Kiku Pottery Studio Tours

Pottery Tours of Japan

Come with us on an incredible journey through the sights, culture and flavours of Japan. Cherry blossom, famous pottery festivals, craft workshops, exclusive visits to practising pottery studios, ancient temples and the most modern of museums. These are just a few of the amazing experiences you’ll have when you join us on one of our Pottery Tours of Japan.

All of our tours are limited to small groups of 10 people to ensure a trip of a lifetime as we make our way through Japan.

Spring Tours – Cherry Blossom Season!

April 3rd, 2018 ~ April 13th, 2018
Kyoto, Shigaraki, Tajimi, Tokoname, Nagoya and Tokyo

The Spring 2018 tour is now full. Please register your interest if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

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April 2019

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Autumn Tours – Festival Season!

October 3rd, 2018 ~ October 15th, 2018
Kyoto, Shigaraki, Biwa Lake, Tokoname, Mashiko and Tokyo

The Autumn 2018 tour is now full. Please register your interest if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

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October 2019

The Spring 2019 tour is filling up fast. Please register your interest to guarantee a place…


“Kiku Pottery Studio’s Autumn tour of Japan has been a wonderful experience. Travelling with tour leaders Naoko and Linda is like travelling with old friends and the entire group of participants were a delight to be with. The tour encompassed a dazzling variety of historic pottery sites throughout southern Japan, each with it’s own distinctive style driven by the particular clay native to that area.

But the tour wasn’t just about pottery. Along the way we were able to experience the life and culture of Japan and special highlights were our stay in a ryokan and the time we spent in a rural homestay run by a lady with amazing cooking talents. We visited wonderful Japanese gardens in Okayama and Arashiyama including the beautiful Tenryu-ji Temple, a world cultural heritage site, and it’s neighbouring bamboo forest.

Among the highlights of the tour were the visits to a number of pottery masters, several of whom are Japanese National Treasures. These venerable gentlemen were so gracious and generous in hosting us and demonstrating their amazing abilities that it was humbling to think that we were witnessing skills that had been in the making for many generations.

Visits to several ceramics museums in Shigaraki,Tokoname, Karatsu and Arita allowed us to appreciate the long and fascinating history of ceramics in Japan and to see some amazing and rare examples of the traditional art.

Autumn is the season of pottery festivals in Japan and we visited two of the biggest of these amazing events in Shigaraki and Bizen. Imagine a pottery market covering the area of a football ground with hundreds of potters offering their wares. It was a pottery shopper’s dream come true and we all took full advantage the opportunity to purchase some wonderful, locally produced pottery at very reasonable prices. Among the most avid shoppers at these markets were local people purchasing simple pots for domestic use. It was fascinating to see the care with which they chose their purchases and their obvious knowledge and appreciation of the hand made object.

The standard of hotels used during the tour was very good and transportation was by private mini-bus and several journeys on the wonderful Shinkansen bullet train.The organisation of the tour was excellent and everything ran smoothly with local guides engaged on several occasions to help enhance the experience of visiting historic sites. On several occasions our luggage was sent ahead by courier which made the task of negotiating busy railway stations and finding our place on the Shinkansen so much easier. It is compliment to the organisers that several members of our tour group were repeat participants, having previously toured with Kiku in Japan. Congratulations to Naoko and Linda for seeing to every small detail that made the tour relaxing, exciting, informative, fulfilling and ultimately a lot of fun.”

~ Clive

 


Register your interest

Please complete the following registration form if you are interested in joining one of our tours. We will contact you shortly with all the details, including how to reserve your place on the tour.