Visit A Tambayaki Pottery At Yakimono No Sato Harumonogatari

A Once-a-Year Tambayaki Festival

Tambayaki is considered one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. In Sasayama, an event called “Yakimono no Sato Harumonogatari” is held annually during the long holiday season in May. During the festival, guests can have a look inside Tambayaki potteries.

Pottery making can’t usually be observed, but this event allows visitors to see for a limited time how these masterpieces are made. You will be able to observe various demonstrations of traditional skills, such as the “shinogi” technique, which is shaving off the surface of a pottery piece, and the “hakeme” decorative technique. The festival also offers explanations about tools and how to use them, as well as rare demonstrations of “tsuchizukuri” (making dirt) and painting, which is uncommon at other pottery events. The factory that makes the clay which becomes Tambayaki can also be visited during the festival period. You also don’t want to miss the firing with the unique “noborigama” (climbing kiln).

Visitors will be able to experience and feel more closely the Tambayaki pottery.

Other than demonstrations, each pottery has their own unique offerings, such as limited-time-only cafes and pottery classes (extra charge). How about taking this opportunity to try making something yourself?

What You Can Do

The Yakimono no Sato Harumonogatari event is not only for seeing inside potteries. The Tachikui Suenosato, Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, and Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato are also event venues and offer various experiences.

At the Tachikui Suenosato, you can enjoy new products from the potteries, exhibitions and sales, as well as pottery classes. Visitors can also satisfy their appetites or find miscellaneous goods at the courtyard market events. The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo has displays of old pottery and contemporary artwork, as well as workshops and lecture talks.

The Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato offers Tambayaki Toban Buro spas using Tambayaki for the bathtub and floor, as well as Iwaburo spas using the famous Tamba rocks. All baths use hot water straight from the spring source. Relax in the open-air onsen as long as your heart desires. The Tamabayaki no Sato offers relaxation to all who stop by. How about visiting some potteries in the season of fresh verdure?


Name: Yakimono no Sato Harumonogatari
Venue: Tambayaki potteries, Tachikui Seunosato, Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato
Address: Sasayama, Kondacho
TEL: +81-79-597-2034(Tachikui Suenosato), +81-79-597-3961(Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo), +81-79-590-3377(Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato)
Access: From JR Fukuchiyama Line Aino Station, ride the Shinki Gree Bus for Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo (Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan) or for Kiyomizudera and alight at Suenosatomae or Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan.
Dates: May
Price Range:
-Pottery classes by respective potteries require a separate fee (Depends on pottery, see websites)
-Tachikui Suenosato: High school students and above 200 yen, elementary and middle school students 50 yen (Free admission from May 3-5), pottery classes require a separate fee (see website)
-Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo can be entered with the following special discount prices from May 3-5.
Adults: 1,000 yen → 800 yen (May 3-5), college students: 800 yen → 600 yen (May 3-5), high school students and younger: free, 70 and above: half price, entrance after 5 PM: half price
-The Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato is adults (age 12 and above): 700 yen, children (6-11): 300 yen, and small children (5 and younger): free, persons with disability discount (12 and above): 300 yen, (6-11): 150 yen
*Please bring your disability certificate. One person and one accompanying person are subject to discount per certificate.