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Pottery Kiln Tour at Kouraku in Arita
- Though its population certainly drinks its fair share, Japan produces much more than alcohol. For a little something different, head to Arita in Saga Prefecture to see what a century and a half of craftsmanship looks like via Kouraku’s Pottery Kiln Tour. It’s brief (an average tour takes only 30 minutes), but the best part comes afterwards: an all-you-can-take 90-minute pottery hunt. Kouraku lets you go full-Indiana Jones, digging through piles of pottery with gloves and a flashlight in a search for buried treasure. If it fits in your basket, it’s yours!
- The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
- Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Akasaka Hiei 2351-170
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...
- Gallery Arita
- Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Honmachi Otsu 3057
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...
- Koransha Main Store
- Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Koubira 1-3-8
- Karatsu City Furusato Kaikan Arpino
- Saga Pref. Karatsushi Shinkoumachi 2881-1
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)
- Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Koubira 1-1-8
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...
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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