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Sushi, Sukiyaki, Yakitori, Ramen are of course must-eat foods that represent Japanese cuisines. But local Japanese people do not eat them every day. Are you interested in tasting what locals enjoy? This tour takes you to Nakameguro and crawl several restaurants and bars crowded with local office workers (almost) without foreign tourists.

Nakameguro is a fashionable neighborhood but is full of local color. It is a good residential area and there are many restaurants with cozy and warm atmosphere filled with local people. Do not forget observing your surrounding as you walk through the town, because it is a great opportunity to see how ordinary people are living in Tokyo!

• Meet at Nakameguro station at 19:00
• Crawling restaurants and bars. Enjoy local cuisines among locals!
• Return to Nakameguro station around 21:30

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Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Daido Moriyama, Yoshitomo Nara, Makoto Aida and Naoki Koide, etc., Japan is home for many talented artists. It will be very interesting experience to put yourself in Tokyo and feel the context that the great art works were created then to see the latest art pieces.

Japan has been produced unique artists in the stream of subculture, and some of them such as Hokusai Katsushika, affected artists in the Western countries since the 19th century. Likewise, artists in Japan today deliver great works and influence on people in the world.

  • You will visit 2~5 galleries in Tokyo. This is a fully customized tour to reflect your preference.
  • If you are an art collector, please inform us which artists you like and want to see/ purchase.
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Mashiko town is located at 2hours away from Tokyo and it is a cozy, calm and small town surrounded by hills.  This small town is famous for pottery and thousands of people visit every May during pottery festival.

Mashiko ware is relatively “new” pottery in Japan and people started producing potteries there in the 19th century. Originally the products were for daily usage and transported to the capital of Japan Edo, which is Tokyo today. It was beginning of the 20th century that Mashiko became famous nationwide, when Shoji Hamada settled there and rediscovered the beauty of colors made by local ingredients. Today Mashiko potteries are known with rustic earth colors such as dark vermilion, brown and black. But at the same time, more than 80 potters are Read More

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Kyoto has been not only capital of Japan but the center of culture since 794 . Still today, Kyoto is a place where we can see traditions. Having being protected by nobilities and rich merchants, high techniques of crafts such as weaving, several kinds of potteries, metal engravings, golden leaf works, and papers etc. have been transferred from generation to generation. When you visit any of workshop of those traditional crafts, you will be inspired not only by masters’s high skills and techniques  but also by their philosophy and the way of living as a master. We have a list of variety of masters who are happy to show you part of their works in action and to talk with you in person.

  • Pottery Masters
    • Kiyomizu Ware
    • Raku Ware
    • Folk Pottery (Successor of Kanjiro Kawai)
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koi travel, origami

Do you have free time during your stay in Tokyo? If so, why not learn and feel the spirit of Japanese culture through origami lesson along with having a bowl of green tea and listening to a mini lecture on Japanese culture.

Origami, which is the traditional Japanese art of folding a square shaped paper into various figures such as birds, flowers and many other things without using scissors or paste. It has been popular pastime among Japanese children.

After folding origami with the master in your hotel room, you can stick the origami you folded on a special paper board to take home for display.

  • The instructor will visit your hotel room. The instructor will serve you a cup of green tea (matcha) with Japanese sweets and start off with a Read More
koi travel, calligraphy

Do you have free time during your stay in Tokyo? If so, why not learn and feel the spirit of Japanese culture through calligraphy?

Calligraphy, which was originally developed in China and brought to Japan with Buddhism, has developed as a form of art. It has a meditational effect when you concentrate on writing.

After practicing calligraphy with the master in your hotel room, you can write on a special board to take home for display. If you have a particular character/design that you would like to write, the master will prepare a sample for you in advance.

  • The instructor will visit your hotel room. The instructor will start off with a short lecture about the calligraphy.
  • No art experience is required but your artistic sense will appear in your work!
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On this tour, you will visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and several bonsai gardens in the Bonsai Village in Saitama. The Bonsai Village was open around 1925 as several bonsai farmers escaped from Tokyo after a big earthquake in 1923. By visiting different gardens you will learn different styles and concepts.

As a highlight of the tour, you will meet a professional bonsai master and make a small bonsai under his instruction. His garden and bonsai style have the honorable history of being loved by Prime Ministers, CEOs and loyal family members in Japan.

The tour is not only for guests who have interests in zen spirit or bonsai but also for those who want to use this opportunity to be introduced to the world of bonsai. The tour offers Read More

koi travel, bizen ware

On this tour, a professional pottery artist who is a living master will help you gain an in-depth understanding of pottery in Japan.

Bizen ware is said to have originated in the 5th century and its simple beauty continues to fascinate us today. The tour will not only introduce you to major pottery styles in Japan and their history but also the way of life of ‘shokunin’ (masters) who produce them.

Tour details:
• Morning: We will visit the artist’s workshop located in the mountain area. He will show you his workshop/kiln and explain to you the way of life of ‘shokunin’, which is a core part of Japanese culture. You can experience making a Bizen ware, which can be sent to you at a later date (additional cost for material/postage).
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koi travel, sword smith visit

Can you believe that sword smiths still exist in modern day Japan? Yes, they do! Master Akihira is one of the most passionate swordsmiths out of about 80 active in Japan. He received his sword smith name Akihira from his master when he finished his many years of apprenticeship.

His workshop is not so far from Tokyo as he values frequent interaction with his clients in order to make swords that are just right for them. With an hour’s ride on the bullet train from Ueno station and 10 minutes’ drive by car, you arrive at his workshop.

Inside the workshop, you will be able see vividly his craftsmanship in action. Depending on when you visit Master Akihira, you will witness how chunk of iron turns into steel, or how the Read More

koi travel, tea ceremony

Now there are some places that serve you a cup of green tea or matcha as a “tea ceremony”. But you will not understand what really is only having a cup of tea without enough explanation. Tea ceremony is a comprehensive art that forms bases of Japanese art. Did you know many other arts like room decoration, flower arrangements, calligraphy, equipment, kaiseki dishes and sweets were invented or improved as tea ceremony was developed? We offer a tour through which you will learn more about tea ceremony and the culture and history behind.

This tour offers you a great experience of tea ceremony as well as learning of tea ceremony at a tea ceremony museum. It perfectly fits for the ones who want to learn deeply about tea ceremony and related arts.