Kintsugi Experience

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"Kintsugi" is a traditional Japanese repair technique in which broken parts of pottery are glued back together with "urushi (lacquer)" and the joints are painted and decorated with gold powder. This unique and beautiful craftwork represents one of the key virtues of traditional Japanese culture to care for possessions and give them new value by restoring them.

Kintsugi workshops are offered across Japan, so anyone interested, including tourists, can participate. Why not try it yourself and experience the essence of Japanese aesthetics?

Or you can purchase a kintsugi kit as a souvenir and relive your memories of Japan after returning home. Immerse yourself in this truly rich culture while learning about this environmentally conscious technique.

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The friendly and hospitable staff at KAI Kaga will teach you how to perform kintsugi based on their knowledge and the techniques learned from daily repair work.

The kintsugi experience here is all the more special, as it is offered in a historic building featuring the bengala-painted lattice windows, the traditional architectural style in the Kaga Region. This hotel has long been a favorite of the great and famous, including the Japanese artist Kitaoji Rosanjin.

Learn about the technique and history of kintsugi. It will make you appreciate the allure of the pottery even more.

You may have the chance to experience the marriage of delicious dishes prepared from fresh seasonal ingredients, served on beautiful kintsugi-repaired Kutaniware.

Enjoy the amazing experience of relaxing in hot spring water while appreciating Kutani ware art panels and gold leaf decorations in the bathing area. This is one of the best attractions of KAI Kaga, the one and only ryokan in Japan to offer kintsugi workshops.

KAI Kaga holds a special summer event that features an "orchestra" of many different wind chimes gathered from various parts of Japan. It is a great way to cool down after the bath while listening to the gentle and soothing yet distinctive sound of these wind chimes.

KAI Kaga offers a variety of seasonal events. In autumn, its garden is adorned in the evening with colorful lanterns made of "mizuhiki” (decorative cords). It is a lovely way to relax under these beautiful lanterns, a traditional craft of the region, in "yukata (cotton kimono)" after taking a bath.

The Kaga Lion Dance is one of the region's unique cultural features, and KAI Kaga offers this dynamic performance every night.

Spots introduced this time

Spot name
Kintsugi Kobo (in Hoshino Resorts KAI Kaga)
Address
18-47 Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa
  • Available for guests staying at KAI Kaga only

Area information

Map of Japan. Ishikawa located northwest of Tokyo (Haneda)

Ishikawa

One of the main cultural features in Ishikawa Prefecture is Kutaniware, along with lacquerware and gold leaf. This explains why this is a good place to experience kintsugi. However, Ishikawa has a lot more to offer. Aside from the popular tourist spots and hot spring resorts, there is also a range of photogenic and delicious foods, such as the seafood rice bowl in Omicho Market and tasty soft-serve ice cream, both served with gold leaf on top.

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