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Lovely village with lots of pottery makers

Nice to spend a couple of hours walking round the various manufacturers and to see the old kilns... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Jane k
London, United Kingdom
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Quiet village with Amazing stuff

We got here again in the late afternoon so only had enough time to do a quick walk around the... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Okawachicho, Imari 848-0025, Saga Prefecture
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Nice to spend a couple of hours walking round the various manufacturers and to see the old kilns and those currently in use. Village has some picturesque hills as a backdrop.

Thank Jane k
Reviewed 23 November 2017

We got here again in the late afternoon so only had enough time to do a quick walk around the village before the sun went down and the shops closed. the bridge at the entrance to the village was really interesting - broken bits of...More

1  Thank silverspire
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Nice little village set in the mountains that specializes in ceramics/ pottery. In Japan, each House or Clan makes pottery slightly differently, each with its own unique style, design and finesse. This village essentially houses some of the finest ceramics in Kyushu, and the quality...More

1  Thank Michelle_Kwok
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Cute little pottery town, quite silent. Loads of small ceramics shops. The bridges and riversides are also paved with ceramics/ nice looking pebbles. It's a great way to escape the hectique. Loved it. Hard to get to though, there's a bus, but it only goed...More

Thank Sophie K
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Only come here if you are interested in ceramics, as there is not much else to see or do! Many shops offering hand made and hand painted porcelain at moderate prices. You can spend from a few hundred yen to hundreds of thousands, depending on...More

2  Thank Daniel L
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I was there on Dec 3rd and, even the autumn leaves mostly fell, but there were many beautiful red maples in front of the village with very nice garden decoration. When combined with so nice hand pottery and imari steak shop nearby (be careful that...More

Thank SarahAHA121
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

The setting is quaint and very pretty with lots of pottery shops selling their wares. I would have liked to see some working potters but if they were there, we missed seeing them. The porcelain is very very expensive. It was a lovely drive from...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Nabeshima potters, favorites of the ruling class were relocated here over 400 years ago to keep their techniques and formulas secret. This is one of the main places Imari ware, so loved and copied in Europe, was developed....More

2  Thank Catbird28
Reviewed 13 September 2015

If you don't have much interests about porcelain, don't need to go there. There're many porcelain shops with nice scenery, that's all. But If you do love porcelain, It's a nice place.

1  Thank smile1st
Reviewed 7 April 2015

For the past 400 years, Okawachimaya has been an all-pottery, all-the-time producer of ceramics. It's an unspoiled place; the setting is truly beautiful and special. Don't expect to find Starbucks or Duncan Donuts franchises -- thank goodness! Families going back multiple generations have lived there...More

5  Thank Andrew1234
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