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Between the station and Kyūshū Ceramic Museum is the Yakimono Sanpo-michi (Pottery Promenade) of around 16 galleries. The tourist office has a map that's in Japanese but easy enough to follow. Arita's streets fill with vendors for the pottery market, held from 29 April to 5 May.

Out of the town centre, two of Arita-yaki's prime practitioners have been at it for more than 14 generations. The Imaemon Gallery and Kakiemon Kiln both have museums in addition to sales shops. Genemon Kiln makes and sells more contemporary styles.

About a 15-minute train ride east of Arita, the hot-spring town of Takeo Onsen is a worthy side trip.

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