Experience Japanese traditional crafts!

Kanazawa has been certified as a UNESCO Creative City in the field of crafts and folk art, and is globally-renowned as a location where crafts are flourishing. There are also many specialized craft workshops where traditional techniques have been handed down since the Edo period. There are many places where you can experience making things in workshops and galleries, so why not join one to create a special memento for your trip? The artisan will teach you with thorough, careful instructions, so anyone can easily take on the challenge.

Experience Japanese traditional crafts!

Discover the many crafts that Kanazawa is proud of, and create memories with a workshop experience!

If you try making traditional crafts while listening to the guidance of an artisan, you will get a deeper understanding of their appeal. Below we introduce some popular crafts that you can also experience making.


Kaga Yuzen

Kaga Yuzen fabric dying features realistic painted patterns based on the five traditional deep colors of Kanazawa (indigo, dark crimson, yellow ocher, grass green and ancient purple). There are various plans available offering authentic experiences including coloring and stencil dyeing, etc. You can also try wearing a genuine Kaga Yuzen kimono, a high-class garment that even Japanese people dream about.


Kaga Mizuhiki

Mizuhiki (decorative cord tying) is used in traditional Japanese wrapping. Kaga Mizuhiki is a three-dimensional form of Mizuhiki. The original tying technique has been evolved for the creation of accessories and artwork. Create cute accessories that are unique to Kanazawa while learning about the meaning of Mizuhiki tying.


Kutani ware

Characterized by its realistic patterns, "Japan Kutani" is popular around the world as Japan's representative colored artwork porcelain. Experience authentic painting using the same materials as the artisans.


Kaga Zogan inlay (metalwork)

Inlay is a technique involving the carving of metal and then inlaying a different metal into it to express a pattern. During the Edo period, it was used to decorate harnesses and armor used by samurai, and nowadays it is used in familiar accessories such as necklaces and earrings and also on vases and incense burners etc. The workshop requires delicacy and perseverance, however creating your own unique accessory is highly satisfying.


Gold leaf crafts

Kanazawa holds most of the market share for gold leaf manufacturing in Japan. In this experience, you can apply gold leaf with a thickness of 0.1 micron to a small plate, box, chopsticks, etc. It's a popular experience since it's relatively quick and simple and reasonably priced.

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