Destinations: Fukuoka, Imari, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Shigaraki, 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 guides. On this year’s tour, famous Kyoto ceramics expert, Robert Yellin, will guide us on a day trip to a major museum exhibition on Bizen pottery opening at the Miho Museum and some ceramics studios in Shigaraki.
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Japan Ceramics Tour Itinerary
Day 1-2: 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.
Day 3: 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! We then move on to Gen-emon kiln, home to one of Japan’s most famous ceramic artists. Explore nearby Kami-Arita. Stay in nearby Imari for 2 nights. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Day 4: Imari Today we 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 explore this beautiful village and visit the Imari Nabeshima-ware Exhibition Hall. From atop the observatory at Nabeshima-han Yo Park, you can view the lovely scenery of the village below.
Day 5: Kurashiki, Okayama to Kyoto 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. Here you will also find some Bizen-ware pottery for sale. 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.
Day 6: 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 buffet lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre, we will visit Kiyomizu temple where you can experience a tea ceremony. Kiyomizu is historically the city’s leading pottery-making neighborhood, and even today the narrow cobblestoned ways are lined with shops selling delicate Kiyomizu ware.
Day 7: Kyoto You’ll start today with a visit to Nishiki-koji Street Market, a local food market. Then visit the Raku Museum, showing 450 years of tradition in pottery. Move on to Sanjusangen-do Temple, which features a magnificent display of carved wooden, gilded statues. We walk a short distance to the Kawai Kanjiro House, the shrine-like house of the great folk art revivalist potter Kawai Kanjiro. If time allows, we’ll go on to the Fujihira Ceramic studio where you can see the process of making Kiyomizu pottery and their techniques and arts by Japanese potters.
Day 8: At leisure Kyoto Spend your free time in Kyoto at leisure.
Day 9: Miho Museum – Shigaraki – Tokyo Today we will visit a major museum exhibition on Bizen pottery opening today at the Miho Museum. Later we visit some ceramics studios in Shigaraki and meet local artisans. After this we travel onwards to Tokyo where you will stay for 4 nights.
Day 10: 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.
Day 11: Mashiko Day Trip After breakfast, we head north to Mashiko where the highlight today is a visit to the Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Museum
Day 12: Tokyo at leisure Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. Join us for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14: Depart Japan Transfer to Narita Airport (Tokyo). Alternatively, why not stay on and visit the lovely resort of Hakone located in the foothills of Mt Fuji? (see extension itinerary below)
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.
Central Hotel Imari is located just a 2-minute walk from Imari Station. A flat-screen TV with cable channels are included in all guest rooms. Private bathrooms are equipped with a bath, shower and high-tech toilet.
Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning.
This excellent 4* hotel is located at the heart of Kyoto, it’s only a 6 minute walk from Kyoto Station, and a wide variety of facilities are offered, from quaint antique watch shops to beauty salons.
The rooms are fantastic and very spacious, with a décor that echoes the ambience of ancient Kyoto.
The hotel also boats an impressive selection of bars and restaurants, offering Japanese, Chinese as well as Western cuisine and beverages. One restaurant even allows you watch your meal being made with fresh ingredients by the chef.
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WHY NOT STAY ON IN JAPAN AFTER THE CERAMICS TOUR?
Add an extra 3 nights to your stay and discover another side to this fascinating and beautiful country with a visit to lovely Hakone in the Mt. Fuji region.
Extension Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Tokyo to Hakone (Mt Fuji/Hakone Tour) Check out of your Tokyo hotel from where you will be transferred by coach to Hakone, a quiet mountain resort nestling in the foothills of Mt Fuji. Explore the landscape of Hakone by private coach and drive up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, ride in a cable car for a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and volcanic valleys of Owakudani, and enjoy a cruise across Lake Ashi. A delicious lunch is included. Check into your comfortable 4*resort-hotel in Hakone for 2 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Your hotel has its own private indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.
Day 2: Hakone You are free to spend a further day exploring Hakone’s many sights at leisure.
Day 3: Hakone-Tokyo Check out your hotel in Hakone and return to Tokyo by train. Enjoy your last day in Tokyo at leisure. Check into your 4* hotel for your final night in Tokyo.
Day 4: Tokyo-UK Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to Japan…until next time! Transfer to Narita International Airport for your flight home.
EXTENSION PRICE INCLUDES:
2 nights’ hotel accommodation at a 4* hotel in Hakone with breakfast daily
1 night’s hotel accommodation at a 4* hotel in Tokyo with breakfast
Guided sightseeing tour of Mt Fuji & Hakone with lunch included
Transfer from Hakone to Tokyo on 20 September
Airport transfer by Narita Express train
NOT INCLUDED IN EXTENSION PRICE: Lunches & Dinners not mentioned above
EXTENSION PRICE: TBCper person on a sharing basis EXTENSION SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: TBC
Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko (Hakone)
A lovely resort hotel set on the shores of the spectacular Lake Ashi. On clear days, you can enjoy views of Mt Fuji. You can relax and unwind in the hotel’s natural hot spring baths. You have a choice of outdoor and indoor baths and also a sauna and cold plunge pool. The hotel has high-end Japanese and French restaurants, where Western and Japanese breakfast options are served every morning. The vast grounds include tennis courts, a selection of shops and restaurants and even a petting zoo and aquarium. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful woodland perfect for a gentle walk.
Shinjuku Prince Hotel (Tokyo)
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.
To enquire about availability, or find out more, call one of our specialists now on020 7766 5267.
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