Kutani Ceramics




Komatsu is not only a major producer of this Ishikawa-unique ceramic coveted worldwide as Japan Kutani, but the sole source of the raw stone essential to its creation. Come in touch with that authentic heritage through hands-on workshops.



    Komatsu’s latest hub for all-things Kutani: a futuristic structure designed by renowned architect Kuma Kengo, built over a clay factory that has been churning out Kutani clay for over 60 years.

    At this one-stop complex, you can observe the clay production process right in front of your eyes, admire the latest creations of up-and-coming Kutani artisans (perhaps supporting them with a purchase of your favorite piece), and join a hands-on workshop:

    1. Painting(Etsuke)

    Cost : 2750 yen

    Duration : 1~1.5 hours

    Max. participants : 30

    Item choices : A variety, including plates

    2. Shaping by potter’s wheel(Rokuro)

    Cost : 3300~3850 yen (depending on item/size)

    Duration : 1 hours

    Max. participants : 4

    Item choices : Cups, bowls

    3. Shaping by hand (Tebineri)

    Cost : 3630 yen (depending on size)

    Duration : 1 hour

    Max. participants : 15

    Item choices : Cups, bowls, plates etc. (or whatever your imagination dictates!)


    Booking Page (Japanese)

    Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM (last entry 4.30 PM)
    Closed: Wed (Apr-Nov), Tue & Wed (Dec-Mar), year-end
    Admission: 300 yen (separate fees for workshops)
    Access: 10 min bus from Komatsu Sta., followed by 10 min walk / 15 min cycle
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    ・All items need to be fired before you can collect them.
    ・Baking time is ~1 month for painted pieces and ~2 months for shaped pieces.
    ・Shipping costs: 1500 yen (Japan)/ 2000 yen (Hokkaido, Kyushu & Okinawa)/ 7000 yen (overseas) *self-collection possible
    ・All prices are per piece.
    ・Special themed workshops are also offered seasonally. Updates on reservation page!

  • Miyayoshi

    Miyayoshi Kutani Porcelain Maker

    As one of few Kutani kilns open to public, it is where you can observe the various techniques for shaping Kutani Ware up close, and even peek into the kilns where the pieces are fired!
    Other than guided tours led by their own artisans, painting and shaping workshops are also offered all year round.
    And other than their new line of modern products, consider supporting their environmental efforts by picking up one of their reject pieces offered at a steal.

    1. Factory Tour

    Cost: 1300 yen

    Duration : 30 mins

    Max. participants : 9

    2. Painting

    Cost: 3200 yen~

    Duration : 1h

    Max. participants : 4

    *Shipment of completed pieces takes up to 2 months

    3. Potter’s Wheel Shaping

    Cost: 4000 yen~

    Duration : 1.5h

    Max. participants : 3

    Item choices: Cups, bowls

    *Shipment of completed pieces takes up to 2 months


    Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM (for tours/workshops)
    Rest days: Irregular
    Access: 10 min bus from Komatsu Sta., followed by 15 min walk / 20 min cycle
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  • Yunokuni no Mori Traditional Handicrafts Village

    Yunokuni no Mori
    Traditional Handicrafts Village

    If you’re on a crafts experience hunt, this crafts theme-park is the place. With over 50 workshops offered across 11 craft halls, there is more than enough to have an entire crafts day out!

    And the cultural experience continues even between workshops: as befitting of a “village”, traditional farmhouses (the likes of Shirakawa-go) dot the area, interspersed with rich greenery recreating the rural landscape of olden times. The autumn foliage is especially beautiful, but there are seasonal flowers to enjoy through the year.

    Workshops center on Ishikawa-unique crafts, including gold-leaf, lacquer, yuzen dye and of course, Komatsu’s very own Kutani ceramics:

    1. Ceramic Painting(Etsuke)

    Cost: 1200~1600 yen

    Duration: 30 mins

    Max. participants: 50

    Item choices: Teacups, plates, mugs

    Delivery time: 2 months

    2. Potter’s Wheel Shaping(Rokuro)

    Cost: 3500 yen~ (excl. shipping)

    Duration: 20 mins~

    Available timings: 10:30~15:00 (9:00~ on Mon/Sun)

    Max. participants: 9 (3 batches x 3 persons per 1h slot)

    Item choices: Bowls, cups

    Delivery time: 6 months


    English Homepage

    Hours: 9 AM – 4.30 PM (last entry 4 PM)
    Closed: Thu (except 7/20-8/31)
    Admission: 550 yen (separate fees for workshops)
    Access: 30 min bus from Komatsu Sta. / 20 min cycle from Awazu Sta.
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