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Yamanashi Jewelry Museum


ⓒYamanashi Jewelry Museum  

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After admiring the exhibits, try crafting something dazzling yourself

Yamanashi Prefecture


ⓒYamanashi Jewelry Museum


The Yamanashi Jewelry Museum houses raw materials, jewelry-making equipment, 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 the development of unique crystal-processing techniques. 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. The workshops, which are about 30 minutes each, are relatively beginner-friendly. Professional artisans will guide you through each step of the crafting process to ensure you leave with a beautiful, original memento of your visit.


ⓒYamanashi Jewelry Museum

How to get there


It is about a 7-minute walk from Kofu Station, which is about 1 hour and 50 minutes from JR Tokyo Station.


1-6-1 Marunouchi, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi-ken


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