Toki (Gifu)

Toki (Japanese土 岐 市, - shi) is a Japanese city in Gifu Prefecture on the island of Honshu. It is located in the southeast of Gifu Prefecture capital on the river Toki and is especially known for its ceramics.


The ceramic manufactory has in Toki a story that goes back over 1,300 years. Remains of kilns and earthenware dating from the 7th century it was discovered during excavations within the city. The craftsmanship reached its peak, was prepared as a dish for the tea ceremony in the Azuchi - Momoyama period ( 1568-1614 ). In this period ruled several civil wars in the region Seto. Many refugees (including pottery ) were able to move under the protection of the Princes in Toki and make a living with pottery. Kettle, cups, bowls and other utensils with unique design, such as Oribe ( a ceramic glaze with green and blue ) were highly appreciated by the daimyo. In the Edo period (1603-1867), the pottery became more popular in everyday use by the Japanese. During the Meiji period (1868-1912) porcelain and ceramics from Toki throughout Japan became popular. The ceramic products from Toki are under the name of Mino -yaki on the market.

On 1 February 1955, the city of Toki from the five municipalities Tokitsu was (土 岐 津 町, chō ), Oroshi (下 石 町, chō ), Tsumagi (妻 木 町, chō ), Dachi (駄 知 町, chō ) and Izumi (泉 町, chō - ) and the three villages Tsurusato (鹤 里 村, -mura ), Sogi formed (曽 木村, -mura ) and Hida (肥 田村, -mura ) of the district Toki.

  • Street: Chūō - highway
  • National Road 19: Nagoya and Nagano
  • National Road 21
  • National Road 363
  • JR Chūō Main Line: Tokyo and Nagoya


Faenza, Italy ( since 1979)

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Toyota
  • Seto
  • Mizunami
  • Ena
  • Tajimi
  • Kani