°˖✧John’s Hirashimizu tour ✧˖°
Hirashizmizu is an ancient pottery village at the edge of Yamagata City, surrounded by nature, and today, home to a variety of artisanal shops and traditional craftsmen. This experience, all in English, will take you first to the famous Shichiemongama pottery workshop, where after a tour of how their pottery is produced, you will get a chance to make your own dish, cup, or bowl in their classroom. Following the workshop, we will head up the block to the intimate sake boutique, La Jomon for a tasting and instruction on Japanese sake. La Jomon specializes in rare, local sakes, so you’re bound to try something new. Afterward, your guide will also introduce you to the Heiseiji temple just around the corner.
The Hirashimizu Artisan Tour, is a great way to experience real Yamagata artisanal culture, meet the producers, and all in an historic, beautiful little village. This tour is great for overseas, Japanese, and even local visitors alike.
1. Ceramics Experience and Workshop at Shichiemongama. (We will ship your handmade dish to you anywhere in the world, so you’ll have a wonderful souvenir after you’ve come back home.)
2. Sake Tasting at La Jomon. Three types of pure rice wine carefully selected by proprietor and sake brewer Taro Kumagai. Sakes will be served in special, hand-made drinking vessels, along with paired snacks. Non-alcoholic, 100% locally produced juice options are available for non-drinkers and minors.
3. Guided walk through the nearby Heiseiji Temple grounds.
Date and Time :
Every Saturday and Sunday( except April13, 27, 28）
Morning section 9:30 start
Afternoon section 13:30 start (It takes about 2 hours and a half to 3 hours)
※A reservation is required for the tour.
※If you come by bus, please ride "Nishi-Zao (Yasouen)" or "Geikodaimae" line
in front of Yamagata Station and get off at "Hirashimizu".
5000 yen including tax (4500 yen for juice tasting) per person. The minimum group size is 2 people.
Participation fee includes guide fee, clay fee for the ceramics experience, tasting fee for sake, etc. However, additional charges will apply if the pottery needs to be sent after it has been fired.
How to Make A Reservation:
Please let us know the date and time by e-mail from CONTACT on the La Jomon website. We will return the detailed information soon after contacting the guide.