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  • Pottery Footpath

    Tokoname’s pottery has endured for more than 1,000 years and has shaped the city’s history, economy, and infrastructure. One of the best ways to learn about this heritage is to walk the Pottery Footpath (Yakimono Sanpomichi), which has two routes. Course A is 1.6 kilometers long and includes several of Tokoname’s most popular attractions, while Course B is 4 kilometers long and outlines the city’s pottery history. Both courses begin at Tokoname Tojiki Kaikan (Ceramics Hall), where visitors can find displays of Tokoname ware and helpful tourist information.

  • Tokonyan, the Guardian Cat of Tokoname

    Tokonyan is the giant maneki neko (lucky cat) figure that peeks over an embankment halfway along Tokoname Maneki Neko-dori (Lucky Cat Street). The name “Tokonyan” is a combination of “Tokoname” and the meowing sound made by a cat (nyan) in Japanese. Since its creation in 2008, the statue has become a beloved symbol of the city and a popular subject for photographs.

  • Climbing Kiln Plaza

    The plaza adjacent to the brick Noborigama (Toei Kiln) is approximately halfway along Course A on the Pottery Footpath, making it an ideal place to take a break. The plaza’s main attractions are found in a two-story building, with a well-preserved example of a nineteenth-century kiln on the first floor and an exhibition space and studio above.

  • Tokoname Tojiki Hall

    Start of the pottery trail. There is a gallery inside and one can purchase pottery and Tokoname souvenirs.

  • Tokoname Manekineko-dori

    Tokoname is among the most prominent production centers for “manekineko”in Japan.
    From Meitetsu Tokoname to the start point of the pottery trails there are 39 lucky manekineko and Tokonyan the guardian cat to welcome you.

  • Dokanzaka

    This hill path symbolizes the pottery trails.The walls consist of Meiji ere clay pipes and Showa era baked tiles with the path given grip with embedded fumiture create when firung clay pipes.

  • Takita Family Residence(Shipping Agent Takita House)

    The Takita family, who ran one of Tokoname’s shipping agencies, built a residence facing Ise Bay in 1850, not long after starting their lucrative business. Their former home has been faithfully restored and offers a chance to learn about the family, their lifestyle, and their shipping business through its fine examples of period furniture, ceramics, and lacquerware. There are also informative displays explaining the development of local shipping history.

  • Noborigama (Toei Kiln)

    This impressive brick structure sits at an incline of 17 degrees on a hill along Course A on the Pottery Footpath. It is Tokoname’s last “climbing kiln” (noborigama) and one of the largest of its kind in Japan.

  • INAX Live Museum (park of LIXIL)

    The world tile museum isi just of six halls that make up this experiential,hands-on museum. Exhibitions include valuable ceramics such as decorative tiles, ancient toilets and terracotta. There are also classes for making pottery, workshops and other events giving life to Tokoname, the ceramic city. Enjoy shopping at the museum shop and the food at the restaurant.

  • Tokoname Tou no Mori

    Tokoname is known as one of Japan’s “Six Ancient Kilns.” These are production areas with pottery traditions that date back more than 1,000 years. Tokoname Tou no Mori (“Tokoname Pottery Forest”) is a cultural facility that celebrates the city’s rich pottery legacy and looks to its future. It combines a history museum that provides useful information, a research institute, and a studio to train young ceramic artists.