The Kyushu Ceramic Museum
The Kyushu Ceramic Museum
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Paul W
Eastbourne, UK2,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The art of making ceramics has a long and distinguished history in Japan. This museum celebrates the work of local makers over the centuries.

The museum is well lit with explanations in English as well as Japanese.There are five themed rooms ranging from earliest items to contemporary works. An extra delight is the large ceramic clock which gives performances every half hour.

The museum is a 15 minute walk from the railway station. There is no charge for admission and there is a reasonably priced coffee shop on the first floor looking out over the countryside to the surrounding hills.

If you are in the area and can make time the museum is well worth a visit.
Written March 10, 2024
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Bluesphynx
Singapore1,630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
Arita is only an hour's train ride from Fukuoka, and the Kyushu Ceramic Museum is a bare ten minutes walk from the railway station. You do have to climb up a rather steep bridge and huff up the pathway to the Museum itself but it's a pretty blue- and- white bridge and a short scenic walk lined with pine trees. However, there are taxis waiting to take you up and down if you're not up to the walk.
Once inside, it's a treat for the senses, beginning with the two toilets for the handicapped which feature ceramic sinks, toilet bowls and trash cans. The main toilet is less lavishly decorated but the designs are all delightfully different. The exhibition halls are filled with ceramic ware ranging from ancient Kyushu collections (including the blue and white Edo pieces) to bold and creative contemporary pieces. It is well-annotated in English and though comprehensive, not overwhelming. You can linger at your favourite pieces and admire the vision and artistry that went into their making. I particularly liked the element of humour in the design of animals incorporated into both traditional and modern pieces eg. the heads of rabbits, snakes and dogs as handles to the spoons fashioned by students of the Kyushu College of Ceramic Arts.
A delightful little cafe upstairs serves coffee and cake sets on Inari-patterned crockery and you can purchase innovative gifts like ceramic staplers or sink-stoppers.
A pity we did not have the time to visit the other ceramic attractions in the town like the kilns and the Great Porcelain Archway shown on the map dispensed by the very helpful English-speaking staff at a booth in the station.
Written February 22, 2014
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Monica J
Coffs Harbour, Australia52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2010 • Couples
My husband and I were travelling on motorbikes in May 2010 through Japan and stopped in the nearby pottery towns of Arita and Imari as we have an interest in ceramics. We started with spending a few hours in the Kyushu Ceramic Museum which had a most comphrenhensive display of Japanese pottery and absolutely the best starting point to know more about the basic fundamentals of ceramic knowledge, Chinese and Korean influence, Japanese ceramics, and an overview of each area of Kyushu ceramic production.There is also a tea ceremony room and a stunning music clock box mechanism made of Arita ware.We also bought the booke Earth and Fire the permanent exhibition guidebook.
Written November 17, 2011
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ChloCasabi
Essex, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We arrived at Arita station at 3.45pm it was a 2 minute walk to the base of the hill, then 10 minute walk/climb up the hill to the museum.
Free Entry and there are 3 connecting exhibition rooms plus the basement of special collection. Main exhibition rooms have English name tags but not English explanations.
Really beautiful works, excellent variety. We were able to get round all the rooms in time to catch the 4.30pm clock chime (Ceramic clock opens and you can see things happening inside)
Written August 22, 2015
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SingaporeGirl
Singapore, Singapore517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
The Kyushu Ceramic Museum is not to be missed by anyone interested in Japanese ceramics or porcelain. Set in a lovely setting, this ultra-modern museum houses representative samples of Japanese pottery throughout Japan's history with good signage in Japanese and English. There are excellent teaching displays (maps, shards) and beautiful displays that truly showcase the collection. Photography is not allowed in the gallery exhibiting some of the oldest pieces, but is elsewhere, including the superb collection in the basement gallery with thousands of pieces from a private collection. Immaculate bathrooms and some lovely little reproduction pieces that can be purchased at reception (entrance to the museum is free). The museum opens at 9 a.m. so you can start your day at this wonderful oasis. In terms of logistics, we hired a taxi from Nagasaki--plan 80-90 min drive each way and 2-3 hours in the museum.
Written November 19, 2014
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,055 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
It is a must-see in Arita. If you are interested in porcelain, it merits to travel to Arita just to visit this museum. To visit a temporary exhibit, you have to buy a ticket. But otherwise, the entrance is free. It is also generously allowed to take pictures without flash. To this museum, you can walk from JR Arita station. It takes about 15 minutes. Uchiyama district, the historical area of Arita, is a little far.
Written October 23, 2019
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Karimuchi Z
Hamburg, Germany28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
Well this ceramic museum is special. It shows a lot about the history of ceramic, how they are made and how it changed during the time. Every 30 min. there is a clock playing in the center of the museum. Most of the descriptions are in Japanese.

That said, if you don't like ceramic or are not interested in it..maybe skip this one.
Written October 8, 2016
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Marc E
Waasmunster, Belgium93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Great overview of Japanse Arita ceramics throughout the history from 1600 till present day. Really à superb experience. Even beter as and when you can combine it with a visit to local current manufacturer!
Written July 11, 2014
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roy890
Queensland, Australia43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
A well presented exhibition showing the history of porcelain in Japan. I must say that seeing museums in Jingdezhen and South Korea, the real homes of porcelain does make the history pale but it is still worth seeing.
Written November 27, 2016
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Sam S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Odds are you're visiting Arita because you like ceramics and porcelain. So a visit to this museum is a no-brained. Entrance is free, the collection is beautiful, drinks are served in 200 yr old cups, and the temporary (?) restaurant outside is worth a visit. Not everything is translated, and the museum looks a bit old fashioned. But the collection is definitely worth it.
Written October 10, 2016
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