Travel diary 5 ~ Experience the traditional culture of Kouga in Shiga! ~

Travel Diary(旅)


The ceramic industry, which is one of the six old kilns in Japan, and the pharmaceutical industry, which is said to have roots in Koga ninja, has been active for a long time.

Tour / Experience

Ceramic art experience “Kenzo Shigaraki Ceramic Art Club”

Make a work with 1 kg of clay.

① Course

Electric potter’s wheel course

Place the soil in the middle of the electric wheel, moisten your hands with water, and use the water to slide on the soil to form with morality.

This is a good way to make a piece of rotating body.

The result is a smooth look.

Hand-bending course

It is a method of molding using the potter’s wheel.

This method is suitable for making a rotating body work, but compared to the beautiful finish with morality, the expression of the vessel has a “handmade taste”.

Tatara Course

“Tatara” is a plate-shaped clay, and it is a method of molding the “Tatara” into various shapes.

You can make pottery in a shape that cannot be molded by the potter’s wheel, such as a square shape or a deformed shape.

Since the shape is made only by hand, it creates the texture of manual work and gives the individuality of the person who made it.

② Size

Small 3 points: hot water, small plate, small bowl, etc.

Medium 2 points: Medium plate, sake bottle, etc.

Large 1-2 points: platters, jars, etc.

* It takes about one month to complete firing.

③ Target age

6 years old ~

④ Cost

1 person: 5,500 yen ~

⑤ Clothing

Clothes with less exposed skin that can get dirty

⑥ Production time

About 2 hours

After molding, you will be asked to choose the glaze that suits your image from the 6 types of glaze.

After that, the rest of the process up to the kiln is done in the workshop and the finished product is delivered.

※ It takes about one month to deliver the work.

It is a workshop where you can experience the traditional craft of Shigaraki ware from scratch.

Ninja experience “Koka no Sato Ninja Village”

① Fee

Admission fee

Adult: 1,100 yen

Child: 900 yen

2 years and under: Free

Costume rental (1day)

Adult: 1,100 yen

Child: 700 yen

② Business hours

10 to 17 o’clock

Regular holiday: Monday

③ Facilities

・ Karakuri Mansion

・ Koka Ninja Museum

・ Ninja Dojo: Conquer 9 training grounds!

・ Shuriken Dojo: 6 experiences 300 yen

・ Handmade dojo

・ Shinobin Shrine

・ Shop

・ Kirigakuso dining room

・ Hand of the Great Buddha

・ Sarutobi Sasuke’s monument

It is a village where you can really experience ninja.

Let’s experience the extraordinary and experience the history of Japan.


Kaiseki / Creative Cuisine “Waraku Dining Shinobi”

A shop that requires a reservation.

There were chairs and some private rooms on a low table that was Japanese style and calm.

The budget starts from 1,000 yen.

It’s a shop with a similar taste, and if you eat it in the city, it will cost more than 1,500 yen, right? (I think it’s cheap land)

It is a dish that you can see that it is carefully prepared.

Cafe “Shigaraki Ceramics Village”

The real “climbing kiln” has been converted into a cafe.

The Nobori kiln in the pottery village was built in 1934 and has a total length of about 22m and 11 rooms in total.

 The walls of the climbing kiln are exposed to fire directly by firing many times, so they are reddish-brown (fire-colored, scarlet-colored, or flame-colored) or dark-brown.

While drinking tea at the “Kiln Cafe” in the kiln, please take a closer look at the fantastic colors of the kiln that the soil is fired by the fire of firewood.

At the climbing kiln cafe, you can enjoy Shigaraki Ceramics Village’s original sweets “black charcoal roll cake”.

The collaboration between the slightly bitter dough of black charcoal and the sweetness of cream using fragrant Asamiya tea is the best.

In addition, there is also “Yamada Ranch Characteristic Baumkuchen”, which is made by kneading plenty of fresh milk from Yamada Ranch into the dough and baking it softly.

Take a break in the climbing kiln! It gives peace and healing to our customers’ hearts.


This time, it was a trip to experience the traditional crafts “Shigaraki ware” and “Ninja” with a tradition of about 700 years.

Shigaraki ware is one of the six ancient kilns in Japan, supported by a long history and culture, and passed down to the present day by traditional techniques.

A ninja who is said to have served daimyo and lords in Japan from the Muromachi period to the Edo period, and also independently engaged in intelligence activities, sabotage, infiltration tactics, tactics, and assassination.

I think we can offer a fun and fulfilling trip by watching, listening and experiencing both!

Thank you for reading to the end!

Also, I would like to post an interesting part of Kansai.

Then, have a good trip from now on! !!

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