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Imari Okawachiyama

Okawachicho, Imari 848-0025, Saga Prefecture
+81 955-23-7293
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Lovely little town

Cute little pottery town, quite silent. Loads of small ceramics shops. The bridges and riversides... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Sophie K
Quaint ceramics village

Only come here if you are interested in ceramics, as there is not much else to see or do! Many... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Daniel L
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Okawachicho, Imari 848-0025, Saga Prefecture
+81 955-23-7293
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Reviewed 1 May 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

1  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

1  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

4  Thank Andrew1234
Reviewed 3 January 2015

There a quite a few shops lining this quiet pretty village. The shops line a road leading up the hill, and are nestled among the houses, as the potters presumably stay in the village too. The village is quiet easy to locate - if you...More

1  Thank MBev
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I have a small collection of Japanese pottery, and I'd never been to Okawachiyama southeast of Imari city, a place famous for it's artwork pottery during the Tokugawa era, so I wanted to check it out. I had already toured the area around Arita and...More

9  Thank kitsuko
Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

One of the prettiest villages in Japan. Was there on an excursion from a cruise ship but didn't have enough time to appreciate the village. Having done some research, have discovered that it's possible to visit Okawachiyama independently so will do so next time I'm...More

2  Thank terriertam
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