Japanese Pottery Workshop Near Nijo Castle in Kyoto

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Experience Details
Experience Location
1 hour
Number of Guests
2 - 5 guests
Make your own Japanese pottery in this hands-on workshop near Nijo Castle in central Kyoto. Your two pottery items will be finished, fired & shipped to your address several weeks later!
Make two cups or dishes out of pottery at a local studio in central Kyoto!
Beginner potters welcome: This experience is suitable for all levels of expertise
Easy to access: the pottery studio is near UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle, only a few minutes walk from Nijo Station, or a short train ride from Kyoto Station
Your pieces will be shipped to you about a month after the experience for an additional shipping fee.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Unlike other Japanese art forms, the country's pottery intentionally embraces imperfection. Lacquerware items, for instance, are painstakingly precise; ceramic cups or bowls, on the other hand, often come in irregular shapes and bleeding colors. Defects are perhaps most evident in kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramic items with lacquer and powdered gold. Other pottery items, too, reveal the artisan's skill with distinguishing features that the untrained eye might mistake for faults but actually make the item more prized for being unique. So, whether you are a trained potter or new to the craft, Japan is a great place to experiment with pottery! In this beginner-friendly pottery class, you'll shape two cups or dishes out of clay on an electric potter's wheel with the help of an instructor. Once you've shaped the items, your teacher will finish and fire them. No need to worry about something breaking inside your suitcase! Your pottery pieces will be shipped to your address (this takes about a month, and shipping costs are not included in the experience price). Receive your items at home as a memorable souvenir of your time in Kyoto! Itinerary: -Meet your host at the pottery studio and learn a brief overview of Japanese ceramics. -Create up to two pottery items (cups or dishes) using the electric potter’s wheel. -Your teacher will finish your work, fire it in the pottery kiln, and ship it to your designated address for an additional fee (this process takes about a month). -Receive your pottery items at home! This workshop is within walking distance from Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the home of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japan's first shogun during the Edo Period, the castle grounds also house a beautiful Japanese landscape garden, Ninomaru Palace Garden. Alternatively, the workshop can be reached via a short train ride from Kyoto Station.
Pottery class
Materials, finishing & firing of up to 2 pottery items
Transportation to and from the venue
Shipping fee
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Go directly to the pottery studio, located 5 min walk from Nijo Station (approx 10 min walk from Nijo Castle), or 10 min by train from Kyoto Station. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Children aged 6 and over are welcome to join the class.
The pottery-making experience will be about an hour long, but the teacher will later finish and fire the pieces and ship them to your designated address for a separate fee about a month later.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Featuring beautiful landscapes from mountain to sea, Kyoto Prefecture conveys traditional Japanese culture through its architecture and gardens, art and artisanal crafts, and delicious local cuisine made from regional produce.
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Earliest available date: April 18, 2024
¥ 4,781
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals