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Japan Deluxe Tours

Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

Budget Group Tours

Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

Active Small Group Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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Japan Pottery & Art Tour

Karatsu - Imari - Arita - Sasebo - Hasami - Okayama - Yasugi - Kurashiki - Takamatsu - Naoshima - Bizen - Himeji - Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - (Mt. Fuji - Tokyo)

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Join a tour exploring the pottery and art culture of Japan at hidden pottery villages in Kyushu, gardens and monuments in Okayama, Takamatsu, and Himeji, the rich pottery scene of Kyoto - plus an extension to Tokyo's museums and galleries.

Immerse yourself in the traditional ceramics and vibrant art scene of Japan while on our Pottery and Art Tour. 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. Using a range of techniques and traditions passed down through families over many generations and expressing styles that offer a sense of tranquil harmony with the natural... View More

Immerse yourself in the traditional ceramics and vibrant art scene of Japan while on our Pottery and Art Tour. 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. Using a range of techniques and traditions passed down through families over many generations and expressing styles that offer a sense of tranquil harmony with the natural world, exquisite Japanese porcelain was once a luxury restricted to the rich but now can be enjoyed by all. Ceramics form just a single facet of Japanese art, in a creative world that is vibrant and varied, spanning centuries of creative expression up to the modern age, and includes drawing and painting, sculpture, calligraphy, architecture, and much more. These tours of Japan covers a wide range of Japanese art, 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, home to the ruins of a number of old-fashioned climbing kilns which produced a simple, sturdy ceramics with an earthy tone. Imari and Arita are the birthplace of Japanese ceramics, and is famed for producing colorful 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 homes of some of Kyoto's foremost ceramic artists - Kondo Yuzo and 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 porcelain treasures won't miss out: browse the boutique shops in the Antique 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 at Naoshima Art Island, which features modern galleries created by Tadao Ando, as well as hotel/art gallery Benesse House, where you will stay for an evening of creative inspiration. 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 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 temples, shrines, and gardens of Kyoto, the Gion Geisha District, magnificent Himeji Castle, the idyllic Kurashiki Canals, gorgeous Ritsurin Garden, 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 night at hotel / art gallery Benesse House, a lunch at Yasuna (a Japanese restaurant using traditional Arita-ware pottery), a meal of Kyoto cuisine and 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 coach, and you travel in the company of one of our knowledgeable and friendly bilingual guides, who are on hand to help you navigate any Japanese language, 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Study the history of local pottery villages on Kyushu island at Karatsu, Imari, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami.
  • Meet local Japanese potters and ceramic artisans at their private studios for a first-hand introduciton to regional pottery styles.
  • Take part in a Kintsugi Experience and study the art of "golden joinery" which repairs broken pottery with shining lacquer.
  • Find your own Japanese porcelain souvenir for a good price in Kyoto's Shinmonzen and Furumonzen Antique Streets.
  • Visit the art galleries of Naoshima Art Island designed by famed architect Tadao Ando.
  • Stroll the enchanting streets of the Gion Geisha District on a Night Walking Tour.
  • Stay at a traditional onsen ryokan and dine on classical Japanese kaiseki cuisine.
  • Choose either our original 14-day itinerary or a 17-day extension to Mount Fuji and Tokyo.
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Japan Deluxe Tours

Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

Budget Group Tours

Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

Active Small Group Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

Japan Pottery & Art Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus Style          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus Style    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Pottery & Art Tour
Japan Pottery & Art Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Karatsu / Imari / Arita / Sasebo / Hasami / Okayama / Yasugi / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Himeji / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery and Art tour stopping at from major arts destinations at Takamatsu, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Naoshima Island plus the small pottery towns at Karatsu, Imari, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Karatsu / Imari / Arita / Sasebo / Hasami / Okayama / Yasugi / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Himeji / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery and Art tour stopping at from major arts destinations at Takamatsu, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Naoshima Island plus the small pottery towns at Karatsu, Imari, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 28, 2023 Sat. Jun 10, 2023 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Kyoto Deluxe-Plus Style Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. May 26, 2024 Sat. Jun 8, 2024 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Kyoto Deluxe-Plus Style Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Pottery & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus Style          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus Style    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Pottery & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension
Japan Pottery & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension

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

Karatsu / Imari / Arita / Sasebo / Hasami / Okayama / Yasugi / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Himeji / Osaka Nara / Kyoto / Mt. Fuji / Tokyo
For travelers who can't get enough of Japan Pottery and Art, join this 17-day tour that includes all the delights of our Japan Pottery and Art Tour, with an exciting extension that includes Mount Fuji and Tokyo!

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

Karatsu / Imari / Arita / Sasebo / Hasami / Okayama / Yasugi / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Himeji / Osaka Nara / Kyoto / Mt. Fuji / Tokyo
For travelers who can't get enough of Japan Pottery and Art, join this 17-day tour that includes all the delights of our Japan Pottery and Art Tour, with an exciting extension that includes Mount Fuji and Tokyo!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. May 28, 2023 Tue. Jun 13, 2023 US $9998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Style Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. May 26, 2024 Tue. Jun 11, 2024 US $9998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Style Save this tour Book Now  

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