Hasamicho is located in the only area of Nagasaki that does not reach the ocean. It’s claim to fame is its ceramics.
There are over 150 ceramics towns in Japan, with the most popular being: Mashiko-yaki (Tochigi), Kiyomizu-yaki (Kyoto), Shigaraki-yaki (Shiga), Hagi-yaki (Yamaguchi), and so on. Ceramics are a huge cultural tradition in Japan and recently ceramic towns have been ramping up the effort to keep people interested and involved in them.
Hasamicho has recently been making a name for itself and its ceramics.
Most of the kilns in town are in the Nakao area of Hasamicho. The Nakao area of town has small alleyways, older construction with wood and rock, giving it a traditional feel.
This town is famous for producing 3 different brands of ceramics. You can check out their some of their wares online:
HAKUSAN PORCELAIN CO. LTD
Their products have a kind of understated elegance and simplicity.
Their products are super colorful and have a playful feel to them.
Has a bit of a pop feel, and overall very fresh.
You can pick up some local works Nakao-san Koryukan:
Nearby there are also some beautiful hillside rice paddies. They are one of the best terraced rice paddy spots in Japan.
ONIKI TERRACED RICE PADDY
There are also a lot of cute cafes, odds and ends stores and galleries in the area you might want to check out:
CAFE- monne legul mooks
GALLERY- monne porte
SUNDRIES- HANA Wasukui
STORE- Minami Soko （sells local ceramics)
General Hasamicho Tourist Information HP (Japanese only)
HOW TO GET THERE
5 minutes from the Hasami-Arita IC exit
10 minutes from the Ureshino IC exit
10 minutes by taxi from JR Arita Station
15 minutes by bus from JR Mikawachi (the bus to Ureshino)
20 minutes by bus from JR Kawatana (the bus to Hasami Naikai/Kaminakao)