Art & Design
Arita Porcelain Park 有田ポーセリンパーク
Enjoy sake and tales of ceramics at a traditional German village in Japan
Arita Porcelain Park is one of the most fascinating sites in Kyushu . Designed in the style of a traditional German village, it features a massive reproduction of the Zwinger, a palace in Dresden. The major focus is on porcelain, Arita's signature product.
This might sound like a peculiar combination, but you will learn how Arita influenced the history of Europe.
There is a sake brewery tour where you can taste or purchase the product
You can have a hands-on experience with Arita pottery at the kiln onsite
A 1.82-meter vase that was on display at the 1873 World Exposition in Vienna is here
How to Get There
You can get to the park by train and then private car or taxi.
Arita Porcelain Park is a seven-minute drive by car or taxi from Arita Station.
The porcelain that inspired European ceramics
It is well known that Arita porcelain had an immense influence on European styles. Inside the palace, one wing houses a permanent display of European ceramics, while the other offers Arita ware. This is a nice opportunity to appreciate the relationship between the two styles.
A leisurely stroll in a European garden
The park has a pottery kiln, European-style garden, sake brewery, and places for Japanese and European dining. There's also a shop selling Japanese and European gifts.
A stop at Arita Porcelain Park will be memorable and worthwhile.