Get a glimpse of pre-war Naha in the side alleys of Tsuboya. Learn about the art and history of Okinawan pottery at the museum, or create your own piece under the direction of a real artisan. Take a break, and enjoy a traditional refreshment at a tea house.
START : Makishi station
Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
All you need to know about Tsuboya
At the center of Tsuboya - the historical potter's district - Yachimun Street has kept many features from the times of the Ryukyu Kingdom, from the traditional houses and stonewalls to the numerous pottery kilns and shops that made its prosperity. The pottery museum is a great place to start for those who want to learn about the history and specifities of one of Okinawa's finest craft.
South kiln (Fē nu kama)
Cultural Heritage of Okinawa Prefecture
An arch-roofed, hill-climbing kiln that was used to fire unglazed pieces, the South kiln is the place to get a feeling of the Tsuboya's past. While not in use anymore, it is the only historical kiln preserved on Yachimun Street.
Ikutoen Pottery Works
Learn from a master and make your own piece
Ikutoen has a long tradition of pottery making in Tsuboya, the current owner being the sixth generation. Come and visit the shop and watch real potters at work, for an authentic experience.
Uchinaa tea house and gallery Buku-buku
A King's treat
A café and gallery right on Yachimun street which sells traditional potteries and Ryukyu glass items, and serves the traditional Buku-buku tea that was offered at the King's table during celebrations. How about taking a break and dip your lips in this foamy rice-flavored tea?
- Naha Municipal Tsuboya Pottery Museum
- South kiln (Fē nu kama)
- Ikutoen Pottery Works
- Uchinaa tea house and gallery Buku-buku