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Arita Porcelian Park Nonnoko no Sato

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Arita Porcelian Park Nonnoko no Sato

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340-28 Otsu Toya, Arita-cho, Nishimatsura-gun 844-0014 Saga Prefecture
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Arita Ware Private Walking Tour and Ceramics Treasure Hunt
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Arita Ware Private Walking Tour and Ceramics Treasure Hunt

In this private guided tour, you'll visit some of Arita's craft studios, where skilled artisans create porcelain masterpieces. After learning about Arita ware, try your luck at a treasure hunt, and get the chance to take home some prized ceramics!<br><br>[Highlights]<br>- Watch artisans at work in Arita's Kuromuta-Obo district<br>- See an actual climbing kiln, as well as other different types of kilns<br>- Learn about Arita's different porcelain-making techniques<br>- Try your luck at a fun treasure hunt — take home Arita porcelain wares that catch your eye<br>- Get insights and fascinating information about Arita from a local expert<br><br>[About the Arita town, Saga and Arita Ware]<br>The town of Arita in Saga Prefecture is renowned for its highly appraised porcelain, Arita ware, which has been exported across the world ever since the Edo period (1603–1867).<br><br>This private guided tour will take you to Kuromuta-Obo district to discover its secrets. Visiting this quaint town hidden in the mountains of Kyushu is a must-do for every pottery enthusiast, but many travelers just explore Arita's Uchiyama district, as it is more accessible.<br><br>The Kuromuta-Obo district has a high concentration of kilns, both historic and modern. After a visit to the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, an experienced, English-speaking guide will take you to three of Kuromuta's kilns: Shingama, Gen-emon, and Kouraku. From facilities to products, each kiln boasts its own unique style and characteristics.<br><br>At Shingama, you'll see an actual 'noborigama' (a traditional climbing kiln) and learn how items are fired in the kiln. Then, at Gen-emon, you'll watch artisans at work, learn how craftsmen decorate porcelain entirely by hand, and see a historical collection that includes ceramics from the Edo period.<br><br>Finally, at the modern Kouraku Kiln, you'll learn how tradition and innovation come together. Here, you'll play a fun treasure-hunting game. Search the facility for new and old porcelain, and take home as much as you can fit in a basket!<br><br>[Schedule] This tour has two available start times: 10:00 and 14:00<br>Morning Tour / Afternoon Tour<br>10:00 / 14:00 — Meet your guide at Arita Station<br>10:10 / 14:10 — Visit The Kyushu Ceramic Museum<br>11:00 / 15:00 — Visit Shingama Kiln and Gen-emon Kiln<br>11:30 / 15:30 — Visit Kouraku Kiln for a tour and treasure hunt<br>12:30 / 16:30 — Tour ends at Arita Station<br><br>[Note]<br>- The minimum required number of the people for a tour is two. <br>- All children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.<br><br>Operated by TABINOWA KYUSHU Co.,Ltd.
$222.26 per adult
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Kimitaka S wrote a review Oct 2019
Taichung, Taiwan8,647 contributions440 helpful votes
In the suburbs of Arita, there is a theme park, which is specialized for porcelain. As Arita has a partnership with Meissen, Germany, there is a reconstruction of Zwinger Palace. It is, of course, faked, but when you are in front of this impressive building, you feel as if you were in Dresden. I know the real one, and so it was particularly interesting. The entrance is free. But if you don’t have a car, it is difficult to visit it. It is far from the downtown.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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ErikaP wrote a review May 2019
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It looks stunning. Beautiful park. There is an atelier for making and drawing aritayaki. It was raining when I go there.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Sandy T wrote a review Mar 2019
Sydney, Australia317 contributions45 helpful votes
Nice walk around, but mainly for tourists on buses that want to buy souvenirs and food. Would not recommend, the smaller museums in town are far better
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Kristeen G wrote a review Oct 2018
Sasebo, Japan29 contributions10 helpful votes
Nice little park with pottery, buffet restaurant, and souvenirs shop around it. But it’s not stroller friendly if you plan on going in the mansion.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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M Kaydoubleuokay wrote a review Sep 2017
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions21 helpful votes
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This is actually a really nice big park, with manicured lawns and a splendid replica of a big beautiful palace (?) Zwinger in Germany alongside a small moat. On the day we went, the park was very empty and the place looked abandoned. So it was actually really nice for my friends and I to just walk around, breathe in fresh air, take LOADS of pictures with no one in the background, and chill out. If you're looking to actually do something, this isn't the place, unless you just want to hang out by a park, like me. But if you are specifically looking to buy ceramics (plates, cups, bowls, etc.), there are a few shops that sell almost everything you can possibly build with ceramic, and the prices range from cheap to super expensive, depending on design and quality. Japanese ceramic makers go by House/Clan, so each house/clan has a specific style and unique way of making their stuff. The porcelain village (about 15min from this place) has many more shops that illustrate much of what I just said, but the stuff there is at least 2-3 times more expensive than here at the park. There is also a theatre and a museum here, but I didn't go in although I saw people inside. I believe there are tours, but I'm not sure if there are English tours. I did see some posters on past and upcoming shows held here though, and perhaps the park is more crowded on those days.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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