Hello! It’s Tomocchi ☆
For those of you out there that would love to head out to Hasami and Arita, the areas famous for their ceramic goods as well as fashionable galleries, potteries, and cafes…
…but don’t have a car… I have some wonderful news for you! o(^o^)o
The Ride-Together service between the JR Arita Station and Hasami began on September 1st this year!
The timings of the taxi services have been set according to the arrival times of the limited express trains that arrive in Arita Station from JR Kyushu. They have eight return trips every day and a one-day pass is 1,000 yen (500 yen for children)!!
On this service you can get in or out of a taxi at any of the appointed locations which are: the combined facilities at KILN ARITA near Arita Station, Hasami-Arita Interchange which is near the popular Maruhiro in Hasami, the Hasami Town Hall, Tougei no Kan (more info below!), and Mt. Nakao Exchange Center.
Also, if you show your taxi ticket at any of these three locations they’ll have special offers for you.
The locations are: (1) Tougei no Kan, (2) Nishi no Hara / Minami Soukou, and (3) the Mt. Nakao Exchange Center.
This taxi service is the bridge between Saga Prefecture’s Arita and Nagasaki’s Hasami, two towns renowned for their pottery.
Give it a try! o(^o^)o
Arita-Hasami Ride-Together Taxi
Days of Operation:
Service daily starting September 1, 2017. Eight return trips made daily. The trips are timed along with the JR Kyushu limited express trains’ arrival at Arita Station.
One-day ticket is 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for elementary school children and younger. The ticket allows you to ride as much as you like for that day.
Pickup and Drop-off Locations:
Arita Station (Kiln Arita) → Hasami-Arita Interchange (near Maruhiro) → Hasami Town Hall → Hasami Tougei no Kan → Hasami Mt. Nakao Exchange Center.
January, March, May, July, September, November – Mayumi Taxi (0956-85-5844) February, April, June, August, October, December – Sougo Koutsuu (0956-85-2050)
Hasami Tourism Association – 0956-85-2290
Hasami Commerce Promotion Division – 0956-85-2162
Flyer and timetable are here https://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/db_img/wn_img/1480/p1480.pdf
Definitely check out Hasami with its fashionable galleries, potteries and cafes. New things are opening up all the time ♪
Allow me tell you a little bit about Hasami Pottery ☆
Hasami Pottery started around 400 years ago, with a potter that accompanied the forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi on his campaign to the Korean Peninsula. That potter settled in Hasami and began his work. Eventually, Hasami Pottery became known throughout Japan, and towards the end of the Edo Period (end of the 1700s to the beginning of the 1800s) Hasami could boast of producing the largest amount of pottery in the country.
Kurawanka Chawan (replica)
When most people think of Hasami Pottery, the first thing that comes to mind is the Kurawanka Chawan. These thick, ceramic bowls for everyday use were made in the Edo Period in Hasami, among other places. These bowls were loved widely by the common people of the time and had considerable influence on Japanese food culture.
You can buy a replica for daily use for 1,500 yen ☆ I really like the sharp form of the tall bottom of the bowl (^_^)
Konpura Bin (replica)
These ceramic bottles were used during the Edo Period to export Japanese sake and soy sauce to the West via the only open port in the country: Dejima in Nagasaki. These exotic bottles would be charming decorating a home in the East or the West.
One of these is 800 yen and is perfect as a flower vase ☆
The kurawanka chawan and the konpura bin both tell the history of Hasami Pottery. When they were first made they were a bit difficult to get because of their price, but the reproductions made today are quite reasonable.
Come for a visit and consider bringing one of them home as a souvenir ☆
Hasami Pottery was not a high-class item, but rather a part of regular people’s daily lives. That heritage continues to this day, only with even more modern designs ♪
Here remains a tasteful wall near the entrance of a private residence. There must be some kind of history behind it! I asked a local about it and they said that it’s called a “tonbai hei”. It’s made from discarded, fire-proof red bricks (“tonbai” used to make the kilns in the area), used pottery tools, as well as scraps of pottery and red clay all put together and hardened. This is just the sort of thing you would expect in a town famous for its pottery ☆
Hasami’s Tougei no Kan
From traditional items to casual goods popular with young ladies, this place is packed with Hasami Pottery! Guests can even try their hand at making their own original pottery! The second floor is a museum where you can see, learn about, buy, and touch Hasami Pottery ☆
On your next day off, how about taking a trip around Hasami in a ride-together taxi?