Tokoname Walking and Pottery Studio Tour
Duration: 3 Hour(s) (approx.)
【OUTLINE】On this tour, you will visit the most emblematic places in Tokoname and learn about its fascinating history with a local guide! Walk through the unique pottery footpaths and feel the town's love of Manekineko, or fortune cats. After exploring this charming pottery town, filled with history, you will visit a pottery studio to learn about the history of Tokoname pottery.
- Take a wonderful tour around the historic streets of Tokoname.
- Learn everything about traditional pottery in Tokoname.
- Enjoy a tour of Manekineko Street and see its 39 adorable statues made by pottery artists.
- Visit pottery studio, and learn about pottery while watching a professional working. (This is not an experience.)
- Delight in Tokoname’s picturesque streets and get the feel of Tokoname's ceramics heritage.
Choose from two start times, 9:00 or 13:00.
●Meet up at Tokoname station
●Visit Manekineko Street
●Visit the Takita Family Residence
●Visit Dendenzaka slope
●Visit Dokanzaka (Clay Pipe Hill)
●Visit Tenjikobokan(Small museum of Tokoname pottery)
●Visit Noborigama (climbing kiln)
●Visit a pottery studio
Learn the history of Tokoname City, the producing area of world famous Tokoname pottery, which also happens to be one of the oldest types of pottery in Japan! Once you have received a brief introduction about the city at the station, we will take you on a tour of Manekineko Street. Tokoname City is the largest producer of Manekineko (fortune cat) in Japan, and the street is decorated with cute Manekineko made by various artists.
After enjoying the Manekineko, we will visit the Takita old shipping family residence. In the past, Tokoname pottery and other products were sent from Tokoname City to Tokyo. The Takita old shipping family is said to have been responsible for the logistics. Come and learn about the history of the Takita family and the traditional Japanese houses.
After leaving the Takita family residence, you will visit the best photo spots the city has to offer, including the Dokan-slope and the climbing kiln. It is said that leftover pottery was buried in the ground to prevent landslides at the Denden-slope and Dokan-slope. Stroll around and get a glimpse of the ingenuity of the people of the past!
At the end, you will visit a Tokoname pottery studio, and watch a professional work.
【THINGS TO NOTE】
Meeting point：Tokoname station [MAP]
5, Koiehonmachi, Tokoname-shi, Aichi
*Please contact us if you wish to meet at Centrair.
Access：Take Meitetsu Line bound for Chubu Centrair International Airport from Nagoya Station.
Get off at Tokoname station
Language support：English, Japanese, Chinese
・Tour guide fee
・Admission fee of Takita Old Shipping Family Residence
Excluded：Transportation cost ( including train ticket fee)
Other things to note：Injuries and accidents during the tour are at your own expense.
7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.