Visit Zoho Gama—a renovated old house with a Japan garden
Learn about the rare Zoho Gama red dye that takes three-year
Paint a Mino ware tea bowl using special Zoho Gama dyes
Drink Japanese tea from Mino ware while enjoying a garden
Receive a charming tea set souvenir as a reminder
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Ceramic painting materials
Tea and sweats
Tea set souvenir
International shipping costs
What you can expect
Visit Zoho Gama in Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture to try pottery painting. A Shinto priest runs this Mino ware kiln and store, where you can learn about traditional ceramics from a local artisan. Paint a tea bowl and take home a tea set as a souvenir.
Mino ware is the general term used to describe all ceramic wares made in southeastern Gifu Prefecture—formerly the Mino Province. Zoho Gama is a modern pottery studio in Tajimi City in modern-day southeastern Gifu Prefecture.
Established in 1970, Zoho Gama occupies a renovated traditional old Japanese house with a beautiful Japanese garden. The look and feel of this pottery evoke associations with the origins of Mino-yaki pottery from the Sengoku period—a period of political and social upheaval between the Onin War in 1467–77 and national reunification in 1603.
Zoho Gama specialises in items for daily use with a sense of craftsman's touch. The owner of Zoho Gama is a Shinto priest, and you will notice that even within the grounds there is a small Shinto shrine.
Zoho Gama uses specially produced dyes to paint ceramics. In particular, the studio is proud of their red dye which takes three years to produce and is essential in creating some of their acclaimed art items.
In this activity, you will paint a picture on an elegant tea bowl among the other craftsmen in the studio. At the end of the experience, you will enjoy tea time and relax watching the beautiful Japanese garden. Zoho Gama will send your completed tea bowl together with a basic tea making set (including a tea scoop and a bamboo whisk) to your hotel or your country on the next day.
This tour is available in January and between April and September.
Located in Gifu Prefecture, Tajimi City is known around the world for ceramics. Major attractions here include the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, the Mosaic Tile Museum—a striking building that resembles a clay quarry— the Ichinokura Sakazuki Art Museum, which has a large collection of sake cups, and Eihoji Temple with its tranquil gardens.