Arita is known for producing Arita Porcelain, one of the traditional handicrafts of Japan. It also holds the largest ceramic fair in Western Japan, called the Arita Ceramic Fair. This event is held from April 29th to May 5th every year and has thousands of stores and stalls lining the six-kilometer main street.
One of the best well known places is the Arita Porcelain Park Nagasaki, where a replica of Dresden's Zwinger (Baroque Palace) houses a collection of Arita and European porcelain. A very interesting place to wander around and appreciate real beauty, not only are the buildings wonderful to gaze at but the blue and white porcelain pieces on display are to be seen to be believed. A MUST for all art lovers!
I spent around 2 hours here just wandering and looking at all things beautiful. There was so many things that I wanted to buy but alas I was not cashed up sufficiently to buy at my hearts request. Without a doubt I will be back as the Porcelain pieces keep calling for my return and no doubt a large cash flow will be needed at that time. There are just too many wonderful things to see and buy here so please come prepared and you won't leave disappointed!
Check out the Arita Porcelain Park on a map!
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|Picture Perfect Scene|
|Plenty of interesting displays|
|Some porcelain figurines|