Hiryu Kiln is located within the Takegoba Kiln no Mori park in Muta district of Takeuchi town, Takeo city, which is the cradle of Takeo pottery. Built with reference to the ascending kiln used up until the late 1940s, Hiryu Kiln is a giant ascending kiln measuring 23 meters in length and with a capacity to fire 120,000 yunomi teacups in one go.
The park also has a workshop equipped with an electric potter's wheel, electric kiln, gas kiln and so on, where visitors can experience using the potter's wheel and making raku ware. (rental kilns available for a fee)
Moreover, the workshop has an exhibition room with works fired in Hiryu Kiln on display.
From train station: 15-minute taxi ride from Takeo-Onsen Station on the JR Sasebo Line
Car: 20-minute drive from Nagasaki Expressway Takeo-Kitagata IC
● Pottery experiencing [reservation required] (capacity / duration)
Shaping on wheel: 1,500 yen (around 10 people / 15 minutes)
Twisting by hand: 1,300 yen (40 people / 45 minutes)
Painting on ceramics: 800 yen for tea cup, 900 yen for rice bowl, 1,000 yen for plate, 1,200 yen for mug (30 people / 30 minutes)
Plate: 1,500 yen [reservation required at least 2 days before the desired date] (40 people / 60 minutes)
Other seasonal experiential events available
Please be sure to enter by 4 p.m.
● Pottery class:
Registration fee: 2,000 yen (required once)
Monthly member: 2,000 yen (4 classes a month), ticket member: 3,000 yen (for 4 classes), annual member: 20,000 yen
Clay fee: 4,200 yen for 10 kg (including calcination and glaze fees)
You are asked to take classes on a fixed day but can select either morning or afternoon class.
Contact Hiryugama Kiln Studio for details.
● Opening Hours of the Studio: 9:00 - 17:00
● Closed: Tuesdays (or the following day if a Tuesday falls on a public holiday) and December 28 - January 3
● Parking Lot: Accommodates 40 standard-sized cars and 6 motor coaches (free of charge)
Take-no-Koba Kiln no Mori Koen Koubou Studio, Tel: +81-954-27-3383
Division of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Department of Sales, Takeo City Government, Tel: +81-954-23-9237