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Tamba Pottery


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Tamba ware: 800 years of tradition from the history of traditional Japanese pottery

Tambasasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture


©︎Tambasasayama City


When hearing of Tambasasayama City, many people will think of its famous shiny black beans, called Tamba kuromame, or the red peony-like color of its fresh boar meat. But that is not all that Tamba is famous for.


Tamba-yaki (Tamba ware) is a type of pottery with a distinctive, simple, and rustic coloring to it that has been made since ancient times in the area around what is now Tambasasayama City. Its origins date back to the Heian era of Japan, making it a craft with an 800-year-long history. Combined with the Sasayama clan, who governed Sasayama 400 years ago, the dual histories of the art and city have been intertwined for ages. Tamba pottery is also famous for being part of the Six Famous Old Kilns of Japan, a point that the locals of Sasayama are particularly proud of.


©︎Tambasasayama City

How to get there

From Shino-Osaka Station, take the JR Fukuchiyama Line train to Aino Station. From Aino Station, take the Shinki Bus bound for Kiyomizu or Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan (Hyogo Ceramic Art Museum) to the Sue no Sato-mae stop (about 10 minutes).

You can also take the bus to the Tachikui Kokaido-mae (Tachikui Public Hall) stop and walk for 5 minutes.


3 Kamitachikui, Konda-cho, Tambasasayama-shi, Hyogo-ken


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