We are a teapot shop specializing in the Tokoname kyusu style
with many examples to choose from.

We are a specialty store that has been working in the pottery town of Tokoname for more than 50 years only dealing with kyusu.
Tokoname kyusu are a very excellent product in terms of functionality and appearance and its production volume is said to be the largest in Japan.
We deal with local kyusu production potteries as well as many works by skilled craftsmen, established artists and young artists full of individuality.
In addition, while interacting with young artists who will lead the next generation, we envision better works and a place where customers and artists can interact directly with each other and we disseminate the charm of Tokoname kyusu every day.
We would like to provide an opportunity to connect with all customers who love tea culture with the Tokoname kyusu and enrich their daily lives as much as possible.

May the people who "make" and "use" teapots be equally happy.


Welcome to a KYUSU (teapot) specialty store.
What kind of KYUSU are you looking for?

The KYUSU we handle range from mass-produced products, that have supported the Tokoname production area for a long time, to handmade works by renowned artists.
We actively interact with the artists, craftsmen, and manufacturers who make the KYUSU in this area building a relationship of trust, and have received many works.
As a result, we have been able to realize a product lineup suitable for a KYUSU specialty store.
Every day we are grateful to the creators and strive to be a bridge to KYUSU fans around the world.


You can own as many KYUSU as the types of tea you drink.

As a specialty store that handles KYUSU, we place great importance on our relationship with tea.
Many Tokoname kyusu are unglazed on the inside, so it is said that it eliminates unpleasant tastes and mellows flavor, making the tea more delicious.
As you use the earthenware it will become more lustered and in turn the surface will become more interesting.
Enjoy the change and it will grow into a one-of-a-kind KYUSU that is your own. In this way, the change is one of the attractions of Tokoname KYUSU.
For green tea, Chinese tea or black tea, we will suggest a KYUSU that suits your needs depending on the type of tea and brewing method you prefer.

You can own as many teapots as the types of tea you drink.


Tokoname ware teapot wholesaler

Isobe Shoten

100 Kamisunahara, Kanayama, Tokoname-shi,
Aichi 479-0003, Japan
Tokonameyaki Wholesale Complex (Ceramall)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00

[Contact Us]
For inquiries, please contact us using the dedicated form.

Isobe Shoten began in 1964 with its founder and predecessor, Masanori Isobe, and has been a wholesaler specializing in kyusu since that time.
In addition to wholesalers, we have been involved in the development of original kyusu designs with local mold manufacturers and the development of kyusu with high production efficiency and have progressed along with the growth of the production area.
At that time, the usability of tea strainers was important as a daily necessity and our predecessors in particular developed and sold kyusu equipped with tea strainers that were easy to use every day.
In the modern era we have also valued our connection with local handmade kyusu artists and have built a relationship of trust over a long period of time.
I would like to be able to say, "Isobe can fulfill any customer’s request for kyusu."

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Photo of ISOBE store interior

Retail Store

kyusu and tokoname-ware

100 Kamisunahara, Kanayama, Tokoname-shi,
Aichi 479-0003, Japan
Tokonameyaki Wholesale Complex (Ceramall)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Open all year round
(closed during the year-end and New Year holidays)

[Contact Us]
For inquiries, please contact us using the dedicated form.

In 1993, when we moved our base to the Tokoname ceramic wholesale complex "Ceramal", we started exhibiting and selling at retail stores in addition to our wholesale business.
The store has a variety of Tokoname kyusu.
In addition to kyusu mass-produced by castings and molds, we sell handmade kyusu made on the potter’s wheel, tableware made by local ceramic artists, cute ceramic accessories and so on. We focus on creating a space that is interesting if only to look at.
Please contact us for anything such as a kyusu for everyday use, one that you want to give as a gift or a special one for yourself.
We also invite artists to the store to demonstrate pottery making and interact directly with customers so that the makers and users can build a meaningful relationship.
We want to be a kyusu specialty store that can support everyone's "life with tea".
Please give us a chance to wow you!

Japan's Six Old Kilns, Tokoname ware


The history of Tokoname ceramics is very old and it is said that it began at the end of the Heian period.
Since that time kilns have been built on the hilly slopes particular to the Chita Peninsula and many still lie dormant in various states of condition around Tokoname.
Tokoname is counted as one of the six ancient kiln sites of Japan along with Seto, Shigaraki, Echizen, Tamba, and Bizen with Tokoname being the oldest and largest.

In the Heian period most ceramic products were based on religious items and uses but in the Muromachi period many jars and bottles necessary for the daily lives of the masses began to be produced.
After that the shipping industry developed and ceramic wares were transported to the Pacific coast as well as the coasts of the Seto Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan then distributed throughout the country.

During the time of Oda Nobunaga, the industry was devastated by a decree that prohibited the construction of kilns in Tokoname, but it was rescinded in the latter half of the Tokugawa period.
After that the pottery industry, which was widely distributed on the Chita Peninsula, came to be concentrated in the center of Tokoname and at that time it mainly manufactured daily necessities for the masses.
Out of that master craftsmen began making small crafts such as tea utensils and flower vases along with hakudei ware, hiiro ware and even shudei ware that are still representative of Tokoname today.
After that the kilns were also improved to a larger size and a continuous multi chambered climbing kiln (mayakigama) was completed by Hokei Koie, a potter in the late Edo period, and mass production systems were established.

After the Meiji period, Masatoju Koie (son of Hosei) took the lead in completing earthenware pipes and increased the production of architectural pottery, sanitary ware, flower pots, etc. supporting the modernization of the country.
On the other hand, detailed and stately handmade kyusu not found in other pottery production areas continued to be created.
After that the manufacture of kyusu using molds and castings became widespread and a mass production system was established spreading throughout the country.