TOKI city has been the center of Japanese ceramic industry for more than 1,000 years, and it is the greatest district of Japanese ceramic-ware production.
TOKI city is located in Gifu prefecture, which is in the central part of Japan, and the place is also known as Mino District. Mino was already popular for its ceramic craftsmen in the Heian period (794-1185), and Nobunaga Oda made it nationwide in Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603) by spreading Sado Tea Ceremony (first practiced by Zen priests to achieve a contemplative calm) with Oribe Furuta.
The ceramic production in Mino District developed because of its abundant clay and division of labor (mining, molding, making glaze, painting, firing, and selling).
Porcelain production started in this area in Edo period, and now Toki produces the majority of Japanese and Western ceramic ware.
Potteries have inherited the tradition of craftsmanship and they have been improving it. You will find the mixture of traditional and modern technology in this city.
Donburi Kaikan is a kind of comfort stop for travelers. There are variety of pottery arts, local farmers’ foods, and a small restaurant from where you can see the view of beautiful Mt Ontake.
You can experience glazing ceramic-ware, and you can also try pottery making on potter’s wheels. (English speaking instructors may not attend. Please let us know if you would like to join these lessons.)
Address- 286-15 Hida-Cho Hida, Toki, Gifu
Store Hours- 9:00am~6:00pm
Restaurant Hours- 8:00am~7:00pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Takegawa Yokan is a Japanese sweet. Takegawa is bamboo skin, and Yokan is sweetened bean jelly. Bamboo skin has natural sterilizing power, and it is nationally used in Japan to wrap foods for easy carrying and preservation. Its taste of right degree sweetness and bamboo flavor is one of Toki City’s well-known specialties.
Toki city is rich in local color and it has attractive handicrafts and foods.