Industrial Tourism in Japan
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.”
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
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|
From May to November: Every Tuesday,
From December to April: Every Sunday and national holidays
|Time required for a tour||15 minutes for one person|
Facility is not barrier free.
An interpreter must be arranged by the visitor (Japanese only)