ARITA WARE AND PLACES OF REMEMBRANCE IN NAGASAKI (World Tour 2020)

  • Port

    Nagasaki

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Cultural, Shopping, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR155.0

  • Duration in hours

    7.5

  • Shore excursion code

    6493

Description The tour is a unique occasion to learn more about the secrets of ceramic production, which are still held in the amazing city of Arita. There will also be intense moments during the visit to the Peace Park of Nagasaki, a place of prayer and commemoration that has led to the city being known as the “city of eternal peace”, as well as fun moments with a view of the city and the bay from Megami bridge.

What we will see
  • Visit to one of the Arita furnaces dedicated to ceramic manufacture
  • Stroll around the Arita historic city centre and visit to the Kyushu Ceramic Museum
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Peace Park and sculptures
  • Modern Megami bridge


What we will do
  • We set off towards Arita, a city located around one and a half hours from Nagasaki. It is one of the most characteristic places in Japan and, like many other tourists, we have come here to observe how the ceramics that have made this place world-famous is manufactured. We visit one of the furnaces (either Genemon or Shingama) where skilled craftsmen are at work producing what has become a symbol of the city.
  • We the reach the historical city centre of Arita where we venture into the tranquil atmosphere of its alleyways surrounded by white walls built in the early 20th-century. We also visit one of the city’s main attractions, i.e. the Kyushu Ceramic Museum displaying artefacts from all over the city and also displaying exhibitions by contemporary artists. A unique installation outside the museum boasts 25 ceramic bells which produce an enchanting sound.
  • We stop at a restaurant for a western buffet lunch before returning to our coach and to Nagasaki.
  • Once there, we continue our tour with the Peace Park. Our gaze rests on the bronze Peace Statue that looks as it is referring to the threat coming from the sky as well as to a desire for peace. The Fountain of Peace was built in front of the sculpture in 1969. The flowing water symbolizes life that does not stop and the rebirth of the city. As we stroll around the park, we find many other sculptures and plaques that have been donated to the city from other countries all over the world.
  • After visiting this place of remembrance, we return to the ship via the Megami bridge, one of the city’s architectural symbols built in 2005 where we stop to take a few photos of the panorama over the bay.

What you need to know
  • The transfer from Nagasaki to Arita takes approximately 1.5 hours.
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.