Traditional crafts workshops

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 which have earned our area a wide reputation and try to create yourself an original craft piece 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 the same day. Please consider delays and shipping conditions. Visitors are also welcome.

Yamanaka Lacquerware

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!

Price
Soup bowl ¥6,000 (30min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about 1-2 months for delivery, Personalized object ¥3,000 (30 min.), Small wooden box ¥3,000 (30 min.)
Open
10:00 - 16:00
Closed
Thursdays
Access
30 minutes from JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 7 minutes on foot.
Tel
0761-78-1757
Website
http://www.mokume-k.jimdo.com

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.

Price
Soup bowl: ¥3,000 (30 min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about 10 days for delivery
Open
9:30 - 17:00
Closed
Wednesdays
Access
30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 35 minutes on foot.
Tel
0761-78-2278

Yamanaka Lacquerware

Lacquerware 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.

Price
Maki-e painting for Chopsticks ¥1,500, Bowls ¥2,000, Trays ¥3,000 (30 min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about 10 days for delivery
Open
8:30 - 17:00
Closed
New Year holidays
Access
30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 35 minutes on foot.
Tel
0761-78-4200
Website
http://www.uruwashikki.com/

Yamanaka Lacquerware

Mushu Art Studio

One of Japan’s most renowned artist in the field of Maki-e, Mushu Yamazaki welcomes you in his atelier, only a 5 minute drive from the center of Yamanaka Onsen.

Price
Atelier visit: free of charge (30 min.) *Explanations and commentaries in English and Chinese
Open
9:00 - 17:00
Closed
Irregular
Access
30 minutes by local bus bound for Yamanaka Onsen from JR Kaga Onsen Station, Get off at “Nakada”, 1 minute on foot.
Tel
0761-78-2680
Website
http://www.yamazakimushu.com/

Yamanaka Lacquerware

Classic Ko

One of Japan’s most renowned artist in the field of Maki-e, Motoyuki Oshita welcomes you in his atelier.

Price
Atelier visit: free of charge (30 min.) *Explanations and commentaries in English
Open
9:00-17:00
Closed
Irregular
Access
30 minutes by car from JR Kaga Onsen Station.
Tel
0761-77-5250
Website
http://www.classic-ko.jp/

Kutani Porcelain

Kutani Kiln Remains Museum

Hands-on activities and workshops are held inside the exhibition hall building of this museum dedicated to the history of the Kutani Porcelain in Yamashiro Onsen, nearby the remains of a 200 year old ceramic kiln.
*Reservation required (up to 10 days before)

Price
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 1-3 months for delivery
Open
9:00 - 17:00
Closed
Tuesdays
Access
15 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Yamashiro Onsen Higashi-guchi”, 4 minutes on foot.
Tel
0761-77-0020
Website
https://visitkaga.jp/kutani-kamaato/

Kutani Porcelain

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, and bowls under the direction of Naoto Ikeshima, the gallery’s main painting artist.

Price
Painting ¥1,500 (90 min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about 10 days for delivery
Open
9:30-17:30
Closed
Thursdays
Access
15 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Yamashiro Onsen Higashi-guchi”, 5 minutes on foot.
Tel
0761-75-7116
Website
https://yamashirococo.wordpress.com/

Kutani Porcelain

Kutani Ware Suika

The gallery Suika is an atelier and shop located in Katayamazu Onsen. Working with 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.

Price
Electric potter’s wheel shaping ¥2,600 (20 min.), Potter’s wheel/ hand-shaping ¥2,100 (30 min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about 2 months for delivery
Open
9:00 - 17:00
Closed
Irregular
Access
10 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Katayamazu Onsen”, 1 minute on foot.
Tel
0761-74-0334
Website
http://www.facebook.com/UtsuwaStudioSuika

Kutani Porcelain

Kutani 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 potter’s wheel to shape tea bowls and tea cups.
You can also try out your painting skills on a popular ceramic figurine.

Price
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 2 weeks (90 days for potter’s wheel shaping ) for delivery
Open
10:00 - 16:30
Closed
Thursdays and Fridays
Access
30 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal”, 1 minute on foot.
Tel
0761-78-8078
Website
http://www.kinuya-kutani.jimdo.com

Kutani Porcelain

Kutani Mangetsu

A specialized store displaying the largest collection of Kutani porcelain in the Hokuriku region, including some works considered national treasures. Hands-on potter’s wheel and painting workshops are also available.

Price
Painting from ¥1,620 (20 min.), Electric potter’s wheel shaping from ¥3,240 (15 min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about a week (60 days for potter’s wheel shaping ) for delivery
Open
Daily 8:00 - 17:00
Access
8 minutes by car from JR Kaga Onsen Station or 10 minutes using the “Sea Route” Canbus.
Tel
0761-77-2121
Website
https://www.mangetsu.co.jp/

Kutani Porcelain

Atelier Kaga Toen

Run by the Yamamoto brothers, Kaga Toen is a family atelier specializing in the late Kutani Aka-e style, characterized by highly detailed red color motifs and patterns. Some items are available for sale in the atelier’s shop.

Price
Atelier visit: free of charge (30 min.)
Open
10:00 - 16:00
Closed
Irregular
Access
18 minutes on foot from JR Daishoji Station.
Tel
0761-72-2372

Kutani Porcelain

Shimada Juraku

Shimada Juraku is a highly reputed potter of Kutani porcelain, currently working as the third generation of a family which took over the former Okura Juraku Kiln in 1924. Meticulous in keeping the ancient Kutani tradition alive, his atelier is adjacent to the Kutani Kiln Remains Museum, and visitors are welcome to both visit the place and take the chance to watch Mr. Shimada at work.

Price
Atelier visit: free of charge (30 min.)
Open
9:00-17:00
Closed
Irregular
Access
15 minutes by local bus from JR Kaga Onsen Station. Get off at “Yamashiro Onsen Higashi-guchi”, 4 minutes on foot.
Tel
0761-76-0023

Raku ware

Suiungama

A raku ware (a type of Japanese pottery, which traditionally involves hand-shaping and firing at low temperatures) atelier and kiln located in Yamanoshita Jingun, Daishoji's historical district.

Price
Painting from ¥1,000 (60 min.), Additional charges for international shipping *Please allow about a week for delivery
Open
Tue.-Fri. 13:00 - 17:00, Sat.-Sun. 10:00 - 17:00
Closed
Mondays
Access
10 minutes on foot from JR Daishoji Station.
Tel
0761-72-1175

Traditional Crafts

Yunokuni no Mori Traditional Handicrafts Village

Set inside a natural forest, craft village with traditional style houses offers many hands-on activities covering a wide range of local handicraft techniques such as pottery, silk-dyeing, and even making soba noodles. In all, around 50 different hands-on activities are available.

Price
Gold leaf pasting from ¥1,080 (40 min.), Paper-making from ¥1,080 (20 min.)
Open
Daily 9:00 - 16:30 (summertime 17:00)
Access
15 minutes by car from JR Kaga Onsen Station or 40-60 minutes using the “Mountain Route” Canbus.
Tel
0761-65-3456
Website
https://yunokuni.jp/mori/?lang=en