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Naha-city Tsuboya Pottery Museum
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The Tsuboya Pottery Museum is exhibiting historical Okinawan potteries. The site is an inaccessible place from Naha-city and free parking lot is available.

Many Okinawan potteries are exhibited at the Naha-city Tsuboya pottery Museum on Yachimun alley Tsuboya Naha-city.
It was 6700 years ago when people started to make potteries on Okinawa. At the museum, you can see potteries exhibited by age and kinds. Normally you are not allowed to touch on these exhibitions at the museum, however, at the Naha Tsuboya museum, you can touch potteries. Here is the best spot for not only adults, but also for children to learn about Okinawan historical potteries.

Must-see sights

  • Shisa


    Shisa was derived from China during the end of 15 century. At first, it was the symbol of power and authority, and for protecting people. People started to make Stone Shisas at their villages as guardian god and protection against fire. The oldest size still remains in Urasoe Yodore castle ruins. There are two big Shisas are exhibited on the 2nd floor. This size was set at the Naha-airport till May 1999.

  • Tsuboya pottery

    Okinawa and Asian pottery

    At the museum, you can also observe not only Okinawan but also Asian potteries. They are exhibited by ages, so you can learn about history of potteries and can actually touch them. There are many kinds of potteries. Some are rough, some are smooth. Feel free totouch them compare.

  • Exhibition room

    Exhibition show

    The exhibition show on the 3rd floor is free of charge. The exhibition changes periodically, you can check the information on Naha-city Tsuboya pottery museum web page. The theme of the exhibitions is different, so even if it's not your first time visiting, you can enjoy!

A Little Tidbits of Naha-city Tsuboya pottery Museum


Naha-city Tsuboya pottery Museum is located in the Yachimun alley Naha-city. The museum is also close to Kokusai street, there are places to stay around the museum. Most of the tourists visit the museum when they have a little spare time.
At the entrance of the museum, you can see a piece of porcelain, stoneware, pottery, tile and clay ware are exhibited. You can compare them by touching.
There is a room called "Yuntaku corner" close to the reception desk. You can enter the room for free. You can stop by and have a little break. On here, documents of the potteries are exhibited, hence during the summer vacation season, many students come and work on their summer research assignment. The DVD about pottery is also shown. Feel free to ask one of the staff if you have any questions.

The 1st floor, the potteries of Okinawan and Asian countries are exhibited. You can observe the histories of potteries from during the age they were importing clay wares and potteries with interpretive panels.
6700 years ago, Okinawan people started to make potteries for the first time. Gusuku clay wares and tiles are exhibited at the museum. Moreover, there are colorful pottery, souvenirs made for American people after the war period. When you go further the 1st floor, the image video of potter working is also shown every 1 hour. The staff will ask you if you want to watch the video.
The Old Okinawan style house is also exhibited. You can see the potteries used in everyday life.

Many tourists from around the world visit the museum, hence if you show some ID, you can borrow the audio tour guide for free. There are Japanese, Okinawana dialect, English, Spanish. Chinese, and Korean audio tour guide is available.

The exhibition show on the 3rd floor is free of charge. The exhibition changes periodically, you can check the information on Naha-city Tsuboya pottery museum web page. The theme of the exhibitions is different, so even if it's not your first time visiting, you can enjoy!
On August 2017, the "Haisai Yachimun Discover Yachimun" was exhibited.
The pottery is made from clay or porcelain stone. In Okinawan dialect, the pottery is called "Yachimun". As the representative Yachimun, there are clayware, pottery and porcelain. They are categorized by the temperature of making and materials. You can learn about many various kinds of potteries and history of them at the museum. It's also the best spot for school students of studying for their summer research program.

At the museum, there are steps and elevators available. The staff at the reception desk is very friendly, if you have any questions feel free to ask them.

It's recommended to take a walk at the Yachimun alley after you enjoy the museum. There are many shops and Shisa making place on the street where you can enjoy shopping. There are some shops you can enjoy experience making the potteries. At "Ikutoen", for 2500-3000 yen, you can make Shisa, dish Shisa, potter's wheel, and painting. At the "Huki", you can make and paint Shisa for 1500-4800yen. For both need reservations in advance, It's recommended to make a reservation by a call.
(Ikutoen TEL:098-863-8611)(Shisa workshop Huki TEL:098-863-3283)
There are many good cafes at the Yachimun alley. It's recommended to visit "Nishinume", "Tsuboya alley","Higashi nuka","Bijurugua",Fenukama"and "Agarinukama" as well.
At the Tsuboya pottery center next to the museum, dishes and Shisa are selling. You can enjoy shopping at the center.


  • Entrance
  • Old pottery
  • Arayachi
  • Dragon pillar
  • Pottery
  • Old Okinawan style house
  • Pottery
  • Pottery
  • Small shrine
  • The Shisa exhibited at the Naha-airport during 1990-1999.
  • Tsuboya pottery
  • Exhibition room
  • 3 different kinds of Shisa
  • 2nd floor exhibition room
  • Colorful potteries made for amarican people
  • Artworks of Kinjo jiro who was designated as a Living National Treasure
  • Tsuboya pottery design
  • Tsubiya pottery Akamunu
  • Audio theater
  • Exhibitions at the reception desk
  • Yuntaku corner
  • Tsuboya pottery museum entrance
  • View of Yachimun alley
  • View of the museum
  • The Tsuboya pottery center next to the museum

Naha-city Tsuboya pottery Museum Information

Name Naha-city Tsuboya pottery Museum




Postcode:902-0065 1-9-32 Tsuboya Naha-city Okinawa


It takes about 20 minutes from Naha-airport by car

It takes about 10 minutes from Makishi station by walking

Bus: Get off at Tsuboya,Kainan,Tenbusu-mae bus stop. It takes 5 minutes by walking



※The last entry is by 17:30


Monday (Except holiday)
New year's day(Dec.28-Jan.4)
The museum will be closed due to the arrangement of docemnts(Please check the exact date to the museum)

Entrance fee

Entrance fee

General : 350 yen
Group : 280 yen
※School students are free. (By showing the ID)
※Children before the elementry school is also free.
※Person with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free charge
※For person over 65 lives in Naha-city, 175 yen.
※For showing the Yui-rail 1 day pass, the fee is 280/general.

How to pay


280-350 yen

Optional fee


Credit card

Not available


JPY only


Not required



Free:5 parking lots
Charged parking: 116 parking lots(320yen)

There are coin-operated parking for 40 cars.



60 minutes




Wi-fi spot, wheelchair, stroller rent is available, the museum welcomes the visitors with assistance dog.

A little advise from Churashima travel

A brief comment

There are many Shisa and potteries at the museum.

Important notice

Some exhibitions are not allowed to touch.

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