Kanazawa Lacquer Ware

Kanazawa lacquer ware started when the prestigious maki-e artist Igarashi Doho was invited from Kyoto by the third lord of Kaga, Maeda Toshitsune, and developed into a unique combination of the elegance of aristocratic culture and the strength of the warrior culture. The techniques have been passed down through masters and students of the Kaga clan workshop and townspeople from the Edo Period(1603〜1868) until today. Kanazawa lacquer ware is further characterized by the one-by-one production of tea utensils and internal furnishings as artistic handicraft rather than mass-produced goods.

Lacqure workshop

※Activities vary by shop.

Apply glue (you may also substitute Urushi – you will not develop a skin rash) onto the rough sketch the expert has prepared beforehand. Then sprinkle gold, silver and/or vermillion dust over it. Due to the endless color combinations, no two designs look the same. The Makie technique has long been considered to be very difficult .However, with the help of their expert staff , you too will be able to do it.

Lacquer Ware NOSAKU


●Lacquer workshop (60 - 90min.) ¥3,150

1-1-60, Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Tel +81-76-263-8121, Open 10:00 - 19:00
Closed on Wednesdays

Gallery Kyoka (Terunoya)


●Lacquer workshop (60min.) small plate, sake cup from ¥1,000

2-1, Kazue-machi, Kanazawa, Tel +81-76-232-2770, Open 10:00 - 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (from Jan. to Mar.)

●Reservations required, please call in advance.