Appreciate the Skillfully Made Ceramics Collection: The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

Have Fun As You Learn About Ceramics Culture: The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

Founded in 2005, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo is a prefectural museum specializing in ceramics that acts as a base for both the creation and exchange of ceramic culture. In their special exhibits they show both international and domestic ceramics, while their permanent collection is focused on Tamba-yaki, the pottery traditionally made in the region.

In addition, they also hold workshops and lectures to familiarize visitors with pottery culture as well.

Other than their exhibition rooms, there are workshop facilities for creative activities and events, an observation deck, and a dining cafe on the premises as well. From the observation deck, visitors can look over the kilns for the Tamba-yaki village as well as take in the sight of Mt. Wadenji (591 m) in the distance. At their cafe, Gokuzo, visitors can savor fresh pasta and dishes made using organic vegetables harvested from the fields right before you served in Tanba-yaki tableware, all the while taking in the natural scenery of the area.

Please enjoy the pottery born from Tamba Sasayama’s soil and rich natural environment, all while relaxing in this incredible artistic space.

What Are the Features and Charms of Tanba-yaki?

Various types of ceramics and pottery originated in Hyogo prefecture; starting with Tamba-yaki, there is also Sanda-yaki, Tozan-yaki, Izushi-yaki, Minpei-yaki, and many more types. At the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, you can see these and other varieties within their Tanaka Hiroshi Collection, which is composed of numerous examples of old pottery from the region.

In fact, as of April 2017, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo permanently exhibits items considered a part of one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, in a space entitled “”The World of Tamba-yaki””.

Tanba pottery is said to have originated in the late Heian era (794-1185), and until recently had been produced in an unbroken succession. The earliest examples of Tamba-yaki are known for their unique natural glaze patterns, which came about from the settling of ash on the pottery as they were baked in the kilns. On the other hand, during the Edo era (1603-1868), not only was iron-rich red clay used, creating a vibrant red-brown glaze on the pottery, but chestnut brown glazes and white make-up clay was used to paint these ceramics with original designs. These changes in style can all be appreciated in detail at the museum.

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, in addition to their permanent exhibition, holds special exhibitions of domestic and international ceramics five times a year. The museum is waiting for you to visit.


Place:Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
Address:Hyogo, Sasayama, Kondacho, Kamitachikui 4
Access:Take the JR Fukuchiyama line to Aino Station, then take the Shinki Bus bound for the Museum of Ceramic Art Hyogo, Konda Yakushi Onsen, or Shimizu, and get off at the Museum of Ceramic Art Hyogo stop. It’s right there.
Closed:Mondays (open Mondays if a national holiday, and closed the next day instead)
Admission fee: Varies by exhibition