Artisans of Leisure’s privately guided, 17-day ceramics tour visits potters in 11 towns, including Imbe (known for its rustic Bizen-yaki ceramics) and Hagi (famous for its glazed tea accesories). Hands-on, clay-to-fire sessions can be arranged on request. Guests stay in luxury hotels and traditional ryokan along the way. $32,565. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.