Fly from your home airport to KIX, Kansai International airport in Osaka, Japan. Most US flights will land tomorrow due to the time change.
Sheri will meet you as you arrive. Check into the Nikko Hotel located conveniently at the airport, just a short walk away. Relax and rest up for an action packed tour starting tomorrow.
Visit various sites in Osaka, including the Rikyu Museum, where you'll learn about the beginnings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony and enjoy an informal tea ceremony with our group. Travel to Okayama that night.
We'll visit galleries and studios in Bizen like the Kibido Bizenyaki, pictured above.
Travel to Kumamoto in Kyushu, southwest Japan. Visit the castle, the breathtaking Suizenji Garden, and the Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center with all kinds of pottery and other crafts.
Get away from the city and visit a very special place deep in the mountains. Visit inspiring waterfalls, stay at a family run inn who are direct descendants of the Heike Samurai Clan. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner like this!
We'll do some fun hands-on workshops at the Gokanosho Crafts Center. Learn from Japanese masters. Get creative in mediums you've probably never tried before.
Visit the Agano Kiln and see the 12th and 13th generation making Kodayaki style pottery. See the centuries old order book for their ancestors exclusive designs.
A chartered bus will take us to Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Master Ogata, where you'll make your unique masterpiece. We'll also
visit a potter, Master Koga.
Visit Kyushu Ceramic Museum in Arita, and walk around downtown Arita - Japan's porcelain birthplace.
Travel to Kyoto in the early evening.
Above: Raku Museum Chawan - Tour of Kyoto today. We'll see: the ornate Nijo Castle, the Raku Museum, the Robert Yellin Gallery - filled with "The Who's Who" in Japanese Pottery, and the Golden Pavilion.
Above: Shinohara Nozomu -Today we'll take a tour of Shigaraki Pottery town with Seita. We'll go to the internationally known Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural park, and visit three different well established Shigaraki potters.
We'll visit the Kiyomizudera temple, the Ceramics Center, Kiyomizu-yaki area, where there are many pottery galleries/stores. We'll tour the Unraku-gama studio there.
Due to the time change, you'll often arrive in the US before you left Japan! No planned activities today except traveling from Kyoto to KIX airport on the "Hello Kitty" train to the KIX, Kansai airport in Osaka.
You'll want to come back to Japan as soon as you leave! The Japanese people are the kindest on the planet! Deposit now to reserve your space in an ARTsome Trip2Japan!
The tour fee is $4,700. Includes: all accommodations, rail pass, all planned activities such as museum entry fees, and select meals. Does not include airfare. Please deposit early to hold your spot! A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at that time. The balance of $4,600 will be due two months prior to the trip, by March 11th, 2024, and is non-refundable after that date.
No extra supplemental fee for single rooms. The group will share rooms for two nights in Gokanosho. Single rooms at all other locations included. Double or shared rooms available.
This tour involves a lot of walking! It's not suitable for people with mobility issues. In addition to a lot of walking, participants hop on and off trains and busses with their luggage, hike on uneven trails, and are often on their feet for long periods. We'll be trekking to view waterfalls, hiking in the mountains, and sitting on the floor on tatami mats.
This tour is still in the planning stages, and slight changes to the itinerary may occur due to availability of Japanese guides, artists, opening hours, etc.
Any adult 20 years old and up. You don't need to be a potter, you just need to love pottery. We'll be doing a lot more than just ceramic related things. Friends and spouses are welcome! Group size 6 to 14 maximum.
Discover exciting destinations that are off the beaten path. See the "real" Japan, not just the typical touristy sights. Meet Japanese artists, craftspeople, and direct descendants of Samurai!
Upon registration, you'll receive a lot of information about what to expect, pack, and prepare for while on the trip. Sheri is accessible and happy to answer all your questions and will provide a lot of "Japan Tips" that she's learned from all of the great trips she's taken to Japan! She's a professor emeritus of ceramics, so she loves sharing information, and will provide all the necessary paperwork too.
Knife making in Sakai, Osaka