The Tokoname Pottery Path

ByRay Proper
Nov 12, 2012

The Tokoname Pottery Path


Tokoname Pottery

Tokoname Pottery

The Tokoname Pottery Path, or “Yakimono Sanpomichi” offers views of old traditional houses, workshops, buildings, implements of production, and pottery that typify the character of Tokoname’s unique atmosphere.   This atmosphere stems from Tokoname’s storied history.  It was already well-known as a pottery town at the end of the 12th century. Tokoname is one six traditional pottery towns in Japan; others include Bizen, Shigaraki, Tamba, Seto and Echizen. They are collectively known as “The Six Ancient Kilns of Japan.”

The path begins about 5 minutes walk on the east side of Meitetsu Tokoname Station.  From there you can enjoy the promenade beginning at the Ceramic Hall.  The total walking course is about 1.5 km -0.93miles, and takes roughly 60 minutes. The meandering path winds through a labyrinth of roads through unique Tokoname. You can visit many of the workshops and studios, and see a wide variety of pottery; from the centuries old, to the brand new.  From cheap, to exorbitant.  The earthen pipes  and shochu pots are especially famous.  Many historic and new means of pottery production, such as kilns and brick chimneys, line the path as well.


tokoname pottery path Map

Tokoname Pottery Path Map

Volunteer guides are available to gide you through the popular Pottery Path  in both Japanese and English, though reservations are required. To reserve please call – 0569-34-8888.

While you are there, why not check out the Cera Mall; a Tokoname Pottery Wholesale Park. It is a comprehensive pottery-ceramics shopping zone, which is the largest in scale and variety on Chita Peninsula for ceramics.

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