Kurashiki and the Ohara Museum

Art and Ceramics of Japan

26 October – 09 November 2024

With ArtTravel and Peter & Julie Collis

Update 1 Feb 2024 – 4 places left

“This will be the seventh time I have toured Japan. Our last trip with Glen and ArtTravel was by far the best all round experience I have had. The next one is looking as good or better. It is a balance between seeing selected ceramics and potters, contemporary art, gardens, eating wonderful food and absorbing Japanese culture in a fun and relaxed way. This tour will cater to those with all levels of interest in Japan and Japanese ceramics. Touring Japan always provides unexpected contrasts and encounters. I look forward to sharing Japan with you in 2024.”
Peter Collis

“The 2019 Art Travel Japan Art trip was truly memorable! Peter and I had so much fun with such a wonderful group. Everyday brought new wonders to enjoy, from being welcomed into the home of the ‘Raku Master’ with a traditional tea ceremony to the architectural wonders of Naoshima, the ‘art island’. We covered contemporary and traditional pottery and art, wandered magical gardens and ate amazing food. Can’t wait to go again!’

Julie Collis


 Join ArtTravel on a repeat of our 2019 ceramics oriented tour with Peter and Julie Collis. 

This tour will have ceramics at its core, but encompass all things Japan including temples and shrines, pop culture, art, alleyways, architecture, landscapes and gardens, food, people and places. 

What will we see?

Starting and finishing in Tokyo, we will have experienced a wide range of culture and landscapes. You will find contemporary art and craft, ceramics, shrines and temples. We will visit museums and galleries large and small, old and new.

Who will enjoy this tour?

This tour will be enjoyed by anyone interested in ceramics in general but in the contect of exploring Japan in a small group and looking forward to a wide range of cultural experiences.

How will we travel?

We may travel around Tokyo by subway and we will take local trains.
We may take a domestic flight, a Bullet train, and a coach and sometimes a taxi.

Will we have a guide?

We will have a local guide for some of our time depending on mode of transport. If on a chartered coach a local guide will be required.

I travel as tour manager and part guide as required.
We will travel with noted New Zealand potters Peter and Julie Collis.

When will a final itinerary be available?


What type of accommodation do we stay in?

Generally we stay in Japanese 4 star western style hotels, often nearby a train station for convenience. Note we forgo quality for size sometimes.

What cost should I expect?

The cost is $12999 NZD per person twin share coach and guide hire, not including international flights and travel insurance.

A single supplement is approximately $1850

How many people will you take?

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 guests

When will you require deposits?

A $1000 deposit will hold your place until a final itinerary is confirmed in early 2024.
Full payment is usually 3 months prior.

What level of fitness do I need?

Japan is a destination often required to be explored on foot, and a moderate degree of fitness is required. Climbing stairs is often required at subway stations, and in some instances traversing an escalator with your suitcase may be required.

Will we stay at Benesse House on Naoshima?

This tour will not stay at Benesse House but will visit the islands by private boat from Takamatsu.

How do I register my interest/book for this tour?

Please click here to email your details including contact phone number.