Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing in Japan

May 16th – June 1st, 2018
$4,600 Includes: tuition, flights, rail pass, hotels, select meals

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. “Japan is over the top great!”

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 (Still working on details)

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

May 17th – Arrive in Osaka

May 18th – Takeo – Make pots/ceramic pieces

May 19th  – Takeo, and Arita

  • Indigo dyeing workshop
  • Ceramics museum

May 20th – 21st  – Unzen

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

May 22nd – Kumamoto

  • Cultural Center

May 23rd – 24th – Gokanosho

  • Visit Waterfall – breathtaking!
  • Shodo Workshop – Japanese Calligraphy – learn how to write some Japanese with brush and ink
  • Bamboo Workshop
  • Gokanosho Museum
  • Stay at Heike-so – a special small inn with incredible Japanese dinners and wonderful breakfasts. A unique and memorable experience.

May 25th – Yatsushiro then Takeo

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

May 26th – Takeo

  • Glaze pieces made there earlier
  • Fire Naborigama wood kiln

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. $500 deposit required at registration.

Video from Japanese TV station featuring 2017 group


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

food Yumei dinner 1

Typical meal at the Yumei Hotel in Unzen (then they bring more!) Oishi! Delicious!

Maiko (Geisha in training) at Kyoto

Waterfall in Gokanosho

Koda Yaki Pottery in Yatsushiro