Tour&Workshops of Japanese Traditional Crafts/Gold Leafing Workshop

Tour&Workshops of Japanese Traditional Crafts/Gold Leafing Workshop

The art of making "Butsudan" (household Buddhist altars) requires the combined techniques of multiple traditional Japanese craftsmen. Learn about this uniquely Japanese culture and craft by touring part of a Butsudan workshop! Not only that, but try your hand at making your own works of handicraft.- Pressing gold leaf - <Tour> A group of seven master craftsmen with the highest level of skill. We will take you to the workshop to witness firsthand the craftsmanship that is the pride of Japan. Some discoveries and impressions can only be made at the work site. Take your time and observe Japanese craftsmanship in action. Viewing may take place at the store. <Pressing gold leaf> You will be asked to select whichever copper fitting you like (e.g., your own zodiac sign). Apply a bonding agent for the gold leaf, then smooth it out so that it is thin and even. Take a piece of gold leaf so thin that it would get blown away in the wind and carefully stick it onto the copper fitting. Press firmly with silk wadding, remove any gold leaf that did not stick, and you're done. We hope you will decorate your home with it and feel that traditional craftsmanship is, in fact, something close to home. Hikone Nanamagari Road has long been lined with Butsudan shops. Hikone Butsudan are made through the division of labor according to the Seven Occupations of Butsudan Making, namely the Kijishi (maker of the main body), Kudenshi (the palace maker), Chokokushi (sculptor), Urushinurishi (lacquerer), Kinpakuoshishi (gilder), Makieshi (gold and silver lacquerer), and Kazarikanagushi (decorative metalworker). Inoue Butsudan Shop has craftsmen of the highest caliber among its staff. If registering as a group, all members will tour the same workshop and participate in the same activity. This is the makie (gold and silver lacquer) activity. This is the kinpakuoshi (pressing gold leaf) activity. Shop name/Inoue Butsudan



Minimum Number of Passengers
1 person
Maximum Capacity
24 people
Participation Restrictions
Ages 6 and up/Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Meeting and Exchange Areas
Store entrance
50 Serinakamachi, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture
Open Period
Closed on certain days
Closed Period
Blackout dates: (Tuesdays/the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month/the New Year holidays [December 29 to around January 5]/Summer break (around August 13 to 16)/Golden Week (around May 3 to 5)
Meeting Times and Business Hours
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tour Schedule
Orientation and explanation of the art of making household Buddhist altars (30 minutes), tour of the craftsmen's workshop (30 minutes), hands-on experience with crafts (60-90 minutes)
Required Time
2–2.5 hours
Provision of Meals
Meals are not provided
Universal accessibility
Up to 3 large buses/20 standard-sized vehicles
Explanation and tour only/We are open to discussing the activities alone
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