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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.
Updated Nov 11, 2011
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.
Updated Sep 9, 2011
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.
Updated Nov 9, 2011
Favorite thing: 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
Updated Nov 13, 2011