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Art, design and traditional goods

AKASHIYA

AKASHIYA is the largest brush manufacturer in Japan with some 380 years of history, having been founded in the Mid Edo Period. While honoring our traditions, ...

Location: Nara-City, Nara
Language: Web site: Japanese, English.
E-mail: Japanese, English,
Tour and Workshop :Japanese only.

Aoyama Industrial Lab. Co.,Ltd.

We began our company in 1919, as a machinery equipment & spare parts manufacturer. Then, we decided to manufacture Kohaze machines. We became the first company of this industry,

Location: TambaSasayama,Hyogo
Language: Japanese

Arita Porcelain Park

It is located in the same area as Munemasa Shuzo storehouse and is being operated by the company. Many Arita wares are displayed in the park that are thought ...

Location: Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language: Japanese only

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. ...

Location: Asahikawa-City, Hokkaido
Language: Japanese, English

Baba Cutlery Works

Baba Cutlery Works was established in 1916 and since then, we keep producing kitchen knives to satisfy professional chefs, using traditional techniques and ...

Location: Sakai-City, Osaka
Language: Japanese only

Baieido

Baieido has dedicated itself to making incense for over 350 years.
We at Baieido continue to protect the secret formulas of our forefather "Jinkoya ...

Location: Sakai-City, Osaka
Language: Japanese only

Big Will

Big Will Co., Ltd. has developed a natural wood veneer producing machine, and achieved production of 0.1 mm or thinner wood veneer, the thinnest in the world. ...

Location: Miyoshi-gun, Tokushima
Language: Japanese

Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum / Bizen Osafune Token Village

This is a very unique Japanese sword exhibiting museum nationwide.
The actual workshops of craftsmen who has been trained to succeed the skills of ...

Location: Setouchi-City, Okayama
Language: Japanese

China On The Park

China On The Park is owned by the pottery FUKAGAWA-SEIJI, which has approximately 120 years of history and was appointed as a Japanese Imperial Household ...

Location: Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language: Japanese (*English speaking staff can be prepared if reservation is made beforehand)

CHIYOJI・SUMIYE&COMPANY

SUMIE CHIYOJI is totally an original brand, founded by Sumie Chiyoji, who is both sculpture and jewelry designer. Our works are all designated and carved by him. ...

Location: Tokyo
Language: Japanese,English

Condi House

“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. ...

Location: Asahikawa-City, Hokkaido
Language: Japanese, English

Daimonya Bussan

We create "Takasaki Daruma" dolls - a famous school of such dolls with two centuries' tradition and history by hand. We also have a showroom, which ex... ...

Location: Takasaki-City, Gunma
Language: Japanese,Chinese (pamphlet only)

Daiwa Jewelry Co.,Ltd

Fifty years ago, we started manufacturing and selling empty frames for pearls at Ise Shima, where pearl farming is thriving.

Location: Shima-city, Mie
Language: Japanese,,English

Floral kobo katsura Inc.

We started producing and selling “Garde”, the water-soluble coating liquid for preserved flowers, as an initial business in September, 2011. After that, we have developed “FUJIGOKE” and “Frozen Flower” by using our unique technology, that is, rapidly freezing and drying fresh moss and flowers (freeze-dry processing) In Sep, 2015, we exhibited Frozen Flower and Garde at the Maison & Objet Paris. Now, we are aiming to distribute FUJIGOKE made from the beautiful moss growing at the foot of Mt. Fuji , globally as the unique products originated in Japan.

Location: Yokohama-city,Kanagawa
Language: Japanese,English,Chinese

Foundry Risaburo

We have produced a bronze ware for over a century: since the first Risaburo started foundry work in the Japanese main production area of bronze ware in ...

Location: Takaoka-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese only

Ganguan Kokeshiya

Our company manufactures and sells wooden toys mainly like Sendai-style traditional kokeshi (wooden dolls).
These are popular products in a bold two-color ...

Location: Sendai-City, Miyagi
Language: Japanese only

Gokayama Washi Paper

The traditions of washi paper-making live on in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gokayama region, ...

Location: Nanto-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese

Hataman Touen Corporation

With the historical background of being the Nabeshima Clan kiln, we have succeeded the traditional craft art of Imari Nabeshima porcelain and committed to creation of a new Nabeshima brand. ...

Location: Imari-City, Saga
Language: Japanese, English (Brochure/accompanying guide)

Higeta Aizome Kobo (Higeta Indigo Dyeing Studio)

Once, some 80% of all the clothes worn by common people were indigo-dyed. Our studio has been maintaining and spreading Japan's traditional art of indigo dyeing... ...

Location: Haga-gun, Tochigi
Language: Japanese

HIROMI ART 23

It has been the sixth generation since the manufacture and sale of Buddhist altars since the late Edo period. Three parents and children are traditional craftsmen, and I am a makie artist.While continuing the tradition, I am working hard every day to create new products suited to the present age with that technology

Location: NIigata-City,Niigata
Language: Japanese

House of Kurawan-Kan

Experience pottery at “the House of Kurawan-Kan.” Here you can experience the shaping of ceramic ware either by hand or potter’s ...

Location: Higashisonogigun, Nagasaki
Language: Japanese

Inami Wood Carving Cooperative

Here, visitors can see nationally-recognized traditional handicrafts including decorative carved panels and lion masks, as well as modern carvings and handicraf... ...

Location: Nanto-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese
English (pamphlet only)

Inden-ya Uehara Yushichi (atelier)

Koshu-Inden is one of the oldest leather processing techniques, which has been kept for about 400 years in Yamanashi prefecture, Koshinetu-region of Japan. ...

Location: Kofu-City, Yamanashi
Language: Japanese only

Inden-ya Uehara Yushichi (Museum)

Koshu-Inden is one of the oldest leather processing techniques, which has been kept for about 400 years in Yamanashi prefecture, Koshinetu-region of Japan. ...

Location: Kofu-City, Yamanashi
Language: Japanese only

Itoigawa Jadeite Workshop Kotaki

Itoigawa jadeite is a Japanese gem. The jadeite is characterized by the mixed colors of white and green, ...

Location: Matsumoto-City, Nagano
Language: Japanese

IWACHU Casting Works

This is a theme-park style factory where you can see the production process of Nanbu cast ironware. There are facilities such as an exhibition gallery, and a ...

Location: Morioka-City, Iwate
Language: Japanese only

Izumiriki Seisakusho

Established in 1805, Izumiriki's kitchen tools have been in the hands of home cooks and professional chefs. Based upon the traditional technique, we keep ...

Location: Sakai-City, Osaka
Language: Japanese only

Japanese Silk Moth Center

At the Azumino City Japanese Silk Moth Center, we introduce a comprehensive history of the breeding and ecology of Japanese silk moths through DVD footage and ...

Location: Azumino-City, Nagano
Language: Japanese

JIKKO Japanese Knives

Jikko was established in 1901. There is a historic background to Sakai city. We've been discussing with so many chefs to create our products for more than 100 ...

Location: Sakai-City, Osaka
Language: Japanese only

Johana Oriyakata

Try your hand at weaving, or purchase original hand-woven goods.
With Johana's long traditional history of silk textures, an office building was built in 1... ...

Location: Nanto-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese

juncobo

Ki-glass (tableware)

Location: Asahikawa,Hokkaido
Language: Japanese only

Kagami Crystal

Kagami Crystal Co., Ltd. established by Kozo Kagami, opened Japan's first crystal glass factory in 1934. Since its foundation over seventy years ago, the compan...

Location: Ryugasaki-City, Ibaraki
Language: Japanese
English (pamphlet only)

Kajikenseiji yuugenkaisha

dish cup plate

Location: Saga
Language: Japanese

Kimono Emakikan (Kimono Ai, Ltd.)

As the country's traditional clothing, the kimono, with its grace and elegance, represents the true spirit of Japan. ...

Location: Tokamachi-City, Niigata
Language: Japanese

k.k.tanakasoukichisyouten

mizuhioki yuinou kinffu

Location: Iida-city,Nagano
Language: Japanese

KoaCute

A mobile brand using a variety of materials, one of the few in the world. Jig (tool for making products accurately and efficiently) cultivated in the family business of assembling industrial products. Utilizing production technology and knowledge of various materials, we produce complete mobile products.

Location: Kofu-City Yamanashi
Language: Japanese English

Kuji Amber Museum

The Kuji Amber Museum is the only amber museum in Japan. In the Main Wing, amber of Kuji and of the world are explored from two angles: natural science and the ...

Location: Kuji-City, Iwate
Language: Japanese only

Kuriki Manufacture Co.,Ltd.

Builder's Hardware & Unique Products

Location: Namegata-City,Ibaraki
Language: Japanese

Kyoto UNRAKU-gama

Unraku is a traditional handicraft now in its third generation. Under the mottos of "treasuring the teachings of our forefathers" and "our ...

Location: Kyoto-City, Kyoto
Language: Japanese only

Maffably CO.,LTD

We want to deliver the "natural" scent while facing the customer while doing relaxation care using aroma! This soil.I want to deliver the scent of the earth! I strongly thought, and started manufacturing. The forest union president taught me about forests and trees, how to cut trees,Distillation started through trial and error.

Location: Shingu-City,Wakayama
Language: Japanese,English

Matsui Silk Weaving Co., Ltd.

We have been consistently operating in the silk textile industry since our establishment in 1877, and mainly producing interior goods with shike habutae, and textiles for coverings such as for furniture and walls, and kimono.

Location: Nanto,Toyama
Language: Japanese,Englis,Chinese,Korean

Menoya

We offer accessories based on gemstones and produce one of the most authentic styles of Magatama over 100 years. Our "Izumo-style Magatama" has been ...

Location: Matsue-City, Shimane
Language: Japanese only

Mizuho Brush

Mizuho Brush Co. has built its business by manufacturing and developing makeup, water color, nail design, and various other brushes. We create our brushes ...

Location: Aki-gun, Hiroshima
Language: Japanese, English

Mizuta Seiko Co.,ltd

I was always looking for what I could do to create a product that made use of the technology and knowledge I had cultivated in the production of newspaper rotary presses and hydraulic components.

Location: Nara-CITY, NARA
Language: Japanese

Morioka Handi-Works Square

This is a facility where you can "see, touch, and create" various traditional craftworks and foods of Morioka. There are 2 main areas: the Workshop ...

Location: Morioka-City, Iwate
Language: Japanese only

Moriya Co.,Ltd

Leather Belt,Wallet,Gloove

Location: Taito-ku,Tokyo
Language: Japanese

mother tool inc.

A mobile brand using a variety of materials, one of the few in the world. Jig (tool for making products accurately and efficiently) cultivated in the family business of assembling industrial products. Utilizing production technology and knowledge of various materials, we produce complete mobile products.

Location: Ashikagashi,Tochigi
Language: Japanese only

Murakami Pile Co.,Ltd

Murakami Pile Co., Ltd. was founded 53 years ago, and we handle everything from towel production to sales. In addition to products made by OEM companies, we have developed our own brand, “MiRT.” We are actively expanding our activities within Japan and overseas in order to make the benefits of Imabari towels even more widely known.

Location: Imabari-city,Ehime
Language: Japanese,English,Korean

Music Box Company

Music Box Company Co., Ltd. demerged in 1997 from Sankyo Seiki Mfg. (currently Nidec Corporation) as the first company to succeed in the industrialization of mu...

Location: Suwa-gun, Nagano
Language: Japanese (English is available partially)

Nagatani Seito

Since the opening of a kiln in Iga in 1832, Nagatanien has been engaged in making products that can cater to the needs of the times, while valuing the ...

Location: Iga-City, Mie
Language: Japanese only

NIKKEN CUTLERY CO,.LTD.

Iron products carefully crafted by craftsmen in Seki City, Gifu Prefecture

Location: Seki-City,Gifu
Language: Japanese

Noritake Garden

Noritake's history began in 1904 with a single dinner plate. Since then, Noritake has continued to make elegant and dynamic tableware in the same city under ...

Location: Nagoya-City, Aichi
Language: English and Chinese

NOUSAKU CORPORATION

Since 1916, NOUSAKU has manufactured Buddhist altars, tea sets, and flower vases, later adding tableware, interior products, and construction metals to its ...

Location: Takaoka-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese, English

Nousaku Corporation

Nousaku tries not only to make products but also to convey the “background” and “spirit” of Japanese craft.Our factory tour offers you a special experience by allowing you to enter the factory, where you can closely observe our craftsmen casting the brass or tin products.Inside the building, you can also enjoy a tin casting workshop, shopping, meals and beverages served on/in Nousaku tin tableware.

Location: Takaoka-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese,English

Nozaki Limited

Nozaki Limited (founded in 1902, 9 employees) is a manufacturing company located in Sanjo City (Japan), which has been developed as a “town of manufacturing”. At the time of its founding, it was producing wooden closet hardware. Currently, we are manufacturing agricultural machinery parts and construction hardware mainly for metal stamping and spot welding.

Location: Sanjyo-City, Niigata
Language: Japanese,,English

Ogoshi Butsudan

We exhibit various types of Butsudan ("Buddhist altar") such as Takaoka, Karaki and modern Butsudan to meet your needs or sects. Visitors can look ...

Location: Takaoka-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese

Ohashi Ryoki

For over 60 years, our company has been the leading manufacturer of traditional hand-crafted "Masu" boxes in Ogaki, Japan. Over 80% of all Masu boxes ...

Location: Ogaki-City, Gifu
Language: Japanese and English(little)

OIGEN SHOWROOM(SHOP)

Nambu cast ironware is one of the Japanese traditional crafts.
There are many Nanbu cast ironware products. Many are kitchen items, such as kettles, pots, ...

Location: Oshu-City, Iwate
Language: Japanese only

Okayamaken bizenyaki touyuukai

We are a cooperative of Bizenyaki potters. We support maintaining and developing the culture of Bizenyaki and provide trainings for successors. There are over ...

Location: Bizen-City, Okayama
Language: Japanese, English, Korean

OKOSHI-KATAGAMI

Product name: Ise Katagami (manually carved patterns and designs)
Suggested use: for art piece, graphic design source

Since its establishment in ...

Location: Suzuka-City, Mie
Language: Japanese ,English a little bit

Oya Historical Museum

This museum was opened in 1979 to show the history and mining operations of Oya stone. The museum is situated in an unusual setting of carved hills, whose arche... ...

Location: Utsunomiya-City, Tochigi
Language: Japanese
English (guide plates,displays,brochure)

RYUKYU GLASS CRAFT

In Okinawa, there are many traditional crafts nurtured by its unique history, culture and nature. Ryukyu Glass is among them. Bright colors of a southern land a...

Location: Itoman-City, Okinawa
Language: Japanese
English(guidance board, pamphlet)
Chinese, Korean( pamphlet)

Sasaki Kogei

Animal motifs with expressive features are popular in Asian variety stores. With small items, elaborate details are eye-catching. ...

Location: Asahikawa-City, Hokkaido
Language: Japanese, English

sehyou

We propose products that are inherited from generation to generation and that are suitable for modern life.

Location: Imari-city, Saga
Language: Japanese,English,Chinese,Korean

SenaLeather Co., Ltd.

Founded half a century ago. I have been making leather in Himeji. The land of Himeji has been made of leather for 1000 years. The reason why it has been manufactured 1000 years ago...

Location: Himeji-City,Hyo-go
Language: Japanese

Shinemon

The Shinemon Kiln mainly creates yohen ware, using glazes such as ruby-red cinnabar and crystal glaze, and, with the slogan of "brilliance of form, ...

Location: Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language: Japanese and English

Shioyasu Urushi Ware Company

Founded in 1858, Shioyasu Urushi Ware Company, a long-established Wajima Lacquerware (Wajima-nuri) manufacturer, offers an extensive selection of Wajima-nuri ...

Location: Wajima-City, Ishikawa
Language: Japanese only

Shiozawa Kogei

The studio of the muntin craft artist Masanobu Shiozawa: Here, visitors can see room lights incorporating Japan's traditional muntin craftsmanship and ...

Location: Iida-City, Nagano
Language: Japanese only

Shogawa Aqua Memorial Park

Featuring exhibitions and sales of traditional Shogawa lathed woodworks, and live lathe demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally, on Saturdays and ... ...

Location: Tonami-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese

Sinseido

Japanese black ink has been in wide use for writing, drawing, and painting since the ancient times in Japan. It is obtained by rubbing a stick of dry ...

Location: Suzuka-City, Mie
Language: Japanese only

STUDIO BYCOLOR

A mobile brand using a variety of materials, one of the few in the world. Jig (tool for making products accurately and efficiently) cultivated in the family business of assembling industrial products. Utilizing production technology and knowledge of various materials, we produce complete mobile products.

Location: Ota,Tokyo
Language: Japanese,English

Sumida Edo Kiriko-kan

The geometric patterns of Edo kiriko cut glass are a thing of beauty. Guests of the workshop engrave these attractive traditional patterns on glass in a color ...

Location: Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Language: Japanese only

SUZUKI MORIHISA STUDIO LTD.

Ironware

Location: Morioka-City,Iwate
Language: Japanese

tadanoyamamoto

Rice bags are generally disposed after the rice was distributed from rice farmers to consumers via rice dealers.We felt "What a waste" the they are disposed and their unique texture like vintage attracted us.That is the origin of our rice bag envelope.

Location: Saitama-City,Saitama
Language: Japanese

Taisetsu Mokko

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. ...

Location: Asahikawa-City, Hokkaido
Language: Japanese

Takahashikusu Co., Ltd.

Our company was established in 1917, and since then, we have introduced many Japanese knives to the world and contributed to Japanese food culture. ...

Location: Sakai-City, Osaka
Language: Japanese, English (Signage/brochure/accompanying guide)

Takumi Kohgei

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. ...

Location: Asahikawa-City, Hokkaido
Language: Japanese

Tanihata

The "Kumiko" woodwork technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD). Tanihata uses this technique to manufacture Ramma for room ...

Location: Toyama-City, Toyama
Language: Japanese only

The Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper

Displaying and introducing products made of Awa washi (Japanese handmade paper).
Engaging in activities such as collecting and providing documents and ...

Location: Yoshinogawa-City, Tokushima
Language: Japanese, English, Chinese

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama, which lies adjacent to the renowned Omiya Bonsai Village, aims, through its activities, to promote the culture of ...

Location: Saitama-City, Saitama
Language: Japanese

The Tougyoku company

160-year time travel of the Hina dolls with the four beautiful seasons of Japan.

Location: Saitama-City, Saitama
Language: Japanese

Tobeyaki-Tougeikan

We are a company store owned by potters. Pottery works which are made by 33 potters are sold here, and tourists are able to try painting and forming pottery.

Location: Iyo-gun, Ehime
Language: Japanese

Tohoku Kogei

During tours we first show a Japanese video about our process flow while serving tea and Japanese sweets. After that, we explain about our products in our shop ...

Location: Senda-City, Miyagi
Language: Japanese only

TOKYO PEARL CO., LTD.

PEARL&DIAMOND WHOLESALE DEPARTMENT

Location: GINZA CHUO-KU TOKYO
Language: Japanese

Tsukamoto

At Tsukamoto, we have been making ceramic works of the Mashiko Yaki school since 1864.
Our facilities stand on vast premises surrounded by nature, includin... ...

Location: Haga-gun, Tochigi
Language: Japanese only

Tsukiyono Vidro Park

Tsukiyono Vidro Park is where a great variety of attractions await you - a visit to the glass studio, a museum of glass art, a workshop to experience glassmakin... ...

Location: Tone-gun, Gunma
Language: Japanese,English ,Chinese (pamphlet)

Usaburo Kokeshi

We provide guided tours of the kokeshi manufacturing process and kokeshi painting experience(charged) and guided tours of "Kokeshi Crafts Gallery" ...

Location: Kitagunma-gun, Gunma
Language: Japanese, English

Watakakeori Co., Ltd.

The company manufactures and sells baby products and nursing care products, and also has its own printing business.

Location: TADAOKA-CHO,Osaka
Language: Japanese

YAMAI Pottery co.ltd

We make and sell sake bottles and table ware which is made from ceramic 'Mino-yaki'.

Location: Toki-City,GIFU
Language: Japanese

Yamamoto Haken

"Hide" knives are widely used and trusted by Japanese professional chefs throughout the Kansai region of Japan, a place known for its rich food ...

Location: Sakai-cuty, Osaka
Language: Japanese only. *Voice translator for many languages is available.

Yamanashi Jewelry Museum

Yamanashi is now home to an industrial cluster that includes sculpture using materials such as rock crystal and agate, the polishing of gemstones for use in jew...

Location: Kofu-City, Yamanashi
Language: Japanese only

Yugengaisha Nisshin-kikinzoku

Production and sales of traditional handicrafts

Location: Taito,Tokyo
Language: Japanese only