Hagiyaki Pottery (, Hagiyaki) is one of the most famous pottery types in Japan. The skills for making this craft was imported into Japan from Korea in the early 1600s. Hagiyaki flourished during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and was highly prized as tea wares for the tea ceremony.

The color of Hagiyaki Pottery changes over time with use, as tea residuals enter the miniscule openings on its surface. This characteristic is highly appreciated by tea enthusiasts. Hagiyaki Pottery remains popular to this day. Many shops in town sell Hagiyaki tea wares, cup and bowls. Visitors can also view Hagiyaki Pottery at the museums listed below:

Yoshika Taibi Memorial Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 500 yen
Access: 5 minute walk from Yoshika Taibi Kinenkan-mae bus stop
The Yoshika Taibi Memorial Museum is located in the outskirts of the city. It presents a large collection of valuable Hagiyaki Pottery, as well as ceramic pieces and paintings done by the artist and potter whom the museum is named after. In front of the museum is a workshop where visitors can observe the making of Hagiyaki, and a shop where Hagiyaki wares can be purchased.

Hagi Uragami Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 300 yen
Access: South of the preserved residences of the former castle town
The Hagi Uragami Museum is housed in a modern building within short walking distance from the former castle town. It exhibits art works of Hagiyaki Pottery, ukiyo-e and contemporary art. On showcase are valuable Hagiyaki pieces, some of which have been preserved for centuries. Also on display are documents and films on Hagiyaki wares.

Hagiyaki Pottery Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 500 yen
Access: Across the entrance of the Hagi Castle Ruins
This small museum is located on the second floor of a souvenir shop selling Hagiyaki Pottery. Valuable works of Hagiyaki, mostly from the 1600s, are on exhibit. The museum stands just outside the entrance gates of the Hagi Castle Ruins.

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Page last updated: April 12, 2018