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Seto city

Seto citySeto city mapSeto is a city located about 20 km east-northeast of Nagoya city.

This area has produced good china clay.
Since the 11th century, pottery and porcelain have been made here. Seto's pottery was Japan's first glazed one.
So potteries and porcelains has been used across the country.
The Japanese word "setomono" has become synonymous with pottery and porcelain.

The ceramics industry in Seto was at its peak in the middle of the 20th century.
The city became a bedroom suburb of Nagoya, and the factories and workshops have been decreasing.
Now Seto city is introducing whole ceramic town as a museum.

On second Saturday and Sunday in September, "Setomono Festival".
It is the Japan's greatest market of ceramic ware, and we can buy them very cheaply.
For two days, more than 500 thousand people visit here.

Seto Marutto Museum : Seto city sightseeing official website

There are some sightseeing spots in the city.
You had better explore the ceramic town on foot.

  • Seto-gura /1/ : The facility complex at the cantral Seto. It has the museum of Seto city, shops and restaurants.
  • Mufuuan gallery /2/ : The gallery of Tatsukichi Fujii (1881-1964), an artist in Aichi Prefecture. It is a house of traditional Japanese style.
  • Hoounji temple /3/ : The Buddhist temple founded in 1883. It has a ceramic bell, and the original bronze bell was condemn by Japanese military in World War II, to make weapon.
  • Maneki-neko (Welcome cat) Museum /4/ : Seto is one of the main production center of Maneki-neko. This museum displays some thousand ones. (You can't take photos in here.)
  • Hosenji temple /5/ : The Buddhist temple founded in 1252. There are ceramic statues and ceiling painting by the pottery workers.
  • Kamagaki-no-Komichi street /6/ : The popular spot in Seto. Many unneeded potteries are embedded into the fecces and walls along the street.
  • Kamagaki-no-Komichi Museum /7/ : The museum displaying old tools and potteries in the 19-20th centuries. The building is a former pottery's house.
  • Hongyo-gama /8/ : A climbing kiln until the 1970s. It is registered as a municipal cultural property.
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How to get to here

By railroad

From Sakae in central Nagoya, about 38 minutes by Meitetsu Seto Line.

By car

From Nagoya station, about 23 km.




Seto ware
Setomono festival in Seto city
A setomono shop
Seto-gura
Mufuuan gallery
Ceramic bell in Houunji temple
Maneki-neko Museum Main gate of Housenji temple
Kamagaki-no-Komichi A wall along Kamagaki-no-Komichi
Kamagaki-no-Komichi Museum Hongyo-gama

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