Seto 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
The ceramics industry in Seto was at its peak in the middle of the 20th
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
For two days, more than 500 thousand people visit here.
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.
gallery /2/ : The gallery of
Tatsukichi Fujii (1881-1964), an artist in Aichi Prefecture. It is a
house of traditional Japanese style.
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.
(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.)
temple /5/ : The Buddhist temple
founded in 1252. There are ceramic statues and ceiling painting by the
street /6/ : The popular spot in
Seto. Many unneeded potteries are embedded into the fecces and walls
along the street.
Museum /7/ : The museum
displaying old tools and potteries in the 19-20th centuries. The
building is a former pottery's house.
/8/ : A climbing kiln
until the 1970s. It is registered as a municipal cultural property.
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
From Sakae in central Nagoya,
about 38 minutes by Meitetsu Seto Line.
From Nagoya station, about 23 km.
Copyright © travel-around-japan.com
All Rights Reserved.