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Hiryugama Kiln Workshop

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Hiryugama Kiln in Takeuchi Town, Takeo City, Saga, boasts a climbing kiln with the largest capacity in the world.

Inside the workshop, visitors can enjoy a range of pottery experiences, including throwing on a potter’s wheel, hand-forming, and painting, to create a one-of-a-kind rice bowl, teacup, dish, or other pottery item. "TAKEO - Hiryugama Lantern Festival," an illumination event that lights up the kiln for the night, is held every year, and there are other various ways to enjoy pottery at Hiryugama Kiln, the center of Takeo, the town of pottery.

Hiryugama Kiln was a climbing kiln that boasted the largest capacity in the world. With a total length of 23 meters, each of the four individual kilns that make up the climbing kiln is 3.4 meters tall, 3.8 meters wide and 8.9 meters deep, about the size of a large bus. The four kilns together had the capacity to fire 120,000 yunomi teacups at a time. The old kiln is now an exhibition room, where you can see the creations of Takeo’s unique potters.

At the adjoining Hiryugama Kiln Workshop, visitors can enjoy a range of pottery experiences. With careful advice from the attendants, why not create your own original pottery item?

Every year in February, Hiryugama Kiln holds the "TAKEO - Hiryugama Lantern Festival." 6,000 ceramic lanterns and illuminations bring vivid color to the site.
Inside the kiln, which is usually an exhibition room, the Kamauchi Café opens for a limited time. Enjoy sweets and drinks at this special venue.

Location

Name Hiryugama Kiln Workshop
Web Sites (In Japanese) https://hiryuugamakoubou.sagafan.jp/
Address 24001-1 Mateno, Takeuchi-cho, Takeo-shi, Saga
Access 15 minutes' drive from JR Takeo Onsen Station
Business Hours 9:00 to 17:00
Inquiries TEL: 0954-27-3383
Admission Varies by experience (Hiryugama Kiln Tour is free admission)
Closed Tuesday

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