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I travelled to Japan from the US recently with a group who had an interest in ceramics. We took a one day tour of Shigaraki with Seita from Yutours. I often prefer to travel independently, but in Shigaraki a tour made sense. We were able...More
Shigaraki is reached by a train journey with beautiful views of bucolic rural Japan. There is almost no information in English at the station, so best to head for the Shigaraki Traditional Craft Centre, about 7 mins walk away straight down the main street where...More
I'm not a fan of Shigaraki pottery and the tanuki statues but I find it a lot of fun to wander in and out of the various shops. We were lucky to be there during a Shigaraki pottery festival in front of the station. I...More
If you're looking for a place to get off the beaten path in Japan, then Shigaraki is a beautiful place to do it. It is a pottery power house and the works of so many artists are on display. Take your time to wander here....More
Despite living in Shiga for a while, I'd hesitated to go to the pottery village because Shigaraki is a long trip with some inconvenient trains. Was it just going to be tanuki? Or just one kind of old-style pottery? Do I even like pottery enough...More
If you like pottery, even slightly, this place is for you.
We went on a gorgeous fall day so the drive between treed hillsides as they started to turn yellow simply enhanced the day.
Shigaraki, though, is all about the pottery. It has parlayed a...More
Having previously visited an Imari pottery, which was somewhat pretentious, along with the prices, try & visit Shigaraki Michisirube which provides down to earth So To En Pottery at an every day price, unless you want a 3m Tanuki for your garden!
Armed with full...More
There are hotels in Shigaraki. We stayed with friends and LOVED seeing all the pottery, studios, and kilns both ancient and modern. Lots of people day trip it, but it's great to stay longer if you have time. Enjoy the udon... More
There are hotels in Shigaraki. We stayed with friends and LOVED seeing all the pottery, studios, and kilns both ancient and modern. Lots of people day trip it, but it's great to stay longer if you have time. Enjoy the udon noodles at the big restaurant/studio that has a humongous tanuki bear laying on its side as the facade of the restaurant. One of my favorite meals in Japan!!