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Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi

The Mosaic Tile Museum with a unique and beautiful design in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture

The city of Tajimi is famous for its pottery industry, and one of its towns, Kasahara, boasts the largest production volume of mosaic tiles in Japan. The Mosaic Tile Museum showcases the town's specialty in a unique building designed by world-acclaimed architect Terunobu Fujimori. The exhibition rooms on the third and fourth floor display a vast collection of beautiful mosaic tiles and informational materials, allowing visitors to learn about the deep history of tiles.

What are mosaic tiles? Come find out at Japan's only museum dedicated for mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles are small tiles with surface areas measuring 50 square centimeters or less. Because they are mostly used as construction materials, once the building is demolished, the tiles are also lost forever. The Mosaic Tile Museum was established with the aim to preserve the cultural value of this historic local industry and displays a collection of informational materials and products related to tiles that local volunteers have amassed since 20 years ago.

Make your very own mosaic tile goods!

Visitors of all ages can experience making their very own mosaic tile artwork at the workshop and museum shop located on the first floor. Choose your favorite small goods to cover with mosaic tiles in various colors, shapes, and sizes to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Exhibition room displaying a selection of tiles by Terunobu Fujimori

Covered from floor to ceiling in white tiles, the open exhibition space on the fourth floor designed by Terunobu Fujimori houses a vast collection of mosaic tiles selected by the architect himself, such as mosaic tile picture designs, painted tiles, and a retro washbasin and bathtub.


Name Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi
Web Sites http://www.mosaictile-museum.jp/english/
Address 2082-5 Kasahara-cho, Tajimi-shi, Gifu
Access From Tajimi Station on the JR Chuo Main Line, approximately 17 minutes by Tohtetsu Bus bound for Higashi-Kusaguchi or Hane
Approximately 15 minutes' drive from Toki Minami Tajimi Ic on the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway
Business Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (Final admission: 30 minutes before closing)
Closed December 29 to January 3
Inquiries TEL: 0572-43-5101
Admission Adults: 300 yen; High school students and under: free

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