Some of Japan’s most highly-regarded and refined crafts such as the Kutani Porcelain 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. Please note that in many cases, you won't be able to take your creation with you on the day. Please consider delays and shipping conditions. Visitors are also welcome.
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!
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.
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.
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.
One of Japan’s most renowned artist in the field of Maki-e, Motoyuki Oshita welcomes you in his atelier.
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.
*Reservation required (up to 10 days before)
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.
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 porcelain under the supervision of the atelier’s staff.
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.
A specialized store displaying the largest collection of Kutani porcelains in the Hokuriku region including some works considered as national treasures. Potter’s wheel and paintings hands-on workshops are also available.
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.
Shimada Juraku is a highly reputed potter of Kutani ware, currently working as third generation of a family which took over the former Okura Juraku Pottery in 1924. Thoroughly keeping the ancient Kutani tradition alive, his atelier is adjacent to the Kutani Kiln Remains Museum and visitors are welcome to visit the place and take the chance to watch Mr. Shimada at work.
A raku ware atelier and kiln located in Yamanoshita Jingun, Daishoji's historical district.
Set inside a natural forest, this traditional style houses village proposes many hands-on activities covering a wide range of local handicrafts techniques such as pottery, silk-dyeing and even making soba noodles. In all, around 50 different hands-on are available.