November 2018:

Japan seen through its crafts, gardens and temples

Kaminohashi at Fukagawa, 1920 (Library of Congress)

Kaminohashi at Fukagawa, 1920 (Library of Congress)

Japan seen through its crafts, gardens and temples

1st to 16th November 2018

 

This tour opens for booking in the second half of November 2017.  Please contact Rufus Reade Tours if you want to be informed the moment it opens for booking.

Autumn in Japan

Autumn may be Japan’s most spectacular season, with the maple trees turning. With this gorgeous range of colours around us we aim to see something of Japan’s very rich heritage of living crafts, gardens and temples whilst keeping somewhat to the north of the main touristic route (which runs parallel to the southern coast). We will rely on the excellent Japanese railway system to criss-cross the country.  Heading north from Nagoya, well known for its tie-dye technique (shiborbi), our itinerary takes us to the coast of the Sea of Japan. 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 Niigata Prefectureand 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 the UK. We plan to stay on Sado island and in Mashiko in ryokans, traditional Japanese inns often associated with hot springs: sleeping is on futons laid over tatami mats on the floor. Elsewhere our accommodation might be described as ‘hybrid’ with a blend of western and Japanese elements. The tour is led by Rufus Reade.