Arita is an artisan town that is hugely famous for porcelain ceramics and is known throughout Japan and the world as being the birthplace of Japanese porcelain. However, Arita has more to offer than just pottery! It has a different atmosphere compared to many other places in Saga due to the fact that it is so lost in time. Take a walk along the winding main street “Porcelain Road” to see tons of chimneys used for firing pottery and dozens of shops crammed full of beautiful ceramics.

Arita is comprised of two main districts: Arita and Nishi-Arita. Arita has approximately 20,000 residents and is tucked away in the deep mountain valleys formed by the famous Mt. Kurokami, among others.


Who’s here?

  • One city/municipal ALT who works at all six schools (elementary and junior high)
  • One ken ALT based out of Takeo works at Arita Technical High School
  • One German CIR who works for the Arita Town Office, whose job is closely tied to Arita’s sister city relationship with Meissan, Germany.

Places of Interest

Want to know more? Head over to the Arita page to find out more!

Getting around

Sasebo and Hasami by car or train. Saga City and Fukuoka by train from JR Arita Station. Nishi-Arita, Imari, and Karatsu (via Imari) by the local Matsuura Rail (MR).