Now Imari Nabeshima-yaki
Okawachi-yama is located about 15 minutes by car from the Imari Station, Imari. It is a mountainous area richly endowed with nature, and is the site of many kilns, so the area is called 'Hiyo-no sato' or secret kiln village. Around the end of the 17th century, Nabeshima clan officials grouped the kilns in this area and ordered the people to produce articles for presentation to the Shogun (Nabeshima-yaki). These potters were isolated in order to keep secret of skill, there was a gate to check potters in and out.
Just walking through the village with its climbing kilns, is a moving experience. From the observatory of Nabeshima Clan Yo Koen Park with its many pleasing ceramic objects, you can view the magnificent scenery.
On the way back, take a break at the 'Imari Nabeshima-yaki Kaikan' Hall and treat yourself to some coffee made with natural water in a cup of your choosing.