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Arita Ware Private Tour and Lesson with a Master Potter

By Voyagin
Price was undefined, price is now $460
Free cancellation available
6h 15m
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Highlights

  • 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

  • Learn about the distinguishing features of Arita porcelain

  • Immerse yourself in Arita's rich heritage

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    English-speaking guide

  • What's included

    Admission to facilities on the itinerary

  • What's included

    Lunch

  • What's included

    Taxi transportation from Kyushu Ceramic Museum to Izumiyama

  • What's excluded

    Shipping

  • What's excluded

    Taxi transportation except for Kyushu Ceramic Museum - Izumiyama

Know Before You Book

  • If you wish to keep your work from the pottery lesson, shipping will take two months (extra fees required; please pay on-site)

  • Taxi transportation is included only for the section from Kyushu Ceramic Museum to Izumiyama. If you wish to arrange for taxi transportation thoroughout the tour, please select the optional add-on.

  • The activity is open to guests aged 7 or older

  • Children aged 0–6 may accompany guests for free

What you can expect

See the best historical kilns and galleries showcasing Arita ware on this private tour with an English-speaking guide. You'll visit a studio not usually open to the public and get a hands-on lesson from a master artisan: an extraordinary experience.

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.

This private guided walking tour is designed for visitors who wish to immerse themselves in the heritage and secrets of Arita. This is a valuable chance to learn about the various styles and distinctive characteristics of one of the world's finest types of porcelain.

After a visit to the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, a knowledgeable local 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.

This exclusive tour will appeal not only to devoted pottery enthusiasts, but also to anyone with an appreciation for Japanese arts and crafts.

Schedule:

10:00 — Meet your guide at Arita Station

10:10 — Visit the Kyushu Ceramic Museum

10:50 — See Izumiyama Quarry, the large ginkgo tree of Izumiyama, Tonbai Walls, Fukagawa Seiji Gallery, Arita-kan, and Tozan Shrine

12:30 — Lunch at Arita Porcelain Lab

14:00 — Visit Imaemon Kiln

15:00 — Pottery lesson with Yi Sam-pyeong's descendant at Akaeza Studio

16:00 — Move to Arita Station

16:15 — Return to Arita Station; end of tour

Location

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Activity Location

  • Arita
  • Saga Saga

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Arita Station on the JR Sasebo Line
  • Arita Station on the JR Sasebo Line
  • Arita Saga 844-0026
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