Arita, Saga

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Arita
有田町
Town
Location of Arita in Saga Prefecture
Location of Arita in Saga Prefecture
Arita is located in Japan
Arita
Arita
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°11′N 129°53′E / 33.183°N 129.883°E / 33.183; 129.883Coordinates: 33°11′N 129°53′E / 33.183°N 129.883°E / 33.183; 129.883
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Saga Prefecture
District Nishimatsuura
Area
 • Total 65.80 km2 (25.41 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2009)
 • Total 21,066
 • Density 320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Address 2202 Tachibe, Arita-chō, Saga-ken
849–4153
Phone number 0955-46-2111
Website Town of Arita
The Arita Ceramic Fair

Arita (有田町 Arita-chō?) is a town located in Nishimatsuura District, Saga Prefecture, Japan. It is known for producing Arita porcelain, one of the traditional handicrafts of Japan. It also holds the largest ceramic fair in Western Japan, the Arita Ceramic Fair. This event is held from April 29 to May 5 (Golden Week) every year and has thousands of stores and stalls lining the six-kilometre long main street.

On March 1, 2006 the town of Nishiarita, from Nishimatsuura District, was merged into Arita.

Geography[edit]

Arita is located in the western part of Saga Prefecture, bordering Nagasaki Prefecture from its southwest to western sides. About 70% of the town is forest and mountains.

Adjoining municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

  • April 1, 1889 – The modern municipal system is established. In accordance with this system the village of Sarayama is renamed and reclassified as the town of Arita. Also at this time the villages of Shin, Magarikawa and Ōyama are formed.
  • November 13, 1896 – The village of Shin is renamed Arita.
  • January 1, 1947 – The village of Arita becomes a town and is renamed Higashi-Arita.
  • April 1, 1954 – Higashi-Arita is incorporated into Arita.
  • April 1, 1955 – Magarikawa and Ōyama merge to form the village of Nishi-Arita.
  • January 1, 1956 – Several areas of Nishi-Arita are incorporated into Arita.
  • April 1, 1965 – Nishi-Arita becomes a town.
  • March 1, 2006 – Nishi-Arita is incorporated into Arita.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Ariga is twinned with:

Education[edit]

Prefectural high schools[edit]

  • Arita Technical High School

Municipal junior high schools[edit]

  • Arita Junior High School
  • Nishi-Arita Junior High School

Municipal elementary schools[edit]

  • Arita Elementary School
  • Arita Chūbu Elementary School
  • Magarikawa Elementary School
  • Ōyama Elementary School

Other schools[edit]

  • Arita College of Ceramics

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

There are no airports in Arita. The closest airports are Saga Airport and Nagasaki Airport.

Rail[edit]

View of the Japanese town of Arita from the train station

Road[edit]

Sightseeing[edit]

Torii at Tozan Shrine
  • The Kyushu Ceramic Museum houses large exhibits of old and modern style ceramics.
  • The Porcelain Park is a ceramic centered theme park, and is modeled on the Zwinger Palace in Germany. Ceramic ware from the heyday of Arita are on display in the gallery.
  • Arita Kan (有田館) has an exhibition of modern art porcelain, 400 different cups for coffee or tea and a theatre with computerized puppets made of porcelain.
  • "China On The Park" dates back to the end of the last century when the Fukugawa factory was chosen to provide the Imperial household with porcelain. This large and modern style facility contains a factory, galleries, shops and a restaurant.
  • Tozan Shrine has a porcelain archway and other items of porcelain which, at other shrines, are usually made of stone. This shrine was and still is particularly revered by Arita’s ceramists.
  • Rokuroza (ろくろ座), located near Kami-Arita Station, is a place where one can learn how to make pottery.

Pottery[edit]

Modern Arita ware seahorse button

Potters From Arita[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Arita, Saga at Wikimedia Commons