【Koka Area Course】Shigaraki-yaki Ceramics & the Ninja Village! A Course to Experience Unique Culture and Art!

【Koka Area Course】Shigaraki-yaki Ceramics & the Ninja Village! A Course to Experience Unique Culture and Art!

The Koka region is widely known for shigaraki-yaki ceramics and the Koka Ninja Village.
Here's an introduction to spots where you can experience unique culture and art,
such as making ceramics in a kiln or experiencing the ninja arts at the Ninja Village.

①Sotoen Pottery Experience

Take on the challenge of creating your own original piece using a traditional kiln!

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Sotoen maintains the only remaining climbing kiln in Shigaraki,
and a skilled ceramics instructor will guide you through making a cup or mug
by hand or using an electric wheel.

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For the firing, you can choose from using the climbing kiln,
providing the traditional clay finish of shigaraki-yaki,
or a gas kiln that allows you to color your piece using glaze.

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Touch the clay with your fingers and hands,
and experience the joy of losing yourself in creation.


②Uosen Flavor of the Season

After experiencing pottery making,
treat your taste buds to a kaiseki-style banquet eaten from shigaraki-yaki!
Stop by this restaurant for Japanese cuisine,
with a head chef who has also worked in a restaurant
in Kyoto and a sushi restaurant in Ginza.

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Day or night, you can enjoy a whole range of food
that makes use of fish caught from the lake and locally produced vegetables,
starting with the monthly changing "Flavor of the Season".

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The mackerel "rod" sushi is also popular enough to bring in fans from far and wide,
and makes a great (but highly perishable!) gift.

They also offer an excellent kids' menu, meaning the whole family can dine out in style.

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③Koka Ninja Village Ninja Experience

How about experiencing what it means to be a ninja
in the home of the Koga ninja style?

Amid the atmosphere of a hidden village,
this theme park allows you to dress in the garb of a ninja and experience
what it means to be a true "ninja."

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Training includes 9 difficult challenges,
including stonewall climbing, rope walking and water-walking shoes!
Clear them all and you'll receive a scroll indicating your proficiency in the ninja arts.

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You can also enjoy a house of ninja traps,
a shuriken throwing-star dojo and a ninja museum displaying ninja artifacts,
including clothing, weapons and secret scrolls.

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