All about Tajimi sightseeing

Tajimi is a city lying along the banks of Toki river in Gifu prefecture. Tajimi and its surrounding areas are renowned for its ceramics. A lot of ceramic producers and ceramic museums are located in Tajimi. Along with the ceramic culture of Tajimi city, it offers other attractions like temples, churches, and seasonal enjoyments like fruit(strawberry/blueberry) picking. Many famous restaurants- especially Unagi restaurants are located in and around Tajimi city.

 

Eihoji temple

Eihoji

Eihoji is a Zen Buddhist temple situated in Tajimi, which is the school for Zen monks. This place is a calm and beautiful tourist location in every season, while autumn brings the best scenery in this place lying along the banks of Toki river. Read about Eihoji temple here.

Tajimi Monastery

Tajimi monastery is a Catholic monastery built by German missionaries. The monastery and its vineyard are famous for annual wine festa conducted in November.

Horse cart ride in summer

Horse cart ride in Tajimi

A horse-cart ride(Hanabasha) through the streets of Tajimi along the banks of Toki river could be experienced during Spring and early summer seasons- from March to June. The one-horse drawn cart will be decorated with red rose flowers which gives a royal outlook for the ride. It starts from the North exit of Tajimi Station and goes around the city covering the main attractions of the Tajimi city. Riding the horse cart offers views of the city from the Tajimi bridge over the Toki river, Honmachi Oribe Street, Tajimi monastery etc. ending at the station. Depending on the course of the ride, the cost from 800 yen to 2400 yen.

Honmachi Oribe street

An old street of Tajimi

Honmachi Oribe street famous for its ceramic wares is one of the most important places in Tajimi city. The street is named after one of the famous Samurai and tea-masters of ancient Gifu, Furuta Oribe. A number of old ceramic ware stores are lined up along the Oribe street which all are passing hundreds of years in the field of ceramics. Along with pottery stores, there are small stores selling clothes, antiques, Japanese snacks, as well as restaurants. A walk through this street gives an experience through the Meiji era. Most of the old houses in this street are now turned into small museums.  An annual ceramic festival is conducted in this place during second-weekend days of April. More than 50 local ceramic producers exhibit and sell their products during this festival.

Artigiano

Aritigiano is a famous bread shop situated in the Oriba street. It is the best place to enjoy the freshly baked loaves of bread of various varieties along with enjoying the architectural beauty of the inner walls of the bread shop. Various varieties of bread and special drinks are offered here year-round. The shop building is also built in a French style. The Artigiano shop building situated at a corner opposite to the Oribe building gives a totally different outlook to the Oribe street.

Tousai no Michi

‘Tousai no Michi’ in Spring

‘Tousai no Michi’ is a pedestrian cum bicycle pathway running from Tajimi to Kasahara. It was a railway line connecting Tajimi and Kasahara, where steam locomotives carried ceramic materials. Later, the rail went unuseful and the 4.5-meters long railpath was deformed to this pedestrain pathway. This road has Cherry trees on both sides, so walking along the road during the cherry blossom time is a great experience. This calm and very safe path is the jogging and walking area for people in and around Tajimi. We can see information boards talking about the Kasahara railway line at various parts of the road. Benches for pedestrians to take a rest while walking is located in most parts of this pathway.

Other important attractions

Mosaic Tile museum, MINO ceramic park, Museum of Modern ceramic arts, Shiominomori etc. are other attractions of the Tajimi city.

Kikyou bus

Source: Yuya Tamai in Flickr

Kikyou bus is a 200 yen sightseeing bus running along the Tajimi city’s main attractions. It takes the visitors to the tourists’ attractions of the Tajimi city like MINO ceramic park, Oribe street, Tajimi monastery, Eihoji temple etc. The route map of Kikyou bus can be accessed here.