Learn Japanese Handicrafts in a Traditional Village

Get hands-on with time-honored artistic traditions in a serene forest setting

Yunokuni no Mori is a one-of-a-kind forest village set amidst over 100 acres of woods near the hot spring resort of Awazu Onsen. Here, artistically inclined travelers can learn for themselves more than 50 types of traditional Japanese crafts, many originating from the surrounding areas in Ishikawa Prefecture. With traditional houses unique in Hokuriku area with gabled roofs recreated to give the feel of a medieval townscape, the village will charm visitors from the moment they arrive.

Step through the doors and you'll have the chance to try your hand at all the crafts you desire, from Wajima lacquering to Kutani pottery shaping, gold leaf crafts, stencil dyeing, traditional Japanese washi paper making, and many more. If you'd rather just appreciate the artistry of an artisan, you can watch masters of pottery and glasswork in action, or admire the many masterworks on display at the village's exhibits.

If you've worked up a thirst or appetite, take a breather at one of a number of restaurants and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or a traditional Japanese meal prepared from locally sourced Kaga ingredients while admiring the primeval woods around you. Just 60 minutes by car from Kanazawa, this artistic forest getaway is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

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