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The Ceramics of Hizen: Birthplace of Japanese Porcelain Ware

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Hizen, in the northwestern part of Kyushu, is a place where the ingredients necessary for the ceramics industry are readily available within its rich nature: clay deposits; wood fuel from the mountains; and water from the river.
This is where Japanese porcelain was born and the towns in this region were in friendly rivalries to develop their own unique styles.
The porcelain ware was not only admired overseas, but also distributed throughout Japan and used for daily lives.
In Hizen, the chimneys rising from the kilns into the skies and the tonbai walls made of re-used kiln bricks tell the story of thriving ceramic industries and of the unique porcelain works that continue to be created there.
As the birthplace of Japanese porcelain ware, Hizen allows visitors to experience the CRAFTMANSHIP, creativity, and beauty that have been nurtured by history and tradition.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Chikuhi Line)〜JR Karatsu Sta.(Approx. 60min)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Chikuhi Line〜JR Imari Sta.(Approx. 110min))
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sasebo Line)〜JR Takeo-Onsen Sta.(Approx. 70min)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sasebo Line)〜JR Takeo-Onsen Sta.(Local Bus)〜Ureshino City(Approx. 100min)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sasebo Line)〜JR Arita Sta.(Approx. 85min)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sasebo Line)〜JR Arita Sta.(Taxi)〜Hasami City(Approx. 100min)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sasebo Line)〜JR Sasebo Sta.(Approx. 110min)
  • Express Bus
    • JR Nagasaki Sta.〜JR Sasebo Sta.(Approx. 90min)
  • Airplane
    • Saga Airport(Taxi)〜Takeo City(Approx. 60min)
    • Saga Airport(Taxi)〜Ureshino City(Approx. 60min)
    • Saga Airport(Taxi)〜Arita City(Approx. 80min)
    • Nagasaki Airport(Taxi)〜JR Sasebo Sta.((Approx. 55min)
    • Nagasaki Airport(Airport Bus)〜JR Sasebo Sta.(Approx. 85min)

CONTACT

  • Japan Heritage ”The Ceramics of Hizen: Birthplace of Japanese Porcelain Ware”
    “Hizen Yogyo-ken” Promotion Council(Culture Division, Saga Prefectural Government)
  • TEL:+81-952-25-7236