Japan seen through crafts, gardens and temples

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Japan: following a theme of crafts, gardens and temples

19th September – 4th October 2018

The timing for this tour will enable those flying from boith London and Edinbuyrgh to fly via Helsinki to Nagoya where this tour begins. We aim to see something of Japan’s very rich heritage of living crafts, gardens and temples in central Honshu. We will rely on the excellent Japanese railway system to criss-cross the country.  Before heading north from Okazaki and Nagoya, we will see some traditional crafts in the area, including tie-dye technique (shibori). Our itinerary takes us to the coast of the Sea of Japan, including Kanazawa with its stunning Kenrokuen garden. Our journey will bring us to Sado Island, famous amongst other things for drumming. Later we will cross much of the breadth of mainland Japan, taking the train through Fukushima Prefecture before we head south towards the ceramic workshops of Mashiko, famous as the place where Bernard Leach worked with Shoji Hamada. Our route ends in Tokyo where there are return flights to both London and Edinburgh via Helsinki: or you can opt to extend your tour. The tour is led by Rufus Reade.