Tokoname Tounomori opened on April 1, 2012 with three new facilities: a museum, a ceramics lab, and a training studio. It was established not only to create and disseminate pottery culture, but also to serve as a hub for pottery and ceramics research and training, and to promote Tokoname ware and its heritage.
The museum stores and exhibits numerous valuable items including national important tangible folk cultural properties related to the Tokoname ware industry, which has continuously existed since the end of the Heian period.
The ceramics lab displays Tokoname ware from the late Heian period up to modern times. The structure was designed by the late architect Sutemi Horiguchi, who studied old teahouses.
Tokoname is a city that occupies a long, slender strip stretching north to south along the west coast of the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture. The flat expanse of Ise Bay extends to the west, and it is hilly toward the east. The temperature is temperate all year long, and the city receives abundant rain. It also enjoys a wealth of natural resources thanks to the sea and the mountains. It has been famous for its pottery since ancient times, and ceramics is its main industry to this day.
Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) also opened off the shore of Tokoname on February 17, 2005. It receives numerous tourists from around the world, having become a bustling hub as a gateway to the world.
Hours of operation, closed days, and address
■Hours of operation
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mondays (the following day if a public holiday) and the New Year’s holiday
■Address and telephone/fax
4-203 Segi-cho, Tokoname-shi, Aichi-ken, 479-0821
Tel: +81 569-34-5290 Fax: +81 569-34-6979
Ceramics Lab and Training Studio
7-22 Okujo, Tokoname-shi, Aichi-ken, 479-0822
Tel: +81 569-35-3970 Fax: +81 569-35-3970
■From Central Japan International Airport (Centrair)
Ride the train from Meitetsu Central Japan International Airport Station along the Airport Line for about 5 minutes. Get off at Tokoname Station. About 5 minutes by taxi, or 30 minutes by foot.
Note: The μ-SKY Limited Express (all reserved seating) does not stop at Tokoname Station, so you must take a different train.
■By public transport
From Meitetsu Tokoname Station: about 5 minutes by taxi, or about 30 minutes by foot; or take the bus bound for Chita Handa Station from Meitetsu Tokoname Station, get off at Okueicho bus stop, and walk for about 7 minutes.
About 3 minutes from Shinsegibashi Higashi intersection on National Route 247 (parking available)