Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing in Japan!

May 16th – June 1st, 2018

$4,600 Includes: Tuition, Round Trip Flights from SFO to Osaka, Rail Pass, Hotels, Activities, and Select Meals. $525 deposit due upon registration, balance due 3/16/18

Take an amazing trip to Japan this summer! We’ll visit southwestern Japan, then Kyoto; going to various potteries, art museums, castles, temples, shrines, and art studios. We’ll participate in some hands-on art workshops and get to experience Japanese culture. The meals are incredible – an experience, not just food. You’ll wear a yukata, (house kimono), and truly enjoy every moment. Registration is open to any adult.   “Japan is over the top great!”

Sheri, who has been studying Japanese for years, has been to Japan 10 times. She is the chair of the Fine Arts department at SNC Tahoe, where she teaches ceramics. Her work has been featured in the magazines Ceramics Monthly, and Clay Times , and several books. She has participated in numerous art exhibitions, including in Utsonomiya, Japan. Her passion lately has been traveling, particularly to Japan. “I’ve never taken anyone to Japan who didn’t absolutely love it!”

good Shiho Kanzaki San pots

Shiho Kanzaki’s pottery in Shigaraki


Hami Seiho, potter in Unzen

good Shigaraki potter cups wadding

Shigaraki pottery


Kinkaku Temple,  (the golden pavilion)

good Indigo dyeing examples

Indigo, onion peels, and rust dyed fabric

good Kodiaki pottery inlaying slip

Koda Yaki Potter in Yatsushiro City, 14th generation

Tentative Itinerary

May 16th – Leave for Japan from San Francisco, CA – SFO (flights are tba)

May 17th – Arrive in Osaka

May 18th – Takeo – City in northern Kyushu

  • Make pots/ceramic pieces at Master Koga’s studio (Beginning to Advanced are welcome!)

May 19th  – Takeo, and Arita – Pottery places

  • Indigo dyeing workshop
  • Ceramics museum in Arita – (town known for porcelain)

May 20th – 21st  – Unzen – Small quaint town – European style architecture

  • Visit Volcanic Ash potter
  • Enjoy Japanese bath house – onsen
  • Glass and Ceramics gallery/museum

May 22nd – Kumamoto – Large City

  • Cultural Center

May 23rd – 24th – Gokanosho – Remote area in the gorgeous mountains

  • Visit Waterfall – breathtaking!
  • Shodo Workshop – Japanese Calligraphy – learn how to write some Japanese with brush and ink
  • Bamboo Workshop – Make a variety of pieces with freshly cut bamboo
  • Gokanosho Museum – Learn about the samurai who hid in this mountain town
  • Stay at Heike-so – a special small inn with incredible Japanese dinners and wonderful breakfasts. A unique and memorable experience.

May 25th – Yatsushiro (city)

  • Kimono Experience – learn about traditional Japanese clothing
  • Kodayaki Pottery demonstration – 13th generation potter since 1602

May 26th – Takeo (again)

  • Glaze pieces made there earlier at Master Koga’s studio
  • Fire Naborigama wood kiln (participation optional : )

May 27th – June 1st – Kyoto and surrounding areas

  • Kinkaku,  (the golden pavilion) – Gorgeous Zen temple and garden
  • Tour of Shrines and Temples in Kyoto
  • Travel to Shigaraki – “pottery town” Meet potters, see a lot of pottery
  • Travel to the temples at Nara

June 1st – Return to US – SFO

Early registration is recommended. $525 deposit required at registration. Balance due on March 16th, 2018

Video from Japanese TV station featuring 2017 group


2017 group at Nara  – Todai-ji temple – Great Buddha Hall

Maiko (Geisha in training) at Kyoto

Waterfall in Gokanosho

Typical meal at the Yumei Hotel in Unzen, then they bring more, and more…

Koda Yaki Pottery in Yatsushiro