Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop

The Hashimoto Butsugu-Chokoku Ten (Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop) has a long history of over 160 years. Here visitors can try the truly unique experience of customizing their own lacquered chopsticks. Under careful instruction, you’ll be able to go home with your very own pair of one-of-a-kind chopsticks. The establishment sells many fine lacquerware products, from kitchen utensils and crockery to masks for use as decoration or at festivals.

The chopstick-customizing workshop is available for 2,500 yen per person and is very popular for groups and couples. Even children (ages 12 and up) are able to do it with the supervision of adults and the instruction of the teacher. There are also pamphlets available in English for non-Japanese speakers. The workshop is easy to understand as the instructor guides you through the various steps until you are finally able to see the revealed layers of lacquer color on your own chopsticks. The chopstick experience workshop requires a reservation made at least five days in advance.

While you are at the Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop, you will be guided through the six steps of making your own lacquered chopsticks. It will be an exciting experience as you begin with red or black chopsticks and slowly file down the layers of lacquer until the patterns are revealed. Traditionally, red chopsticks are for women and black are for men. Whichever color you choose though, these are certain to be your favorite set of chopsticks full of memories.
 

Venue Details

Venue Details
Website https://www.nihonmatsu-dmo.jp/en/plan/culture_3/
Contact

(+81) 243-22-0760

Estimated Visit Time 1h
Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Entrance Fee Around 2,500 yen per person
Related info Getting in touch
(+81) 243-22-0760 to call Hashimoto Buddhist Sculpture Shop directly.
(+81) 243-24-5085 for reservations through the Nihonmatsu Tourist Center.
Alternatively, make an inquiry via the Nihonmatsu DMO website here.
Access Details
Access 1 Chome-166 Takeda, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 964-0902 View directions
Getting there

By Train: 20 min by foot (or 10 min by taxi) from Nihonmatsu Station (JR Tohoku Main Line)

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