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  • Kakiemongama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Nanzan Ding 352
    A pottery workshop which was once operated by Sakaida Kakiemon, a renowned potter from Arita Town in Saga Prefecture. The Kakiemon style is characterized by the use of red paint baked onto a beautiful milky-white pottery base called nigoshide. The workshop’s pieces began being exported around the world starting in the Edo period and remain popular to this day. The workshop is adjoined by a museum where visitors can learn about its 380 year history and view actual pieces from various time periods.
  • Gen-emon Kiln
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Maruo Hino 2726
    A famous old Imari ware pottery workshop with some 260 years of history. Traditional old Imari ware is characterized by a modern functional beauty coupled with a distinctive decorative style. In the adjoining museum, visitors can view numerous pieces of old Imari ware gathered from throughout Japan and the world. Note that the museum is only open on weekdays as well as partially on Saturdays. Be sure to check the official website for business days.

    初めて窯元に行きました。たくさんの器があり、見るだけでも十分楽しかったです。 色鮮やかなものからモノトーンまでありましたが、どれも美しかったです。どれも料理が映えそうですね。個人的には小鉢が豆皿がとても可愛かったです。お祝いの贈り物にもぴったりだなと思いました。庭園もきれいでした。 また近くに行ったときはフラッと立ち寄りたいです。

  • Izumiyama Magnet Field
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Izumiyama 1-5
    Pottery stone, a raw material used to make Arita ware, was excavated here. Pottery stone was discovered here by Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong in the early Edo period, giving rise to the first porcelain produced in Japan. Highly collectible early and old Imari ware were also made with the pottery stone from this site. The site is no longer used for mining but visitors can view the area from beyond a fence.
  • Imari Nabeshima Ware Hall
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Okawauchi Yutaka 1806
    This facility exhibits and sells porcelain created by 24 pottery workshops affiliated with the Imari Nabeshima Ware Cooperative. In the Edo period, Okawachiyama was where the government-sponsored pottery workshop of Saga Domain (ruled by the Nabeshima clan) was located; today, it is a pottery town nicknamed the “Village of the Secret Kiln.” The pieces crafted by each workshop are displayed separately in the facility, making clear their unique characteristics. A café space also adjoins the facility where you can enjoy coffee served in a Nabeshima ware cup.
  • Arita Porcelain Park Nonnoko no Sato
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    3.5
    83 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Toya Otsu 340-28
    Here pieces of Arita ware from a variety of periods (such as old Imari, Kakiemon, and Nabeshima Domain Kiln-style wares) are displayed in a recreation of the Zwinger palace in Dresden, Germany. Particularly noteworthy is the great 183 centimeter tall flower vase. It is said to have wowed people from around the world when it was displayed at the 1873 Vienna World's Fair. A Baroque garden has been recreated on the facility's grounds, and there is also an Arita ware workshop where visitors can try their hand at crafting a ceramics piece on a potter's wheel.

    In the suburbs of Arita, there is a theme park, which is specialized for porcelain. As Arita has a partnership with Meissen, Germany, there is a reconstruction of Zwinger Palace. It is, of course...

  • Kyushu Ceramic Museum
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    4.5
    72 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Toshaku Yu 3100-1
    A prefectural museum in Arita Town which is dedicated to preserving and displaying ceramics from areas throughout Kyushu. The museum’s collection focuses on pieces from the former Hizen Province, particularly porcelain such as Imari ware and Karatsu ware. Highlights include the giant music box made of Arita ware and the Meissen porcelain bells. The 25 bells, made in the Meissen State Porcelain Manufactory in Meisen, Arita’s sister city, play a song related to the two nations every hour, announcing the time.

    It is a must-see in Arita. If you are interested in porcelain, it merits to travel to Arita just to visit this museum. To visit a temporary exhibit, you have to buy a ticket. But otherwise, the...

  • Korankei gorge Dogtooth Violet Colonies
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Asukechou Imori
    This 0.5-hectare colony of dogtooth violets is on the northwest slope of the Korankei Gorge's Mt. Iimori in Aichi Prefecture. While they're native to the area, the locals protected and nurtured them, bringing about the vast colony you see today. The pretty purple flowers all come into bloom at once from the middle of March to the beginning of April. You can check their progress on the Asuke Tourist Association's website. Once the season has passed, visitors enjoy the new green of spring, as well as the beautiful colors of the Japanese maple trees when autumn arrives.
  • Okawachiyama
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu Okawauchiyama
    This ceramic production center maintains the tradition of making Nabeshima ware. In 1675, the Nabeshima clan introduced a pottery kiln to Okawachiyama from Arita, and soon they spread throughout the village. At the time, the technique for making ceramics with glaze and baking at high temperatures was a secret. To keep it that way, the Nabeshima clan established a checkpoint strictly controlling the movement of people into and out of the village. There are still remnants from those days here and there around the area including what's left of the checkpoint. Many potters are still active today, and visitors can tour the kilns and purchase ceramics.
  • Koransha Main Store
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Koubira 1-3-8
    A renowned studio founded by a porcelain manufacturer in 1875. The studio produces Arita ware which has won prizes in contests around the world. The studio’s distinctive hard white porcelain decorated with splendid designs are even referred to as the “Koransha style” and are highly praised. The studio’s showroom displays Koransha art pieces and items supplied to the Imperial household as well as everyday goods like fountain pens and tableware. The perfect place to search for a souvenir or present that is a cut above.

    焼き物の町、有田町の中でも有名な「香蘭社本店」。有田町の重要伝統的建造物群保存地区に指定された町並みの中にあります。建物自体が100年以上の歴史があります。有田焼の歴史は400年。香蘭社の会社としての歴史は今年で丁度140年だそうです。 本店の一階はショールーム。二階が歴史的な磁器が多数展示されています。観るだけならタダなのでしっかり鑑賞したいところです。19世紀から20世紀の変わり目の時代に欧...

  • Sehyogama Tobako
    Shopping
    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).
  • Noritake Factory Outlet Imari
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Shopping
    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。

  • Rozan Kiln
    Travel / Tourism
    Ogawauchiyama, Imari city, Saga prefecture
    The history of the traditional Ironabe-shima Ware and Rozan Kiln began in the Edo period, when the Nabeshima family, lords of the Hizen Province’s Nabeshima domain decided to make a gift of pottery. The materials used to color each finished piece (Iroe-jiki) are carefully selected for their calming and beautiful traits. The traditional techniques and the workers’ response to the changing times can be seen clearly in their work. The kiln is approximately ten minutes by car from the Chikuhi Line’s Kami-Imari Station.
  • The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
    Shopping
    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.
  • Imarin Beach (Imari artificial seaside park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Kurogawachou Fukuda
    This man-made swimming area in Imari Bay was selected as one of Japan’s top 88. Being a bay, the waves are gentle and even small children can swim in safety. Off season it is a popular spot to take a stroll along the white sand beach while looking out over the blue waters.
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  • ARITA PORCELAIN LAB
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    武雄でランチをし、出てきた器を見て直ぐにこちらへ伺いました。有田の器がとても進化していると感じ驚きました。お料理がまた違って見えるのではないかと思います。 ギャリーを拝見した後にその器を使った併設のカフェへ。とてもおしゃれです。そして広くゆったりしています。 パリのラデュレのオリジナルティーもありました。 ランチもあるとこ事で、次回はお昼に伺いたいとおもいます。 お店の隣に車が停められます。

  • Cafe Restaurant D'Azur
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Shintenchou 475-45
    A cafe and restaurant located in Shinten-cho, Imari City. One of the most popular selections on the menu is the Imari beef Hamburg steak set meal, made with a 100% Imari beef patties and local vegetables. The restaurant's Imari beef steaks and other dishes are served on Imari ware tableware.
  • Gallery Arita
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    4.5
    57 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...

  • China on the Park
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Harake Otsu 111
    A porcelain theme park owned and operated by the Fukagawa Seiji company which was built to introduce visitors to the history and wonder of pottery making. Surrounded by the park's lush grounds, visitors can enjoy pottery from a variety of angles. The Chujikan museum displays company founder Chuji Fukagawa's treasured collection of pieces, including a large flower vase which was awarded a gold prize at the 1900 Paris Exposition. In the Jikigura shop, visitors can easily get their hands on products deviating from the regular line specs normally only ever seen inside the factory. There's also a special tearoom which has a view of the Paris Exposition vase, and a pottery painting activity area. The ground's English lavender, which comes into bloom in early summer, is also a must-see.

    Have been going to China on the Park for the past twenty five plus years. There are two areas for china in the complex, one with the best Fukazawa ware including priceless pieces from the past (up...

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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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