12Mino Ware / Pottery Making Experience
Mino Ware refers to the pottery made in Gifu Prefecture’s eastern districts; Tajimi, Toki, Mizunami, and Kani. Even to this day, these cities produce over 50% of Japan’s porcelain and pottery, and are known as some of the most famous pottery-making locations nationwide.
It is thought that Mino Ware started being manufactured in the 7th century, meaning to this day, it would hold over 1,300 years of history.
Up until the first world war, European pottery was the most well known, however, after the war it became hard for countries within Europe to produce pottery, and as such, Japan began making its own. During tha
t time, Mino Ware was already being created in the eastern parts of Gifu Prefecture, but this became a stepping stone to them making more and more. Within the cities listed above, found in the eastern part of Gifu Prefecture, you’re able to see the Mino Ware Factories work and even try making some pottery for yourself, if you ever have the chance, please try experiencing this small part of Japanese history and culture.
- ●Debark at either Tajimi Station or Tokishi Station
- ●Automobile: Leave at either Tajimi IC or Toki IC