Pottery, Bamboo, Textiles in Northern Kyushu


The highlights of this tour include castle towns, hotsprings, a farm visit, pottery towns, kasuri textiles, bamboo crafts, Washi-paper making and local cuisine.

This tour is a perfect choice for those who love arts and crafts. We will visit potters at their studios in Onda, Karatsu, and Okawachi-yama which produces Arita and Imari wares. We will visit a bamboo museum and craft shop. We will meet with artisans who engage in traditional Kurume Kasuri dyework. This tour is also geared to nature lovers. We will visit organic farming communities in Oyama and small fishing villages in Yobuko. Everywhere we go, we will meet and mingle with local people and artists and glimpse their everyday lives. Kyushu is known for its culinary delights. We will enjoy a variety of local delicacies, including fresh seafood, hand-made tofu, Kaiseki cuisine, Ramen noodles, manju sweets and many more.

Tour Date: (The tour starts in Oita Airport and ends in Fukuoka Airport.)
May 20 - June 1, 2019 (Waitlist only)

$3,400 per person
Single Supplement Fee: $300. (Single rooms are not available at the Japanese inn on Day 6 and Resort inn on Day 11, where the rooms are to be shared with other same-gender participants.)

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Included: accommodations (6 nights in hotels and 6 nights in traditional Japanese inns), 22 meals (11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners), guided tours, admissions, surface transportation, bi-lingual/bi-cultural tour escort

Not Included: International and Japan domestic airfare, excess baggage fees, travel Insurance, Items of a personal nature such as optional tours, beverages, laundry, phone calls, souvenirs, etc.

Group size: 10 - 12 people