Industrial Tourism in Japan
Come See What Makes Japan Tick
Explore the world of industrial tourism in Japan!
Enjoy factory tours, plant tours, craft centers, industrial museums, farm tours, brewery tours and more. From cutting edge technology to traditionally crafted artisanal goods, Japanese producers excel at the art of creation.
See the process, taste the results and meet the people who make Japan such a fascinating and innovative place.
The Art of Making Things
How is it made? How does this work? What makes it go? Enter the fascinating world of industrial tourism, where you can learn about the process of invention and manufacture, from ideas to release. In seeing how?and why?things are made, you can also glimpse the inner workings of a nation. Through the lens of industry, you can learn Japan's history and the industries that drive its economy and its vision for the future.
Japan Style – Introduction of industries for buyers –
Asahikawa Design Center
Products from approximately 30 member companies of the Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative are on display. Visitors can see the latest designs of Asahikawa and their appeal.
“Appreciate nature and make furniture near forests.” A “Japanese spirit” with respect for nature and consideration for others combined with skills and expertise created the smooth touch and organic design of this furniture.
Animal motifs with expressive features are popular in Asian variety stores. With small items, elaborate details are eye-catching.
Wood materials that are locally sourced but not commonly used for furniture are transformed into fascinating products. Designs that shine with the rediscovery of materials and techniques.
All product lines by Takumi Kohgei allow you to feel the “handwork” as well as new machine manufacturing techniques. A number of original long-selling items are being released.
Products made at Asahikawa Factory in Hokkaido are finished with a coat of their original natural oil mix, revealing their uncompromising spirit, which is made possible by the factory being their own.
The products H. Katsukawa creates have various backgrounds such as leather materials and their manufacturing process, culture and natural science.
The designer is Naohiro Fujisaki. Approaching fashion from the perspective of manufacture and applying the concept, “a tool closest to the body,”
The designer is Takeshi Mitani. He sets his base in Kyoto City. Based on the historical elements of the clothes that still remain worldwide, he creates his products with the theme of modern folk costumes.
The designer, NERKLE started the brand from the 2013 spring summer collection. “Nerd is slang for ‘uncool.’ THE NERDYS pursues the ‘inner exuding coolness’ worn by people who live their lives search ‘something’ from the fashion point of view.
The designer is Tamae Hirokawa. Deploying the concept of the “possibilities of body wear”, she pursues the creation of clothing close to the skin.
susuri was established in 2013. The brand is by Tatsuya and Ai Saito, the designers. They freely draw comfortable shapes that transcend gender barriers - neither masculine, nor feminine, nor gender-neutral.