What to do and see in Imari, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Discover the best top things to do in Imari, Japan including Imari Okawachiyama, Michi-no-Eki Imari (Imari Furusatomura), Imari, Imari Nabeshimayaki Hall, Old Imari Dolls, Imari Bay, Imari City Tourists Information Center, Imari Nabeshima Gallery, Imari Shrine, Matsuuraichi Shuzo.
Restaurants in Imari

1. Imari Okawachiyama

Okawachicho, Imari 848-0025, Saga Prefecture +81 955-23-7293
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Imari Okawachiyama

Reviewed By Andrew1234 - Aomori, Japan

For the past 400 years, Okawachimaya has been an all-pottery, all-the-time producer of ceramics. It's an unspoiled place; the setting is truly beautiful and special. Don't expect to find Starbucks or Duncan Donuts franchises -- thank goodness! Families going back multiple generations have lived there in houses co-located with their kilns and shops. The town was purposely located in a valley ringed by steep Mountains on three sides in order to prevent outsiders from sneaking in and carrying away the potters' techniques and tradecraft. I spent a good four or five hours looking around, taking in the village's beautiful scenery and setting, and shopping.
Many of the ceramics on offer were of a traditional Imari style, but other pieces were innovative and modern designs. Overall the prices were very reasonable for beautiful and distinctive pieces. Some shopping tips: (1) semi-annual pottery fairs take place on April 1-5 and November 1-5 and they offer great bargains; 2) many of the stores accept credit cards; and 3) many of the stores will ship your purchases (domestically for sure, as was my situation, and possibly also overseas).
You can reach O'yama via occasional bus service which stops at the curb of the Imari train station. Ask for help and an English-language brochure at the tourist information booth located on the ground floor.

2. Michi-no-Eki Imari (Imari Furusatomura)

2754-9 Minamihatacho Ideno, Imari 848-0007, Saga Prefecture +81 955-24-2252
Excellent
10%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 39 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Imari (Imari Furusatomura)

Reviewed By メイプル九州 - Kumamoto, Japan

唐津方面から佐賀市内へ戻る際、ここでトイレ休憩をしました。
地域の物産や土産物などが売ってあり、そこそこお客さんがいてました。
嬉野茶が有名な地域とあってか、お茶を購入。自宅で飲んだら、けっこう美味しかったです。

3. Imari

Imari 848-0001, Saga Prefecture
Excellent
13%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
26%
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4 based on 23 reviews

Imari

Reviewed By ichibanwanderer - Somerset

My wife and I visited Imari as a stop on our trip to Unsen and to see the ceramics when we stumbled on the annual Ton Ten Ton Festival. This is held around October 22 to 24 and is a fighting festival held every year in the city in Saga Prefecture.Beginning at the Imari Shrine, the festival is well known as one of the three great fighting festivals of Japan.
The main streets are all lined with little shops selling all kinds of Japanese food / beverage all which are good value. The main part of the festival takes place by the river and it is advisable to find a good position, either on the bridge upstream of the location or on the opposite side of the river. This part of the festival starts at 4.00 and lasts about an hour. We were able to watch quite a bit of the festival the following day on TV and if you want to see the full festival plan to arrive on Sat leaving on Monday.
We walked around the city briefly on Monday morning - not alloy to see. However what attractions there are seem to close on Mondays.

4. Imari Nabeshimayaki Hall

1806 Okawachicho Otsu, Imari 848-0025, Saga Prefecture +81 955-23-7293
Excellent
15%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Imari Nabeshimayaki Hall

Reviewed By 88puffin - Sudbury, Canada

Good maps and they really try very hard to help, so their little bit of English plus my little bit of Japanse went a long way. Very good japanese snacks for sale, you feel like buying some because they look so good, even if you ( a Westerner) are not sur what the content of the fascinating package is.
Good brochures about transportation, hotels, etc.
Again, it is surprising how well we did, given the language barrier. Amazing, and then, with the info they gave me, I spent a fantastic day.
Great location: just by the bus and train station, and close to downtown.

5. Old Imari Dolls

ShIntencho, Imari, Saga Prefecture
Excellent
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Good
70%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 10 reviews

Old Imari Dolls

Reviewed By takayuki t - Kurume, Japan

先日久留米からの観光客として初体験しました。伊万里駅から相生橋に向けて散策を開始すると、商店街の入り口付近に焼き物で作られた美人像が2体。台座も含めると高さは2m以上。デカ!珍!
 相生橋には擬宝珠代わりの焼き物が我が家を出迎えてくれました。南端の左側から時計回りにオランダ人形像、壷、壷、オウム像、壷、壷。さすが窯業の街伊万里!
 隣の延命橋、さらに隣の幸橋も見物する予定でしたが、余りの猛暑に家人も私もバテバテ&ギブアップ。残念!

6. Imari Bay

Imari 848-0001, Saga Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
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4 based on 10 reviews

Imari Bay

Reviewed By ETflyer - Fukuoka, Japan

湾が深く天気がよいとながめは素晴らしいです。湾の東側の204号線沿いに行くとカブトガニの生息地がありました。生息地なので砂浜に立ち入らないようにという注意書きがありました。夏の間はサイクリングロードを走れる自転車のレンタルもあるようです。

7. Imari City Tourists Information Center

622-13 Shintencho | Inside Imari city West Station, Imari 848-0041, Saga Prefecture +81 955-23-3479
Excellent
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Good
70%
Satisfactory
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3.5 based on 10 reviews

Imari City Tourists Information Center

Reviewed By takayuki t - Kurume, Japan

先日久留米からの観光客として初体験しました。伊万里駅はJR駅舎とMR駅舎が大通りを跨ぐペデストリアンデッキで結ばれるというユニークな構造をしていますが、観光協会はMR駅舎内の1Fにありました。当日の担当は男女1名ずつ。懇切丁寧に対応していただき感謝。街歩きを終えて次の目的地に向けて出発する前に再度立ち寄り、伊万里焼きの風鈴(税込み1700円)、伊万里焼きのマグネット(同400円)、伊万里梨のフルーツソース(同450円)を買い求めました。

622-13 Shintencho, Imari 848-0041, Saga Prefecture +81 955-22-2267
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 5 reviews

Imari Nabeshima Gallery

Reviewed By takayuki t - Kurume, Japan

MR伊万里駅2Fにある伊万里焼きのギャラリーです。先日久留米からの観光客として初来館しました。1Fの待合室から階段をトントントンと上がると(JR伊万里駅に通じる)ペデストリアンデッキに出ますが、ギャラリーはその左手でした。受付担当は司書風の女性スタッフ。入場料は大人300円(65歳以上は無料)。駅前の市営駐車場を利用して来館した場合は30分間の駐車券付き。いいね!
 展示室内には伊万里市が所蔵する古伊万里&鍋島がズラリ。館内撮影禁止のため、パンフレットに掲載されていた作品の写真を投稿しました。スケジュールに余裕のある観光客にはお薦めのスポットです。30分あれば充分楽しめると思います。

9. Imari Shrine

83 Tachibanacho, Imari 848-0027, Saga Prefecture
Excellent
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Good
75%
Satisfactory
25%
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4 based on 4 reviews

Imari Shrine

Reviewed By wakiabc - Tokyo

伊万里川沿いに立つ中華風の楼門から、山道を登った所にあるのが伊万里神社。焼き物の町の中心部にある神社ですが、有田の陶山神社とは異なって、伊万里焼とは特に関わりはないそうです。境内からは、伊万里城があったとされる城山公園や円通寺も見えます。

10. Matsuuraichi Shuzo

312 Kusuku, Yamashirocho, Imari 849-4251, Saga Prefecture
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
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4 based on 3 reviews

Matsuuraichi Shuzo

Reviewed By よしめ - Chiba, Japan

バスツアーで訪問しました。アルコールは苦手ですが、河伯のミイラがあるというので、興味津々。17代目というおじいさんが、丁寧に説明してくださいました。屋根の葺き替えをした際に出てきたそうです。梅酒だけ試飲しましたが、甘くて飲みやすかったです。

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