Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA
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    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Tucked between the historic buildings of Uchiyama District, Keramiek Guesthouse is your home away from home while in Arita. Unassuming from the outside, the building was once an old pottery gallery rescued from abandonment and renovated with care to preserve the traditional charm of its rooms while adding subtle touches of modernity. The guesthouse is the creation of Hanneke, a dutch woman who fell in love with the house and with Arita. Welcoming guests into her home, going over and beyond to make you feel accommodated, going to Keramiek feels like you’re visiting an old friend.

    From the moment you are greeted by its host, the experience at Keramiek feels very familiar. Hanneke's upbeat attitude is infectious and her knowledge about Arita is extensive and reassuring. Having lived in the region for several years while playing host to foreign missions, she does everything possible to ensure her guests enjoy both her home and the the village. Without any hesitation, and with expert insight she’ll offer you food recommendations, sightseeing tips, and little details about Arita that are sure to make your stay everything it could be. If you ask, chances are she’ll even lend you one of her bikes so that you can start exploring the village right away.

    Owner "Hanneke" of the Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Owner "Hanneke" of the Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    The guesthouse reaches over two levels. On the first floor there is a lounge equipped with a small kitchen, dining area, and a TV. The open welcoming space is flooded with natural light and is perfect for planning your daily activities or to unwinding at the end of the day. Having breakfast overlooking the minimalist bamboo garden out the back is a suitably serene way to start the day. The lounge area extends to the outside of the building where a garden terrace is available for visitors to take advantage of once the weather warms up.

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    The sleeping quarters are situated on the second floor. One of the highlights here is the long wooden hallway leading to the Japanese-style room on the west side of the property. Like a scene taken from a folk japanese story, you will pass along rows and rows of shoji panels that run into the traditional lounge overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood.

    Inside the rooms, guests sleep comfortably on futons and tatami mats big enough to accommodate small families and groups. For those wanting western-style set-ups, the east side of the house has two double rooms, each equipped with a double bed, closet, and more than enough space to relax in if you want a more private stay.

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    No matter which accommodation style you choose, both areas share a common bathroom including an old bathtub which comes in handy especially during the colder months of the year. And for those travelling light, there is a good range of toiletries included at no extra cost. A night stay at Keramiek will set you back 5,000 yen or 4,000 yen if sharing the room with someone else.

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Beyond the top-class accommodation services offered to travellers, Keramiek also offers a resident space for international students learning the art of pottery in Arita. The students occupy the adjacent building which also serves as an event space where the local community groups gathers throughout the year. This creates the perfect setting to interact with Hanneke’s local network and students from around the world. Overall, Keramiek is a unique guesthouse experience will leaving you with lasting memories and possibly new friends.

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

    Guesthouse Keramiek ARITA

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