Aizu Painted Candles Craft Experience

Aizu Painted Candles Craft Experience

Aizu Erosoku (painted candles) are sumptuous items that were long-prized among samurai families. Delicate and vivid patterns such as chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, and peonies are painted onto candles made of natural Japan wax extracted from the fruits of lacquer trees. Each candle is still painstakingly painted one by one, and they serve as regal decorations in Shinto and Buddhist ceremonies and weddings. A candle painting experience is available at Ozawa Candle Shop (Reservation required).

Venue Details

Venue Details
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Contact

Ozawa Candle Shop

(+81) 242-27-0652

Best SeasonAll Year
ParkingAvailable (1 space)
Related infoOzawa Candle Shop painting classroom open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Shop open from 9:00 AM to 19:00.
Candle painting experience prices start at 1,800 yen (excluding taxi) for 2 candles.
Access Details
Access6-27 Nishisakae-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Train: 15 min walk from Nanukamachi Station on the JR Ban-etsu West Line

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