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Karatsu wares

Karatsu wares have more than 400 years of history. Currently there are more than 70 kilns scattered around Karatsu city, producing various works, mixing ancestral art and the modern sensitivity Of artists today. Enjoy Karatsu wares which will add a special charm, when used in your daily life.

■You can purchase Karatsu wares here


Art Ceramic Shop - Ichibankan 1F / Gallery Ichibankan 2F

Selected Karatsu wares and Arita wares, such as works Of Tarouemon Nakazato, Karatsu's great potter, and others can be seen in "Art Ceramic Shop — Ichibankan" on the 1st floor. On the 2nd floor, "Gallery Ichibankan" introduces modern ceramics, holding private exhibitions or rotating exhibits with the concept Of "daily luxury".

■Karatsu Choko Bar


Savor Karatsu's sake and dishes with Karatsu wares recommended by Ichibankan. Open every Saturday.

Art Ceramic Shop - Ichibankan/ GALLERY Ichibankan

More Info

  • I heard that Saga is famous for ceramics. I would like to buy some as souvenirs.


    • There are so many kilns making Imari-Arita wares and Karatsu wares and so on. It's fun to visit the different kilns and find your favorite ones, since the ceramics are so different at each one. You can also enjoy pottery tours or even paint your own at some kilns.


    • If you would like to see various kinds of ceramics, you can visit Arita Toji no Sato Plaza. There you can find "the Ultimate Ramen Bowl", which is getting quite popular! Ichibankan in Karatsu is another good place to see and purchase choice ceramics, mainly Karatsu wares.


  • Can you tell me more about Imari-Arita wares and Karatsu wares?


    • Imari-Arita wares typically feature white porcelain with bright red figures and drawings. There is a wide variety from works of art to daily items. On the other hand, Karatsu wares utilize the characteristics of soil to give you a warm feeling, and have been used as daily necessities. With more than 400 long years of history, these ceramics are one of Saga's great traditional crafts.


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