Comfort Hotel Central International Airport
Phone: (81) 569 38 7211
Fax: (81) 569 38 7161
4-2-3 Centrair, Tokoname, JP, 479-0881
- Phone: (81) 569 38 7211
- Fax: (81) 569 38 7161
Arts & Museums
Tokoname is known for its many square-shaped kiln chimneys scattered all over town, reminding us that it was pivotal in Japan's ceramic history as one of the Six Ancient Kilns. The pottery on exhibit spans from the Heian, to Kamakura, to Edo eras. What is remarkable is that the oldest ceramics are from the original kilns. Tokoname ceramic production dates to the late 16th century, and still continues. Visit the kilns and workshops behind the institute.
This unusual museum is dedicated to the humble roofing tile, because of the industrial history of the city as a roofing tile producer. Although the subject may be unassuming, one of the more interesting aspects is the onigawara (ornamental tile pieces found on ridge ends and eaves of roofs) often shaped like the faces of ogres to serve as charms to ward off evil spirits and to protect the building. In addition to examples of tiles going back more than a millennium, there are also photographic exhibits of architecture from around the world that utilize the roofing tile.
A stop on the old Tokaido highway, Arimatsu over the years became famous for its production of shibori (tie-dyed fabrics). It continues today to produce quality textiles that are used for both traditional and modern fashions. This hall celebrates the town's history of tie-dye with exhibits of designs, processes and actual examples of the craft. The town holds an annual festival with traditional floats and a hall commemorating these is nearby.
Situated in the tranquil grounds of one of Japan's oldest shrines, this treasure house contains an eclectic collection of religious artifacts and regalia. You'll find temple drums, Tang mirrors, Heian masks, and swords here. One of the swords, the sacred Kuasanagi-no-Tsurugi, is reputed to have been handed to an emperor by goddess Amaterasu Omikami. Out of the 3,000 items on display here, it is incredible that 76 have been named important cultural properties or national treasures. Although the museum is cement, its Shosoin-like style is appealing. The price of admission is JPY300.