Tokoname is a town of cat figurines called Manekineko and some of them in town are really huge. Tokonyan is one of such huge Manekineko or lucky cat figurines. When you look up from the road it looks so huge but the trick is it is only a huge head part. And the cats nearby are also statues but they look so real. You can get to the statue of...more
Tokoname thrived as the town of ship dealers during 17th to late 19th century. They traded the products to Edo(Tokyo) and in return. The house was built around 1850 when Takita family started ship dealing business in Tokoname (the main house was recently renovated). It consists of the Main House, which displays Karakuri Giemon Mujin-to, a rapseed...more
Walking trails starting from Tokoname Ceramic Hall has two courses A and B. Extensive English leaflet is available only on course A. It is no more than 2 kilometers in length but the trail is winding and has some ups and downs though the highest point of the path is not higher than 20 meters above sea level. It is like map reading exercise and you...more
The castle ruled by Kaji clan is best known as the place where Princess Gou one of the nieces of Nobunaga Oda first got married to the fourth lord of Ono castle, Kazunari Saji. Their marriage lasted only one year when they got divorced by the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi because Saji clan sided with Hideyoshi's archenemy at that time, Iyeyasu...more
3-2-1 Rinkucho, Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, 479-0882, Japan
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1-1 Centrair, Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, 479-0881?, Japan
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3-174-1 Shinkai-cho, Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, 479-0837, Japan
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Grande Paume is a cafe in the Tokoname station close to Tokoname Tour Information Office. I got there a bit early at 11 a.m. But I enjoyed sandwich lunch anyway. It cost 680 yen.
From Tokoname to Ono using Meitetsu Tokoname line, first take the train bound for Nagoya. Local, Semi express, and Express Trains stop at Onomachi station. When using a local train, Onomachi station is the fifth station from Tokoname station. To see train stop info also see this websitehttp://www.meitetsu.co.jp/english/transport/line_e04/index.htmlmore
Handa serves as the base for Southern Chita Peninsula sightseeing. The bus service is available from both Chubu International (Centrair) Airport and Tokoname station. The line runs one or two bus service an hour. It takes about 30 to 35 minutes to Handa. But the catch is the bus line links to Meitetsu line Chitahanda station and JR Handa station is...more
To get to Tenmansha Shrine from Ono Castle get down the hill from the path turning right from the stone monument for the castle ruins. Then, you will find the Torii gate (photo #2) and going down the road leading to the kindergarten. Going past the kindergarten you will find a reservoir pond. turn left from the pond (photo #3 and #4). After a short...more
Tokoname Ceramic Hall is one of the places to buy some souvenir. Popular ones include lucky cat banks ranging from 600 to 4,000 yen. It is also an information center for tourists.
Nori, or laver is an edible seeweed cultured near the coast. Ise Bay is one of the major places where laver is cultured. From Ono Castle you can see the wooden structures for laver culture. Nori produced in Tokoname is noted for its quality and is one of the most popular souvenirs excluding lucky cats. Nori produced in Tokoname is called "Onizaki...more
Manekineko, also known as "lucky cats" or "beckoning cats" are cat figurines that are said to bring luck or deter ill fortune of the cat owners. The stories on how lucky cat figurines came into existence abound. One of the most popular theories is the legend of Gotokuji Cat. Gotokuji temple is located in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. When the lord of Hikone...more
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Tenmansha Shrine in Tokoname , just as thousands of shrines named "Tenmangu" in Japan , enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane late 9th century scholar, poet and politician who is best known as a tragic nobleman who was practically ousted from Kyoto by being transferred to Fukuoka, Kyushu where Dazaifu office was then located. He is revered as the god of study and an ohyakudo stone pillar at the shrine may have been erected so that the wish to achieve the excellent penmanship could be granted. Ohyakudo is an old belief in Japan that the wish will be granted after repeatedly visiting the shrine by turning around the stone pillar for one hundred times every day for certain period of time. Some people do this for days or even for months. Guarding oxen are believed to be the messenger of gods according the beliefs in Kitano Tenmangu shrine in Kyoto. Popular beliefs also say that if you rub the head of the statue you will be clever, touch the part of the same body part you have trouble with then the ailment will be gone away. Tenmangu is one of the temples and shrines around Ono castle.
The tourist information office inside the Tokoname station building is at the start of the Pottery Footpath course. They also have English language brochure and particularly that of Tokoname Pottery Footpath Map is excellently made. They still do not have enough English language leaflets on Ono town area where Ono castle and Tenmansha Shrine are located. But even the Japanese map of Ono town may be of some help.
Open: from 9 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. except from year-end and new year holidays.
Address: 5-168-2 Koie-hommachi, Tokoname, Aichi