MIRU & ASOBU

The following are the spots for sightseeing and amusement in Seto parks, art galleries, museums etc.

観光施設

瀬戸蔵 SETO-GURASETO-GURA MUSEUM
SETO-GURA/The Seto Storehouse is a base facility for viewing the whole of Seto as a museum. It consists of the Seto Storehouse Museum, a camellia hall, sales of goods, restaurants, meeting rooms, and facilities where a lot of citizens and tourists gather.
SETO-GURA MUSEUM/One of the Japanese words for pottery, "setomono", oringinated in Seto. The museum presents a history of the pottery ranging from 1000 years through the pottery produced locally: the production sites, the tools and the scenery which surrounds them. See the present and the future of the pottery manufacturing.
新世紀工芸館 The New Century Craft Building
Training facility for ceramic art and glass-making for the next generation. A place of interchange and a sightseeing base. The display building is restored in the Taishou modern style of the old Seto Porcelain Museum.
パルティせと Parity Seto
A social facility with a commercial store, an international center, the university consortium Seto, a kids room, and an information library.
案内処・集い処 らくちん(楽椿) "Guide place and the gathering-round place Pleasingness ( Pleasing camellia )"
"They move an ""old Kurasho koban"" which was a wooden police box built in 1939, utilize as many of existing parts as possible, and rebuild it. At present, it handles souvenir articles of Seto, etc as a tourist information center and on the 2nd floor gallery, it introduces homemade superbs."
瀬戸市美術館 The Seto Municipal Art Museum
The Seto Municipal Art Museum displays ally types of art work, including porcelain, paintings and sculptures. It has sent cultural information of Seto while hosting variously proposed exhibitions centered on local artists, in addition to the permanent exhibition on display since its opening. Its collection contains up to 700 items such as ceramic art, paintings and sculptures, mainly of artists deeply related to Seto City.
マルチメディア伝承工芸館 Multi-Media Folklore Craft Building
The main building provides a history of the culture of pottery, sightseeing information, and displays the works of trainees and students who have completed a course. The exhibition hall holds the Seto dyeing and interchange building for activities where trainees make pottery. There is an old kiln building where they preserve an "old kiln" municipally designated as a cultural property.
ノベルティ・こども創造館/ノベルティミュージアム The Building of Novelty and the Creation of the Children / the Novelty Museum
Observe and experience the technologies and culture of Seto pottery. Using clay and a wide range of other materials, there are creative handicraft programs for everyone, from children to adults. On the 1st floor of the Novelty Museum there are masterpieces of Seto pottery -- ornaments and porcelain decorations. On the 2nd floor there is a display of a wide variety of Seto pottery.
愛知県陶磁資料館 The Path of the Kiln Fence・the Archives・ the Gallery
Stroll along the old town paths with walls in geometric patterns where old kiln tools are artistically placed in the walls and foundations. Historically a main street where the carts and the craftsmen went by, you can experience the distinct character of this pottery town. In the passageway, the bathroom and the restroom are all ornamented with a type of tile which was the most influential in the 1st generation of Meiji and the Taisyo period. Discover the history and culture of the old town.
無風庵 Windless Hermitage
Being on a hill, it not only displays ceramic art works, but also has a teahouse and the space to relax comfortably in the atmosphere of the past. The name derives from "windlessness", a pseudonym of Tatsukichi who left great achivements in the development of the craft in Japan, such as the ceramic art of Seto.
デジタルリサーチパークセンター The Digital Research Park Center
It utilizes the advantages of communication of the ground digital broadcasting and the fusion of broadcasting and it promotes the activities which lead to the improvement of the life, culture and the development of the local industries.
愛知県陶磁資料館 The Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum
Japan's largest ceramic industry museum which collects and displays the valuable cultural heritage. Introduces a history of crockery from the Jomon period to the present, overseas porcelain, and present-day works. There is a ceramic art building where one can experience pottery-making, and a teahouse where it is possible to enjoy green tea with the artists' craftware.
あいち海上の森センター The Kaishono Forest Center in Aichi
"Aichi Kaishono Forest Center" (Moo Academy) was established as a base of the learning and the interchange on the forest and satoyama woodland.
招き猫ミュージアム The Museum of Welcoming Cats(manekineko)
The "manekineko"museum of the Japan's largest scale which always displays thousands of "welcoming cats" It has been classified into the history, the temples and shrines, and the producing centers etc. and turned into the displays which have an impact on seeing which tells one aspect of Japanese culture.
道の駅 瀬戸しなの The Station along the Road Shinano, Seto
A concept at the local promotion facilities is "a good market of setomon(dialect of earthenware)" There are "some markets harvested in and fresh from the farms" which sell the processed foods used farm products on Seto and home-grown materials and a "Seto-meal dining room" that is full of the delicious meals which was cultivated in "a traditional craftsman's culture.

公園・神社など

窯神神社 Kamagami Shinto Shrine
A shrine dedicated to a founder of Seto porcelain, Kato Tamikichi, who introduced a china manufacturing method from Arita, Kyushu. The china festival which is known in the whole country is a Shinto ritual at this shrine. There is an uncommon Shinto shrine which has a likeness of Tamikichi and a climbing kiln in the precincts where one can remember the lamented Tamikichi's virtue.
深川神社 Fukagawa Shinto Shrine
The shrine was formally established in 771 (in the 2nd year of Houki Era) of Houki. It is called a guardian god of the birthplace of Seto from the folklore that an earthenware founder, Kato Toshiro, found high-quality clay by an oracle at this shrine. In the treasure house of the precincts there are ceramic guardian dogs which are an important cultural asset that have been handed down as made by Toshiro.
陶祖公園 Earthenware Originator's Park
A park where one can get a bird's-eye view of the central part of Seto. A huge hexagonal ceramic tombstone on which are praised the achievements of an earthenware founder KatoToshir. It was built in 1867 (in the 3rd year of Keio era) and is proud to be Japan's largest ceramic monument.
定光寺公園 Jyouko Temple Park/Jyouko Temple(Jyoukou-ji)
A temple of the Rinzai Zen Sect established in the 3rd year of the Kenmu era (1366). A mausoleum of a first feudal clan chief, Lord Yoshinao of the Owari clan who has a sculpture that is reported to be Jingoro Hidari's work. The main temple, "a shrine for doing-nothing" which is in the architecture of the latter period of the Muromachi era, are both specified as national cultural assets. It is also known as a sight famous for cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn. The forest of Aichi Heights National Park has many spots where one can enjoy nature, campsites and a breeding ground of fireflies.
岩屋堂公園 Iwayado Park
It is a retreat for Seto where the nature overflows through the four seasons. "Iwayado" is a small shrine made of natural stones which originated with a noted priest, Gyouki.
瀬戸万博記念公園「愛・パーク」 The Seto Exposition Commemoration Park "Global Harmony Park"
As part of the "Exposition of global harmony venues" held in Seto, Aichi Prefecture the park was reborn as "Ai park ". It is a new base for linking the ideas of "citizen participation","cultural exchange ", and "symbiosis with the nature" to keep the spirit of the Expo continuing to the future.
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