Travel to the west from the central area of Wajima City. You will see an area surrounded by bamboo fences to protect the houses from strong winds from the sea. In the Monzen area, there is Zen museum where you can learn about the history of Zen Buddhism. In the central area of Wajima, visit craftsmen’s studios and the Wajima Urushi Art Museum to enjoy the beauty and techniques of Wajima lacquerware.
Stroll around the city area of Wajima
Enjoy shopping in the bustling atmosphere of the morning market, and visit the museum to learn about the techniques of Wajima lacquerware, a celebrated traditional craft of Ishikawa Prefecture.
This morning market has a history of over 1,000 years. Fresh vegetables, seafood and delicacies are for sale. Enjoy shopping while negotiating prices with the vendors.
This street connects the morning market and Juzo Shrine. It is lined with many merchant houses and craftsmen’s houses.
The deity of the Wajima city area is enshrined here. It is said to have been constructed in the age of Emperor Sujin (first century BC).
You can observe the lacquerware-making process in craftsmen’s studios. It is also possible to experience maki-e and chinkin decoration on a lacquered piece.
Footbath adjacent to Wajima Kobo Nagaya Take a rest while having a relaxing footbath.
About 30 types of kiroko lantern floats are exhibited here. You can feel the atmosphere of the festivals in the festival music.
This is the only museum in the world that is devoted exclusively to lacquerware. It features works of living national treasures, as well as masterpieces of Wajima lacquerware. There are also exhibits that present lacquerware culture from all over the world.
“Dandara” is a word game in the form of a poem that has been played by lacquer craftsmen in Wajima since the olden days. Poems are exhibited on the banners of the street lights from the roadside station to the morning market street.
You can recognize a Wajima lacquerware studio or shop by the signboard in front of the building. You are welcome to visit and chat with the craftsmen.
Access from Tokyo
- Noto Satoyama Airport▶ Furusato taxi ▶ Wajima City
- Hokuriku Shinkansen ▶ JR Kanazawa Station to Wajima City by express bus ▶ Wajima City