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Make your own arrangement to Mashiko, where you will meet the group at hotel.

5 workshops at Mashiko Tougei Club in Mashiko, famous for its many pottery production and Mashiko-yaki (Mashiko-style pottery). Make your own pottery, use as much clay as you want during workshops, and then pick your favourite one to have fired.

(Meals: B)

This morning we take bus from Mashiko Station to Utsunomiya Station, from where travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto via Tokyo. Upon arrival in Kyoto, change to a local train to our hotel.  

(Meals: B)

Today’s tour starts at the Philosopher’s Walk, a scenic walk along a cherry-tree-lined canal connecting three of Kyoto's great temples. We will visit Ginkakuji, also known as the Silver Pavilion, and the lovely Honen-in Temple nearby. Located near Nanzen-ji Temple, is the Nomura Art Museum with a wide collection of scrolls, paintings, implements used in tea ceremonies and ceramics, an interesting break from temple hopping.

(Meals: B)

Today we will visit a few potters in the Kiyomizu potting district. We will visit the Kawai Kanjiro Museum and the Kondo Yuzo Museum, shopping in the many stores that line the road to Kiyomizu Temple.

(Meals: B)

Today we will visit the Raku Museum. Then comes the well-known Kyoto National Museum, where we can trace the evolution of pottery from its ancient roots to its modern forms. Next we visit some antique shops specializing in pottery in the antique district of Shinmonzen.

(Meals: B)

After breakfast, we visit the aesthetic Kyoto Machiya townhouse area and discover the charm of strolling on the streets in the centre of Kyoto. Experience a Green Tea Ceremony and visit Gion, a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha have been entertaining people since the Edo period. Enjoy the farewell dinner tonight.

(Meals: B,D)

Our tour concludes today. You will make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.

(Meals: B)

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