Festivals & Events
Arita Ceramic Fair 有田陶器市
Japan's largest ceramic fair
Arita boasts one of Japan's largest ceramic fairs each year during Golden Week, from April 29 to May 5. Browse through kilometers of vendors offering a variety of different glazed wares. You're sure to find something great to take with you.
- High-quality ceramic gifts for bargain prices
- Over 500 vendors spanning 4 kilometers of road
- Local festivities and food
How to Get There
The Arita Ceramic Fair is easily accessible via public transportation.
The fair stretches between JR Arita Station to Kami-Arita Station. Head to Arita Station, which is about 40 minutes from Saga via the JR Sasebo line. Or from Hakata Station, hop on an express train for the 90-minute ride.
Grab the best bargains for gift
Arita-yaki, or pottery from Arita , is famous across Japan. This fair is a great time to obtain some quality items at affordable prices. Seemingly invisible flaws in pottery, recognizable only to the potters themselves, will result in significant price drops. Therefore it is common to find unique ceramic items at very low prices.
Relax with a drink and keep the cup
Some places even sell coffee and tea at only 300 yen per ceramic cup, which you actually get to keep. In addition to the shops, there are local festivities, and some of the local potteries are known to open their kilns to the public. Don't miss out on this chance to stock up on some quality gifts.