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Hi! We are a vibrant tour operator, which specializes in interactive, informative, experience-oriented private tours in Shiga Prefecture. For more details and for reservation, please visit our website.
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Elviajero_TA wrote a review Feb 2020
Phoenix, Arizona2 contributions1 helpful vote
If you enjoy making ceramics, collecting ceramics or just interested in the topic, this is a fabulous place for a day trip from Kyoto. First, your guide Seita is fabulous, his English is perfect and his knowledge of the area, ceramics and the best studios to visit will ensure a worthwhile day. Unfortunately for me the Miho Museum was closed (Dec-Mar) and there was no opportunity to work with a potter so I could make some pieces of my own, but, Seita let me know both of these issues before accepting my payment. Seita saved me at least one hour navigating the 3 trains from Kyoto to Shigaraki. I had an amazing day visiting the smaller Shigaraki museum, going to a ceramics supply store to pick up tools and supplies I can’t get in the US, spending time at the Ceramic Cultural Park to visit all their kilns and meet the artists in residence and visit many studios/homes of the great local potters to learn even more and purchase pieces. It is an experience I will never forget, all because of Seita’s knowledge and experience in Shigaraki.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from YUtour, マネージャー at YUtour
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Hi Elviajero_TA-san, thank you very much for writing the wonderful review about my service! I really appreciate it. It was fun for me to guide you, a very enthusiastic potter, around my favorite Shigaraki. I also enjoyed our "ceramic talk" throughout the day. Thank you for teaching me about porcelain and paper clay. I learned lots of new things! It was very sorry that we were not able to make our own pottery. Next time, let's try our hands on local clay for sure and visit more studios to see more pottery masterpieces (maybe we need a couple of days!). I hope you enjoy using the ceramics and tools you got in the town. Arigatou gozaimasu again for the wonderful day. Looking forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Japan! Seita
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tessiselated wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions1 helpful vote
I have a weird love for tanuki, and tanuki statues, and and as a result I really wanted to get to Shigaraki Pottery Village. Seita-san was an engaging, interesting and knowledgeable tour guide. From the geographic forces that had formed Shigaraki, to the history of their artisans, the pottery techniques and work of current artisans in the town. He was flexible, and able to take me past a few extra tanuki statues 😄 I learned so much more than I expected, met many fascinating locals, and the tour was definitely a highlight of my trip.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from YUtour, マネージャー at YUtour
Responded Feb 3, 2020
Hi, tessiselated-san, thank you so much for the positive review! I've visited the town hundreds of times, but I think on the tour with you I saw the most tanuki statues per day in my life :-D. I really enjoyed seeking ceramic tanuki in the town, as well as introducing my favorite local potters to you. When we ended the tour, I felt that we had met so many "creatures" in a day! I have shipped tanuki statues you bought and the ceramics you made in the town. I hope you love them! Arigatou gozaimasu for taking my services. Seita
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Angsty wrote a review Dec 2019
5 contributions11 helpful votes
We had a wonderful day tour with Mr. Seita Mori to Harie water village and a sake brewery. It was really a highlight of our trip to Japan -- we got to spend the day walking with the locals, trying the water from different kabatas, buying some home made tofu made with the spring water and just seeing how people live their daily lives. Mori-san made the tour really engaging and it's clear he loves his job and transmits that enthusiasm to his guests. Without his guiding, I don't think we would have understood as much of what we saw and the experience would have been quite different. We ended the trip in a sake brewery where we did a tasting and that was just the perfect way to end the day. We would love to return to the area and do another tour with Seita again!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from YUtour, マネージャー at YUtour
Responded Jan 16, 2020
Hi Angsty8160-san, thank you very much for writing the wonderful review! I really enjoyed guiding you to my favorite Harie. What I like about the village is not only its unique eco-system, but also the locals who always welcome my guests and me with warm, generous hospitality. It means a lot to me to hear that you had a great time in the village: it makes me feel that I could do something in return for their kindness :-). I am waiting for your return to Shiga Prefecture. There are many interesting, beautiful, exciting places in the area, as well as lovely locals like we met in Harie! Seita
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gslim73 wrote a review Dec 2019
Sterling, Virginia6 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a fantastic day trip to Hata and Harie with our wonderful guide Mr. Seita Mori. The 2 villages were not far from Kyoto but felt completely off the beaten path. They were both a refreshing contrast from the crowds in Kyoto. Seita was prompt, organized and has vast knowledge of Japanese history and culture. He had great rapport with all the villagers we met along the tour and we can feel he genuinely cares about the communities he's helping through his tours. We learned a lot of things from him about Hata and Harie, the people living there as well as Japanese history and culture in general. The lunch provided by the lovely matriarch of the home we visited in Hata was also unforgettable, especially the homemade yuzu miso. We highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a unique and enriching experience in Japan away from the normal crowds.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Responded Dec 7, 2019
Hi gslim73-san, thank you very much for the wonderful review! I also enjoyed the day exploring Hata and Harie with you, too. We were also very lucky with the weather! I met Kimiko-san (the matriarch in Hata) just two days after our visit. She said she was glad to see you enjoying her home-made yuzu-miso and konnyaku! Seeing my guests and locals having a good time together is one of the things I love most while I am guiding. Arigatou gozaimasu for the wonderful time, gslim73-san. Hope to see you again some day! Seita
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Simon H wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Highly recommended. We took the "Village Of Springs" tour, which was super interesting and made all the better by Seita (Mori-san). Giving us not only an amazing day out but also answering ALL our many questions on Japan and Japanese culture. Will definitely take another trip with YuTour next time in Japan!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from YUtour, マネージャー at YUtour
Responded Oct 23, 2019
Hi, smh79-san, arigatou gozaimasu for the fantastic review! I was glad to share interests in the nature and culture of the Harie village, which I really love, with you. Thank you for asking many questions! Trust me, I was enjoying answering them very much, because they give me "lenses", through which I can realize what in my country and our life, which seem to us quite normal, are actually not normal in the world. Thank you for taking my tour. I really look forward to being able to guide you again around the Lake Biwa area. Good luck for the England rugby team in the semifinal! Seita
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