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Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension

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Tour Code: GTO4009643

Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension

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17 days 16 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $2280.00


For travelers looking for a longer Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour, join this 17-day tour that features immersive Japan ceramics experiences, art, architecture, and gardens, with an exciting extension to Mount Fuji and Tokyo!

Tap into the artistic genius of Japan during an immersive Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour, with Tokyo Extension! As a perfect blend of sights and experiences related to Japanese ceramics, gardens, art, and architecture, this one-of-a-kind Japan tour creates the perfect opportunity to study in-depth the country's time- honored history and culture of creative artistry - revealing a different side of Japan missed by more general tours of the country. Our 17-day extended Japan Pottery and Art Tour includes our original 14-day Pottery and Art Tour, which starts on the island of Kyushu. This gorgeous island is well known for its traditional Japanese ceramics - with a history going back over 400 years. Our tour features Japanese pottery villages in Karatsu, Arita (the birthplace of Japanese ceramics), Sasebo, and Hasami - each with their own regional pottery traditions and techniques. Meet Japanese potters at Karatsu, and tour private pottery studios and ceramics museums at Toho Village, Sasebo, Arita, Bizen, and Kyoto. Along the way, we see the Ohara Museum of Art at Kurashiki and the Adachi Museum and Garden at Yasugi.

We take a ferry to Naoshima Art Island to see contemporary art installations from the Setouchi Triennale, which include old houses converted into art exhibits and fascinating museums designed by Tadao Ando. We stop in Takamatsu to admire the enchanting Ritsurin Garden, and take the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge from Awaji Island to see the historic sites of Kobe. We then go to Osaka for an Architecture Walking Tour, a view from Abeno Harukas 300 observatory, and a Wagyu beef dinner.

Our exploration of the world of Japanese pottery continues in Kyoto, where we examine the rich local pottery known as Kiyomizu-ware (or simply, "Kyo-ware") at a local artist's studio. We explore the folk art at the Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum, learn about the Kintsugi method of pottery repair, browse the private garden of Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, and find souvenirs on the Shinmonzen and Furumonzen Antique Streets. You can't visit Kyoto without seeing some of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and we include the Golden Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, and Tenryuji Temple. Explore traditional Japanese culture as you take a Night Walking Tour of the old-fashioned Gion District, learn Zen Meditation, participate in a Green Tea Ceremony, and try on a stylish kimono.

The Tokyo extension begins with a bullet-train ride to the Mount Fuji region. We explore beautiful arts locations around Lake Kawaguchiko: the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum featuring dolls made by Yuki Atae, and the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, which displays Kubota's spectacular Fuji-inspired kimono silk-dyeing art. We even stop at Oishi Park for a chance to see Mount Fuji if the weather is clear. From there, we head into Tokyo and visit ceramics galleries in the upscale Ginza district, browse the traditional art collection at the Nezu Museum and the modern collections at Roppongi Hills' Mori Art Museum. We include time for tranquil relaxation at the gardens of Hamarikyu, the New Otani Hotel, and the Imperial Palace, as well as discover the history and heritage of Tokyo at Asakusa Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine. Our dining and accommodation also reflect the tour's Pottery and Art theme, with such experiences as lunch at a Japanese restaurant which uses traditional Arita-ware pottery, a special meal of Kyoto cuisine accompanied by Maiko entertainment, and a couple nights at an onsen ryokan offering a traditional Kaiseki dinner. Transport for the tour is facilitated by our comfortable private coach, and you travel in the company of one of our knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking guides, who are on hand to help you navigate the country, and who share a passion for Japanese traditional pottery and art.

The historic wonders of Japan Pottery, Gardens and Arts are yours to discover on this special itinerary that starts in Kyushu's pottery villages, and journeys through Takamatsu, Osaka, Naoshima Art Island, Kyoto, and Nara, plus our special extension through Mount Fuji and Tokyo. Browse our detailed itinerary for additional information.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. May 28, 2025 Fri. Jun 13, 2025 USD $9998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. May 27, 2026 Fri. Jun 12, 2026 USD $9998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  

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.

Deposit

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

  • • 14 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka Airport
  • • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 10 lunches and 5 dinners

  • 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 air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).


Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Fukuoka
  • Day2   Toho Village - Sasebo - Hasami
  • Day3   Arita
  • Day4   Karatsu
  • Day5   Bizen - Kurashiki
  • Day6   Yasugi
  • Day7   Naoshima
  • Day8   Takamatsu - Awaji Island - Kobe
  • Day9   Osaka - Nara
  • Day10   Kyoto
  • Day11   Kyoto
  • Day12   Kyoto
  • Day13   Kyoto
  • Day14   Mt. Fuji
  • Day15   Tokyo
  • Day16   Tokyo
  • Day17   Tour ends

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Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt. Fuji / Tokyo


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