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Japan’s traditional handmade arts and crafts have a long history. Influenced by rural village craftsmanship, artistic bloodlines, and Buddhist teachings, traditional crafts remain an important part of Japan’s heritage.


The traditional crafts of Japan are gaining popularity throughout the world, so taking a class in some of these classical arts can be a highly rewarding experience. The Japanese art of calligraphy, or shodo, has long been appreciated as an art form in Buddhism. Even a single written character, or kanji, can convey a lot of meaning, and learning the basics on a tour is easier than you might think. Then there is the unique Japanese art of flower- arranging, or ikebana, which uses seasonal flowers of different sizes, colors, and shapes, carefully positioned, which can bring a sense of spiritual harmony. Finally, the green tea ceremony, or sado, has so much more to it than simply drinking a cup of fresh matcha. A set of carefully ordered motions and customs, rooted in Buddhist teachings, govern this time-honored tradition.

Ceramics are one of the oldest Japanese crafts, dating back to the Neolithic Jomon period, and are inextricably connected to the green tea ceremony. Japanese ceramics today are well-known by their superior quality, delicate composition, and fine detail – usually done by hand. A few established towns in Japan are celebrated for producing their own regional style of ceramics, including Seto, Mashiko, Iwami, and Arita pottery. By connecting one of these pottery towns to your private tour itinerary, you’ll have the chance to discover local kilns, observe native ceramic firing techniques, and converse with local potters.

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Tokyo - Omiya - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Shigaraki

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12 Days 11 Nights | from US $7690.00

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Kyoto - Shigaraki - Kanazawa - Nomi - Shirakawa-go - Takayama - Nagoya - Tokoname - Tokyo

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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9650.00

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Tokyo - Hakone - Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa - Himeji - Okayama - Kurashiki - Takamatsu - Naoshima - Yasugi - Matsue - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Koyasan - Osaka - Nara

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24 Days 23 Nights | from US $16698.00

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