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Japan Pottery & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension

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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.

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus       Tour Code: GTO4009643     3 reviews

Japan Pottery & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension

17 days 16 nights

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from USD $9998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)
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USD $2280.00
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!

Take an immersive tour into the artistic genius of Japan during our Japan Pottery and Art Tour, with Tokyo Extension! As a perfect blend of sights and experiences related to Japanese ceramics, art, and architecture, this one-of-a-kind Japan tour creates the perfect opportunity to study in-depth the country's artistic and creative history and culture - revealing a different side of Japan missed by more general tours of the country.

Our 17-day extended Japan Pottery and Art Tour i... View More

Take an immersive tour into the artistic genius of Japan during our Japan Pottery and Art Tour, with Tokyo Extension! As a perfect blend of sights and experiences related to Japanese ceramics, art, and architecture, this one-of-a-kind Japan tour creates the perfect opportunity to study in-depth the country's artistic and creative history and culture - revealing a different side of Japan missed by more general tours of the country.

Our 17-day extended Japan Pottery and Art Tour includes our original 14-day Pottery and Art Tour, which starts on the island of Kyushu. This gorgeous island is well known for its traditional Japanese ceramics - with a history going back over 400 years. Our tour features Japanese pottery villages in Karatsu, Imari and Arita (the birthplace of Japanese ceramics), Sasebo, and Hasami - each with their own regional pottery traditions and techniques. Our tours of these villages are native-level experiences, and include visits to private ceramics workshops such as Kyozan-gama in Karatsu, where you will meet with Japanese potters and artisans. They offer our guests an intimate persepctive on local Japanese pottery-making customs and history. We also include tours of private pottery studios at Arita, Bizen, and Kyoto. Near Imari, we visit Okawachiyama Village - called the "Village of the Secret Kilns", which first made porcelain for Japanese feudal nobility. And at Arita, we study the history of Japanese pottery at the Kyushu Ceramics Museum, the Izumiyama Ceramic Stone Field, and the Uchiyama District. We also study the local ceramics at Sasebo and Hasami before visiting art museums and galleries at Okayama and Naoshima Art Island, plus a visit to Takamatsu and gorgeous Ritsurin Garden. We visit the old Imbe Bizen Pottery Village for an introduction to the Bizen- ware pottery style before continuing to Himeji Castle and the city of Osaka, where we experience an Architecture Tour of Japan's second-largest metropolis.

Our exploration of the world of Japanese pottery continues in Kyoto, where we examine the rich local pottery known as Kiyomizu-ware (or simply, "Kyo-ware"). We include tours of memorial museums for famous ceramics artists Kondo Yuzo and Kawai Kanjiro, plus a chance to find your own favorite pottery at the Shinmonzen and Furumonzen Antique Streets. We include many more of Kyoto's most famous destinations. You can't visit Kyoto without seeing some of its UNESCO Heritage Temples, and we include the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, and Tenryuji Temple, plus a quick trip over to Nara to see Horyu-ji Temple. We also look into the Geisha sub- culture, including an enchanting Night Walking Tour through the Gion Geisha District.

As a tour made expressly for travelers who can't get enough of Japanese pottery and art, this special itinerary features four extra days, starting with a bullet-train ride to the Mount Fuji region. We explore beautiful arts locations around Lake Kawaguchiko - the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum featuring dolls made by Yuki Atae, and the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, which displays Kubota's spectacular Fuji-inspired kimono silk-dyeing art. We even stop at Oishi Park for a chance to see Mount Fuji if the weather is clear. From there, we head into Tokyo, renowned center of modern Japanese art, yet with a traditional heart that still beats strongly. We will visit ceramics galleries in the upscale Ginza district, browse the traditional art collection at the Nezu Museum and the modern collections at Roppongi Hills' Mori Art Museum. We include time for tranquil relaxation at the gardens of Hamarikyu, the New Otani Hotel, and the Imperial Palace, as well as discover the history and heritage of Tokyo at Asakusa Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine.

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 special meal of Kyoto cuisine accompanied by 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.

The historic wonders of Japan Pottery and Art are yours to discover on this special itinerary that starts in Kyushu's pottery villages, and journeys through Takamatsu, Osaka, Naoshima Art Island, Kyoto, and Nara, plus our special extension through Mount Fuji and Tokyo. Browse our detailed itinerary for additional information.


Destinations

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

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