Admire the true tradition of “Rakuyaki (Raku ware)," pottery loved for 450 years
Raku Museum stands next to the house of the Raku family who has been running the pottery of “Rakuyaki" for over 400 years. In 1978, it was opened as a museum which exhibits potteries made by the successive heads of the Raku family, artistic crafts used in tea ceremony and documents on the Raku family. The collection was donated by the Raku family. The house of the Raku family was built in 1855. It is very old for a Japanese house and the entire house including the tea house and the workshop is designated as a national cultural heritage.
“Rakuyaki" is a kind of Japanese traditional pottery. The potter's wheel (a device used in shaping potteries while turning the clay) which is generally used for potteries is not used for Rakuyaki. It is molded entirely by hand and a spatula and fired in a kiln that has bellows piece by piece. Rakuyaki is thorough about making a piece individually. Its tender and thick appearance is the feature of Rakuyaki. It is used for items such as tea bowls, vases and incense banners.
For 450 years, since it was started in the late 16th century by Chojiro, the first head of the Raku family, its tradition and technique have been carried through to the present by the Raku successive generations. The method for making Rakuyaki is exactly the same as before.
Raku Museum houses potteries made by the successive heads of the Raku family, from the first head Chojiro through the current 15th head. All those potteries are masterpieces of the Raku successive heads passed down as examples for the future generations. In addition, artistic crafts used in tea ceremony and documents are housed. Planned exhibits centered on special exhibitions are held three times a year. Above all, “Raku Rekidai-ten" which exhibits the potteries made by the Raku successive heads all at once and “Teni Fureru Raku Chawan Kansho-kai" which visitors can actually hold Raku tea bowls made by the Raku successive heads in their hands are popular.
*Please refer to the official website for more information.
Address: Ichijo Sagaru, Aburanokoji-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Hours open to visitors: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.(Last admission 4:00 p.m.)
Closed: Monday(Monday is open if it falls on a national holiday)and during the re-installation
[Rail]9-min by Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Imadegawa Station, about 13-min walk from Imadegawa Station[Bus]About 20-min by City Bus No.9 and No.50 from Kyoto Station to Horikawa Nakadachiuri, about 3-min walk from Horikawa Nakadachiuri Bus Stop