ARITA’S PORCELAIN AND OKAWACHIYAMA
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
In this tour, you will visit two popular kiln in Saga prefecture, "Aritayaki" and "Imariyaki". Aritayaki Market is located in center of Saga prefecture. The well-known pottery "Aritayaki" was originated. Its unique coloring and traditional styles of creating pottery does not fades away from the modern culture. Please enjoy shopping one of the world famous pottery. Okawachiyama is a unique ceramic town of Imari city. From its unique location, surrounded by three mountains, it is known as the “village of secret kilns”. In edo period (since 1603 until 1868), there were many kilns around this area. As edo era was on the decline, Okawachiyama kept its historical heritage as it is today. Walking on the mountain roads will come across various porcelain artworks, which you may purchase, along with historical cultural heritage including the ruins of old kilns, all in harmony with the quiet streets and nature
What we will see
• City of Arita • Imari porcelains • Town of Okawachiyama • Stroll around the town and shopping of Nabeshima porcelains
What we will do
• We leave the port by coach and head inland to reach the small tranquil city of Arita, home to the famous Imari porcelain, the name with which Arita-yaki, amazing decorated ceramic artefacts once exported to Europe from the Imari port, are known in the West. • Surrounded by woods and paddy fields, the charming city of Arita contains numerous furnaces for the production of pottery and specialised shops. A great opportunity to do some shopping: we can purchase anything, from everyday pottery such as dishes, cups and trays to high-end artistic artefacts. • We then move on to the town of Okawachiyama which nestles among green mountains and paddy fields and still holds the genuine charm of rural Japan. • We stroll along the charming mountain streets of the village renowned for its pottery shops and factories that produced a unique type of porcelain called Nabeshima-yaki, a very high-quality version of Arita-yaki with Japanese decorations. • During our stay in the town, we have the chance to purchase lovely porcelain and appreciate the harmonious combination of man and nature by visiting sites forming part of the region’s historic and cultural heritage such as the remains of ancient furnaces for the production of ceramics.
What you need to know
• We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. • Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season. • We recommend having Japanese currency available as there are no exchange offices in the port.
There is limited availability of English-language guides.