Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum in Seto City (Seto-shi) near Nagoya


Introduces excellent ceramic arts developed in Japan and various other parts of the world. Experience making and learn the beauty and history of Japanese ceramics.

In Aichi Prefecture, a wide spectrum of industrial and cultural activities has developed, influenced by the ceramic industries at such production centers as Sanage, Seto and Tokoname. To collect, preserve and display valuable cultural properties related to ceramics, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum was founded in 1978-the Prefectural centennial-on a hillside in Seto City, renowned for ceramic production.

Since its founding, the Museum has striven to enrich its collection and develop into a magnificent world-class repository of ceramic works. Thanks to the generous donations of valuable materials from many related parties, and with the completion of additional facilities, including an authentic Japanese teahouse and craft studio, the Museum now features an exceptional collection along with spacious galleries and other facilities. All visitors will enjoy ceramic fine arts amid the lush greenery here in Seto, Japan’s leading ceramic center.

    • Exhibition Rooms No, 1 and 2: Holds various thematic special exhibitions and planned exhibitions
    • Exhibition Room No. 3: “History of Japanese Ceramics” (permanent collection)
    • Exhibition rooms No. 4, 5: “Ceramics from the World” (permanent collection)
    • Exhibition Room No. 6: “Earthenware from the World” (permanent collection) “Pieces from old Japanese Kilns” (permanent collection)
    • Exhibition Room No. 7: “Contemporary Ceramic Art” (permanent collection)
    • Special Exhibition Room/Exhibition Gallery: When no special exhibitions are held. This space is leased for ceramic art groups intending to hold their exhibitions.
    • Briefing Room/Lounge: Explanation is given to group visitors. in the briefing room. Eating is allowed in the lounge.
    • Video Corner: Shows video programs on ceramic arts.
    • Library Features many books on ceramics; open to the public
    • Museum Shop
    • Auditorium
    • Restaurant Tauji
  • Visitors can learn pottery and painting; reservation is necessary for groups of ten or more

  • Introduces the present and future of the ceramic industry and its influence on the public’s daily life.

  • old_kilns_house
    Displays old kilns (from the Heian to the Kamakura period; 12th-I3th centuries) excavated in the premises.

  • Displays reproduced large kilns of the Muromachi Period (16th century) and reproduced climbing kilns of the Edo Period (19th century); both types were used in Seto and Mino.

  • Displays ceramic komainu (guardian dog deilies) produced in Seto and Mino.

  • Powdered green tea is served in tea bowls made by ceramic artists in Seto, Tokoname, Mino, etc

Hours: Open: 9:3O~16:3O, Closed: Mon. (Following day if public holiday)


¥400 (Standard fare)

Location and Contact:
Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum Address: 234 Minamiyamaguchicho, Seto City (Seto-shi) [35 minutes from Nagoya by way of the Meitetsu Seto Line], Aichi Prefecture 489-0965, Japan [Geo Coordinate: 35.185798999999996,137.097454] Access by public transport is from Fujigaoka Station on the Higashiyama Line by Meitetsu Bus to Toji Shiryokan (Ceramic Museum) stop. Tel: 0561-84-7474 (Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum), 0561-42-0958 (Shinano Ceramics Center), 0561-82-4022 (Ichirizuka Hongyo Kiln).

Website: http://www.pref.aichi.jp/touji/top.html