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Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour

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Tour Code: GTX39927

Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour

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14 days 13 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $1860.00


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.

Discover the creative spirit of Japan during our Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour, which consists of some of the top art hotspots, enchanting landscape gardens, and pottery villages in Japan. Japan's rich ceramics culture is still alive in the little pottery villages that have endured through hundreds of years with their traditional techniques intact. These villages are part of a 14-day itinerary that includes travel to Osaka, Kyoto, Takamatsu, Kobe, Nara, and Naoshima Island, where Japan's creative genius can be experienced through delightful museums, kilns, galleries, gardens, and architecture walking tours.

The tour itinerary starts on the island of Kyushu - a region that is historically famous for over 400 years creating Japanese pottery - with intimate tours of pottery villages at Toho Village, Sasebo, Hasami, Karatsu, and Arita (the birthplace of Japanese porcelain) - each known for their own distinct pottery style. We feature tours of private ceramics workshops in Karatsu, Arita, Bizen, and Kyoto, for the chance to meet with local Japanese potters and artisans, who will give you a first- hand perspective on Japanese pottery traditions and techniques, allowing you to fully appreciate what makes each of these local pottery wares special. View art museums and galleries at Yasugi, Kurashiki, and Naoshima Art Island, followed by a visit to Takamatsu and gorgeous Ritsurin Garden. We travel across the Akashi Strait Bridge, stopping briefly for lunch on Awaji Island before arriving in Kobe. After, we spend a day touring Nara and Osaka, where we visit one of Japan’s oldest temples, view the city from Harukas 300 Observatory, and experience an Architecture Tour of Japan's second-largest metropolis.

Our last five days are spent in Kyoto, once Japan's imperial capital for over a thousand years, and still a thriving center of traditional Japanese traditional culture and art. One can't visit Kyoto and not see the famous temples and shrines, and we include some of the city's finest - the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu Temple, Heian Jingu, Kodaiji Temple, and Tenryuji Temple and Garden. But Kyoto also has a rich pottery tradition known as Kiyomizu- ware (or "Kyo-ware") and we tour some of the ancient capital's finest ceramics destinations - Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Hall, the Shinmonzen and Furumonzen Antique Streets - plus many more must- see locations in time- honored Kyoto. We make sure to delve into the city's rich Geisha and Maiko (geisha apprentice) culture, with a Night Walking Tour of the Gion Geisha District.

In addition to the sights, dining and accommodation locations have been chosen by our professional travel specialists to best suit the traditional and inspirational tone of the trip, such as a stay at an onsen ryokan which serves traditional Kaiseki cuisine, lunch at a restaurant that uses locally-produced Arita ceramics, and even a special meal of Kyoto cuisine that features Maiko entertainment. Transport for the tour is facilitated by our comfortable private coach, and you 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 ceramics and art.

Experience the historic treasures of Japan, and immerse yourself in Japan's time-honored ceramics culture during our Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour. Browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. May 28, 2025 Tue. Jun 10, 2025 USD $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. May 27, 2026 Tue. Jun 9, 2026 USD $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 11 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka Airport
  • • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 9 lunches and 5 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information

Transport

Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Kyoto, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM).


Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Fukuoka
  • Day2   Toho Village - Sasebo - Hasami
  • Day3   Arita
  • Day4   Karatsu
  • Day5   Bizen - Kurashiki
  • Day6   Yasugi
  • Day7   Naoshima
  • Day8   Takamatsu - Awaji Island - Kobe
  • Day9   Osaka - Nara
  • Day10   Kyoto
  • Day11   Kyoto
  • Day12   Kyoto
  • Day13   Kyoto
  • Day14   Tour ends

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


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