Be a Potter
in rural Nara

Come, away from cities into mountains, calm yourself in a quiet temple, then empty your mind creating a pottery.
A day of mindfulness

Tour Description

“I wish my guests were here.” One of our guides thought when she visited a temple in rural Nara. The place was peaceful. We also happen to know a potter from the area. So here is a plan for a day trip to rural Nara!


Muroji Temple

Muroji Temple is famous among locals for its natural beauty. Autumnal leaves and spring flowers attract people to this Buddhist temple. It enshrines statues designated as national treasures and important cultural properties. The temple has been here in a mountain of Nara since the mid-ninth century.

Pottery Lesson

Time to release your creativity! Meet a local potter and make a memento of Nara at his private studio.

Painting Plan: Choose a cup and decorate with your design.

Pottery Plan: Craft your own pottery. It can be a cup, a bowl, a mug, a plate, etc. Work with a hand-turned pottery wheel or an electric pottery wheel.

*The number of electric pottery wheels is limited (two wheels).

Local Cuisine

Enjoy local cuisine. The pictures show set meals by Hashimotoya, an inn by Muroji Temple, that use local harvests.

Tour Schedule

March 1 – Nov. 30

Advance Reservation Required

*Minimum 2 persons
*Maximum 6 persons
Book now

Maximum number for each plan

Pottery Plan: 6 persons
Painting Plan: 6 persons


at 11:00 a.m. (Recommended!)

In front of ticket gates in Kintetsu Muroguchi-Ono Station

*Hotel Pick-up Available.
*Nara Station to Muroguchi-Ono Station takes about 1 hour.
*Kyoto/Osaka to Muroguchi-Ono Station takes about 1 hour 30 mins.


4 hours
*4 hours does not include the time for transportation to Muro.


*Tour Fee = Guide Fee + (Pottery Plan and/or Painting Plan) + Miscellaneous( Hotel pick-up, temple admission, lunch, and transportation)


Hotel Pick-up:

  • From your hotel in Nara: 3000yen + guide’s train fare from your hotel to Muroguchi-Ono Station
  • From your hotel in Kyoto or Osaka: 5000yen + guide’s train fare from your hotel to Muroguchi–Ono station


Guide fee does not include the following:

  • Admission Fee for Muroji Temple – 600yen per person
  • Lunch at the traditional Japanese inn – 2200yen per person
  • Taxi fares between places during the tour – about 6500yen per car

About the use of a taxi:
Because of the inconvenience of public transportation of the area, taxis are used during the tour.
(Route) Muroguchi-Ono station ~ Muroji Temple ~ Pottery workshop ~ Muroguchi-Ono station


Please come in clothes ready to play with clay or brush! The creative process sometimes leaves marks on your clothes.
Spend a day of mindfulness

Be a Potter in Rural Nara

Between 3/1 -11/30!

Minimum 2 adults

Please enquire. Availability depends on the potter’s schedule.

Call us