Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous inaka, or Japanese countryside, from a hidden cafe.
Just 90 minutes by train will take you to a great slice of countryside where the rural people are friendly, nature is bountiful, and the air is fresh.
This area has rich soil suitable for ceramics and produces traditional ceramics called Tachikui. The area is full of potteries that produce, sell, and hold workshops on ceramics. The potteries look just like large houses, and the atmosphere is very open, so guests will feel welcome. The people here are so friendly that you will doubtless have a chance to talk with a potter.
Furthermore, the ceramics are hand-made at each pottery, and they are much cheaper than at shops in the city, so Japanese people often go potteries to buy ceramics for their daily use. The potteries are all well within walking distance of each other, so you can see many in a short visit.
The best spot in this area is hidden in the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, but you don’t actually have to buy a ticket to enter. This shop is actually a cafe where you can sit on the deck to enjoy the mountain view with a cup of coffee. Take a walk around the cafe, and you will see unusual decorations that use ceramics in unique ways.
Hours: 10am – 18:30pm (closes at 17:30pm from November to March)
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays) and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Address: 4 Kondacho kamitachikui, Sasayama City, Hyogo 669-2505
Website: http://www.mcart.jp/e%20sisetu.htm (English)
How To Get There
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
JR Line Aino Station: Take a bus bound for “Shimizu” or ”The museum” to the Museum stop, for 15 mins.