JAPAN CERAMICS TOUR
14 - 25 October 2024
Fukuoka, Imari, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Mashiko & Tokyo
Prices tbc soon
Our Japan Ceramics Tour is a once in a lifetime holiday for ceramics and crafts enthusiasts. Join us on our journey to discover the whole culture of Japanese ceramics, their production, use and display, and even the communities that have supported these amazing traditions for hundreds of years. This tour is not just about ceramics though – it is a fantastic way to get to grips with Japanese culture in general and is a fantastic experience even for non-ceramicists, with guided tours in Kyoto, Kurashiki and Tokyo all led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Visits to the pottery towns of Arita, Imari, Kyoto & Mashiko
Cultural tours of Kyoto, the lovely canal town of Kurashiki, and Tokyo
Travel on Japan's famous Bullet Train
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys Guide throughout
14 October: ARRIVAL IN JAPAN (Flights to be arranged by you)
On arrival at Fukuoka Airport, transfer to your hotel in central Fukuoka for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis where you will be met by your Guide.
15 October: ARITA
Via local train, we visit Arita in Saga prefecture – famous for Arita-ware. First, we visit Kyushu Ceramic Museum, where you can view Karatsu-yaki, Imari-yaki, and Nabeshima-yaki as well as around 1,000 pieces of Arita-yaki from the famous private collection of the Shibata family. In Arita, some 150 shops selling ceramics line the streets, and collectors can shop 'til they drop! Stay in nearby Imari for 2 nights. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.
16 October: IMARI
We will start our tour at Gen-emon kiln, home to one of Japan's most famous ceramic artists. Then we will head to the pottery village of Okawachiyama, which has a long history of producing its unique own ceramics in the secret kilns built in the mountains. Aside from browsing the numerous shops, we will explore this beautiful village and visit the Imari Nabeshima-ware Exhibition Hall. We’ll return to Imari late afternoon.
17 October: IMARI TO KYOTO VIA KURASHIKI
After checking out of the hotel in the morning, we take a Bullet train to the picturesque village of Kurashiki, where rows of houses and streets form a townscape with a traditional old-world atmosphere. We'll visit the Ohara Museum, the first Western art museum in Japan. We then travel eastward on the Bullet Train to Kyoto – the cultural heartland of Japan – and check in to our hotel in Kyoto for 4 nights.
18 October: SIGHTSEEING IN KYOTO
After breakfast, depart on a full-day tour of Kyoto by private coach. The trip begins with the beautiful temples and gardens of Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion then enjoy a series of Zen Buddhist rock gardens at Daitoku-ji Temple. Following lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre, we will visit Kodaiji temple. Your Guide will then show you the area around Kiyomizu, historically the city's leading pottery-making neighbourhood, and even today the narrow cobblestoned ways are lined with shops selling delicate Kiyomizu ware.
19 October: KYOTO
We'll start today with a visit to Nishiki-koji Street Market, a local food market. Then we will visit the Raku Museum, showing 450 years of tradition in pottery. We will move on to Sanjusangen-do Temple, which features a magnificent display of carved wooden, gilded statuary. We walk a short distance to the Kawai Kanjiro House, the shrine-like house of the great folk-art revivalist potter Kawai Kanjiro. If the time allows, we'll go on to the Fujihira Ceramic studio where you can see the process of making Kiyomizu potteries and their techniques and arts by Japanese potters.
20 October: KYOTO AT LEISURE
Spend your free time in Kyoto at leisure.
21 October: KYOTO
After breakfast, we visit some local ceramics studios and meet local artisans.
22 October: KYOTO TO TOKYO
After breakfast we travel onwards to Tokyo where you will stay for 3 nights. Before we go to our hotel, we'll head to Meiji Shrine where we should be able to see some traditional Japanese-style weddings taking place as it's a Sunday.
23 October: TOKYO AT LEISURE
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure!
24 October: MASHIKO DAY TRIP
After breakfast, we head north to Mashiko where the highlight today is a visit to the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Museum. In the evening we will have our Farewell Dinner back in Tokyo.
25 October: DEPART JAPAN
Self-transfer to Toyko Airport.
KYOTO: SOTETSU FRESA INN KYOTO SHIJOKARASUMA
TOKYO: SHINJUKU PRINCE HOTEL
IMARI: IMARI GRAND HOTEL
FUKOKA: HOTEL CLIO COURT
DATES & INCLUSIONS
TOUR DATES: 14 - 25 October 2024
Land Only Price: TBC soon
Single Room Supplement: TBC soon
11 nights' accommodation at centrally located 3* and 4* hotels in Fukuoka, Imari, Kyoto, and Tokyo with breakfast daily
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys guide throughout
Delicious Welcome and Farewell dinners, and one lunch on 18 October
7-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) service
Entrance fees for all attractions mentioned above
All travel costs for the above itinerary between 15 – 24 October
All Japanese sales taxes and service charge
Full financial protection via Japan Journeys’ membership of the Travel Trust Association through which your monies are held in a Trust Account until you return home
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Any other journeys made by taxi, subway or tram
Other meals not mentioned above
Entrance to any attractions not named above
To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
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