Japanese Arts and Crafts
7-Day | Customized Journey
Japanese Arts and Crafts
Tokyo > Gunma > Nagano > Kanazawa
Travel through the mountains of the Chubu region on a journey to discover some of the roots of Japanese arts and crafts. Many towns and villages in this region are rarely visited by foreign travelers, making it an ideal destination for a guided tour. On this journey, you will meet local artists, visit their studios, and listen to their stories, an experience you will never forget.
The area stretching between Tokyo and Kanazawa is called the Chubu region and is home to many arts and crafts that are of cultural significance to Japanese history. Discover Japanese silk in Gunma prefecture and learn about the sericulture that once thrived in the region before spending a night at a Zen temple in Nagano to experience Zen culture. Our journey then takes you to Kanazawa city, known as “Little Kyoto”. Kanazawa was established in 1583 by the Maeda Clan who ruled the area from Kanazawa Castle, until the Edo period. Because of the Maeda wealth, art and culture flourished in Kanazawa. This legacy remains to this day, and Kanazawa is best known for its historical attractions, modern museums, and its vibrant arts and crafts community. Visiting the Gassho Village (a UNESCO Heritage Site) in historical Shirakawa-go will transport you to a forgotten era.
Enjoy the great seafood, beautiful nature, and warm and welcoming hospitality the region offers.
Ideal trip for:
First time in Japan , Family with older children , Like-minded friends , Couples
starts at $3400 per person, double occupancy
Minimum number of travelers:
- Tour of Tomioka Silk Mill
- Regional cuisine cooking lesson
- Temple stay and Zen experience
- Sericulture and weaving studio visit in Ueda
- Tour of Kutani kiln
- Cultural workshop
- Kenrokuen Japanese Garden and Tea Ceremony
- Visit Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts
- Guided tour of Geisha district
- Day trip to Gassho Village (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Hotels and ryokan
Local transportation, include JP Pass & taxies
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Admission fees for activities listed
Our Commitment to You
Tanpopo Journeys is an independently-owned travel company located in St. Paul, MN, USA. Our mission is to work with artists, farmers, craftspeople, and small businesses to foster and help them preserve traditional Japanese crafts and food production methods and to share them with you. We would love to curate a one-of-a-kind travel experience for you.
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm (CST)
Sat: 10am – 3pm (CST)