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Yamanashi Jewelry Museum

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After admiring the displays, try crafting something dazzling yourself

Yamanashi Prefecture

 

 

The Yamanashi Jewelry Museum houses raw materials, jewelry-making instruments, and local pieces made in Yamanashi, a prefecture best known for its national parks, onsen hot springs and Mt. Fuji. There are English translations around the museum with explanations about the stunning pieces on display.

 

In the first room of the museum, you can learn about the history of the different jewels and why crystals are so important to Yamanashi. The area was originally a major hub for the mining of crystals, leading to unique crystal-processing techniques being developed. However, as time passed, crystal deposits lessened, and the prefecture decided to focus on the imports of jewels and crystals instead. Through Yamanashi’s unique processing techniques, paired with high-quality crystal imports from places like Brazil, Yamanashi has made its name as a top producer in the Japanese jewelry market.

 

Choose from two different types of workshops offered at the museum - polishing pendant stones or precious metal crafts to create rings or necklaces. Around 30 minutes each, the workshops are relatively beginner friendly. Professional craftsmen will guide you through each step of the crafting process to ensure you leave with a beautiful, original memento of your visit.

 

How to get there

 

7 minutes walk from Kofu Station, which is 1 hours 34 minutes from JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

 

 

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