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Pottery Hunt Course

In this course, you will not only see Imari and Arita pottery, but you will also get a chance to see the kiln and learn about the history on pottery making. You will definitely love Saga's pottery by the end of this course!

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Okawachiyama Village

landscape paintings. After the government of the Saga Domain set up kilns that produce only gifts for the government here in the Edo Period, pottery makers here continued providing potteries to the Tokugawa Shogunate and the government officials until the end of the Edo Period. The area is scattered with old brick chimneys and 30 kilns, and you can feel the history and tradition of about 350 years alive here. The Agency for Cultural Affairs recognize stories of its culture and tradition through historical attractions or features as “Japanese Heritage”. In April, 2016, the history and landscape of Okawachiyama was recognized as “Hometown of Japanese Pottery, Hizen ~Pottery Walk with Simultaneous Emergence of Many Talents and Achievements ~". In “Michelin Green Guide Saga Online” that introduces tourist spots giving one to three stars to foreign tourists, Okawachiyama has received two stars as a place that is “worth visiting”.The Agency for Cultural Affairs recognize stories of our culture and tradition through historical attractions or features as “Japanese Heritage”. In April, 2016, the history and landscape of Okawachiyama was recognized as “Hometown of Japanese Pottery, Hizen ~Pottery Walk with Simultaneous Emergence of Many Talents and Achievements ~". In “Michelin Green Guide Saga Web Version” that introduces tourist spots giving one to three stars to foreign tourists, Okawachiyama has received two stars that mean “worth visiting”.

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The Kyushu Ceramic Museum

At this museum, the history of ceramics of Kyushu, pieces of ancient ceramics, works of modern potters representing each prefecture of Kyushu, and collections of Arita ware from the Edo period such as Kanbara Collection which is a collection of ceramic pieces exported during the Edo period and the Arita Ware pieces from Mr. & Mrs. Shibata Collection that were selected systematically, are exhibited. In addition, various special exhibitions are held as well.

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Streets of Arita Uchiyama

The Arita Uchiyama Area has been selected as one of the conservation areas for historically important buildings. Though most of it were burnt down by a big fire of 1828, the area once developed with Arita Pottery and was called “a thousand houses of Arita.” Many types of buildings like Japanese traditional town house ‘Machiya’ or old western style residences from each historical period such as Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa stand together in the area.

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Tombai Wall Alleys

Tombai walls are made by cementing waste firebricks (tombai), which were used to build a climbing kiln, kiln tools and potsherds, with red clay. They are often seen in the alleys stretching from the spot near the gingko tree of Izumiyama to Arita Ceramic Museum in Odaru.

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Takeo Hot Springs

Takeo Onsen known for its soft texture of water is a historic hot spring town and it is even mentioned in "Hizen Fudoki," a chorography written 1,300 years ago. The vermillion-lacquered Romon Tower Gate standing at the entrance of the hot springs is a must-see.

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