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$63.72 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.

$40.89 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.

$3484.15 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.