This Pottery Shop Carries All the Famous Traditional Japanese Tableware
You need to make a stop if you find yourself in Kobe City.
Pottery Shop Sanoya Sannomiya Store
2-5-12 Sannomiyacho, Chuo District, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (schedules may vary).
How to get there: It's a 7-minute walk from Hanshin/Hankyu Kobe Sannomiya Station and JR Sannomiya Station
Pottery Shop Sanoya Sannomiya Store is a specialty store that offers carefully selected Japanese tableware. You can find many options for your dining table displayed in this spacious shop. Traditional Japanese tableware such as the famous Arita ware, the Hasami ware which is popular among women, and Satsuma Kiriko cut glasses are all available here at this pottery shop in Kobe City.
Sanoya provides Japanese dishes that add color to your meals.
“Welcome to Sanoya! Feel free to look around!” the owner, Mr. Sano, greets as we arrive in the store. Customers are given free tea as they enter the premises. “There are many items inside the store, so I want the customers to take their time in looking at the pieces,” he explains. “Our products can be used for a long time, so close examination is needed to pick which ones they like best,” he later adds.
Variety of traditional Japanese tableware are lined up across the store.
Pottery Shop Sanoya Main Store was founded in 1948 at the Motomachi Shopping Street. Today, this store still operates with a North Branch and a South Branch, a total of three floors. The Sannomiya Store, however, was established in 1995, the year of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake and welcomes their 24th anniversary this year. On its 70th anniversary last year, the Pottery Shop Sanoya Myohoji Branch opened, spreading the charm of traditional Japanese tableware in their hometown, Kobe.
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h.evotra series is a combination of Japanese modern design and functionality (from ¥500 without tax).
In contrast to the main store that has a large selection of traditional designs, the Sannomiya Store is known for having durable, easy to use, elegant, and functional Hasami ware pieces. “Hasami ware is practical and affordable, which makes it more and more popular every year,” Mr. Sano explains.
Mr. Sano recommends the h.evotra series, which comes in various sizes to fit your needs. “The square plates in the h.evotra series come in three different sizes, so they can be mixed and matched. Moreover, they can be stacked on top of each other, so they’re easy to store for those living alone or with their families as well,” he explains. The indigo blue design on white background makes it a good match to Japanese food, while also adding color to your dining table.
The traditional craft Satsuma Kiriko (from ¥23,000 without tax) is also sold here.
Aside from Japanese tableware such as Hasami ware, Satsuma Kiriko cut glass, known for its meticulous craftsmanship and delicate use of color, is also available in-store. It is also considered a rare item, because of limited craftsmen who make these by hand while the number of fans of the craft increases. “You can’t find this high-quality Satsuma Kiriko cut glass in other stores,” Mr. Sano boasts.
Their lineup covers high-end products to reasonably priced ones.
Sannomiya Hondori Shotengai is right beside the Sannomiya Centergai, where the young people go. Some of their customers from the first time they opened still come over, and there are young women as well. “We have many regular customers from the time when we only had the Main Store. There are some whose children and grandchildren continue to patronize our store, which we are so grateful for,” Mr. Sano says.
At times, young customers come over from Sannomiya Centergai, so Mr. Sano makes it a point to change their product lineup from the main store in Motomachi Shopping Street. “The Sannomiya Store has more items that appeal to the younger generation such as the Hasami ware. On the other hand, the main store has more traditional designs like the Kiyomizu ware from Kyoto, so when customers come looking for those, we ask them to visit the other store.”
“More customers come every year, so now is our peak!”
Owner Mr. Sano talks about the beauty of traditional Japanese tableware.
Pottery Shop Sanoya Sannomiya Store opened in Sannomiya Hondori Shotengai at the same year the unforgettable earthquake disaster any Kobe resident will remember. “We opened a shop right after the catastrophe, and I remember we were all wishing for the city to be restored as soon as possible, as we welcomed customers with a bright smile,” Mr. Sano recalls. Twenty-four years after, he looks out to the shopping district through the store window, and he reveals, “I think the customers are increasing every year. We are so thankful that our store is at its busiest now!”
These colorful glasses are popular among young women.
The increase in foreign tourists visiting Japan has a good impact to this store that sells traditional Japanese tableware. “Foreign customers have been increasing the past few years,” Mr. Sano says. “Up until now, we’ve had Swiss, German, and British customers. And it seems like those who bought our products and took them home to their countries recommended our store to their friends, which we are very thankful for. There are also foreigners who always drop by the store whenever they travel to Kansai, so it makes us realize the importance of having good relations with people.”
Pottery Shop Sanoya Sannomiya Store collects carefully selected traditional Japanese wares to sell. Make your everyday life more colorful with functional and beautifully designed tableware.
*Prices listed in the article are all tax excluded unless stated otherwise. Some products may be subjected to the reduced tax rate, and therefore may vary from the prices above.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (27 September 2019)