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“Best place in Yamanaka Onsen for their famous lacquerware”

Yamanaka Lacquerware Traditional Industry Plaza
Ranked #20 of 84 things to do in Kaga
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

I am not a lacquerware aficionado however I do like nicely figured wood (which is why I collect high-end knives with exotic wood). Since Yamanaka lacquerware is known for highlighting the grain in wood I decided to give it a serious look. I visited this shop and several others in the heart of the onsen area and this place had some really nice, well grained Yamanaka lacquerware at reasonable prices. It also had several really high-end lacquerware on display, with lavishly burled wood (not for sale).

The problem with this shop is it is well south of the main Yamanaka Onsen area (around 1 km south of the bus terminal). The main onsen area in Yamanaka is 500 meters north of the bus terminal. The problem with the lacquerware shops in that area is they had mainly touristy stuff using utilitarian wood with plain grain (but expect to pay 1000 yen or so for a rice bowl).

The Abio store in the shopping mall next to Kaga Onsen station also had a big gift shop with a few Yamanaka lacquerware of decently grained wood. To get to Yamanaka Onsen most people take the CAN bus from Kaga Onsen station.

All in all, I picked up a pair of classic Yamanaka soup bowls with awesome patterns of wood grain and a highly figured platter from this place I am reviewing, and I bought a presentation platter at the Abio store in dark, almost black, burled wood. Expect to pay around 3,500-7,800+ yen for decent stuff. Of course a lot of Yamanaka lacquerware is colored red or black and painted with elaborate, intricate designs like traditional lacquerware, if that is your cup of tea.

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