This building, which is situated in the center of Arita, is a renovated pottery storehouse from the Meiji Period. While small, this gallery exhibits a wide range, introducing wares of the various periods, from early Imari to Koimari and Iro Nabeshima. The must-see item at this gallery, is the "Sometsuke Arita Plate Mountain Craftsmen's Devotion Decorated Big Plate". This 60 cm round plate depicts scenes typical of pottery making in the Edo Period such as forging for stone in Izumiyama, workshops, and kilns. The items exhibited on the second floor are those exported to Western countries from the end of the Edo Period to Meiji Period, and consist of pots and plates with paintings of samurai and beautiful women, reflecting the interest in East Asia by Westerners of the type. There are also products which incorporate the advanced scientific technology of the time. The ceramic plate on the outer wall features a passage from the poem "At Arita Sarayama" written by Ariake Kambara, a poet from the Meiji Period. This area tucked slightly back from the main street is characterized by its tonbai walls (made from fragments of abandoned firebrick mixed with soil) and rows of old-style houses, making it the perfect spot for a walk during your travels.
From train station: Get on Arita-cho Community Bus at Arita Station on the JR Sasebo Line, get off at “Fudanotsuji” stop, and walk for 5 minutes
Car: 15-minute drive from Nishi-kyushu Expressway Hasami-Arita IC
● Parking Lot: Accommodates 5 cars (free of charge)
● Admission Fees: 100 yen for adult, 50 yen for university or high school student, 30 yen for elementary or junior-high school student; discount applicable to group of 20 or more
● Opening Hours: 9:00 - 16:30
● Closed: Mondays and December 29 - January 3
● Contact: Arita Ceramic Art Museum, Tel: +81-955-42-3372