Traditional crafts workshops

Some of Japan’s most highly-regarded and refined crafts such as the Kutani Ceramic and the Yamanaka Lacquerware originated in Kaga. While enjoying your stay at some of the many ryokans around, why don’t you take a chance to discover some of the unique gems on which our area has earned a wide reputation and try to create yourself an original craft piece for you to keep as a reminder of your time in Kaga.

Yamanaka Lacquerware

Atelier Mokume

A small woodturning studio in the center of Yamanaka Onsen. Visitors wishing only to take a look are most welcome. Feel free to stop by while strolling around Yamanaka Onsen!
Hands-on: Woodturning lathe
Soup bowl: ¥6,000, Personalized object: ¥3,000, Small wooden box ¥3,000 (20 min.) *Additional charges for international shipping, Capacity: 4 people, Language: Japanese, Open: 10-16, Closed: Thurs.
Access: 30 minutes from the JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 7 minutes on foot.

Yamanaka lacquerware

Rokuro no Sato Arts and Crafts Hall

In an atelier located on the heights of Yamanaka Onsen, use the electric woodturning lathe and the hand plane to shape a bowl out of a wood piece.
Hands-on: Woodturning lathe
Soup bowl: ¥3,000 (30 min.)
*Additional charges for international shipping, Capacity: 4 people, Language: Japanese, Open: 9:30- 17, Closed: Wed.
Access: 30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 35 minutes on foot.

Yamanaka lacquerware

Atelier Asada

An atelier and shop located on the heights of Yamanaka Onsen heading towards the mountains. Visitors wishing only to take a look are most welcome.
Hands-on: Maki-e painting
Chopsticks: ¥1,500, Bowls: ¥2,000, Trays: ¥3,000 (30 min.)
*Additional charges for international shipping, Capacity: 20 people, Atelier visiting: free of charge, Language: Japanese, Open: 8:30- 17, Closed: New Year holidays.
Access: 30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 35 minutes on foot.

Yamanaka lacquerware

Kasyou-an

Kasyou-An is an atelier located in Yamanaka Onsen that proposes you a complete Maki-e workshop.
Hands-on: Maki-e painting
Small tray: ¥4,000-4,500 (60 min.)
*Additional charges for international shipping, Capacity: 3 people, Language: limited English, Open: 10-16:30, Closed: Tues. and Wed.
Access: 30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 10 minutes on foot.

Yamanaka lacquerware

Atelier Kaga Shissho

One of Japan’s most renowned artist in the field of Maki-e, Mushu Yamazaki welcomes you in his atelier, only 5 minutes driving from Yamanaka Onsen center town.
Atelier visit (30 min.), Capacity: 5 people, Language: Explanations and commentaries in English and Chinese, Open: 9-17, Closed: irregular.
Access: 30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 10 minutes on foot.

Yamanaka lacquerware

Atelier Classic-Ko

One of Japan’s most renowned artist in the field of Maki-e, Motoyuki Ooshita welcomes you in his atelier.
Atelier visit (30 min.), Capacity: 5 people, Language: English spoken, Open: 9- 17, Closed: irregular.
Access: 30 minutes by car from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station.

Kutani Ceramic

Kutani Kiln Remains Museum

Hands-on and workshops are held inside the exhibition hall building of this museum dedicated to the history of the Kutani Ceramic in Yamashiro Onsen, nearby the remains of a 200 years old ceramic kiln.
Hands-on: Kutani Ceramic painting and hand-building:
Paint an original motif on authentic Kutani glaze: ¥2,310 (60 min.)
Ceramic shaping using a traditional foot operated potter’s wheel: ¥3,310 (90 min.)
*Additional charges for international shipping
*Please allow about 1-2 months for delivery, Capacity: 4 people, Language: Japanese only, Open: 9-17, Closed: Tues.
Access: 15 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamashiro Onsen-Higashigushi”, 4 minutes on foot.

Kutani Ceramic

Coco Gallery

Coco is an atelier and gallery conveniently located in the center of Yamashiro Onsen. Using the same tools and colors as Kutani artisans, you are invited to try out your painting skills on dishes, mugs, bowls under the direction of Naoto Ikeshima, the gallery’s main painting artist.
Hands-on: Kutani Ceramic painting: ¥1,500 (90 min.), Capacity: 4 people, Language: Japanese only, Open: 9:30-17:30, Closed: Thu.
Access: 15 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamashiro Onsen-Higashigushi”, 5 minutes on foot.

Kutani Ceramic

Atelier Suika

The gallery Suika is an atelier and shop located in Katayamazu Onsen. Working on a 100% authentic clay, use an electric potter’s wheel or your own hands to shape an original piece of Kutani ceramic under the supervision of the atelier’s staff.
Hands-on: Kutani Ceramic shaping using an electric potter’s wheel: ¥2,600 (20 min.)
Kutani Ceramic potter’s wheel/ hand-shaping: ¥2,100 (30 min.)
*Additional charges for international shipping
*Please allow about 1-2 months for delivery, Capacity: 4 people, Language: Japanese only, Open: 9-17, Closed: irregular.
Access: 10 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Katayamazu Onsen”, 1 minute on foot.

Kutani Ceramic

KINUYA

In an atelier located in the center of Yamanaka Onsen, you are invited to work on authentic Kutani ware clay and try out your skills at using an electric powered potter’s wheel to shape tea bowls and tea cups using local stoneware.
You can also try out your painting skills on a popular ceramic figurine.
Hands-on: Kutani Ceramic painting and shaping:
Painting: ¥3,000 (40 min.), Electric potter’s wheel shaping: ¥3,000 (15 min.), Figurine painting: ¥3,000 (40 min.).
*Additional charges for international shipping
*Please allow about 1-2 months for delivery, Capacity: 2-4 people, Language: Japanese only, Open: 10-16:30, Closed: Thu. and Fri.
Access: 30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 1 minute on foot.

Kutani Ceramic

Atelier Kaga toen

Run by the Yamamoto brothers, Kaga Toen is a family atelier specialized in the late Kutani Aka-e style, characterized by highly detailed red color motives and patterns. Some items are available for sale in the atelier’s shop.
Atelier visit: 30 min; Capacity: 10 people, Language: limited English, Open: 10-16, Closed: irregular
Access: 15 minutes on foot from JR Daishoji Train Station.