Bizen Pottery Traditional and Contemporary Art Museum
Thrilling techniques and the heart of Bizen Pottery that represents ceramic art of Japan
(C) Okayama Prefectural Tourist FederationBizen Pottery Traditional and Contemporary Art Museum was established with the aim of further developing Bizen pottery that has 1,000 years of history and tradition while at the same time advancing the local culture. Bizen pottery is famous as ash-glaze pottery. Its distinctive feeling of clay has grabbed the heart of many Japanese. The museum exhibits the history and current state of Bizen pottery including the process of creation, changes of kiln and articles from Sueki of the Tumulus Period (250-592) that has developed into Bizen ware to works of unique contemporary ceramics artists.
Must-sees among them are old Bizen Umi-agari (Ship-wreck pots) that were retrieved from the seabed of the Seto Inland Sea, and colored Bizen without artificial coloring that enjoy high popularity as exceptional Bizen. Colored Bizen are very precious articles produced by Okayama clan to present to the Edo Shogunate and other clans during the Edo Period.
Address: 1659-6 Inbe, Bizen-shi, Okayama
Hours open to visitors: 9:30-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Admission Fee: fees: 700 yen (adults); 400 yen (high-school and university students); free admission for junior-high school students and younger
Closed: Monday every week (The next day when Monday falls on a national holiday) and from December 29th to January 3rd
Directions: One-minute walk from Imbe Station on the JR Ako Line (45 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Okayama by Sanyo-Shinkansen and 40 minutes from Okayama Station by the JR Ako Line). 15 minutes from Bizen Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway (car parking available)