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.
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.
To make the most of this experience it helps if you have an interest in and questions about Japanese pottery.
Your tour will start at Seiuemon Pottery. A local artist will introduce you to this Shigarakiyaki art gallery.
You will visit a Shigarakiyaki potter's workshop. The artist will talk about their work and philosophy and I will translate for you.
You will learn more about the history of Shigaraki at the local pottery museum.
Walk through Shigaraki
A guided walk through Shigaraki district, including stops at local places related to Shigarakiyaki pottery.
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.
The gallery is a ten-minute walk away from Shigaraki station on the Shigaraki Kogen Railway.