One-of-a-kind hands-on pottery making in Tsuyama City

Katsukita Pottery Village

workshop
A great experience for all ages

ABOUT THE workshop

Katsukita Pottery Village is located in Tsuyama City in the Sugimiya district, an area which has been producing fine clay perfect for making pottery since old times. Katsukita Pottery Village has the largest ascending kiln in the northern half of Okayama Prefecture. When firing in an ascending kiln, the finish and colorations of the pottery depend on the composition of the clay, temperature, and many other factors to yield unpredictable and uniquely finished pieces of pottery.

The facility is designed to accommodate all ages from children to adults. Estimated time to make a Japanese tea cup, coffee cup, or dish is approximately 2 hours. Visitors may choose what they want to make; the staff will fire the piece and mail it you upon completion (postage fee shall be born by the visitor).

Additional information

Facility usage fee: 1,230 JPY

Ascending kiln usage fee: 1,850 per person

Electric kiln usage fee: 920 JPY per person

Advance reservation required.

ABOUT THE AREA

Tsuyama is a city in central Okayama Prefecture with a population of around 100,000. Nestled in the Chugoku Mountain Range, the natural environment compliments the city’s rich architectual history.

Tsuyama was a castle town for centuries but after the Meiji Restoration the city’s castle met the same fate as many throughout Japan and was dismantled. Despite this, the city retains the charm of a a typical castle town with visitors flocking to its ruins. Kakuzan Park surrounds the castle grounds and his said to be the best place for cherry blossom viewing in all of Okayama.

Another popular destination is Shurakuen Garden, which was completed in the mid-17th century and captures nature in its idyllic form. Visitors who enjoy gardens will also enjoy the Chohoji Temple in spring; Chojoji is also known as “The Hydrangea Temple”, and its garden comes into full bloom in June with over 3500 blooming specimens.

The Jotomachinami Historical Preservation Area is a fine area to stroll in year-round, and visitors will enjoy seeing this authentically preserved merchant street.  Nondaki Waterfall is a another great spot; this beautiful fall is 50 meters high and looks like white silk falling over the rocks. It is surrounded by green forest for the perfect minus-ion relaxation.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee