What is Yomitan Pottery Village?
Yomitan Pottery Village is quaint a community of artisan potters and glass blowers – you can wander around just admiring everything from huge glass pieces to cups, teapots, plates, and of course shisas (guardian dog/lion statutes, often found in pairs, that are placed on rooftops or outside doorways and gates in Okinawa to ward of evil spirits).
According to some websites, you can even take glass blowing or pottery classes if you ask the potters.
The friends we were visiting live just around the corner from Yomitan Pottery Village (also known as Yachimun no Sato), and so we turned up on a cold windy and slightly wet day!
Where is Yomitan Pottery Village?
The address on Tripadvisor is: Address: 2653-1 Zakimi, Nakagami-gun, Yomitan-son 904-0301, Okinawa Prefecture
But, here’s the Google Maps location:
Should you visit Yomitan Pottery Village?
This area is beautiful to walk around – each potter has their own home decked out with their wares and there’s a large glassworks studio as well. It’s not a huge area, so you can walk around it pretty quickly. If you like artsy things or want to buy some souvenirs, then this is definitely worth a visit!
There’a a very artsy feel to the village – one place even had an old bus that they used for storage:
Glass Blowing at Yomitan Pottery Village
I loved the glassworks place – we parked in the parking lot, which was right next to the glassworks studio. There was everything from function pieces like salad bowls and plates to decorative art pieces. Plus there’s a large structure near the road where you can see people do the glass blowing.
Even the outside of the glassworks studio is decorated with colorful glass.
Photographs of Shisas
Shisas are highly popular in Okinawa – in fact, it’s near impossible to not see them everywhere! I really loved how many different designs there were of them, and the photos below are just a few of the shisa designs I saw at the Yomitan Pottery Village.
And one place had a real dog guarding the shop: