Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Mito
Population
2,985,424

Kasama Craft Hills

Get crafty in the Ibaraki hills at this pottery park.

At the epicenter of Ibaraki’s traditional handicraft, Kasama Craft Hills is a mecca for all things ceramic from conventional to avant-garde earthenware.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Kasama Art Forest, this quiet craft commune is where visitors can see, touch, and experience Kasama Ware (otherwise known as “Kasama-yaki”) firsthand. Available in an abundance of styles and glazes, the hand-crafted tableware exhibit both artistic and practical elements and have been used in daily life since the Anei Period (1772-1781).

From drinking vessels to cookware, the distinguishing characteristic of this designated traditional craft lies in the clay. Sourced straight from the land, Kasama is blessed with an assortment of clay rich in plasticity and iron that achieve a deep brown when fired in a kiln.

While respecting the traditional ceramic techniques, this form of folk art has artistically evolved among resident potters who now create contemporary crockery beyond the table and tearoom. A visit to the Craft Hills workshop will allow you to tap into your inner artist as you turn the potter’s wheel and slab life into your one-of-a-kind clay creation. Classes are typically 165 minutes from start to finish and range from 2,000 to 3,000 yen.

The crafty hills, however, come ablaze once a year during Golden Week (between April 29th and May 5th) at the annual “Himatsuri” Pottery Festival. With over 200 pottery vendors on the premise, Ibaraki Prefecture’s largest event sees more than 500,000 visitors flock to the tranquil pottery town.

How To Get There

Address

1039 Kasama, Kasama-shi, Ibaraki-ken 309-1611, Japan

By train

Take the JR Joban Line to Mito Station and transfer to the Mito Line. From Kasama Station take the Kasama ¥100 Tour Bus (No bus service on Mondays).

By bus

Take an express bus bound for Kasama Station from Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit. From Kasama Station get on the Kasama ¥100 Tour Bus to Kasama Craft Hills (No bus service on Mondays).

By car

Take the Tomobe JCT on the Joban Expressway to the Kita-Kanto Expressway heading towards Kasama. Get off at the Tomobe IC (Kita-Kanto Expressway) and take R355 to Kasama City (approximately a 15-minute drive from Tomobe IC).

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