Destinations: Fukuoka, Imari, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Mashiko, Tokyo
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.
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Japan Ceramics Tour Itinerary
Fri 16- Sat 17: UK to Japan Fly from London Heathrow to Fukuoka Airport in Japan (via Seoul). You will be met on arrival and transferred to central Fukuoka where you will stay for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Sun 18: 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.
Mon 19: 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.
Tue 20: 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.
Wed 21: 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 a 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 neighborhood, and even today the narrow cobblestoned ways are lined with shops selling delicate Kiyomizu ware.
Thu 22: 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.
Fri 23: Kyoto at leisure Spend your free time in Kyoto at leisure.
Sat 24: Kyoto to Tokyo After breakfast we visit some local ceramics studios and meet local artisans. After this we travel onwards to Tokyo where you will stay for 4 nights.
Sun 25: Tokyo This morning we will make our way to the district of Harajuku. As it’s a Sunday we should be able to see some traditional Japanese-style weddings at beautiful Meiji Shrine, and you will also have time to explore the lively nearby area. Later today we will visit Toguri Museum of Art, famous for Asian ceramics.
Mon 26: Tokyo at leisure Today is yours to enjoy at leisure!
Tue 27: 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.
Wed 28: Depart Japan Transfer to Narita Airport (Tokyo).
A few steps from JR Hakata Station, Hotel Clio Court features 2 restaurants and a cafe. It offers comfortable rooms and facilities including vending machines for drinks and snacks. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
Air-conditioned rooms have a cosy interior with wooden furniture. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a fridge and an attached bathroom, while complimentary tea and bathroom amenities are provided.
Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed at restaurant Enza Nagaya. Restaurant Hakata Akaraku caters an a la carte menu with Japanese food for lunch, while for dinner guests can order a shabushabu dish or a traditional multi-course kaiseki meal. A daily breakfast buffet with Japanese and Western dishes is served at Cafe d’Erte.
Imari Grand Hotel offers accommodation with complimentary slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include a bidet and complimentary toiletries. Imari Grand Hotel features a sauna, dry cleaning and laundry facilities.
Located a few minutes walk from Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants.
Single rooms are compact and doubles more generously sized and recently renovated. All rooms have TV, refrigerator and tea making facilities. Free LAN internet is available in room and free wifi is available in the lobby.
The Karasuma Kyoto Hotel has a large selection of Western and Japanese breakfast items and there is also an onsite Starbucks and bakery. Other facilities include a Chinese and Japanese restaurant and a bar.
Shinjuku Prince Hotel is located but 5 minutes away from Shinjuku station and its various train lines (JR, subway and private railways). It is also not far from both the lively, tree-lined Omotesandō Avenue, funky Harajuku or the wooded, lake filled Yoyogi Park. All the room are cozy and modern, and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, telephones and your usual amenities. The hotel has a cafe, a relaxed buffet eatery, and a refined Japanese restaurant/bar with panoramic views.
Tour Dates: 16 – 28 October 2020
Economy class return international flights from London Heathrow
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 21 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
Airport transfer from Tokyo to Narita Airport (Tokyo).
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