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Return Ichii-ittobori(woodcarving) | Takayama City and Hida Area| Photo Gallery
The Ichii cedar tree symbolizes Hida's nature. At the end of Edo Period, Sukenaga Matsuda carved an uncolored netsuke using the natural ring pattern of the Ichii tree. This is said to have been the start of Ichii-ittobori.
[Info]TEL.(0577)32-3333 Planning Department, Takayama City
TEL.(0577)73-2111 Tourism, Commerce and Industry Dept., Hida City

Return Oak Village (a furniture maker) | Kiyomi, Takayama City | Photo Gallery
Their products, ranging from a soup bowl to an entire house, are popular nationwide. The production motto is, "Products made from 100 year-old tree should last 100 years."
[Info]TEL.(0577)68-2220 Forest Museum, Oak Village

Return Hida Shunkei-nuri(lacquerware) | Takayama City, Kamioka, Hida City | Photo Gallery
About 400 years ago, so impressed was the Lord Kanamori by the beauty of ring pattern at the construction site of a shrine, that he made a tray from the wood. He finished it by applying clear urushi lacquer. That was the start of Hida Shunkei-nuri.
[Info]TEL.(0577)32-3373 Hida Takayama Shunkei-kaikan Museum/
(0578)2-0902 Hida Shunkei-kan Museum

Return Japanese Candle | Furukawa, Hida City | Photo Gallery
The shop was established 200 years ago. The present candle maker is Mr.Takeo Mishima, the 7th generation of the family. His unique method of dipping the core in liquid wax many times, originated in China. This type of candle produces less soot and the flame can withstand wind.
[Info] TEL.(0577)73-2111 Tourism, Commerce and Industry Dept., Hida City

Return Sanchu Japanese Paper | Kawai, Hida City | Photo Gallery
This nice paper production started 800 years ago. The material, which is spread on snow to bleach, is unique to Sanchu Paper. The natural touch of the material gives a soft impression.
Inaka Kogei-kan Museum
At Inaka Kogei-kan Museum, paper making is demonstrated and paper products are sold. You can also try your hand at paper-making.
[Info]TEL.(0577)65-2912 Inaka Kogei-kan Museum

Return Tori-busshi, a wood carver of Buddha Image | Kawai, Hida City | Photo Gallery
Tori was born in Kawai Village. He went to Nara, the capital city at that time, and learned how to carve. At Horyuji Temple in Nara, there are sculptures including Buddha images called "Shaka Sanzon-zo" carved by him, which are designated as National Treasures.
[Info] TEL.(0577)65-2221 Industry and Construction Dept., Kawai Promotion Office

Return Glass Art Institute | Toyama City | Photo Gallery
This institute trains artists and holds exhibitions. There is a showroom and a shop for visitors. Visitors can also try glass blowing as well.
[Info]TEL.(076)436-2600 Toyama Glass Art Institute

Return Yatsuo Japanese Paper | Yatsuo, Toyama City | Photo Gallery
Yatsuo paper came into production in the middle of the Edo Period to be used as wrapping and bags for medicine. Now, Yatsuo paper is used in screen doors, for calligraphy and woodprinting paper, and as lantern shades. These strong Kozo- paper products are marketed nationwide.
Paper Doll
The beautiful paper doll is a popular item as a souvenir.
[Info] TEL.(076)455-1184 Keijusya Washi-bunko

Return Hikimonokiji Woodware | Shogawa, Tonami City | Photo Gallery
Woodware production using wheels started here in the Edo Period. The products are now distributed to the lacquerware industry nationwide. The natural beauty of untreated wood (finished without lacquer) is also popular as gifts.
[Info]TEL.(0763)82-4316 Shogawa Mizu-kinen Park

Return Johana-makie (lacquerware) | Johana, Nanto City | Photo Gallery
Johoana-makie is also called Shiromakie, because of the white color of urushi lacquer. ("Shiro" means "white".) Mr.Jigoemon Ohara, the 15th generation of the family, preserves his family's traditional technique.
[Info]TEL.(0763)23-2019 Tourism Dept., Nanto City

Return Gokayama Japanese Paper | Taira, Nanto City | Photo Gallery
400 years of this tradition has seen Gokayama Paper Making designated as a national traditional craft.
Gokayama Washino-sato (Japanese Paper Park)
Buildings include a Japanese Paper Museum, Folk Art Museum, Forest Museum, and a Local Products Showroom. Visitors can also enjoy paper making.
[Info]TEL.(0763)66-2223 Washi-kogei Kenkyu-kan

Return Woodcarved Ranma Screen | Inami, Nanto City | Photo Gallery
Inami woodcarving started when Zuisenji Temple was built. It has 220 years' traditon and there are 300 carvers in Inami. Ranma Screen symbolizes Inami's woodcarving industry.
Inami Kiborino-sato Park
This is the theme park of Inami. Visitors can enjoy sculpture in wood both inside and outside, and observe craftsmen hard at work, too.
[Info]TEL.(0763)82-5757 Soyukan Visitor Center, Kiborino-sato Park

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