A Day Trip from Osaka to 800 Year Old Pottery Village -- Meet a Beautiful Scenery and Folk Art --

Art & Architecture Beautiful Scenery Culture Experience Food & Drink
39,050 JPY - / person
About 8 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Welcome to Osaka! Are you looking for an off the beaten path-experience while you are visiting Japan?

This is a day trip tour with a local guide to visit a beautiful Japanese mountain village known for its pottery making, traditional townscape, beautiful scenery of nature, and delicious food!
This is especially perfect for those friends who are hoping to meet Japanese craftsmen or looking for some pottery to bring home as souvenirs.

( About Tamba Sasayama )
Tamba Sasayama is a beautiful town where you can see traditional rural scenery because it is surrounded by mountains. It is located about 70 km away from Osaka city taking about one hour train trip.

( Transportation method )
Transportation method is very limited in the mountain village.
So I will recommend to charter a private car and driver, or rent a bike to explore the village!
Please note that the tour price does not include transportation fees. Please review the description about the transportation costs and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Meeting Place

Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby in Osaka city. If you are staying at outside of Osaka city, please contact your guide and we will arrange a meeting location.


Price per person (tax included)
39,050 JPY - / person
Max participants
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

Guiding service



-Traveler and guide’s round trip tickets to Sasayamaguchi station : 6,000yen /person
-Local taxi ride in the village about 14,000 yen/ car ( capable up-to three traveler and a guide )

Alternative recommendation for Local transportation :
-Chauffeured car in the village : 40,000 yen - ( capable up-to four traveler and a guide )
-Rental e-bike : 5,000yen / bike -

Approximately 5,000 yen - 10,000yen /person
If you have any special dietary request (vegetarian / food allergy etc.) please let me know in advance.
I will propose some delicious recommendations accordingly.

Note :
This tour requires 2 minimum of people.


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    Beautiful Scenery of Nature

    The highlight of this trip is definitely the beautiful scenery of the mountains and townscape. Spring, we will stroll under cherry blossoms blooming along the local river. Summer, we enjoy the greenness of rice growing in the fields under the sunlight. Needless to say, the autumn foliage is beautiful. We will see the mountain slopes turning red and yellow. Finally winter, we will see the mountains sleeping silently under a layer of snow.

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    The Museum of Ceramic Art

    This museum is one of the largest ceramic art museums in Japan, exhibiting domestic and international ceramics collected based on different themes each season. The most significant collection is the local folk art called Tamba-yaki. Tamba-yaki developed around the 12th century as daily necessities, such as water bottles, big jars and bowls. From the 17th century onwards, it developed into a luxury item decorated with special techniques. Despite being a high quality work of art, Tamba-yaki has a warm and gentle appearance that makes you want to hold it in your hands every day as a daily necessity.

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    Don't you underestimate the quality of dining just because it is away from the city. Delicious food is the main reason why I bring you to Tamba Sasayama. Please let me know if you have any special dietary request such as vegetarian or food allergies. I will propose some delicious recommendations accordingly.

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    Pottery Shopping

    There are countless small pottery shops dotting the valley surrounded by mountains. Many of them are potteries with a history of several hundred years that have been passed down from generation to generation, and each one produces works with different styles and characters. It is so much fan to look for the one you like to bring home.

    Optional 1 :
    If you like to make your own pottery, pottery making experience is available! ( Experience cost starting from 2,000 yen - shipping fee starting from 15,000yen - ) \
    Optional 2 :
    Renting an e-bike is the perfect way to shop efficiently while enjoying beautiful mountain scenery! ( Renting cost starting from 5,000yen / bike - )


Let's Explore Japan's Old and New with me!

Hi everyone, my name is Lisa, I am a licensed guide approved by the Japan Tourism Agency offering tours about Japanese architecture, gardens and history. Being a foodie, I also love to share the Japanese food culture! I was born and raised in Osaka, the city of excitement and delicious food!! My wonder towards my own culture started when I was completing my bachelor degree in architecture in Kyoto and I started showing around Osaka and Kyoto's cultural properties for foreign travelers as a volunteer guide in 2009. After moving to Tokyo for work in a marketing and promotion field, I started my professional career as a government licensed guide in 2016. Now I am a full-time tour guide based in my hometown, Osaka, and also Kyoto and Nara where the center of Japanese historical architecture, art and crafts! I have met a lot of wonderful people through introducing beautiful cultural properties, and I will look forward to making many more friends :)

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39,050 JPY - / person