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  • Shimodate Koubou
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Midorimachi 2-8-19
    A facility where visitors can learn about, make, and purchase Nipponham products located a 15-minute walk from the south exit of Shimodate Station on the JR Mito Line in Chikusei City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The facility sells bockwurst, weisswurst, and other sausages; roast ham and other ham varieties; and bacon. The facility also sells exclusive Nipponham products sold no place else, like roast pork, boneless ham, and curry sausage. The facility offers homemade sausage making classes which can be reserved from one person up. The adjoining restaurant serves dishes made with original ham and sausage varieties alongside beers and wines.

    下館工房、とても良かったです。 事前に予約をすると手作りソーセージの体験ができます。 結構人気があるので予約もたいへんでした。 ひき肉をスパイスと混ぜてこねる部分から、ソーセージの肉を羊の肉に詰めて、ソーセージの形を作るところまで終わると、あとは工房側でスモークをしてくれます。最後に袋詰めして持ち帰りです。 スモークの待ち時間中に工房内のレストランでランチセットのサンドイッチを食べました...

  • Ginneko Glass
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 723-15
    At this glass studio in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture you can try your own glass blowing experience with prior reservation. They can make a variety of glass works using sand casts including baby feet prints, hand prints, and pet paw prints. Lots of tourists visit to make mementos of their trip.
  • Nukagaya dyeing plant
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Choushishi Chuouchou 2-3
    This dye house is in Chuocho, Choshi City. They use traditional Edo period techniques used to dye Japanese fisherman's celebratory kimonos known as Maiwaigi to make the maiwai-shiki tairyo bata flags flown for fishing boat launching ceremonies. These flags have been designated an official Chiba Prefecture Traditional Craft. Today they're also given as celebratory gifts. They can be made to order.
  • Suzutake Lacquerware Studio
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Mondenmachichinoseki Aizu Lacquer Industrial Park 1943-4
    A one-minute walk from the Aizu Bus Kogyodanchiiriguchi bus stop. This studio is the only one in the country which carries only wooden lacquerware. Aizu lacquerware developed in large part thanks to the Gamo Ujisato, lord of Aizu, supporting it as a local industry in 1590. The Aizu lacquerware industry fell into decline for a time after the Boshin War, but today this lacquerware studio continues to preserve the traditions of the craft while also promoting its evolution in line with the times. As the establishment sells its wares directly, visitors can purchase pieces such as lacquered soup bowls at low prices. The studio also offers a lacquerware repair service. In addition, the studio offers tours which enable participants to watch lacquerware artisans at work up close, and maki-e gold and silver lacquerware painting experiences in which participants can decorate and take home an exquisite piece of maki-e lacquerware the same day.
  • Sakamori Shippo Kogeiten
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Motoasakusa 1-2-1
    An accessory shop and traditional shippo-yaki cloisonne ware artisan studio. The shop's showcases contain around 100 cloisonne ware bracelets, pendants, tie pins, and other items at any given time. One time cloisonne ware classes are conducted in the studio area, and reservations are accepted starting from groups of four. Classes take between 30 minutes and two hours. Sakamori Shippo Kogeiten also holds more serious classes four times a month for those with a deeper interest in the craft.
  • Asakusa Glass Beads Studio
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 3-6-13 Onishi Building 1F
    This workshop specializes in glass beads in a Japanese tradition going back to the Nara period. They make everything from plain glass beads to ornate flower/animal shapes. The products of their most skilled artisans, in particular, become ornate, intricate sculptures like firebirds or goldfish. They also offer a bead-making class where you can try making your own, as well as chances to make your own earrings or necklaces. The classes are reservation only (by noon the day before).
  • Sokichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Kaminarimon 2-1-14
    Glass makers in Asakusa. Offering a wide variety of original collections and high-quality glass items perfect for bars and restaurants. Collaborations with cut glass painters and artists and provides a trade in service for antique, designer and rate glass items. The workshop on the traditional craft of Edo Kiriko cut glass is highly recommended for tourists and foreigners. All classes are thoroughly taught so even a beginner can create a beautiful piece of cut glass in just one and a half hours.
  • Tetsupro Bolta Kobo
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Muroranshi Wanishichou 1-32-6
    A workshop which makes and sells Bolta figures located a six minute walk from JR Wanishi Station. Bolta figures are made from nuts and bolts in the steal town of Muroran City. Here you can see all manner of Bolta figures and watch workers making the figures in the workshop area. Over 100 varieties of Bolta figures are available for sale in the shop area, including figures modeled after Warring States period samurai, steam engines, and biplanes. There are also classes where you can make your own Bolta figure.
  • Maestro
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-2-15
    Maestro is a craft store that handles only the finest products from both Japan and overseas. They handle various kinds of products such as lacquer ware, pottery, glassware, and dyed textiles. They’ll also repair and repaint lacquer ware products. Visitors can buy some functional tableware all at affordable prices. The store also holds various kinds of exhibitions from time to time.
  • Azumino Glass Studio
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Toyoshinaminamihotaka 5076-17
    Located in Toyoshinaminamihotaka of Azumino City, this Azumino Glass Workshop allows you to observe the creation process directly as well as purchase products. You can also try your hand at glassblowing, and there’s also a ceramics painting workshop aimed at groups and a seasonal experience limited to the Golden Week holiday, among other programs.

    町と多摩美の協力で発足したガラス工房。 作品販売もしていますが、吹きガラス体験もあります。体験は確か中学生以上対象だったかと。 一輪挿しや、グラス、クリーマーなどの種類と、組み込む色ガラスを選べます。 指導してくれるスタッフは若く、多摩美の学生さんかもしれませんが元気よく気持ちが良いです。 出来上がりを数日後に取りに行くか、送料追加で郵送になるので複数人で遠方の方は発送先を1箇所にまとめるのがオス...

    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yawatano 947-90
    This is a glassware workshop and gallery in Yawatano, Ito City. Other than selling glassware products, workshops are also held where visitors can experience making glassware. Visitors can try their hand at fusing, sandblasting or making glass beads in about 30 minutes to two hours.
  • Kanazawa Paulownia Craft Iwamoto Kiyoshi Shoten
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hyoutanmachi 3-2
    At the Ishikawa Prefecture Designated traditional crafts “Kanazawa Paulownia Crafts” store and studio is a charming town house with a sign saying “Kiri Hibachi (Paulownia brazier)” as its landmark. Kanazawa Paulownia Craft is charred paulownia wood bark covered in a rust mixture of polishing powder and lacquer and is characterized by patterns of gold or silver powder, called “Taka-Makie.” The most popular items are “Chokotto tray” which are decorated with a single, lovely makie design. In addition, tea ceremony items, paulownia braziers, ashtrays, sweet bowls and various paulownia craftworks are available. The nearest station is Kanazawa Station.


  • Morioka Handi-Works Square
    91 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Oirino 64-102
    This facility is home to first-rate artisan groups who craft authentic handiworks every day. It consists of the industry revival center, the handi-works square, and the “magariya” zone. The handi-works square offers visitors a chance to craft various Morioka specialty products and hosts events as well, giving people a chance to observe artisans up close and try their hand at making their own items. The local cultural site “Nanbu Magariya” is a must-see as well. It’s about 20 minutes by car from the Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    We visited here on our way back from a local Onsen and it was very interesting. You can see how local cast iron teapots are made, make your own Japanese cookie and purchase handicrafts.

    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Minamibousoushi Chikurachoukitasai 1889
    This is a glass workshop in Kitaasai, Chikura-cho, Minamiboso City. The workshop mainly creates item using glass blowing techniques and in the gallery space glass artworks are available for purchase. Also on the weekends and public holidays (on weekdays as well with reservations), baby footprint and pet paw print making and glass blowing experiences are held.
  • Mokume
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamanakaonsensakaemachi Two 60
    A wooden crafts studio located in the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring village area. The studio is operated by an artisan who uses a lathe and chisels to create works out of unpainted wood. The studio offers short classes on making your own wood craft, and you can choose to make a bowl, small basket, or sculpture. After the bowls have been carved out, they are sent to a lacquer artisan to be lacquered and are then delivered to your home. The studio's shop sells beautiful bowls, chopsticks, and other warm and charming wood items.
  • Budo-Kobo Wine Glass Hall
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Pref. Koushushi Katsunumachoukyusoku 1709
    With a rich array of natural gemstones and glass accessories like wine glasses, the Budo-kobo Wine Glass Hall includes the Grape Museum with a collection of glasses and grape-related items, and a hands-on workshop where you can make original items. It is popular for various hands-on activities, like grinder experience (using a rooter to grind glass and draw a picture,) glass picture experience (painting glass with acrylic paints,) and the handmade accessory experience (choosing from a sample and then putting the parts together.)

    黒いおしゃれな建物が、美術館?と思わせるくらい素敵です。 なかには様々なグラス、ガラス製品があり他にも誕生石のアクセサリーなどのコーナーもあります。 体験コーナーや、cafeもありますよ。

  • Asuke Ham ZiZi Kobo
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Asukechou Higashigaito 10
    A studio located in Hyakunensou in Asuke-cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The studio makes ham, wieners, and other meat products by hand, which in turn are primarily purchased by local seniors. Inside, you can enjoy fresh-cooked Frankfurter sausages and other processed meats. The shop is adjoined by Bakery Barbara House and Restaurant Kaede, and the shop bustles with Hyakunensou customers.
  • Hokkokugama
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 8-19
    A ceramics class facility located in Motohama-Cho, Nagahama City. The facility holds classes on making ceramics using manual and electric potter’s wheels (reservation required), and casual ceramics painting classes. The facility also offers a class held during a wedding in which the mementos are created for the bride and groom’s parents.
  • Mataichi Salt Works Kobo Tottan
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Itoshimashi Shimakeya 3757
    "A salt factory located in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture where products such as Mataichi salt are made. Visitors can see how salt is made and purchase a variety of goods, including salt pan boiled eggs; vaunted salt bread; and the ever popular ""Hanashio Pudding,"" sprinkled with salt. In addition, the facility also sells pork cutlet sandwiches and homemade sausage hot dogs together with coffee and seasonal fruit juices."

    塩を作る工場にプリンを販売しています。訪問は早い時間が良いと思います。 駐車場から少し歩くので履きなれた靴が良いでしょう。 景色は晴れていれば最高です。

  • Takashima Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Takashimashi Katsuno 1400
    This historic building is located in Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture. Built 150 years ago, this old merchant house has been renovated, keeping the weight and appearance of the building by volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and maintained as a tourist facility with an experience workshop and food sales. There are eight different parts to the building, with many different stores including tourist information, a cafeteria, a hair salon and a cafe.

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