Tokoname ware tiles
Location of Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Tatsuya Itō|
|• Total||55.89 km2 (21.58 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,020/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese Black Pine|
|- Flower||Camellia sasanqua|
|Address||4-1 Shinkai-chō, Tokoname-shi, Aichi-ken 479-0837|
Tokoname has been associated with ceramics production since at least the Heian period, and Tokoname-yaki works from this period have been found in locations as far away as Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan and Kagoshima prefecture in the south. By the Kamakura period, over 3000 kilns were active. During the Sengoku period, the area came under the control of the Isshiki clan, and later came under the rule of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. During the Edo period, the area around present-day Tokoname was part of Owari Domain.
In the post Meiji Restoration cadastral reforms of 1889, the town of Tokoname was created. Tokoname was elevated to city status on April 1, 1954 by the merger of Tokoname town with the towns of Onizaki (鬼崎), Nishiura (西浦) and Ōno (大野), and the village of Miwa (三和村).
Chubu Centrair International Airport, built on an artificial island off the coast of Tokoname, opened on February 17, 2005, providing a major boost to local development.
Tokoname is a regional commercial center, and has been known since the Heian period for its production of ceramics, notably Tokoname-yaki, and ceramics production remains the mainstay of the local economy. One of the main producing companies is INAX.
About 60 climbing kilns formerly operated, most of which were constructed starting in the Meiji era. The chimneys became a landmark of the town, but many were closed and taken down after the Second World War as production methods modernised and burning of ovens was regulated by the authorities to protect the air quality. The Tōei Kiln (陶栄窯) is a climbing kiln (nobori-gama) that was constructed in Meiji 20 (1887) and used until Shōwa 49 (1974). It is the largest climbing kiln existing in Japan. It was designated as an Important Tangible Cultural Property by the government in Shōwa 57 (1982). It has eight firing chambers running a 17° incline and ten chimneys of varying height.
With its long coastline, commercial fishing also plays an important role in the local economy.
Tokoname has nine elementary schools, four junior high schools and one Senior high school. All schools in Tokoname are public schools.
- Miwa Elementary School
- Ono Elementary School
- Onizaki North Elementary School
- Onizaki South Elementary School
- Tokoname West Elementary School
- Tokoname East Elementary School
- Nishiura North Elementary School
- Nishiura South Elementary School
- Kosugaya Elementary School
Junior High Schools
- Tokoname Junior High School
- Onizaki Junior High School
- Nanryo Junior High School
- Seikai Junior High School
Senior High School
- Tokoname Senior High School
For all express bus and ferry services operateing to and from the airport, refer to the page of Central Japan Internationale Airport.
The city central station is Tokoname Station.
- Meitetsu – Tokoname Line
- Meitetsu – Airport Line
The landlord of Airport Line facilities is the voluntary sector, Central Japan International Airport Line Company,Ltd.
Tokoname Station which is located in the central of the city, was a terminal for down trains of Tokoname Line. As of the opening of Central Japan International Airport the track has been extended and connected to Airport Line. Currently, direct train services are running through the Tokoname and end up at the Airport Line.
Chita Bus (Chita Noriai)
- Kariya-Central Japan International Airport Route
- Tokoname Route
- Tokoname South Route
- Kaminomae - Tokoname - *Central Japan International Airport/ - RinkuTokoname - Tokoname - Tokoname Public Hospital
- *All passengers going to Central Japan International Airport need to get a transfer ticket and change to Tokoname Route Services at Tokoname Station.
Tokoname City North Bus
- Tokoname Municipal Government - Tokoname - Tokoname Public Hospital - YadaCentral - Ogura Public Hall
- Chitaōdan Road (Tollroad)
- Chubu International Airport Connecting Road (Tollroad)
- National Route 155
- National Route 247
- Inax Museum
- Ōno Castle (Chita District, Owari Province)
Notable people from Tokoname
- Tetsuzō Tanikawa - philosopher, father of Shuntarō Tanikawa
- Kotaro Suzumura – economist
- The Peanuts - singers
- Tatsutoshi Goto - professional wrestler
- Tetsu Watanabe - actor
Media related to Tokoname at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese) (with link to pages in English)