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In the historic pottery town of Tokoname, the birthplace of INAX, we have transformed what was once a production site of clay pipes that supported the industrialization of Japan into a beautiful and exciting collection of museum facilities where visitors can experience firsthand the spirit of manufacturing culture, through our various exhibitions.
In the Tile Museum, you will be able to explore the atmosphere created through the use of decorative tiles. You can touch and feel the impact of fire on the walls of the great kiln and enjoy seeing the beautiful architectural terracotta pieces displayed in the Terracotta Park.
We also offer various events, workshops and other fun activities for children and the young at heart. Come and experience the joy and challenges of handling clay and ceramics in our exhibitions and workshops.
The Tile Museum is the only museum in Japan that specializes in the history and development of decorative tiles, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to discover how tiles have influenced and enriched people's lives over centuries.
In the main exhibition area, you will be able to experience the reproduction of clay peg walls from Mesopotamian civilizations from the third millennium BC (5,500 years ago), Egyptian tiles from 4,650 years ago, a dome ceiling exhibiting Islamic architecture, and more.
We also display our precious collection of antique decorative tiles from around the world, including the Orient dating back as old as 4th millennium BC from the various Islamic cultures, as well as from China, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Japan.
The great kiln with a tall chimney built in 1921 is now a museum portraying the history of Tokoname clay pipes, a ceramic product which played a significant role in Japan's modernization. Also on exhibit is our collection of beautiful sometsuke blue and white toilet bowls from the Meiji period (1868-1911). The building is designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property and Heritage of Industrial Modernization.
(currently closed for seismic retrofitting.)
Modernization and westernization of Japan brought about a new era of architecture, and many new buildings in the 1920s and '30s were decorated with what are known as "architectural ceramics": terracotta and ceramic tiles.
We are pleased to preserve and exhibit our collection of artistically refined terracotta, and thereby pass on Japan's architectural culture of the early 20th century to future generations.
Clay, the raw material for ceramics, has been a part of human life since ancient times. In the INAX Clay Works building, we hold various exhibitions with a focus on clay and ceramics.
We also offer various events allowing visitors to experience the beauty and warmth of clay. Come and enjoy creating shiny clay balls in our workshop.
An opportunity to enjoy ceramics creation to your heart's content awaits you. At the Tiling Workshop, we offer various hands-on workshops, including painting on tiles and mosaic tile art.
The LIXIL Ceramics Lab focuses on passing on the skills and technology of manufacturing ceramics, as well as challenging new ideas, pushing the boundaries of product manufacturing.
Also underway is the endeavor to foster a new manufacturing culture through the re-creation and restoration of historical buildings, and through dialogue with artists, architects, and other specialists.
Make sure to visit our museum shop during your stay. We offer many unique and original goods suitable for gifts and souvenirs as a memento of your visit, mosaic tile kits to keep you creative after you return home, as well as books on ceramics and our exhibitions.
Enjoy authentic wood-fired pizza and local seasonal fish and vegetables at our Italian restaurant. We accept reservations for parties, as well.
Weekends & holidays: 10:00〜21:00
(Open if Wednesday is a public holiday.
Reservations & Inquiries: +81-(0)569-34-8266
Open (Museum & Shop):
10:00～17:00 (Last entry: 16:30)
Wednesdays (Open if the Wednesday is a public holiday), New Year holidays
High school & University students:
Elementary & Junior high school students:
Senior citizens age 70+:
Group discounts available
1-130 Okuei-cho, Tokoname-shi, Aichi Prefecture 479-8586 Japan
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From Meitetsu Tokoname Station or Centrair Central Japan International Airport, Take Chita Bus bound for "Chita Handa Station." Get off at "INAX Live Museum-mae". Two-minute walk from bus stop.
Car (Free parking available):
About 6 minutes from Meitetsu Line "Tokoname Station"
About 10 minutes from Centrair Central Japan International Airport (Exit expressway at "Rinku IC")
About 7 minutes from "Tokoname IC" on Centrair Line Expressway
About 15 minutes from "Handa IC" on Chita-hanto Road Expressway