Tozan Shrine

A shrine filled with pottery in Arita

By Kim B   Oct 18, 2018 - 1 min read

Arita in Saga Prefecture is often regarded as the birthplace of pottery in Japan. It may not come as a surprise then that one of the shrines in the town is adorned with pottery as far as the eye can see. Tozan Shrine is a fascinating spot to visit, and the ways that they've worked porcelain into many of the shrine's features is incredibly impressive.

One of the shrine's iconic features is the torii arch which is made from Arita-yaki (the broad term for pottery produced in the region), and you'll even find statues that are typically made from stone made of porcelain. Even the ema, or traditional plaques used to write wishes and prayers on, are made of porcelain here. If you have a goshuin, or shrine stamp book, they will stamp it for a 300 yen donation.

Getting there

Tozan Shrine is located in Arita, a short walk from Kami-Arita Station on the JR Sasebo Line. If you're headed there by private vehicle, there is a small free parking lot just down from the main entrance.

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Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!