Visit some of Arita's most significant kilns
Familiarize yourself with Arita's history and traditions
Get in-depth knowledge from a descendant of Yi Sam-pyeong
Feast on an exquisite kaiseki lunch prepared by a local chef
Stay at the elegant Arita Huis hotel, situated in Arita Cera
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Admission to facilities on the itinerary
Welcome drink and six-course fine-dining kaiseki lunch on day 1
Lunch on day 2
Taxi transportation from Kyushu Ceramic Museum to Izumiyama
1 night stay in a Flat Twin or Maisonette Twin room in Arita Huis
Breakfast on day 2
Other taxi transportation not specified above (Depend on the option you chose)
Dinner on day 1
What you can expect
Arita ware traces its history to the beginning of the Edo period (1603–1867) when the Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong discovered valuable porcelain clay at Izumiyama. He became known as the father of Arita ware.
The porcelain industry expanded, and Arita ware soon became highly valued, not only in Japan but also in Europe. Early types of Arita ware were known for a distinctive decoration called 'sometsuke' (underglaze blue). Later, bright-colored overglaze and even specific styles emerged.
Today, Arita ware is still the best-known type of Japanese porcelain, highly acclaimed and deeply valued by artists and connoisseurs from Japan and around the world.
After a visit to the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, your guide will take to Yasuna restaurant for an extraordinary kaiseki meal. It will use pieces of Arita ware, representing different styles and time periods — from the Edo period, to the Meiji era, to the present.
Owned by an antiques dealer and collector, Yasuna is a virtual paradise for antique lovers. Countless unique pieces of Arita ware are displayed in the owner's private showroom. After the meal, you'll have time to look at and purchase these rare items.
Accompanying you for the meal is a knowledgeable guide that will explain the tableware used, as well as the Arita ware on display. Relish and savor the cuisine, while appreciating the beauty of Arita porcelain.
After lunch, you will tour Gen-emon Kiln, the maker of some of the unique tableware used during your meal. Enter the studio and see its artisans at work. You will also see the studio's wood-fire kiln which is used only a few times a year on special occasions to conserve wood-firing technology.
You'll spend the night at the elegant Arita Huis hotel, newly opened in 2018 as part of Arita Cera, the largest outdoor shopping center for Arita ware.
On the second day, your guide will introduce you to Arita's historical district of Uchiyama, where you can see the traces of 400 years of porcelain-making at Izumiyama Quarry and the Tonbai Walls. You'll visit craft studios and kilns that are not typically open to the public, including Imaemon Kiln, of which the 13th-generation Imaemon and the current head — the 14th-generation Imaemon — have been designated as Living National Treasures. Finally, you'll get a private lesson on a pottery wheel with the 14th-generation descendant of Yi Sam-pyeong.