Gokayama Washi Paper

The traditions of washi paper-making live on in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gokayama region, known for its Gassho-zukuri thatched-roof houses. Some 400 years ago, the second feudal lord of the Kaga domain, Maeda Toshinaga, ruled over Etchu (now Toyama Prefecture), and there are records that show that washi paper was presented to him. From that point on, the area’s paper-making was brought under the protection of the Kaga domain and development flourished, with high-quality washi paper production in the area continuing to this day. Washi paper is a part of the culture of Japan’s cities that was cultivated among the nature of mountain towns. Gokayama washi paper, alongside Yatsuo washi paper and Birudan washi paper, is collectively registered as a traditional Japanese handicraft under the name “Etchu washi paper.”


©Gokayama Washi Paper


148 Shimonashi, Nanto City, Toyama 939-1923 Japan

By Car: 15 minutes from Tokai Hokuriku Expressway Gokayama I.C.
Parking (passenger car): Available (near the facility)
Parking fee (passenger car): Free
Parking (tour bus): Available (medium) (near the facility)
Parking fee (tour bus): Free


Admission fee Free
Workshop-based tour: Available (Content: 15-minute handmade paper workshop; charge: 600 yen per sheet of paper)
Working days and hours 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Closings From May to November: Every Tuesday,
From December to April: Every Sunday and national holidays
Visitor capacity 30
Time required for a tour 15 minutes for one person
Language Japanese
Reservation Required
Tel: +81-763-66-2016
E-mail: gokawasi@p1.tst.ne.jp
Fax: +81-763-66-2016
Other conditions Facility is not barrier free.
An interpreter must be arranged by the visitor (Japanese only)

©Gokayama Washi Paper


Tel: +81-763-66-2016
E-mail: gokawasi@p1.tst.ne.jp
Fax: +81-763-66-2016