Travel / Tourism Spots in Arita / Imari Area

  • The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Imari
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Minamihatachou Ideno 2754-9
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 202 in Ideno Minamihata-cho, Imari City. Facilities include a local specialty products hall which sells fresh, local fruits and vegetables and local products; a farmer's market selling Imari beef; and ""Yakiniku no Mori"", an Imari beef specialty barbecue corner. An adjoining restaurant serves set meals, rice bowls, and other dishes made with Imari beef and seasonal vegetables."

    伊万里焼が沢山あるのかと思ったらなんのスペースだかよくわからない場所でした。休憩にはちょうどよいけどソフトクリームなんて洒落たものは無いようです。 I thought this was a sightseeing spot but it was not. You cannot find good Imarii shops here. It is just for a break. There...

  • Sueyama Jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Odaru 2-5-1
    A shrine located in Odaru 2-Chome, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County. The main venerated deity is Emperor Ojin. The founder of the Saga clan, Naoshige Nabeshima, and the originator of Arita ware, Yi Sam-pyeong, are also venerated here. It is also held as the god of pottery, and the grounds are spotted with pottery, primarily the komainu statues and big torii gate, which are both porcelain. Arita ware charms are also available for purchase.

    Tozan shrine, located on the top of a small hill, is dedicated to a god of creating ceramics. To climb stairs is tiresome, but it is worth visiting. It is remarkable that Torii gate and Komainu are...

  • China on the Park
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    4.0
    34 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...

  • Koransha Main Store
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
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    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...

  • Gen-emon Kiln
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    25 Reviews
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    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。

  • 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...

  • Imari City Tourist Association
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Shintenchou 622-13
    This tourist information office is in Imari City, Saga Prefecture. It is connected to Imari Station, and offers all kinds of information for tourists including how to find a ryokan, where to buy local specialties, and guidance to Imari Yaki porcelain makers and shops. It can be accessed directly from the station, with no need to go outside.

    Imari station is divided into two parts:JR station and Matsumura Tetsudo station. In the same building of Matsumura Tetsudo station, there is a tourist information. Before starting your visit to...

  • Imari Nabeshima Pottery Gallery
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Imari Okawachicho Otsu 1806
    "This pottery town showcases ""Nabeshima porcelain"". In 1675, the Nabeshima clan relocated a pottery kiln from Arita to Okawachiyama, and many kilns were created there. At the time, the technique of firing glazed porcelain in a high temperature kiln was kept secret, and for that reason, the Nabeshima feudal clan established checkpoints to strictly control the entrances and exits of Okawachiyama. Even today traces of the old town and checkpoints remain scattered around the city. Many potters still produce pottery and visitors can observe kilns and purchase ceramic wares."

    大川内山の入り口にあった伊万里鍋島焼会館。ここでは大川内山の多くの窯元ごとに作品が展示されているので、自分好みの窯元を見つけるのにとても便利な場所でした。その鍋島焼会館に併設されていたのが、こちらの喫茶コーナーでした。 店にはたくさんの窯元のコーヒーカップが並んでいて、お気に入りのカップを選んでコーヒーをいただくことができるんです。

  • 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...

  • Noritake Factory Outlet Imari
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    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。

  • Imari Arita Ware Traditional Crafts Center
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Hei 221-2
    A museum located in Hei, Okawachi-cho, Imari City. The museum displays pieces by pottery studios in Imari and Arita as well as examples of old Nabeshima pottery, and visitors can come in contact with the history of Arita ware and Imari ware, ceramic art forms which have been designated National Traditional Craft Products. The facility also offers pottery painting classes.

    伊万里焼のふるさとである大川内山へは、伊万里の市街地から南に向かって数km走ります。道は山に向かって入っていく感じでした。大川内山の入り口にあたる右手に、こちらの伊万里・有田焼伝統産業会館がありました。 館内には、伊万里と有田の窯元の作品を展示している部屋や、古伊万里、鍋島などの古陶磁を展示している部屋がありました。この後、大川内山のいくつかの窯元を巡りましたが、事前学習に良い施設でした。

  • Arita Ceramic Art Museum
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Odaru 1-4-2
    This art museum that opened in 1954 was the first official museum in Saga Prefecture. The exterior is that of a stone warehouse, and it has a two-story wooden interior. The building itself has been designated as part of the Important National Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings in Arita Uchiyama. It showcases Arita ware dating from the Meiji period to the early Showa period including the work of various kilns and pieces handled by wealthy merchants. Some of these are Important Cultural Properties of Saga Prefecture.

    Miyuri Tsuru was on hand to greet us at the small Arita Porcelain Museum. She is incredibly animated and took us through the displays with creative storytelling and an obvious love for her subject...

  • Arita's Giant Ginkgo Tree
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    7 Reviews
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Izumiyama 1-13
    This ginkgo tree at Izumiyama Benzaiten-jinja Shrine is about 40-meters high, 12-meters around at the roots, and has a crown reaching 31-meters east to west. It's about 1,000 years old. It could well be the largest ginkgo tree in Japan. It was designated a national Natural Monument in 1926. Every year from mid to late November, the leaves this enormous tree turn yellow, a brilliant show for the crowds of visitors.

    Near Izumiyama Benzaiten Shrine, there is a large Ginko tree. It is designated as a special natural treasure. From JR Kamiarita station, it takes less than 10 minutes’ walk. It is worth taking a look.

  • Arita Folk and History Museum East Building / Arita Ware Sankokan Museum
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    3 Reviews
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Izumiyama 1-4-1
    A museum founded in 1978 next to the Izumiyama Quarry, said to be the starting point for Arita ware ceramics. It exhibits tools used for making Arita ware and documents, as well as craftsmen's tags and business plaques produced during the Edo period. You can access the Sankokan Museum from the Folk and History Museum's entrance. It exhibits pieces of pottery excavated in Arita town from the sites of previous kilns.

    泉山採石場に見学に来たら、隣に歴史民俗資料館がありました。有田町歴史民俗資料館の館内には、江戸時代、皿山会所から下附された「釜焼名代札」や各種の職人札、あるいは有田焼を製造する際に使用した道具類や文書類、有田焼のルーツを紹介する資料館で、入館料は100円で、なかなか見応えのある内容でした。

  • ARITA PORCELAIN LAB
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    3 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kakiemongama
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    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.
  • Izumiyama Magnet Field
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    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.
  • Kyushu Ceramic Museum
    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.
  • Kosen Kiln
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1823
    A pottery gallery located in Okawachiyama, Okawachi-cho, Imari City. The gallery displays and sells Imari ware tableware and decorations and also holds Imari ware classes using a potter's wheel (advance reservation required). A cafe on the second floor of the gallery serves a daily changing selection of handmade cakes plus coffee using Imari ware tableware.

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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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