Press Release


Crafts, pottery and autumn colours in Japan


Visit Japan when landscape gardens, national parks and forest clad mountains are ablaze with red, yellow and golden leaves.

October and November are the best months to see autumn foliage starting in the northern island of Hokkaido then slowly moving south as the days progress.

Kyoto`s gardens reach their peak of colour from mid November, as do the national parks of central Honshu island.

Visitors to Japan`s far north should be there by the end of October, before the leaves have all fallen.

Since 1983 Brisbane based Japan tour specialist Toursgallery has been creating and operating 7 small group tours every year.

Toursgallery offer 2 different fully escorted autumn tours to Japan priced from $7,998.

"To guarantee our guests will see the best autumn leaves, we visit 5 different climatic areas during each tour." said Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery

"Rural villages and forested mountains are mixed in with famous city gardens, in order to give people a complete Japanese experience." he said.

Guests can watch the sunset on Mt Fuji whilst relaxing in an outdoor spa pool, receive a blessing by a Shinto priest at a colourful shrine surrounded by a deciduous autumn forest and stroll around little villages to see old thatch roof farm houses.

Watch potters at work, see a village craft artist making hand made paper and visit a local flea market that sells everything from second hand wedding kimonos to antiques at bargain prices.

Learn about the history and making of Noritake Ceramics, discover the pottery of Karatsu, Imari, Koishihara and Arita.

At a truly traditional and photogenic old indigo dye works the master will show his hands on technique and his wife gives a weaving demonstration on a hand loom.

See Shizuoka silk weaving, the making of washi hand-made paper and a wood carving artist and Arimatsu Shibori clothing.

Guests on Toursgallery's November tour will also visit Kumamoto Castle, a selection of traditional landscape gardens, temples, shrines and the magnificent MIHO art museum.

Japan hides real treasures for the autumn traveller who is looking for a mixture of nature and an equally colourful culture.

English speaking guides, buffet dinners and banquets of fine Japanese cuisine, private charter coach transportation and accommodation in a selection of spa resorts, five star western hotels and truly picturesque Japanese Inns are all included.

Toursgallery tours are for people who like to get off the beaten track in comfort.

Autumn photos of Japan can be see in the internet at www.toursgallery.com

For brochures phone toll free 1300 307 317 or send an email to travel@toursgallery.com


Media Contact : Ken Osetroff

Phone: (07) 3359 6651 ; Fax: (07) 3359 1263 ; Toll free: 1300 307 317

Email: travel@toursgallery.com
Internet: www.toursgallery.com


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