Nestled in the dense, green hills of Shigaraki about an hour’s drive from Kyoto is one of Japan’s least-known architectural gems. In the 1970’s, Mihoko Koyama, wealthy benefactor and the leader of a religious organization (dare I say, cult) Shinji Shumeikai, commissioned world-renowned architect I.M. Pei to design a bell tower for the religion’s headquarters - in fact, the bell tower can be seen from the Miho Museum.
Advance reservations are currently required to visit the Museum. For the time being, the restaurant is closed; the cafe is open but its hours/menu are limited.
A special event at the Shiga Prefectural Ceramic Forest looks into the soil of Shigaraki, often dubbed as "miraculous clay". The..
Photos of pottery tanuki statues in Shigaraki
See climbing kilns at Shigaraki, a town that has produced pottery for thousands of years, and is one of the 'Six Old Kilns of..