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Overview

Elegant porcelains, simple but warm pottery... Saga has been creating beautiful works for over 400 years. Here in Saga you can see masterpieces of traditional ceramic art to fire the imagination.

Highlights

  •   1.Kyushu Ceramic Museum (Arita)
  •   2. Arita Uchiyama Area
  •   3. Arita Hall Traditional Cultural Exchange Plaza
  •   4. Okawachiyama Area (Imari)
  •   5.Kakiemon Kiln (Arita)
  •   6.Imaemon Kiln (Uchiayma, Arita)
  •   7.Gen’emon Kiln (Arita)
  •   8. Arita Tojinosato Plaza (Arita Wholesale Area)
  •   9.Touzan Shrine (Arita)
  •   10. Arita Porcelain Park
  •   11.The Izumiyama Quarry (Arita)
  •   12. Rokuroza (Arita)
  •   13.Shingama Kiln Seika + Experience (Arita)
  •   14.Fukagawa Seiji, China on the Park (Arita)

Information

City Saga
Meeting Point At your hotel in Saga, Saga airport, or Saga railway station
Ending Point At your hotel in Saga, or your favorite place in Saga
Departure 08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 9h   Flexible
Languages English (License) , Chinese ( Mandarin ) (Beginner)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 6
I am going to work as translator in a company from 1st of September. After I start to work in the new company, I will find whether or not I can take day off for tour guiding. Therefore my schedule of October will be decided by 15th of September. If I can open slots of Autumn and Winter, I will let you know as soon as possible.
Booking
9h
When?

People

297.00 USD

total price for up to 6 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person. 63.00 USD
Extra hour. 18.00 USD

What to Expect

You can choose at most five from following options.

1. Kyushu Ceramic Museum : The museum was built to contribute to the local cultural heritage, and the development of ceramic and pottery culture throughout Kyushu. Here You can appreciate valuable and extensive exhibitions of work such as the famous Kanbara Collection of old Imari from Europe of the 17th to 18th centuries, as well as the Shibata Collection covering Arita pottery manufactured from 1603 to 1867. (entrance fee : free) Open : 9:00 - 17:00 / Close : Monday

2. Arita Uchiyama area is a central porcelain production area dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867). There are Japanese and Western style buildings from the Edo and early Showa periods (1626-1940). The town is highly valued as a lively town and officially designated as a "Group of Traditional Buildings" in April 1991.

3. Arita Hall Traditional Cultural Exchange Plaza : Based on the local folktale of the Giant Snake of Kurokamiyama, the world's first joruri (ballad drama) performance by ceramic puppets is held in this hall. The colorful stage is painted in the three styles of Kakiemon, Ironabeshima and old Imari. (puppets performance admission : adult/JPY200 child/JPY150) Open : 9:30 - 16:30

4. Okawachiyama Area (Imari),beautifully refurbished an old checking station that protected the pottery secrets, the remains of ascending kilns such as Okyo Ishi kama (Sutra stone kiln) and the Kiyohara kiln, and the houses of potters can be visited here.

5.Kakiemon Kiln (Arita) : The Kakiemon Kiln was the first Japanese kiln to develop the art of red underglaze (Akae). This “Kakiemon-Style” was passed down by our time-honoured kiln to the present day. Business hours: daily 9:00 - 17:00 Holidays: New Year's holidays

6.Imaemon Kiln (Arita) :The Imazumi Imaemon family runs a kiln with a 370-year-old history and tradition.
They are the successors of the masters of red overglaze who manufactured iro-nabeshima ware for the Nabeshima feudal clan as gifts to the household of the shogun during the Edo period (1603-1868). Business hours: 8:00 - 17:00 Holidays: the first Sun. of each month, December 30 - January 5, August 15 - 16

7.Gen’emon Kiln (Arita):Get kiln in porcelain birthplace, Arita; and Genemon Kiln of 260 rest of life.Business hours: weekdays 8:00 - 17:30 Sat. / Sun. / holidays 9:00 - 17:00 Holidays: New Year's holidays

8. Arita Tojinosato Plaza (Arita Wholesale Area) is a shopping mall with ceramic items reaching from dishes for everyday use and gift items to commercial dish services and high-class artistic ceramics. Open : 9:00 - 17:00

9.Touzan Shrine (Arita):We assume the Onin era Emperor the chief god and are Shinto shrine where so, gold ka kosanheiei (under an alias: Sanpei Ri) is enshrined. It was built in 1658. Unlike other Shinto shrines, the torii (shrine gate), koma-inu (shrine dogs), water vases and balustrades of the Touzan Shrine are all made from Arita porcelain.

10. Arita Porcelain Park : This is a theme park of ceramics. The ceramic ware in the heyday of Arita is displayed in the gallery of the Palace and is modeled after the Zwinger Palace in Germany. You can see the manufacturing processes of beer and sake and their storehouse. You can also enjoy making ceramic ware yourself (JPY2,700). (entrance fee: free) Weekdays: 9:00 -17:00 / Holidays: 9:00 -21:00

11.The Izumiyama Quarry (Arita):The Izumiyama Quarry(Designated National Historical Site) was used to provide kaolin, the raw material for Arita porcelain. In 1616, the Korean potter Ri Sampei discovered this kaolin deposit - it was the beginning of Japan's porcelain history.
The quarry is no longer in use but during hundreds of years of mining, the mountain has obtained a spectacular shape.

12. Rokuroza : Experience the Rokuroza studio, which is a professional ceramic studio in which visitors can experience everything from shaping with a potter's wheel, to grinding and firing. There is also a short painting program. Professional potters will carefully teach the basics of pottery. Even beginners can enjoy the real experience of shaping on a potter's wheel. Your work will be sent to your home later. International shipping is available. (activity fee : JPY 1,000-2,450 ) Open : 10:00 - 16:00 / Close : Thursday

13.Shingama Kiln Seika + Experience (Arita) : Taking a walk on the grounds of the Shingama Kiln you can visit a giant climbing kiln, which was built in 1830, and a mini climbing kiln, which is still used nowadays. Business hours: weekdays 8:10 - 16:50  Sat. / Sun. / holidays 10:00 - 17:00 Holidays: open all year round

14.Fukagawa Seiji, China on the Park (Arita) : After its establishment in 1894 by Chuuji Fukagawa, the Fukagawa Seiji Kiln aspired to conquer the world with its Fuji Ryusui collection and captured the hearts of porcelain lovers all around Europe. Business hours: daily 9:00 - 17:30 Holidays: New Year's holidays (December 30 & 31, January 1 & 5)


What‘s included

guide fee
pick up and send off in Saga city
【Up to 3 passengers】usage of my own small private car

What‘s not included

entrance/admission fee (you and the guide)
meal
【More than 3 passengers】Car rental fee (if you hope)
In case of using automobile (either my own car or rental car), fuel, highway, and parking fee.

Important

My own private car is small, so one driver and 3 passengers are available. I can drive myself, so no charge for driving (Not being a taxi driver, I cannot receive any money for carfare). However, If your group is more than 3, I can reserve a rental car for you. Car rental fee is charged. In each case, highway, fuel, and parking fee are charged.

Extras (optional)

Extra person. 63.00 USD
Extra hour. 18.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

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Barbara
3 days ago , From: Australia

“ Two days of kilns and yaki ”

My experience with Tomoo was excellent . I have very happy memories of the Arita area, visiting the kilns , and museums with Tomoo as my driver/guide. Without Tomoo driving I would not have been able to see all the places I did. Tomoo was kind , helping me to climb steps, as I'd had a bad fall in Kyoto and was unsteady at times. He was also kind enough to translate when we were in a kiln gallery or shop. Tomoo took me to meet a lady I had been emailing, and wanted to meet in person, again translating. His knowledge of the ceramics industry in the area made planning a good itinerary easy. I am sorry for the delay in sending this review but the day after my tour finished my husband collapsed on saga station, and was taken to saga hospital. We returned to Yokohama and then Australia. Now at home I look back on my tour with Tomoo with pleasure. Thank you triple plights and thank you Tomoo.

Tomoo:
Hi! Barbara. Thanks for reviewing! During the tour guiding, I could enjoy walking with you so much!! Many Arita resident could spend pleasant time with you because of your friendliness and deep love to ceramics,too!! Additionally I am so sorry for your husband's collapse. I look forward to your visiting Kyushu again!!

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Judy
3 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ Pleasantly surprised ”

Tomoo is very new at this job! But what a nice surprise! Very knowledgeable in many areas, respectful, and eager to please! Fun personality and very accommodating! Tomoo made our visit to Fukuoka most memorable experience. Thank you Triplelights for finding him!

Tomoo:
Dear Judy I am grateful for your heartwarming review so much!! I am so sorry that I sometimes forgot my position and enjoyed conversation with you. Honestly speaking, I envy you for your splendid family and friend!! I would like to be a man of virtue like your husband!!

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