Seto & Nagakute 瀬戸＆長久手エリア
Where Japanese ceramics began, and a major feudal battleground
Seto is the birthplace of ceramics in Japan, while Nagakute is the site of a momentous samurai battle. Both of these towns are steeped in history and fun to explore.
How to Get There
Seto and Nagakute are accessible by train.
Seto-shi Station is around 45 minutes from Nagoya Station , take the JR Chuo Line and change to the Aichi Loop Line at Kozoji Station. For Nagakute, take the Higashiyama subway line to its end at Fujigaoka, and then change to the Linimo monorail line to Nagakute Kosenji Station. This takes around 45 minutes in total.
Glazed ceramics found in Seto date back 1,000 years
A generic Japanese word for ceramics is setomono, which means "products of Seto"
The battle of Komaki and Nagakute was waged in 1586
Ceramics, old and new
Seto is one of the most pivotal places in the Japanese ceramics industry. Many ceramic festivals are held throughout the year here. You can discover more about the town and its key industry at the Seto-gura Museum, which features exhibits of rare pottery from ancient times to the age of modern automation.
Test your skills
After learning all about the industry, head to the Ceramic Craft Studio and see how your skills compare to the masters by trying your own hand at pottery making and bisque-painting.
A shrine dedicated to the ceramic arts
The ceramics industry affects all aspects of life in Seto, and death as well. Visiting Kamagami-jinja Shrine, with its kiln-shaped pavilion, is a singular experience. The shrine is dedicated to those who have passed down the methods of ceramic manufacturing methods through the generations.
Nagakute's bloody history
Nagakute is the site of a series of intense late-16th century battles that have passed into folklore, pitting the army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi against a much smaller force led by Oda Nobukatsu, who had the support of the Tokugawa clan. The fighting was fierce, but the battle ended in a stalemate.
Cars on display at Nagatuke
A trip to Nagakute is incomplete without a visit to the Toyota Automobile Museum . See an amazing collection of around 120 automobiles from the late 19th century to the 1940s.
A more peaceful escape
Moricoro Park is an expansive park with regular ecological festivals and a skating rink. It's worth a visit just to see the life-sized re-creation of Mei and Satsuki's house from the classic Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro.