Art theme, with such experiences as a lunch at Arita House (a Japanese restaurant using Arita-ware pottery), a meal of Kyoto cuisine with Maiko entertainment, and a couple nights at an onsen ryokan offering a traditional Kaiseki dinner. Transport for the tour is facilitated by our comfortable private coaches, and you will travel in the company of one of our knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking guides, who are on hand to help you navigate the country, and who share a passion for Japanese traditional pottery and art. For more information, please feel free to browse the detailed itineraries for our Japan Pottery and Art Tours.


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Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto


14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour stopping in small pottery villages, breathtaking Japanese landscape gardens, and captivating art exhibits.

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Wed. May 29, 2024 Tue. Jun 11, 2024 US $8598.00

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Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt. Fuji / Tokyo


17 Days 16 Nights | from US $9998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

For travelers looking for a longer Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour, join this 17-day tour that features immersive Japan ceramics experiences, art, architecture, and gardens, with an exciting extension to Mount Fuji and Tokyo!

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Wed. May 29, 2024 Fri. Jun 14, 2024 US $9998.00

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Wed. May 28, 2025 Fri. Jun 13, 2025 US $9998.00

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Wed. May 27, 2026 Fri. Jun 12, 2026 US $9998.00

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