Ontayaki Pottery Village

Ontayaki Pottery Village © PIXTA

About Ontayaki Pottery Village

Onta is a mountain pottery village located within Hita, Oita Prefecture, and the pottery that the village produces is called "Ontayaki". A small river flows through the region and the rustic Japanese "satoyama" landscape here is noticeable even today.
Ontayaki Pottery Village originally began in the 18th century by inviting potters from Koishiwara, Fukuoka Prefecture and to this very day you can see potters working their millstones by the river and firing pottery in the kilns in order to make plates and bowls suitable for everyday use. Their pottery strongly features geometric patterns.
In the early 20th century a folk arts movement called the "Mingei Movement" began. This movement emphasized the beauty of everyday objects, particularly Japanese daily items. This movement was led by Yanagi Muneyoshi and Bernard Leach and as a result of the movement the pottery from Ontayaki came to be well-known and highly valued items.
Please note that the business hours for the village depend on the pottery that is being produced.


In order to get to the Ontayaki Pottery Village, from the Hita Bus Center you can take a Hita Bus to the Sarayama bus stop in about 50 minutes, and the same distance is about 30 minutes by car. In order to get to Hita City, if you are coming from Fukuoka you can start at Hakata Station and from there take the Kagoshima Main Line to Kurume Station, then switch on to the Kyudai Main Line special express train and then it will take you about 1 hour and 10 minutes on the special express to get to Hita. From Oita City you can also take the Kyudai Main Line special express for about 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to Hita.


Description: Ontayaki Pottery Village

Sights Ontayaki Pottery Village (小鹿田焼の里 )
Address Sarayama, Ono-Minamoto-sakae-machi, Hita-shi, Oita
Phone / Fax Phone: 0973-29-2449
Duration 1Hour(s)
Closed dates Irregular closed dates
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Couples Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Ontayaki Pottery Village