Gokayama washi is a handmade paper from Toyama Prefecture prized for its beauty and durability. It uses fibers of the mulberry plant mixed with a viscous extract from the Tororo Aoi, a type of hibiscus plant. Gokayama washi is one of the products designated as a National Important Traditional Craft of Japan. At the Gokayama Washi no Sato, choose from a huge variety of washi products including stationery, jewelry, and wall hangings. When you are done browsing their immense selection, take part in a washi-making workshop where you will be instructed in making your own set of washi postcards that you can take home with you. A staff member will guide you through the latter part of the washi making process, including scooping and straining the fibers, adding decorative elements and drying. To learn the full process of making Gokayama washi, there is an informative 10-minute video in English to watch.
215 Higashi Nakae, Nanto-shi, Toyama
29, December - 3, January
600 yen and up