Private Shigarakiyaki Pottery Experience

History Culture Experience
12,320 JPY ~ / person
About 3 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Shigarakiyaki (or Shigaraki ware) is an ancient tradition of stoneware pottery made in Shiga Prefecture that survives and thrives to this day. This experience is a private tour of the Shigaraki area in Koka city where this tradition of pottery is still practiced and refined today. The highlight of the tour is a private visit of a potter's workshop. The artist will talk about his work and his philosophy in the context of Shigaraki's history and tradition and will answer any questions you may have.

Meeting Place

The gallery is a ten-minute walk away from Shigaraki station on the Shigaraki Kogen Railway.


Price per person
12,320 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

・2 persons at minimum/ 4 at maximum
・The tour can be further customized to fit your schedule, budget and interests. Please get in touch with me directly by sending me a message.

Guest Requirements:
To make the most of this experience it helps if you have an interest in and questions about Japanese pottery.


  1. 1
    Seiuemon Pottery

    Your tour will start at Seiuemon Pottery. A local artist will introduce you to this Shigarakiyaki art gallery.

  2. 2
    Artist's Workshop

    You will visit a Shigarakiyaki potter's workshop. The artist will talk about their work and philosophy and I will translate for you.

  3. 3
    Pottery Museum

    You will learn more about the history of Shigaraki at the local pottery museum.

  4. 4
    Walk through Shigaraki

    A guided walk through Shigaraki district, including stops at local places related to Shigarakiyaki pottery.

  5. 5
    End of the tour

    The tour ends where it began, at Seiuemon Pottery. You are free to explore Shigarakiyaki on your own. I am happy to give you additional recommendations for places to visit in the area. If you want to extend the tour, please let me know in advance.

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