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$224.86 Cultural & Theme Tours

Yakage Town Historical Walking Tour

10:00            Get picked-up from Yakage train station (on Ibara Train Line)10:20            Receive an information booklet and brief orientation from your guide10:40            Visit Yakage Honjin the Samurai Residence11:40             Visit Ishii Soy Sauce Brewery12:00-13:00   Eat a traditional Japanese-style lunch13:00-13:45   Participate in a Traditional Japanese Sweet-making workshop14:00-15:00   Learn how to write Japanese Calligraphy15:15-16:00   Visit Daitsuji-teien Temple to walk around the temple gardens, sit and drink tea.16:00-17:00   Free time to do some shopping17:30             Return to Yakage train station What is included: Lunch is included in the tour price, if you require special menues please tell us and that can be arranged. Additional costs may be applied.Entrance into museums and historical sites is included.Workshop fees and materials are included.An English speaking guide is included. If you require other language support we can arrange for it. Additional costs may be applied if multiple guides are needed for language purposes.All transportation within Yakage Town is included in the tour. Transportation to and from Yakage Town is not included and is the responsibility of the visitor.

$21.41 Classes & Workshops

Yakage Town Japanese Sweet Making Workshop

In collaboration with the town, Sato Gyokuundo offers a special sweet making workshop where you can learn from the owner herself, some of their iconic sweets. A brief introduction to the history of the shop and the sweets made over the last 180 years. Taste samples of the different sweets, served with local tea that helps enhance the flavor of the sweets. Prepare the table and get familiar with the equipment that will be used. Do the sweets workshop, learning how to cut, fold and twist the sweet. Relax afterwards and eat the rewards of the workshop. Time to shop and purchase sweets to take away with you.

$63.64 Classes & Workshops

Bizen Ware Pottery Lesson with a Craftsman in Okayama

During this experience, you will enjoy making some Bizen ware in the town of Imbe, one of the most well-known places for pottery.Japan is known as a country that has many areas that are famous for their various pottery styles. The 6 oldest areas famous for pottery are called the Nihon Rokkoyo and known as representative of the pottery production areas.One of Nihon Rokkoyo is Bizen ware, and it is also called Imbe ware since the Imbe area is famous for producing Bizen ware.This will be a private lesson at a potter's studio. You will need to choose either the electric wheel or hand forming option and sketch a drawing of the idea you have for your creation. Afterward,  you will make your own pottery with a professional potter.There is also a clay making experience for Bizen ware option.1. Smash the dried original clay with a wooden hammer (20 min.)2. Dissolve and put in a pot. Knead clay with your foot. (20 min.)3. Sieving all stones using the wire  (20 min.)*Please note: an additional shipping fee will be incurred if you would like your pottery to be shipped to you.

$40.81 Tours & Sightseeing

Kurashiki Rickshaw Tour

Your tour begins in Kurashiki's old town between 9.30am and 5.30pm. Meet your local guide, hop onto your rickshaw, and get ready to be transported back in time. Ride your rickshaw away from cars, toward the wide walkway along the historical canal, lined with weeping willows. As you soak up the views, you might just find yourself imagining how the city must have felt like a couple of hundred of years ago. Admire the small side streets, still filled with shops and old warehouses. With help from your knowledgeable guide, learn the important role Kurashiki played in the past and why it is dotted with buildings belonging distinct to the Meiji period. The tours described below are sample routes. They may be further customized based on your preferred starting and ending point, the length of your tour, and points of interests.30-Minute OptionStarting at the Kurashiki Monogatarikan, a large, traditional building at the entrance of the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in a typical Kurashiki style. The streets in the town are lined with small shops and coffee shops. Your tour continues along the picturesque canal lined with weeping willows. 45-Minute OptionStarting at the Kurashiki Monogatarikan, a large, traditional building at the entrance of the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in a typical Kurashiki style. You also pass by former mansions of affluent merchants, as well as streets lined with small shops. Your tour continues along the picturesque canal lined with weeping willows. 1-Hour OptionStarting at the Kurashiki Monogatarikan, a large, traditional building, close to the European art museum, at the entrance to the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in a typical Kurashiki style. Admire the streets in the town, lined with small shops and coffee shops. Your tour then continues along the canal lined with weeping willows. 2-Hour OptionStarting at the large mansions belonging to affluent merchants at the entrance of the old town of Kurashiki, the tour continues through the streets of the old town where you can enjoy the view of the old warehouses designed in Kurashiki style, and the small shops. Your tour continues to the Tsurugata Mountain and then across the former cotton mill and the picturesque canal lined with weeping willows.

$11.79 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Ohara Museum of Art Admission Ticket

Visit: Ohara Museum of ArtYour ticket grants admission to all wings of the Ohara Museum of Art, home of the first permanent collection of western art in Japan. The museum is located in the center of Kurashiki City at the northern end of the city canal; it’s about a 15-minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station.Skip the ticket lines and head inside the main gallery. Here are most of the highlights, which include works from Picasso and Modigliani to Gauguin and Warhol. After you visit the main gallery, check out the annex of Japanese paintings and sculptures, and galleries dedicated to Japanese craft arts and artifacts from Egypt and China.Your ticket also grants access to the Kojima Museum, located about a 5-minute walk away in Ivy Square. That gallery is dedicated to Kojima Torajiro, the Japanese artist who painted in western styles and purchased the art on display at the Ohara.

$3689.10 Classic

Backroads of Japan

Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you’ll meet and never forget.