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Paint Authentic Ceramics beside a Historic Temple

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HIGHLIGHTS

Try your hand at this colorful craft, followed by a temple tour and delightful lunch in Chofu #cc1000103

  • Explore Chofu, guided by your host who has lived in the area for over 10 years
  • Learn ceramic painting techniques and create your own piece to take home
  • Enjoy a private tour of Jindaiji Temple, famous for featuring in the anime “GeGeGe no Kitaro”
  • 2 hour total

  • English

  • Age Any

  • 2 〜 5

YOUR HOST

Kyuya KAMAZAWA

I made my debut as a photographer while still in elementary school! My elder brother lent me his camera for my school trip, which enabled me to take my own photos and distribute them. It was such an empowering experience that it kick-started my lifelong love for photography. Photography has opened many doors for me and allowed me to not just take in the spellbinding diversity of the world but also preserve its beauty through my unique perspective. My work has taken me to Tibet and the Silk Road, where I was privileged to interact with many minority tribes living in Yunan Province. I also spent time at the Mekong Delta and observed how the locals' lives were inextricably linked with this magnificent river. Such experiences have gained me recognition as a professional: I got to hold many exhibitions and author books that detailed my journeys.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Welcome to Chofu, an area in Tokyo where you can create beautiful painted ceramics that double as great souvenirs. Your host, Kamazawa-san will guide you through the painting techniques, and then, as you wait for your work to dry, lead you on a historic tour before lunch! Chofu is home to the breathtaking Jindaiji Temple. This Tendai sect temple is said to have been founded in 733 AD, making it the second oldest Buddhist temple in Japan. The temple buildings were restored in the 20th Century, but the main gate still features its original structure, dating back to 1695. The streets leading up to the temple are lined with local vendors and countless soba noodle restaurants. During the Edo period, it was difficult to grow rice in the region so buckwheat and buckwheat “soba” noodles popularized as an important piece of the history and local cuisine of Chofu. Bask in the peaceful surroundings, lose yourself in the beautiful botanical gardens just north of the temple, and breathe in the calm air of this quiet corner of Tokyo. You’ll leave this tour full and recharged, but not before picking up your now dry, personally painted ceramic memento of a truly relaxing day!

  • Meet your host, Mr. Kamazawa!

  • Follow Mr. Kamazawa to spots that only the locals know, before heading to the ceramic painting shop.

  • Choose your favorite piece and get painting, using pro tips from Mr. Kamazawa as you go.

  • Once your pottery is set to dry, the host will guide you to the nearby Jindaiji Temple as you pass the time.

  • Jindaiji Temple is a well-known historic temple. It's also treasured especially for being featured as the backdrop in the animation "GeGeGe no Kitaro" .

  • Head Back to the Shop! Recharged and refreshed, head back to the shop to pick up your dried pottery.

DETAILS

  • Duration

    2h

  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 5

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age

    Any

  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.

PRICES

  • Adults(12+)

    ¥11,600

  • Children(4~11)

    ¥7,600

  • Infants(~3)

    Free

Included in the Price

Experience Interpreter Insurance

NOTES

  • Things to bring

    Comfortable clothes and shoes.

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    tommy

    I think this kind of tour will be cool for foreigners. It will be better if the tour time can be more flexible ( like we do not really have to end at a specific time ). So that people can walk around freely in their own steps.See moreSee less

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Children: ¥7,600 Infants: Free

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