Good evening, everyone!
This is Saori, the owner of Explore Translation.
I, myself, am from Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, so I am going to introduce Arita Ceramic/Pottery Festival and one of the best cafes in the area.
There are about 450 shops or kilns in Arita have gotten their products ready for this HUGE pottery festival event! This is the biggest one throughout the year and we usually get over a million people from inside AND outside Japan to visit here during Golden Week (April 29th - May 6th this year). I go out there to enjoy window shopping myself as we have enough Arita pottery ware that we use daily but yet a lot of super attractive products are usually way too expensive to be easily added to our collection at home. A coffee mug that I fell in love was over $500 a piece...and I just thought to myself "Okay...I will save money for next year..." but then it hasn't happened yet!
You will find a lot of parking lots around the area and 500yen/day is the cheapest one you can find. Prepare for lots of walking, and no heels for this adventure. Lots of food venders are available along the street from JR Arita Station to Kami-Arita Station.
While not all of the wear you encounter on the street is too expensive, these are very pretty and a little pricey, like about $120 for a set of the tea cup and the saucer on the left of the picture. They also had its second-rate set which has a very small imperfection on it and they are about half a price. It is kind of hard to have a clear vision of the set of traditional Japanese tea cup (no handle) and saucer on the right, but the saucer has a carved out sakura flower! When pouring tea or coffee, it is going to have a sakura shaped drink in the cup for these specific cups as well, so neat! Maybe perfect for Christmas gifts... too soon?
Although they are not on the main street for the festival, you can find their shop nearby. I will share the map here so you can easily find it.
After your shopping in the morning, there is a coffee & bakery shop that I would LOVE to recommend! Go back to the parking lot to get the car and drive about 10 minutes towards "Ryumon Dam," and the cafe's name is "Komorebi."
They have really delicious freshly-baked bread that go perfectly with their coffee. Their lunch menu has not been available for a while since the manager had her baby in October, but you can still purchase bread and eat in the cafe. One drink needs to be order per person.
Espresso drinks are beautifully made by their very talented barista, Mr. Takahashi, who has won the first place at the latte art competition in Kyushu Region and the 3rd place all over Japan, for drawing this swan on his latte!
He serves his delicious coffee in Arita ceramic coffee cups.
I have translated their menu a while ago, but they haven't gotten a chance to put it together yet. You can either just show them these photos here or point pictures on their Japanese menu to order for now.
Here is the location map for this cafe. They have a free parking lot in front of the shop.
Let us know if you have any questions. Enjoy the festival and great coffee with bread!
Go exploring! :)