Japanese Hospitality in a Pottery Heartland

Delve deep into the cultural legacy, history, and cuisine of the Chita Peninsula

Just a stone's throw from Nagoya's Chubu Centrair International Airport, Tokoname has been home to pottery masters for over a thousand years. Travelers with even a passing interest in this traditional Japanese art are sure to enjoy exploring all the city has to offer, and the Chita Cat Omotenashi Tour makes it easy to do just that.

Choose from a variety of courses, and an English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and take you on a cultural tour de force. See one of the Japan’s largest climbing kilns, paint your own maneki-neko (beckoning cat), sip green tea from a Tokoname ware cup, and more. You'll also find temples, galleries, and museums where you can learn all about the area's rich history. Choose a walking tour and leisurely savor the delightful townscape, dotted with kilns, statues, studios, shrines, or try a cycling tour and venture afield to treasures unreachable on foot.

When you're done exploring, savor a cup of matcha green tea along with traditional Japanese sweets at one of Tokoname's classical teahouses, or enjoy delicious seafood freshly caught at Tokoname's cozy and lively fishing port. In the spring from late March to early May, a festival featuring magnificent floats brings yet more life to the town.

An immersive, tailor-made cultural experience awaits you just minutes from one of Japan's major airports.

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