Creative Tours for Professional Designers & Artists

Come and get inspired for your next design project by meeting skilled craftsmen in Japan. You will get a chance to see their studio and production space and talk to them directly about your design needs.

  • Save time – we do the planning for you based on your requirements (bookings, logistics, meals and transportations)
  • Exclusive access to workshops and studios, not open to the public
  • Speak directly with potential collaborators – about your design project
  • English interpreter who is also in the Design world will guide you at all time (know-how, also a designer, design intelligence)
  • See craftsmen traditional skills in actions

■Creative Tour
Your tour itinerary is 100% customized to your needs. We will curate the craftsmen whose skills match your requirements.

Kyoto / Tokyo / Ibaraki / Okinawa
TIME and DESIGN has a good stock of knowledge of crafts in those three prefectures of Japan.  And of course, we can do research for you if you are interested in a specific craft in other places  in Japan.

-Textile Tour
Are you in fashion industry? Working for an interior design or home decor company? … and looking for a unique textile ?

Japan has a long history of creating fabrics of exceptional quality, including ones used for kimonos. Modern designs have incorporated this luxurious cloth and applied them to new products beyond Japan’s formal wear, including everyday fashion and accessories, textile arts, upholstery, and interior design.

We have craftsmen that can create a bolt of customized cloth to ones meant for large scale projects.

-Pottery Tour
(Kyoto / Ibaraki)

Looking for a new supplier for your tableware brand?  Japan has a long history of pottery, and you can get high quality pottery with so many different texture. A lot of studios can accept OEM design from outside of their studios. 

-Bamboo Tour
Bamboo is another material that you can find in Japan. There are highly skilled craftsmen who create things such as basket, bags and furniture. 

-Combo Tour
Not looking for a particular theme but are interested in getting inspired
by Japanese creativity? Workshops are available, too!

-Photographer/videographer Tour
(Kyoto / Tokyo / Ibaraki)
Footages of authentic traditional craftsmen in action can be shot for your content media.

One-day tour
・8-hour tour 

・3-4 studios
・From 3 to 20 people
One group: $1200 USD for three people, $100 USD per additional person

Two-day  full tour
・8-hour tour ×two days 

・6-8 studios
・From 3 to 20 people
One group: $1500 USD for three people, $100 USD per additional person

Hands-on Workshops (Optional)
If you are interested in getting first-hand experience utilizing some of the techniques these craftsmen use, we may be able to arrange a hands-on workshop in addition to your tour.

Included in our tours:
Pre-trip preparation(reservation making based on your requests /Communication with Japanese craftsmen), Transportation(mainly taxi), Lunch(except for Half-day short tour), English guide at all time

Tour Booking Inquiry:
Please fill out the request form and let us know about you! This is only to get the conversation started and is not a final booking.

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Personal traveler with less budget? We have a special semi-order made tour in Kyoto!