Southern Sorachi Region in Hokkaido Green Tourism

Approximately one hour from Sapporo · Chitose Airport South Sorachi experience tour

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【Book now】Half-day Tours: Kobushi Kiln, the oldest pottery kiln in Hokkaido(held every day)

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Kobushi Kiln is now the oldest kiln remaining in Hokkaido; its strong attachment to “craftsmanship” since 1946 is deeply rooted in the climate and history of Hokkaido.

→Visit the official website of “Kobushi pottery”:

Tour Dates

Tours are held every day! However, there are no tours available on regular holidays when the kiln is closed.
Kiln hours of operation:
Open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and
between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Sundays and during the winter season
Admission is free.
Closed on regular holidays (Wednesdays), year-end, and New Year’s holidays
*Please make a reservation at least three days before the date of the tour you wish to join.

Sample Itinerary

>9:00 am or 10:00 am Depart from a Hotel in Sapporo City
>10:00 am or 11:00 am Visit the Kobushi Kiln in Iwamizawa City
―You can try making pottery if you wish.
>12:00 pm~ or 1:00 pm~: Lunch
You can try handmade soba noodles, a pheasant dish, or other Japanese food (washoku) if you like.
*We ask for your understanding, as lunch time may be later than the above-mentioned times based on the time needed for participants to complete their designs in the pottery workshop.
> 2:00 pm Enjoy a day hot spring bath
*The hot spring bath is optional. Another option is to return to Sapporo City or go to the New Chitose Airport directly after lunch.
>5:30 pm Arrive back in Sapporo City or the New Chitose Airport
*After signing up for the tour, a member of staff will contact you to confirm your tour plan.

Pottery Workshop

・Handling of the potter’s wheel: Use your imagination and 600g of clay to fashion your pottery piece at Kobushi Kiln.
・Forming with coils: Form clay into coils, stack up clay rings, and form the arrangement into the desired shape (mainly making a cup, tea cup, small bowl, or vase).
・Slab building: First, spread clay in the shape of a board (tatara), and then, form into something flat, like a plate.

The piece you make in the workshop will be kept there until after drying, finishing and biscuit firing, it is completed by glost firing with namako glaze (blue) or white glaze. Then it will be delivered to you.
*It will take approximately one to three months to complete.

・Workshop fee: 2,600 yen
・Time required: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Please make a reservation at least two or three days before the preferred date of the workshop.
For group participation, please make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Underglaze Painting: You can paint a picture or pattern using several kinds of paints on a white plate of Kobushi pottery using the underglaze painting technique.

After you have completed your design, glost firing of the piece will be performed. *This process takes about two weeks to a month to complete.

・Workshop fee: 2,000 to 3,500 yen
(The fee varies depending on the size of the dish you create. Please specify the shape of the dish and its size when you make a reservation.)
・Time required: 40 minutes to 1 hour

*Please make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

You don’t need to worry about getting dirty in the workshop; however, we recommend that you bring an apron and a handkerchief with you.

Tour price

  • for 2 persons 30,000 yen (tax excluded)
  • for 3 persons 36,000 yen (tax excluded)
  • for 4 persons 40,000 yen (tax excluded)
  • for 5 persons 45,000 yen (tax excluded)

Conditions for holding the tour

  • Minimum 2 participants per tour

*Our company car (Mitsubishi Delica D:5) can take maximum 5 adults (3 adults and 3 children).

The tour price includes

  • Participation fees

*Individuals will pay separately for each activity (admission, lunch, and hot spring bath, etc.) at the site.


Our company vehicle does not have enough space to carry baggage. Please bring with you only as much baggage as you can put on your lap.
*You are advised to send your baggage ahead to the airport from your hotel separately.

Cancellation fee

  • 20% of the tour price charged when canceled 11 days before the tour (80% refund)
  • 30%, 8 days before the tour (70% refund)
  • 80%, on the previous day (20% refund)
  • 100% on the day of the tour (no refund)
  • 100% on or after the starting day of the tour (no refund)

Fun points of the tour

>We will show you great spots known only to our local staff.
>We will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport directly after the tour.
You don’t have to take any other transportation to get to the airport.

*Please make a reservation at least three days before the date of the tour you wish to join.
Feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries or questions.
You can enjoy lunch at a soba restaurant, a ramen shop, or a Japanese food restaurant we can recommend!!

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Introduction of a Kobushi pottery artist

Chiaki Yamaoka
Born in 1967 under the constellation of Leo; blood type O
Graduated in 1991 from Nagoya Institute of Technology
Completed his study at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 1993

His hobbies:
Going out for B-class gourmet food
Enjoying a day hot spring bath
Watching overseas soccer games on TV
Writing haiku

*In case the restaurant you would like to try is closed, please choose another. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in advance.

★How about having handmade soba noodles with a drink of sake (Japanese rice wine) at a Japanese sake brewery?

★If you are interested in local specialties, how about “pheasant ramen” at the only restaurant in Hokkaido where pheasant dishes are available all year round?

★If you want to appreciate the delicacies of a course dish, how about a 3,000 yen course of Japanese-style lunch at a restaurant with a two stars☆✩ Michelin rating?

★A day hot spring bath will leave you feeling “relaxed, refreshed, and relieved”!

Feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries or questions.




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January 1st, 2019 | Category: Book now»Culture»Events information