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Shitoro-Ware Hikoji Kiln

River Area

Pottery Making Experience at the Time Honored Shitoro-Ware Kiln

Shimada City is famous for Shitoro-Ware, a type of Japanese pottery, and is home to the historically renowned Shitoro-Ware Hikoji Kiln. In fact, Kobori Enshu, a 17th-century tea master, commended this structure as one of the best seven kilns in Japan. Join a two-hour pottery-making workshop at this revered kiln and learn the secrets of this time-honored craft. Please note that the class is only available on weekends.

Your instructor, Mr. Maruyama, is a fifth-generation master of Shitoro-Ware Hikoji Kiln and is happy to guide you through the art of pottery making. Mold teacups, plates, and more with the iron-rich Shitoro-Ware clay and lose yourself in the intimate process. Shitoro-Ware is characterized by its natural colors and glossy finish. After you finish molding your masterpiece, Mr. Maruyama will serve you a cup of tea and explain the history of Shitoro-Ware.

When your pottery is finished in the kiln, the workshop will ship the one-of-a-kind creation to your home. The culturally significant, yet practical dish is a beautiful everyday reminder of your time in Shimada City.

Access

  • 23 minutes on foot from Kadode Station on the Oigawa Railway

Activities

Duration 2 hours
Price 3300 yen

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The Oi River originates 3,000 meters high in the Southern Alps of Japan and runs through Shizuoka Prefecture from north to south. The Oi River basin is home to three vast green tea production areas, including Kawane, Shimada and Kanaya.

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