Pottery making at Yakimono Kan
When you visit Japan, a trip to the countryside allows you to see a different side of this island nation. Iwami region is far off the beaten track, but can be accessed by JR trains. A great souvenir, or activity with children, is to make your own pottery. Iwami is famous for its own brand of pottery, Iwami yaki, and you can even try your hand at making it yourself.
Yunotsu, on the main San'in JR train line, flourished as a place of production for pottery. A short walk from the station, you'll find "Yakimono Kan" (やきもの館 in Japanese), a pottery workshop and store. Outside Yakimono kan, you can see some traditional climbing kilns and you can also learn the history of Yunotsu yaki (or Yuntosu pottery) in Japanese.
In this place, you can buy some ceramics such as plates, cups or vases. You can also try to make pottery. It will take about one hour and you can make one or two things such as plates, mugs, or teabowls.
- Making course (40~60 min)
You can make items such as a plate, teacup, mug, or an animal. You are able to be instructed by the staff. So you can try to make it without too much difficulty. You can make two items from one lot of clay.
Adults: 1,800 yen
Junior / High school: 1,500 yen
Elementary school: 1,200 yen
2. Painting course (30 ~ 60 min)
This is a good course for a person who does not have enough time to make pottery or who feels it is too difficult to make something There are some items which are almost complete and you can paint a picture or write some letters on them.
Charge : 500 yen ~
A professional class is held for people who want to make more pottery
Open; 9:00~17:00 / : ~16:00 (You don't need to book in advance)
Closed: End of year holidays 30 December until 4 January
Please check in advance that they will be open during your visit
Address: 〒699-2501 Yunotsuイ 22-2, Yunotsu town, Oda city, Shimane prefecture
Call:0855-65-4139 (in Japanese only)
E-mail：email@example.com (in Japanese only)
Closest station: Yunotsu station (take a bus or taxi from the station)
You can walk from the onsen street in about 15 minutes
It takes about 25 minutes from Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center (石見銀山世界遺産センター)
It takes about 50 minutes from Aquas.(しまね海洋館アクアス)
It takes about 70 minutes from the Izumo Taisha.(出雲大社)