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A place where you can make your very own Okinawan shisa

Shisa Park Ryukyu Gama Kiln

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Shisa Park Ryukyu Gama Kiln

About the Shisa Park Ryukyu Gama Kiln

Located in the city of Nago, Okinawa, the Shisa Park Ryukyu Gama Kiln is a workshop where you can create your own personal shisa. Shisa are legendary guardian beasts that resemble lions and are said to protect from evil and statues of them can be found all over rooftops and in entranceways in Okinawan houses. At the workshop there are a variety of crafting courses that you can enter even with no reservation, such as bisque, ceramic, and plaster courses. For bisque shisas you pay a fee of 3000 and get to make a shisa out of a clay ball which is then fired in a kiln, and after that you get to paint it and take it home with you on the same day. Aprons and working clothes are provided free of charge. There is also a sales gallery and shop where you can buy handmade shisas from a variety of noteworthy Okinawan artists.
You can also visit the "Shisa Theater" where you can learn about the history of shisas as well as Okinawa’s history while you wait for your pottery to finish firing in the kiln. In addition to the shisa creation courses there is also a "Yachimun" creation course where you can make Yachimun pottery, however be aware that in this case, it takes 1 month for your created pottery to be shipped to your house. The facility has put a strong emphasis on making the experiences available to everybody, so even if you are a senior you can come and visit comfortably.

Access

Take the Okinawa High Speed Bus to the Nago Bus Terminal and from there it is a 5 minute taxi ride away. If you are using a car, take the Okinawa Expressway take the Kyoda IC onto Japan National Route 58 where you drive for about 15 minutes. The kiln is about 25 minutes away from the Churaumi Aquarium. Free parking available.

Information of Shisa Park Ryukyu Gama Kiln

Spot name Shisa Park Ryukyu Gama Kiln
Address 479-5 Bimata, Nago-shi, Okinawa
Regular holiday 7 days open
Business hours MON:10:00-18:00 / TUE:10:00-18:00 / WED:10:00-18:00 / THU:10:00-18:00 / FRI:10:00-18:00 / SAT:10:00-18:00 / SUN:10:00-18:00
TEL 0980-43-8660
Fee 0yen

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