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Kaga, Ishikawa, is an area known for its traditional arts and crafts. At Yunokuni no Mori, guests can get a taste of local crafts with gold gilding and washi paper workshops. At Kutani Ceramics Village, visitors can enjoy and learn about centuries-old Kutani ware and find pieces by renowned artists.
The Kaga area in Ishikawa Prefecture is a paradise for those interested in Japanese crafts. Famous in particularly for Kutani ceramics and lacquerware, Kaga is filled with places where visitors can experience the fine arts and techniques that have been passed down for decades.
We’ll first introduce Yunokuni no Mori, a facility with multiple workshops featuring Kutani ware, gold gilding, and local crafts.
Then we’ll focus on Kutani Ceramic Village, which houses two major Kutani ware museums and shops selling rare, high-quality ceramics. Read more about these two facilities to learn about how to experience the fine crafts of Kaga.
It is also fun to stroll around Yunokuni no Mori, as the gorgeous greenery, gardens, and colorful accents create a fantasy-like atmosphere.
We picked up three activities that we warmly recommend to those who want a hands-on experience of local Japanese crafts.
Gold leaf gilding is one of the most popular activities at Yunokuni no Mori. Ishikawa Prefecture and nearby Kanazawa have around a 400-year history of gold production in Japan. It is used in traditional crafts, such as lacquerware, ceramics, and even fine dining.
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