Tour&Workshops of Japanese Traditional Crafts/Makie Gold Powdering Workshop

Tour&Workshops of Japanese Traditional Crafts/Makie Gold Powdering 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. - Makie (gold and silver lacquering). - Observe 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. <Makie Experience> A preliminary drawing is made with lacquer on a painted black board. Just before it dries, you use silk wadding to sprinkle some gold powder on it, and a golden picture emerges. Once it's dry, you can frame it and take it home. Use it to decorate your 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. Shop name/Inoue Butsudan



Minimum Number of Passengers
1 participant
Maximum Capacity
24 participants
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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