Kyushu/ Saga Pref.

Imari 

Imari, a City of Ceramics and Fruit

When people hear the name “Imari” they right away think of “Imari-yaki.” A number of Bizen porcelain works were transported from Imaritsu Port and greatly contributed to the city’s historical and cultural development. Besides Imari-yaki ceramics, Imari Beef, Imari Nashi (Japanese pear), Kuruma Ebi shrimps and many other tasty local specialties can be counted among some of Imari’s attractions. Especially noteworthy is the Village of Hidden Kilns, Okawa Uchiyama, where kilns producing superb Nabeshima ceramics continue to present their long history and tradition.

Sightseeing Highlights in Imari

Village of Hidden Kilns, Okawa Uchiyama

About 30 kilns of experienced craftsman are located in the village which accepts visiting tourists.

Access 15-min. by bus from JR Imari Station or MR Imari Station

Nabeshima Han’yo Park

Many historical relics are recreated in the park including the Sekisho (shogunate checking points in the Edo period), an old mortar, and kilns.

Access 15-min. by bus from JR Imari Station or MR Imari Station

Myojo Sakura Cherry

It is said that this tree was brought from Mibu in Kyoto and is about 900 years old.

Access 20-min. by bus from JR Imari Station or MR Imari Station

Important Annual Events in Imari

Porcelain Hina Festival

Mid-February – early March
Okawa Uchiyama

Hina Ningyo dolls made of porcelain and other ceramic works will be exhibited.

Spring Ceramic Market

April 1-5
Okawa Uchiyama

A wide variety of ceramic items, from dishes for daily use to decorative art works, will be on sale.

Imari Ceramic Festival

April 29-May 5

Windchime Festival

Mid-June – end of August

A wide range of windchimes including large ones and original ones made by Imari ceramic artists will present their beautiful melodies throughout Okawa Uchikawa village.

Firework Festival

Early Augsut

Imari Ton-ten-ton Festival

Late October
Imari City

Mikoshi portable shrines and Danjiri floats will be paraded around accompanied by the sound of drums. In olden times, people crashed the mikoshi and floats into each other as part of a mock “fight” but this activity has now been suspended.

Nabeshima Hanyo Autumn Festival

November 1-5
Okawa Uchiyama

Nabeshima, claimed as a World Treasure of ceramic art, will be showcased to the public. Very traditional fire setting ceremony at the climbing kiln area and other unique events will be performed along with a sale of ceramic works.

Traditional Crafts of Imari

Imari-yami Ceramic

Imari-yaki Ceramic was born from the Nabeshima, the World Treasure of ceramic art. There are three types of Imari-yaki: Iro Nabeshima, Nabeshima Sometsuke, and Nabeshima Seiji (celadon).

Food & Specialties of Imari

Imari Beef

Imari City has the highest production of Nashi Japanese pear in western Japan. Kosui, Hosui, Niitaka and other Nashi varieties are grown. During the harvesting season, visitors can enjoy Nashi picking on the farms.

Imari Nashi (Japanese Pear)

Imari City has the highest production of Nashi Japanese pear in western Japan. Kosui, Hosui, Niitaka and other Nashi varieties are grown. During the harvesting season, visitors can enjoy Nashi picking on the farms.

Kuruma Ebi Shrimp

Fresh Kuruma Ebi shrimp grown at the cultivation sites set in the natural cove is one of the most popular local specialties from Imari City. Kuruma Ebi preserved in miso is also a famous gift item.

Imari Beef Hamburger Steak

What is special about this savory hamburger steak is that no other ingredients except the fine meat of Imari Beef is used (generally, hamburger steak includes egg and milk). This 100% Imari Beef Hamburger Steak won the First Prize for three years in a row in the Kyushu Local Gourmet Grand Prix from 2010 to 2012.

Access
Imari Station on JR Chikuhi Line or Imari Station on MR West Kyushu Line
Contact
Imari City Tourist Section
TEL:0955-23-2111, 0955-20-9031 / FAX:0955-20-9032
E-mail: kankou@city.imari.lg.jp
URL: http://www.city.imari.saga.jp/

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