Meow! I have come to Seto City, the only place this color is found.

Attractive places in Japan are surely attractive because they have some unique culture which is deeply rooted in that area. If you are planning a trip to Japan, I recommend coming to spend a day in Seto City to discover the charm of a thousand years' history of ceramics.
The entire city is like a pottery art museum, and is the birthplace of the ceramic cat, and the lucky cat is a symbol and treasure that shops display so they will prosper. Tourists also come to Japan to buy “maneki neko” or “lucky cat”. I felt that the “lucky cat” was indeed a mascot that symbolizes Japan.
Seto is a great place to take a slow walk. As we leave the station, I will take you on a tour as together we look for surprising points of joy.

1  Station Area: A musical clock: "The sound of ceramic bells"
It is heavy and has a sound like a contrabass that echoes in your heart. All the bells ring on time, making a sound of ceramic bells only found in Seto.

2  Ginza Commuter Street and surrounding area
Just 3 minutes from the station, there is a lively street called Ginza Street. Cermaic artists' art gallery and fried miso-flavored pork chop shops in the the shopping district are full of playful and humorous pottery works.

3  Fukagawa Shrine
Unlike common shrines in Japan, the Fukagawa Shrine, which is nearly 1300 years old, the green tile roofs of Seto City shine under the sun with a gentle luster, blending into the clear atmosphere of the shrine.

4  Lucky Cat Museum
This is Japan's largest lucky cat museum. There are about 5000 lucky cats gathered together from all over the country. The cats vary for the culture of each local area, but each has its own culture and beauty, so one becomes unconciously caught up in the charm of the lucky cat. There are lucky cat shrines throughout the country, and one can feel the culture of love that the Japanese have for the Lucky Cat.
In order to participate in the "Lucky Cat Painting" program, I closely watched several "lucky cat" videos online beforehand. My own "lucky cat" is complete. Even people who do not usually draw can do it.
Lucky Cat Experience Course: Entry --> Put on lucky cat paper hat --> Visit the museum --> Lucky cat painting --> Tea time --> Get a souvenir --> Can also buy souvenirs
Official site: http://www.luckycat.ne.jp/eng/index.html
Next to the museum, there are many cute "lucky cat" gift shops lined up, all with many cute lucky cats. Please enjoy your lucky cat after taking it home.

5  Seto Hakata Machi Shopping Area
The atmosphere and warmth of the Showa period spreads throughout this shopping area. A cute cat-patterned bag made by an old lady, Rainbow Coffee, a cafe where you can absorb classical music, and a quaint hotel that feels as if time has stopped. I'm sure people do not wish to return back to reality.

6  Trail
The green, hilly land is in harmony with the private houses and pottery workshops. The pottery walls and pottery trails are like the paintings of Seto City. When entering a pottery / gallery, you can touch the work and lifestyle of former pottery workers. As I stand on the sidewalk overlooking Seto City, I feel as if I have blended into the city.

7  Seto Art Museum
This is a museum that records the history of Seto pottery. On the 2nd floor, you can find displays of where the old Owari Seto Station was restored. The old trains were used to carry Seto-made pottery. Also, displays showing the pottery manufacturing process, the use of lime kilns, chinmneys and other propers. On the 3rd floor, you can find displays recording the beginning of the ceramics industry thousands of years ago, and ceramic dolls that were exported to Europe during the Meiji Era. Over 30,000 years of history in Seto is recorded here.

There are lucky cats throughout Seto city, and many of them! 29 of them were designed by Pkachu creator, Nishida Atsuko. If you can find all 29, perhaps you will feel a sense of accomplishment.

So have you felt fascinated by this city? Seto is registered as a cultural heritage spot in Japan, but if you experience this wonderful title first hand, you are sure to have unique and wonderful experiences!


DeepJapan Editor image

DeepJapan Editor


DeepJapan Editor's other advice

Go north! Nikko National Park Day 2 images

Go north! Nikko National Park Day 2

I woke up early to the sound of the rushing river below and the view of the snow covered mountain, had some Japanese tea while enjoying the scenery for awhile and then went down for breakfast. I arri…

Go north! Nikko National Park Day 1 images

Go north! Nikko National Park Day 1

One is to take the so called “Golden Route” south-west toward Hakone and Kyoto. But Japanese people often go north instead. Fit for couples, families and even a solitary getaway from the constant dro…

Senmo Trip "White Winter Fantasy" images

Senmo Trip "White Winter Fantasy"

“Winter is a season of recovery and rest,” wrote Paul Theroux, travel writer and novelist. But for Hokkaido, it is only just waking up. Once the snow has covered its vastness, the drift ice arrives, …

I don't want to leave this country of beautiful dreams! The place, Etchū-Yatsuo. images

I don't want to leave this country of beautiful dreams! The place, Etchū-Yatsuo.

Many people are familiar with Toyama City's "Etchū-Yatsuo" because of the festival called "Owarafunobon." Take one step inside, and it's like a dream - the atmosphere of the buildings and town have …

Asago Wellness and Fitness Tourism images

Asago Wellness and Fitness Tourism

Once upon a time, Asago was a feudal era battlefield. With Takeda Castle, seeming to float among the clouds, it is a very mysterious place. Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu all v…

Tours of Sake breweries in Ehime images

Tours of Sake breweries in Ehime

Sake is the essence of Japanese culture. Made from quality rice, which is the foundation of Japanese peoples diet, fresh water, cleaned by local soil, a koji mold and yest, each Sake has a unique tas…

You might also like

Ride The Tokyo Metro Like A Boss With These Apps images

Ride The Tokyo Metro Like A Boss With These Apps

To people new to Japan, the Tokyo subway system, stylishly called "Tokyo Metro" is a confusing labyrinth of lines going every which way. Orderly thought and planning, it would appear, seem to be the…

jdlawrence image


What to do at a Japanese Funeral | Funeral Etiquette images

What to do at a Japanese Funeral | Funeral Etiquette

Attending a Japanese funeral can be stressful, even shocking, if you don't know what to do. The more you know beforehand the better, as you'll be able to comfort and support mutual friends and their …

Former Deep Japan Writer image

Former Deep Japan Writer

Yurei, Yokai and Obake: Japan's Very Busy Ghost Scene images

Yurei, Yokai and Obake: Japan's Very Busy Ghost Scene

Ghosts and spirits hold a place in the folklore of many cultures around the world. In the western world, Halloween, observed on October 31st, is a time for scary, spooky tales, while Latin America w…

jdlawrence image


Japanese Massage Etiquette to Enjoy a Relaxing, Stress Relieving Moment images

Japanese Massage Etiquette to Enjoy a Relaxing, Stress Relieving Moment

Just last week, I’ve experienced another massage establishment called “Minnanotemomi”. Minnanotemomi mean’s roughly everyone’s massage and the massage they did for me was excellent caliber, yet one o…

AustinA image


Figuring out the Green Car in Japan: JR Train Business Class Seats images

Figuring out the Green Car in Japan: JR Train Business Class Seats

JR Green Car is my favorite way to travel. After living here almost 27 years I still almost start to cry when I see the Green Car (premium seat car) slide past and go way down to the other side of th…


Know your Receipts in Japan! images

Know your Receipts in Japan!

Are you in Japan on business and working with a Japanese firm? Will you be taking your clients out for a meal?Recently I have been doing some consulting work for one of Japan’s eminent Chinese cuis…