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Imari Okawachiyama

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Address: Okawachicho, Imari 848-0025, Saga Prefecture
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Gorgeous setting, historical interest, fine place for porcelain lovers

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 December 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 the restaurant is close at 3pm), it would be the heart of Imari trip that... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 Ureshino which made a pleasant day.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. The village houses step up the mountain on brick paths with a lush green forest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Aomori, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 in houses co-located with their kilns and shops. The town was purposely located in a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 have a map and GPS.

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Chicago
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 was hoping for something less commercialized than that area. Being advertised as the "Valley of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 in Japan. Loved it!

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

A great way to spend my day. I concur with the previous review ( Ann Arbor, Michigan), about practical information, so I will not repeat it. A 20 minutes bus ride from Imari Station. You can enquire at the Tourist Information desk located right at the bus station. This is very easy and convenient, plus there is nice scenery to... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

If you like Imari porcelain, you will be interested in this place - Okawachiyama village. It's a beautiful, picturesque village in Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, southern Japan. Imari porcelain was born in this village about 400 years ago. A lot of Imari porcelain products were exported to Europe from the adjacent Imari Port in 17th-19th centuries. Imari was very popular among... More 

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