Sueyama Shrine was built in 1658 on high ground overlooking the town of Arita, the cradle of Japan's porcelain. At the top of the stone steps leading to the shrine, a beautiful porcelain torii archway greets visitors. The torii is made from white porcelain with a light blue foliage scroll pattern. It was donated to the shrine in 1888 by potters and is today considered the symbol of Arita. Apart from the torii, the precinct features other examples of Arita-yaki pottery technology that have been offered to the shrine such as a fired porcelain guardian dog, a big water basin and toro lanterns, indicating the level of devotion that local people involved in the pottery industry have towards the shrine. The shrine office sells cute porcelain good-luck charms and many tourists buy these as memorabilia of their trip. Moreover, five minutes further up the hill, you will arrive at a monument dedicated to Yi Sam-pyeong, the creator of Arita-yaki pottery. The group of Korean potters, led by Yi Sam-pyeong, discovered a deposit of porcelain stone at Izumiyama in Arita town in 1616 and were the first in Japan to successfully fire porcelain. This stone monument is testimony to the achievements of Yi Sam-pyeong for establishing Arita's foundation and was erected in 1917, around 300 years from the birth of porcelain production in Japan. Every year on May 4th, a Toso Festival is held to pray for prosperous pottery business.
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
15-minute walk from JR Kami-Arita Station
Car: 10-minute drive from Nishi-kyushu Expressway Hasami-Arita IC
● Parking Lot: Accommodates 50 cars (free of charge)
Division of Planning, Commerce and Tourism, Arita Town Office, Tel: +81-955-46-2500
Arita Tourism Information Center, Tel: +81-955-43-2121