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Kyoto Traditional Crafts
Kyoto has a rich history in crafts and today you will get to try your hand at both pottery making and also the intricacies of kimono dyeing. This full-day tour also includes stop-offs at several landmarks before ending in the city’s Geisha district.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your local specialist guide who will help you use the public transport network to reach Kyoto’s pottery district. Kyoto is renowned for its ‘kyo-yaki’ pottery and you can see examples of this in many of the city’s temples and shrines. Here, your guide escort you to a pottery maker, and you will be able to try your hand at making your own pot, which you can bake and then have sent to your home address as a keepsake.
The next stop will by a Yuzen Gallery. Yuzen is the name given to the art of dying the kimono, one of Japan’s traditional formal gowns. Dating back to the 8th century, yuzen is still practised today, and with the help of a professional, you will be able to try dying some fabric, which you can take with you to show off your skills.
After enjoying a traditional lunch, your guide will then escort you to Nijo Castle, where you may see some examples of both pottery and yuzen dyed kimonos as you walk along the castle’s famous ‘singing’ nightingale floor.
Your final stop will be the vast Nishiki market. Called ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, the market is known for its food and kitchenware, spread across more than a hundred stalls and a wonderful place to grab a snack. The market opens out at Gion, one of Kyoto’s Geisha districts where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Geisha or apprentice Maiko making their way to an early evening appointment.
After the tour, your guide will assist you with transport back to your hotel, or if you prefer, suggest other options for independent travel.
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