Other Shopping Spots in Saga Area

  • The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Akasaka Hiei 2351-170
    This Arita ware specialist shopping mall deals in all kinds of porcelain, from daily use to business to gifts and fine art. In a 6,600 square meter facility, 22 shops are lined side-by-side along a 200-meter central road. Here one can enjoy a relaxing shopping experience, or take a break at a rest stop or restaurant. As the whole building is barrier-free, both wheelchairs and baby strollers are easy to use.

    Best place to see different types of ceramics made by different companies. Affordable also. An exhibition of different, but amazing porcelains. Some with the little spots or smudge will be sold much...

  • Yoyokaku Gallery
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashikaratsu 2-4-40
    A pottery gallery located inside the Yoyokaku ryokan inn in 2-Chome Higashi karatsu, Karatsu City. Pieces crafted by the Ryutagama pottery studio in Mirukashi, Karatsu City are displayed in the gallery. The gallery has three exhibition rooms, and, in addition to works by studio head Takashi Nakazato and his eldest son Taki, the gallery also displays pieces from Nakazato's second daughter Hanako Nakazato's studio monohanako.

    We stayed here for one night before leaving Kyushu. This traditional ryokan has been serving travelers for more than 130 years and currently managed by fourth generation owners Mr and Mrs Okachi...

  • Karatsu City Furusato Kaikan Arpino
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Shinkoumachi 2881-1
    A local specialty products hall located close to Karatsu Station in Shinko-machi, Karatsu City. Here visitors can purchase famous Karatsu sweets like Shoro Manju buns; nori seaweed and other marine products from the Ariake Sea; Karatsu tea; processed agricultural products like yuzu pepper made with Kyuragi's specialty yuzu fruit; and other local specialty products and crafts. On the second floor, visitors will find a Karatsu ware display space and shop which also has a corner where you can try painting your own Karatsu ware piece.

    Bel centro storico arroccato su un colle con uno spuntone che guarda ad ovest verso il fiume.. bella da vedere e,da vivere!

  • Fukagawa Seiji (Main Store)
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Koubira 1-1-8
    "Arita is the first place in Japan where porcelain was made. From the 17th century onward, Arita ware was an important product of what was once Saga-Nabeshima Domain and was extensively exported abroad, where it is known and loved as ""Imari ware,"" ""Ko-Imari,"" and ""Old Imari."" Fukagawa Seiji, a company which furthered global interest in Arita ware and which converted it into an art form, was founded in 1894 by Chuji Fukagawa, and Fukagawa erected Fukagawa Seiji's flagship store right here in Arita with the intent of welcoming customers from around the world. Even today, the structure retains a strong atmosphere redolent of the bygone Meiji and Taisho periods; the exterior of the building is covered in scratch tile, while the interior is decorated with floor mosaics and stained-glass windows. In the second-floor museum, visitors can view outstanding pieces crafted by Fukagawa Seiji bearing the distinct ""Meiji modern"" design style (advance reservation required). Today, the building and collection of the second-floor museum have received the Heritage of Industrial Modernization designation."

    The ceramics festival starts April 29th. The Fukagawa shops are a 40 minute walk from Arita station. There is only a shuttle bus during the festival. Good thing - you can ask them to call a cab for...

  • Takeo Onsen Bussankan
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Shouwa 805
    A local specialty products market situated along the Takeo bypass in Showa, Takeo-cho, Takeo City. Here visitors can purchase local specialty products and souvenirs, including confections, seafood, tea, and pottery. There's also a farmer's market selling local farm vegetables. The market is adjoined by Okkasan no Ichizen Meshiya, a self-service side dish style restaurant where you can eat local home style cooking. The market also holds classes in which you can paint a traditional Yumino doll (advance reservation required).

    日帰りバスツアーで利用しました。いわゆる道の駅で、地元産の野菜や果物、お菓子、お土産物などを売っています。新鮮で安いです。

  • Gallery Arita
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Honmachi Otsu 3057
    "A cafe situated along National Route 35 in Otsu, Hon-machi, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. The cafe serves a gozen meal, which comes with Arita's famous godofu tofu; ""Arita-yaki Gozen"", a meal consisting of an assortment of local delicacies served on Arita ware; Imari beef curry, Imari beef steaks; and Imari beef hamburg steaks. During teatime, the establishment also offers toast and pancakes topped with ice cream. Order a hot drink and you can choose which coffee cup it will be served in from among some 2,000 on display in the cafe."

    We were recommended to come here by the tourist centre. There did not seem a lot open when we arrived on the Tuesday afternoon following a national holiday on the Monday. We both had the fried...

  • Hizen Yoshida-Yaki Pottery Hall
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Yoshida Tei 4525-1
    A facility dedicated to Hizen Yoshida ware where you can experience making ceramics by hand and painting them. Hizen Yoshida ware is said to have originated with Yoshida Zaemon Iemune in 1577. It is often used for items like rice bowls, teacups, sake cups, teapots, and earthenware bottles. The hall exhibits and sells the leading work of the pottery studios around the ceramic district of Yoshida Saraya.

    This place, the capital of Saga Prefacture, is a place full of pottery things. Will come back again to see great pottery

  • Noritake Factory Outlet Imari
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Higashiyamashirochou Nagahama 120-3
    Noritake got its start as a small knickknack shop which opened on New York’s Sixth Avenue in 1876. Here at this outlet shop you can buy Noritake tableware, such as ever-so-slightly bluish white porcelains and milky white bone China characterized by its delicacy and warmth. The closest station is Higashi-Yamashiro Station on the Matsuura Nishi-Kyushu Line.

    どれも欲しくなり迷うくらい素敵な磁器がたくさんありました。 やはりアウトレットだけあって安い。だけど、そこそこの値段。 旅行の記念に、思い切って大皿を一枚買いました。

  • Farmer's Market Macchan
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    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Mitsusemurayuzuriha 246-1
    A farmers market situated along National Route 263 in Yuzuriha, Mitsuse-mura, Saga City. Here visitors can buy fresh vegetables picked that very morning, rice from Mitsuse-mura and Fuji-cho, and other agricultural products; homemade Zaruyose tofu made with soybeans grown in the prefecture; Japanese pickles; fried foods; manju buns; and more. You can eat your purchases in the adjoining eat-in space or enjoy a lunch buffet consisting of dishes made with fresh, local vegetables sold by weight.

    福岡のローカルTV番組でよく紹介される店です。安いのでたいてい駐車場もいっぱいです。この日は小雨混じりだったせいか、お客さんも少なめで第一駐車場にすぐにはいれました。きな粉パン、きな粉もち、ごぼうを買って帰りました。

  • ARITA PORCELAIN LAB
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Kamikouhira 1-11-3
    A pottery shop located in 1-Chome Kamikohira, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. The shop is the flagship location for the ARITA PORCELAIN LAB brand developed by Yazaemon-gama, a pottery studio established in 1804. The shop sells Arita ware tableware which combines traditional techniques with designs suited to modern lifestyles. There's also an adjoining cafe which serves dishes made with local ingredients on the brand's tableware.

    We dropped into this beautiful cafe/gallery for lunch. The food was fresh and delicious and the service prompt and helpful. What was most outstanding however was the kindness of the proprietor who is...

  • Marine Center Osakanamura
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Hamatamamachi Hamasaki 1922
    This seafood shop and restaurant is located in Hamasaki, Hamatama-machi, Karatsu City. The shop area sells fresh fish caught in the waters off Karatsu, squid shumai dumplings and other foods, and local specialty products and other souvenirs. The shop's dried fish are particularly popular and are made in the company's own factory using fish chosen by the discerning eyes of experienced professionals, natural salt, and hot spring water. The shop area is also adjoined by a large restaurant area with seating for 300 people which serves seafood cuisine made using seasonal fish.
  • Nabeshima Oniwayaki
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1822-1
    A pottery studio located Otsu Okawachi-cho, Imari City. One of the pottery studios situated in Okawachiyama, an area which was home to pottery studios which officially supplied what was Nabeshima Domain from the Edo to the Meiji periods, this studio is the only one currently in operation which can trace its lineage directly to one of these fabled official kilns. The studio was the only one permitted by Nabeshima Domain to use the apricot leaf mark still imprinted on the backs of the studio's pieces.
  • Land
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Koubira 1-2-10
    A select pottery boutique located in 1-Chome Kobira, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. Carrying primarily porcelain painted with indigo hues and bearing the distinct warmth of pottery, the shop sells Arita ware tableware perfect even for everyday use at your dining table.
  • Marubun
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Akasaka 1-12351-169
    A tableware shop located in the Arita Sera pottery mall in Akasaka, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County. The shop sells a variety of products with a focus on Arita ware such as the “ultimate ramen bowl,” a bowl designed to make even instant ramen noodles eaten at home taste as good as possible.
  • Sehyogama Tobako
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1982
    This shop is located in Imari City, Saga Prefecture. It is directly managed by Imari Ware, and sells a wide variety of products with the theme of “A new wind from Imari.” Inside, there are a range of wares, from brand new Imari and Nabeshima Wares, to everyday dishes and luxury items. Many of these are white dishes, which makes them easy to use in a household setting. Also in the shop, is Cafe Hibiki, where customers can enjoy coffee and sweets on dishes baked in the Sehyou kiln. Visitors can also pop in for a break from walking and exploring. *The Cafe Hibiki is currently closed (as of October 2018).
  • Seizan Gama, Imari Nabeshima-yaki
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    Saga Imari Okawachicho Otsu 1832
    A pottery on Nabeshima-hanyozaka founded in 1883. Look for the chimney with Aoyama Kiln written on it in Chinese characters. Imari Okawachiyama has about 30 potteries making Nabeshima ware, which has a long history of being produced under the authority of the ruling clan. Nabeshima ware is unique in that it is painted only with red, yellow, and green. It is said that the clan strictly controlled the production process and the porcelain did not circulate among the populace, meaning it was produced in small batches and was highly valuable. An array of pieces is on display in the show room, including everything from ceramic art to everyday tableware. They also suggest seasonal table arrangements.
  • Oshugama Tensei
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    Saga Imari Okawachicho Hei 210
    A pottery that mainly makes incense burners. They have an exhibition space in front of the parking lot at Okawachiyama, a little-known pottery village. It displays daily items like coffee cups and flower vases, as well as original incense holders carved from camellia wood. They have an array of work imbued with the dignity and sensitivity of the Nabeshima tradition.
  • KOZANGAMA
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    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Shimojuku Otsu 223
    A pottery producing ceramics in Ureshino Onsen. It makes Kozangama ceramics named after the founder, Shingo Ono (Kozan). One of their stellar pieces won a silver medal at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Exhibition (now Nitten) in 1926. There is also a display area where you can select your favorite pieces for purchase while viewing the beautiful pottery.
  • Nao Tesuki Washi
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    Saga Saga-shi Yamatocho Nao 4756
    Nao washi paper is said to have begun with the introduction of papermaking to Nao Village by its headman Nodomi Yoshisuke in 1690. Typically, a mulberry species known as kozo is used to make Japanese paper, but Nao washi is made with kajinoki mulberry which grows naturally in the Nao area. As the fibers are long and intertwine more readily with each than kozo mulberry, even thin paper is quite durable. The studio holds tours where you can observe the papermaking process, as well as workshops. Reservations aren't required, but you might want to contact them in advance.
  • Takatoriyama Park Wanpaku-kan
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    Saga Kanzaki-shi Sefurimachi Hirotaki 1472

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Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu’s Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.

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