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Try Your Hand at Making Traditional Tea Ware


Visit the hometown of Japan’s renowned Hagi ware pottery


Japan's ceramics are highly prized throughout the world, with many prominent styles that have developed across the country. You can get hands-on with one such style in Hagi, a quaint castle town situated in Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan. Renowned for its high-quality ware that is loved by tea ceremony masters, here local artisans have been honing their craft for over 400 years, making pottery an indelible part of the town's culture.
Admire this practical art form not just with your eyes but your hands as well, as you create a piece of Hagi ware pottery under the guidance of local experts. At Senshunraku Jōzan, guests can observe potters at work before shaping their own bowl or cup out of fresh clay. Hone your brush skills and paint a design of your fancy on a pre-glazed piece. Also be sure to investigate the intriguing traditional climbing kiln, composed of firing chambers on a slope.



Hagi ware is lauded as one of the top three styles associated with traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Its subtle form and natural, subdued hues create a striking contrast with the bright green shade of matcha tea. To continue your pottery journey, don’t forget to select your favorite piece at the studio store to bring home. You’ll discover a unique characteristic of this pottery over time—as tea seeps through the porous glaze, you will notice a gradual alteration in color, imparting yet further depth to the ceramic's beauty and charm.
Senshunraku Jōzan can be reached by the Hagi Loop Bus departing from Hagi Station (Hagi Tourist Center). Disembark at Hagi-jo-ato/Shizuki-kouen-iriguchi and walk 3 minutes.





Senshunraku Jōzan Pottery




approx. 100 min. or more




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