Private luxury tours in art, architecture & design travel

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Luxury Art & Design Tours

Contemporary Art of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto, Hakone

Art Tour of France
(10 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Provence, Cote d’Azur

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

Art & Temples of India
(18 Days)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho & Panna National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai

Art, Crafts & Design of Mexico
(9 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka, Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen, Kanazawa, Tokyo

Art Tour of Berlin, Prague & Vienna
(9 Days)
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Vienna

Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Florence & Assisi, Bologna & Ravenna, Venice & Padua, Milan

Art & Design of Portugal
(8 Days)
Lisbon & Sintra, Porto & Douro Valley

Aboriginal Art & Culture of Australia
(9 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land

Art Tour of Switzerland
(6 Days)
Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Weil am Rhein, Zurich, St. Gallen, Winterthur

Arts & Crafts of Burma
(9 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay

Arts & Crafts in England
(8 Days)
London, Cotswolds

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp, Amsterdam with The Hague & Delft

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(13 days)
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle

Arts & Crafts of Morocco
(13 Days)
Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh

Art & Architecture Tour of South Korea
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

The Art of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Naoshima, Kyoto

Ceramics Tour of Japan

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Fukuoka & Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen & Kanazawa, Tokyo

This private ceramics tour of Japan features an ideal combination of major cultural sites, interesting smaller towns, and important ceramics destinations. Visit studios and kilns, learn about different types of Japanese ceramics, meet local artists and browse upscale shops. The tour includes private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns), private airport transfers, internal flights and first-class train travel, luggage transfers and access to a wide range of unique activities that engage you in real Japanese culture.

Begin in Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu. During a flexible private excursion in neighboring Saga Prefecture—one of the most important ceramics regions in Japan—visit notable ceramics towns such as Karatsu (known for rustic pottery popular for the tea ceremony), Okawachiyama (the Village of the Secret Kilns that produces Nabeshima), and Arita and Imari, which are synonymous with fine export porcelain.

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to enchanting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese culture and tradition. During touring with your private guide and driver, experience the best of this elegant city. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas such as Katsura Rikyu. Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local temple. An appointment will be made to meet with one of Japan's leading ceramics experts. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Explore antiques districts, and browse our favorite shops for exquisite ceramics, lacquerware and other crafts. If desired, also visit the Kiyomizuyaki Pottery Complex. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in and around Kyoto, an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko entertainment, private Zen meditation in a local Buddhist temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, visiting a master swordsmith, tea tastings and tea plantation visits, attending a sumo tournament, manga drawing lessons, a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house) and private Japanese cooking classes.

Continue to Yamashiro Onsen, a resort town famous for hot springs and ceramics. Stay at a luxury ryokan inn, enjoy kaiseki ryori (seasonal tasting menu) dinners served on locally made Kutani-yaki ceramics, and relax in your private open-air bath. During private touring, explore the traditional town and its prestigious ceramics boutiques and temples and shrines. Time permitting, perhaps also visit nearby Yamanaka Onsen, another resort town famous for crafts.

Next, enjoy private touring in Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. With your expert local guide, tour former samurai and geisha neighborhoods. Explore the renowned Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan, and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Ishikawa Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Also visit the city’s central food market, a pottery kiln and shops specializing in Kanazawa’s celebrated silk, lacquer and gold leaf products.

End in Tokyo, a dynamic city where tradition and modernity co-exist. With your private guide and driver, tour Tokyo’s top cultural attractions, as well as interesting neighborhoods such as Ginza, Harajuku and Aoyama. Also visit top ceramics museums, galleries and shops, such as the Idemitsu Museum, Toguri Museum, Nezu Museum, Mingeikan (Japan Folk Crafts Museum) and Tokyo National Museum.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Fukuoka

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2

Fukuoka & Saga Prefecture
Full-day private excursion to ceramics towns and shops

Day 3

Fukuoka – Kyoto
Private transfer to station for first-class shinkansen (bullet train). Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 4

Full-day private tour

Day 5

Full-day private city tour, including appointment with leading pottery expert and visit to local pottery village

Day 6

Kyoto - Yamashiro Onsen
Private transfer to station for first-class express train. Private arrival transfer to luxury ryokan inn for 2 nights, including kaiseki ryori dinner

Day 7

Yamashiro Onsen
Full-day private tour, including renowned ceramics shops

Day 8

Yamashiro Onsen – Kanazawa – Tokyo
Private touring in Kanazawa en route to train station for first-class shinkansen. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 9

Full-day private city tour

Day 10

Depart Tokyo
Private airport transfer


Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto or Four Seasons Kyoto
Yamashiro Onsen: Araya Totoan
Tokyo: Aman Tokyo

$16,350 Per person (double occupancy)