Okawachiyama Village

Okawachiyama Village
Okawachiyama Village
Okawachiyama Village

Okawachiyama is an area surrounded by mountains and dynamic shaped stone cliffs like those drawn in Chinese landscape paintings. After the government of the Saga Domain set up a kiln 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 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”.

Basic information

Address Okawachiyama, OKawachi-cho, Imari City, Saga (佐賀県伊万里市大川内町大川内山)
Official Name Okawachiyama Pottery Village

秘窯の里 大川内山
Access 15 Min. by Saihi Bus from Imari Station
10 Min. by Taxi from Imari Station
Parking Availability Free Parking Available for 450 Cars
(During Pottery Fair, Paid Parking Available)
Cell Phone Battery Charging Available
Wi-fi Availability Available in Some Areas
Password is Required
Credit Card Acceptance JCB, VISA, Master, AMEX, Diners
Estimated Time to Enjoy 1 Hour to 1 and a half Hours
Admission Fee Pottery Painting Workshop 800 Yen and Up
(The workshop is available at 6 stores in Okawachiyama.)
Reservation Unnecessary
(In case of needing a guide or interpreter, please call at 0955-22-7934 in advance to contact Imari City Tourism Volunteer Guide Organization.
Tobacco Only in Designated Area
Foreign Language Support English Brochure Available
English Sign Boards Available
Date Cherry Blossom Festival: April 1 to 3
Spring Pottery Fair: From April 29 to May 3
Wind Chime Festival: From the middle of June to the end of August
Boshi Lantern Festival: In the middle of July
Nabeshima Domain Kiln Autumn Festival: At the Beginning of November
Pottery Hiina (Doll's) Festival: From the middle of February to the beginning of March

Local Information Pottery Village of Okawachiyama・Nabeshima Hanyo park


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