A short 30 minute drive north of Yokota is the Hanno Ganno Kiln in the town of Hanno. They make traditional Japanese pottery. Don’t think typical blue and white…think green and white and turquoise and tan with patterns and textures.
There are two showrooms. The main showroom is directly in front of you when you park in their small parking lot. It has two rooms with decorative and everyday use pieces. The pieces are food safe but in most cases not dishwasher safe (bases or undersides of pieces aren’t completely sealed with glaze). Prices range from 300-3000 yen per piece, depending in size and intricacy.
The second showroom is slightly to the right and down the hill from the main showroom building. Here the potter displays his expensive and exhibition pieces. Many pieces are for sale in this room, but prices usually start at 7500 yen and go up quickly from there.
On my last visit, there were some pieces for sale under 3000 yen in this room though. Even if you don’t want to spend that much, it is worth looking in the second showroom since the exhibit pieces there are beautiful. Be sure to take off your shoes before you go in this showroom; slippers are provided if you want them. Sometimes the potter is there too, so if he is, the ladies who work at the kiln will be happy to introduce you. Everyone’s English is limited, but we’ve always been able to have good simple conversation. Also, be sure to enjoy the view off the deck on the back of the first showroom building. This is one of my favorite things about this location. You would never guess that you are only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Fussa!
Small parking lot is available, so carpooling is recommended. If your items are a gift, they will gift wrap them for you at no charge. Cash only. – Katie Campbell June 2016
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
GPS to parking area: 35.844044,139.279154