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Luxury Private Japan Pottery Tour


Tour Code: GTH4266202

Luxury Private Japan Pottery Tour

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14 days 13 nights

fromUSD $26698.00


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This 14-Day Luxury Private Japan Pottery Tour focuses on exploring the pottery and ceramics craftsmanship in Japan. Japan has a colorful and varied pottery culture, featuring Kutani-ware, Tokoname-ware, Raku-ware, and more - each with distinct molding and firing techniques passed down through generations. This tour includes not only museums and exhibits, but Pottery Towns in Shiragaki, Nomi, Komatsu, Tajimi, and Tokoname and Mashiko that include chances to meet Japanese potters, discuss their methods, and see their unique designs.

The tour starts in Kyoto, which has its own unique pottery tradition for you to discover, after which we visit Shigaraki, Komatsu, Nomi, Kanazawa, UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawago, Takayama, Tajimi, Tokoname, Mashiko, and Tokyo. Along the way, we have curated a select list of special ceramics museums, galleries and exhibitions for you to enjoy, including the Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery, Nomura Museum of Art, the Kawai Kanjiro House, the Kondo Yuzo Museum, the Raku Museum, the Kyoto National Museum, the Asakura Isokichi Museum, the Nomi Kutani Ceramic Museum, the Ohi Ceramic Museum, the Kusakabe Folk Musuem, the Gifu Prefectural Museum, the Kyoeigama Ceramics Art School, the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mashiko Sankokan Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, and private ceramics galleries in Ginza and Aoyama.

But it isn’t all exploring museums – you will have the opportunity to browse the unique features of pottery villages at Shigaraki (Shigaraki-ware), Komatsu and Nomi (Kutani-ware), Tajimi (Mino-ware), Tokoname (Tokoname-ware), and Mashiko (Mashiko-ware). While there, we have arranged the opportunity for you to meet local Japanese potters to admire their private works and discuss the craft with them. We feature immersive experiences along the way, including a drink at Ichikawaya Coffee Shop (which uses ceramic cups); the opportunity to participate in a traditional Green Tea Ceremony, and a dinner of classical kaiseki cuisine accompanied by Geisha entertainment.

Discover the history and culture behind Japanese traditional ceramics on this unforgettable 14-day Luxury Private Tour. If you don’t see the pottery village you are interested in on this tour – not to worry! This tour is fully customizable to the wishes of your group – we can modify it to include the pottery experiences you want to see. Transportation for our private luxury tours is facilitated by our sleek and comfortable private coaches, with translation provided by one of our professional, friendly English-speaking guides. Browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.

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Tour Information

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.


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

  • • 9 nights Western style and 4 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport or Itami Airport
  • • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • First class Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Nagoya to Tokyo
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide
  • • Luggage forwarding from Nagoya to Tokyo

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 1 special dinner with geisha performance
  • • 4 kaiseki dinners at the ryokan

  • 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 private van between destinations, baggage handling free.

  • Arrival Departure Airports

    For arrivals at Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).

  • Meal Requests

    Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged. We can also make reservations at Michelin star rated restaurants upon request.

  • Meet and Greet

    Meet and greet and private airport transfers on arrival and departure included

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Osaka
  • Day2   Kyoto
  • Day3   Kyoto
  • Day4   Kyoto
  • Day5   Koka
  • Day6   Komatsu - Nomi
  • Day7   Kanazawa - Shirakawa-go
  • Day8   Takayama
  • Day9   Tajimi
  • Day10    Tokoname
  • Day11   Tokyo
  • Day12   Tokyo
  • Day13   Mashiko
  • Day14   Tour ends

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Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

Kyoto - Koka - Yamashiro Onsen - Komatsu - Nomi - Kanazawa - Shirakawa-go - Takayama - Tajimi - Tokoname - Tokyo - Mashiko

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