Japan – a Potters Tour, with Peter Collis

Calling all potters and pottery lovers. Join Peter & Julie Collis on this trip of a lifetime through Japan. Discover a rich and varied history of pottery and ceramics, art, culture, temples, gardens and food over two weeks in May 2019. Starting in Tokyo and visiting the ceramic centres of Kyoto, Kanazawa and Shigaraki and touching the Seto Inland Sea, this will be a journey to remember.

Day 1. Wednesday, 8 May 2019 Tokyo

This morning depart to Tokyo on Air New Zealand. Arriving at 4.50pm, transfer to your hotel for the night in Shinjuku. Your hotel for the night is the Keio Plaza Hotel, located close to Shinjuku Station, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Overnight Tokyo

Day 2. Thursday, 9 May Tokyo

Today discover Tokyo – we recommend following the trail that starts at the Nezu Museum and its wonderful garden and collection of work as a way of introduction to Japanese culture.

You are near the architectural highlights of Omotesando, such as the amazing Prada building. Duck up the alleyways opposite the Prada building to the Sunny Hills architectural wonder,  from here follow a  warren of alleyways, cafes and designer hairdressers – coming out eventually at Takeshita Street and Harajuku Station.

Evening Free (B)

Overnight Tokyo

Day 3. Friday, 10 May Tokyo to Takamatsu

Check out and be ready to depart by 7.00am (Your body clock will be ok with this)

This morning we say farewell to Tokyo and transfer by coach to Haneda airport for the short flight to Takamatsu. On arrival our coach transfers us to a local mall for an early lunch, before a visit to the famous Ritsurin Garden. There is also the possibility of visiting one of Takamatsu’s local museums or the waterfront castle ruins.

Overnight JR Clement Takamatsu Hotel (B)

Day 4. Saturday, 11 May The Seto Inland Sea

Today spend time on the Seto Inland Sea, and visit one of the art islands that make up the Benesse Art Site. This could be Teshima or Naoshima. We suggest there might be time this evening to pay a visit this evening to the annual Aloha Festival, where you can grab a cheap bite.

Naoshima and the Islands of the Benesse Art Site create a perfect harmony between Art, Architecture and Landscape. We may be lucky enough to be visiting during the Art Setouchi Triennale, where artworks are installed around town and on many islands.

Overnight JR Clement Takamatsu Hotel (B)

Day 5. Sunday, 12 May Kurashiki

This morning we leave Takamatsu for Kurashiki. Here we spend the day visiting the annual Field of Craft Festival, an annual two day craft festival on the edge of the restored warehouse district along a pretty canal.

At the other end of the canal is the Ohara Museum of Art, which houses a collection of modern European works, an amazing collection of ceramics, and Japanese modern and contemporary art.

We will arrive late afternoon at the Okayama hotel adjacent to the train station.

Overnight Okayama (B)

Day 6. Monday, 13 May Kyoto

This morning we train to Kyoto, walk to our adjacent hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight Kyoto (B)

Day 7. Tuesday, 14 May Kyoto

Spend the day visiting some of Kyoto’s ceramic history. Start at the Museum of famed potter Kawai Kanjiro, then head across town to the Raku Museum. Home of the current Raku Master. A small museum with a history of Raku dating back to the 1500s. Also visit the Robert Yellin Gallery.

Overnight Kyoto (B)

Day 8. Wednesday, 15 May Shigaraki

Venutre out of Kyoto by coach to the magnificent Miho Museum, buried deep in the hills of Shigaraki. The pottery town of Shigaraki is nearby and has a well regarded Ceramic Museum as well as a ceramic centre with resident artists. Previous residents have included Mark Mitchell. Spend the rest of the afternoon here, and visit the available studios.

Take lunch at the café in the Exhibition centre. We recommend the ginger drink!

Overnight Kyoto (B)

Day 9. Thursday, 16 May Kyoto to Kanazawa

Take a morning train to Kanazawa, a ceramic centre and home to the Museum of the 21st Century.
Spend today in Kanazawa

Overnight Kanazawa (B)

Day 10. Friday, 17 May Kanazawa

A full day in Kanazawa with the chance to visit local studios.
Overnight Kanazawa (B)

Day 11. Saturday, 18 May Kanazawa to Tokyo

This morning we return to Tokyo on the Bullet train. On arrival our bus will take us to visit the Craft Museum at the Museum of Modern Art on our way back to Shinjuku.

Overnight Tokyo (B)

Day 12. Sunday, 19 May Tokyo

Our last full day in Japan today will have us in Shibuya and Roppongi by Metro before we finish with a group dinner at a great restaurant atop a building adjacent to our hotel.

Overnight Tokyo (B, D)

Day 13. Monday, 20 May Depart to Auckland

Please check out by 11am, feel free to catch some last minute shopping in Shinjuku before we head to the airport at 2pm for our flight home.

Day 14.  Tuesday, 21 May Auckland

Arrive back in Auckland this morning.




  • Flights on Air NZ in Economy
  • 12 nights accommodation in 3 – 4 star accommodation
  • 7 Day Japan Railpass
  • All Airport transfers, and other transport as per the final itinerary
  • Flight from Tokyo to Takamatsu
  • Breakfasts and dinner on the last night
  • All museum entries as per the final itinerary
  • Your tour escort – Peter and Julie Collis
  • Local tour manager or guide in each city


  • Travel Insurance which is mandatory
  • Any museum entrances not included in the final itinerary
  • Any meals not included in the final itinerary

Minimum : 14 guests
Maximum: 20 guests

Suggested cost to budget: $8999 NZD per person twinshare

Your itinerary is subject to change.

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Minimum numbers, changes and cancellations apply. Please contact us for full details.