kyoto fushimi

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic travel into Japan has not been available, sorry! The informatioin here will be updated with correct prices etc. when the Tour becomes possible again. Meanwhile feel free to browse the information here.


Would you like a guided Art tour of Kyoto, Japan's beautiful historic city and tourism mecca?


6th successful year! Places fill fast!

Tour Dates - to be announced

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Connect with Japanese art and Mokuhanga..

See the range of galleries, incredible shops and interesting places of Art and Mokuhanga..

Visit professional mokuhanga artists and teachers..

Experience the temples, shrines, shops and restaurants of Kyoto without spending a fortune..

Enjoy this great experience led by an experienced guide with local knowledge..


For ten days I will guide our small group of five to the best and most interesting places in Kyoto, some where Western tourists seldom or never go! You can have a relaxed guided tour and avoid the tourist traps and unnecessary spending.

Create mokuhanga surrounded by an inspiring and authentic environment in a three day mokuhanga workshop at the studio of Kyoto Teacher, Richard Steiner.

The tour includes a mix of Art & mokuhanga specific experiences as well as visits to a selection of Kyoto's fantastic places.

Having lived in Kyoto for two years and visited several times, I have the knowledge and connections to deliver a once in a lifetime experience of Kyoto for a great price! The previous year's tours have all been full of great experiences for everyone involved.

With only five places available, these are assured to be a comfortable, personalised tours, that I expect to fill quickly.


I found the trip wonderful... it all seemed so uncomplicated being led around by you. Most of all I liked the workshop with Richard and the visit to Shoichi San's studio. These were real privileges. - Bernice Lewis 2015

I arrived home after spending ten days of pure bliss on your tour.. it is astounding what we managed to cover in those ten days. This tour was truly a dream, as it covered so much more than was anticipated. The idea of a tour was always appealing, especially as it gave me a good reason to visit Japan, without merely being a tourist. - Margaret McLaughlin 2016

 The Kyoto tour has been exciting and seamlessly put together. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and good humour, being patient with pottering artists... I'd recommend Kyoto for its sheer diversity of things to see and experience, lovely safe place for meandering... Little quaint shops where artisans uphold their traditional crafts, awesome quirky cafe's and eateries, yummo! I particularly enjoyed the temples, shrines and watery nature spots, the tea house at the top of the ancient temple, paper making village so nice. Delightful tour. - Sue Barmos 2017




October in Kyoto is one of the best times to visit. The weather is generally settled and still warm, without the heat and humidity of summer. It is also less crowded than peak tourism seasons, so perfect for stress free sightseeing! Kyoto's famous Momiji (Autumn Leaves) are later in the year.



Stay in a comfortable single room with full ameties only a short walk from convenient train and subway stations, large supermarket and a range of shops and cafes. Just around the corner from Nijo-jo (Nijo Castle), this is out of the bustling main centre. It is also easy access for a bus to the mokuhanga workshop with Richard Steiner. With helpful, English speaking staff and a free breakfast, this is a great place to stay, without costing a fortune. 


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The three day workshop will be taken by master teacher and mokuhanga artist, Richard Steiner, at his studio in Kyoto, near to the famous Shimogamo shrine. You can receive professional instruction from Steiner Sensei at his own studio / workshop. The cost of the workshop and materials are included in the fee All tools, pigments and other equipment will be provided. As Sensei has retired from teaching short workshops, this is one of the last opportunities to experience his wonderful teaching style and knowledge.


Echizen Washi no Sato

We include a one-day trip to Echizen washi no sato (Echizen Papermaking village), an historic area making Japan's best washi. Visit the paper making workshops, see the techniques, meet the artisans and visit washi galleries and museums. This is about a 1 1/2 hour trip into the next province (Fukui) and we will travel past Lake Biwa. A great one-day trip out of Kyoto!



Travel by train where needed, otherwise walk! Kyoto is a walking city, generally flat and you will see many amazing sights and shops along the way. There is no need for a Japan Rail pass or to travel by shinkansen (Bullet train) in Kyoto. Jump on the local trains and experience normal life in Japan. Using the train system is easy and I will guide you how to use it. We may use buses occasionally however they tend to get very crowded!


Tour Fee (New Fees will be updated when the next Tour is announced)

Pre-pandemic fees.... The fee is only $3399 per person, which includes: transfers from Kansai Airport to Kyoto accommodation on the first and last days of the tour (if needed), local transport, visit to Exhizen Washi no Sato, entry to tour venues, accommodation at Uraraka Guest House, workshop fee with Richard Steiner, and the fee for planning and guiding the tour.


Secure Your Place Now with a 25% deposit of $850. The balance must be paid by August 12th, two months prior to departure. 

Early Bird Booking - $220 discount! Book and pay in full before February 14th, 2020. Full cost only $3179!

*Paypal Surcharge - if paying by credit card through Paypal, an extra charge of 2.9% will be added, (fee free payment in Japanese yen available).


Your Costs - Not Provided in the Tour Fee

Airfare - You can choose your preferred options / carrier, but should arrive in the morning 12th October at Kansai Airport. I possible, it is recommended to arrive the evening before and stay close by, then meet at the airport. You can also choose to arrive in Kyoto by another method.

Food - You can choose to eat wherever you like, there is a huge range of restaraunts and costs! (5,000 yen per day = $AU62 = moderate eating - I will show you how you can live cheaply in Japan!)

Shopping - You can find many beautiful gifts or interesting objects for yourself or others. I am happy to advise you where some great shops are located.

Travel Insurance - It is highly recommended you purchase travel insurance for yourself.

Visa - Australian citizens are automatically granted a free 90 day visitor visa on entry to Japan.


Some of the great photos from the previous tours:

Bamboo Forest in Kyoto Kyoto Tour Print Shop Munakata Shiko Original Print Shoichi Kitamura Studio Kyoto Daigo-Ji Garden At Fushimi Inari Taisha Echizen Washi Village gwasendo shopping Lucky to see Maiko san (Young Kyoto Geisha) Brush Shop Richard Steiner WorkshopIn the Paper Shop