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[Tokoname Manekineko (Fortune Cat) Street]

A stroll down this evocative pottery-town street will bring you great fortune (allegedly!)

Lying in the center of Chita Peninsula, Tokoname City has been producing pottery since the Heian period. The Pottery Footpath is also a recommended sightseeing course, but on the way there from Tokoname Station, there's a place where you can encounter various Tokoname-ware manekinekos, big and small. (A manekineko is a statue of a beckoning cat. They are traditionally believed to bring good fortune.) A number of manekinekos have been set in place along the street, including the giant Tokonyan (which is about 6.3 m wide and stands 3.8 m tall). They were made by 39 pottery artists with ties to Tokoname, and are said to bring fortune and happiness. You can see glimpses of traditional Japanese craftsmanship in each and every one of the adorable statues.
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Get fortune and happiness from the giant manekineko statue, Tokonyan.
Enjoy a delightful stroll while admiring manekineko statues.
Address Sakaemachi 2, Tokoname City, Aichi
Phone Tokoname City Tourist Association
+81-569-34-8888 (Japanese only)
Hours You can visit at any time.
Holidays Open every day
Admission fee Free
Access Alight at "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen and walk to "Meitetsu Nagoya Station". Take the Meitetsu Tokoname Line Limited Express for approx. 35 minutes, alight at "Tokoname Station" and walk for approx. 5 minutes.
URL Tokoname Tourism Association

updated on Sep 30, 2019

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