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Arts Centre in Bizen

Kibido

Kibido is a kiln and gallery-shop run by the Kimura family, one of the six original families granted official permission in the early 1600s to produce pottery in the Bizen region. Here it's possible to take a free t…
Ruins in Bizen

Tempogama

Tempogama is a large kiln ruin (c 1832) a short walk up a lane leading off the main street of shops and galleries in Imbe. The kiln is fenced off for protection. Look for the red iron roofing.
Shinto Shrine in Bizen

Imbe-jinja

This understated, pretty wooden shrine sits among the trees and bamboo groves of the hills behind the ceramic-producing town of Imbe, in the Bizen region.
Japanese in Bizen

Futaba-shokudō

You sit almost inside the kitchen at this tiny restaurant next to the station, witnessing buta kimchi don (kimchi and pork rice bowl) or hiyashi udon (chilled noodles) cooked in a flash. Or relax in the tatami room …
Shinto Shrine in Bizen

Amatsu-jinja

This simple shrine in a leafy setting in the town of Imbe is decorated with Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery) figures of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. To get there, exit the station and take the road opposite to the e…
Museum in Bizen

Okayama Prefectural Bizen Ceramics Art Museum

This ceramics-focused museum in Imbe exhibits pieces from the Muromachi (1333–1568) and Momoyama (1568–1600) periods, plus work by several modern artists who have been designated 'Living National Treasures'.
Gallery in Bizen

Friends of Bizen-yaki Ceramics Society

Gallery and shop on the 2nd floor of the Imbe station building, displaying a wide range of ceramics by contemporary potters.