Part one of my ceramic travel guide is about my recent trip to Japan. But if you're not traveling but just want some ceramics made in Japan - go here to see our selection. Let's start in Tokyo, besides being the most exciting and wonderful city in the world, Tokyo is a gem in regards to ceramic hunting. But before I start this guide - let me come with a 'little' warning: A ceramic shopping trip in Japan will destroy any money saving attempts. Warning done - let's begin!
The best way to find unique and one of kind ceramics and crafts in Tokyo is at the local antique markets. I visit two antique markets when I was in Tokyo. One of them was Ôedo Antique Market is held twice monthly - the 1st. and 3rd. Sunday of each month. Lots of stands with antique and vintage ceramics - in all price ranges. Definitely worth a visit.
If you're shopping for Japanese pottery, ceramics, knives or any type of kitchenware while in Tokyo the place to go is the famous Kappabashi Street also known as Kitchen Town in Taito district. The place seems like a never-ending strip of kitchenware shops - here you can find everything from pots and pans to plastic food and tableware. The ceramics you will find here is mostly mass-production, but they are still beautiful and with a little searching at the different shops you can find some gems. But if you only have to visit one shop, then make your way to 'SOI'. SOI has a beautiful mix of antique furniture, decor and of course beautiful and delicate ceramics. You also find a beautiful café on the location.
Another tip is Tsukiji market. Besides visiting the market for the fishing market and some really fresh and delicious sushi - which I also highly recommend, the outer market is worth visiting for its ceramic shops. You will find a lot of ceramics that are very similar to the ones on Kappabashi Street, but between the masses, there are some really lovely shops with a beautiful selection of ceramics and kitchen goods.
The last tip for Tokyo is the large shopping centers. Don't be fooled - the shopping centers are a great place for finding ceramics. The variety in artists both international and Japanese is wide and the prices are fair.