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Witness True Copperware Craftsmanship in Takaoka


Get up close and personal with centuries-old casting techniques at the Nousaku factory


The venerable casting company Nousaku was established in the Taisho era (1912-1926) in the city of Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture—the center of Japan’s copper industry. Though they first began crafting Buddhist ritual objects, Japanese tea sets, and vases, they have since expanded their repertoire and branched into more modern creations.


The company strives not only to create compelling products, but also to promote the concept and importance of craftsmanship itself. With this in mind, they actively offer visitors the chance to experience craft-based tourism through their factory tour and workshop, where guests can learn traditional tin casting. 




Let your guide show you around the factory where the magic happens, and learn all about techniques that have been cultivated in a single city over the course of centuries. Afterward, sign yourself up for the hands-on workshop for the opportunity to craft a beautiful and practical little souvenir to bring back home.


If you’re feeling peckish, treat yourself to Toyama delicacies made from locally sourced ingredients at Nousaku’s café. Last but not least, if you feel that what you’ve made isn’t enough for loved ones back home, pop into the factory shop to peruse a lineup of fine souvenirs. You can also find some items exclusive to the shop, so choose carefully to secure a singularly perfect memento.     


Access: Take the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo Station to Shintakaoka Station (about three hours), then take the bus from Shintakaoka Station to Nosaku-mae (about 15 minutes).






8-1 Office Park, Takaoka-shi, Toyama-ken


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