Wajima city [輪島]

Street of Morning Market
Street of Morning Market

Wajima Morning Market
Wajima Morning Market
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

Map of Wajima city

Wajima is a city located on the northern coast of Noto Peninsula.
It is located about 100 km north of Kanazawa city.

Noto Peninsula extends long into the Sea of Japan from the mainland of Japan.
So, Wajima had been one of the main port towns on the route of the Sea of Japan in the middle ages.

The main industry of Wajima is fishery.
And Wajima lacquerware (輪島塗, Wajima-nuri in Japanese) is known as the traditional artifact.

Lacquerware had been created in Wajima since ancient times.

After Kaga Clan began to govern this area in the early 17th century, they encouraged the planting of Urushi trees for laquerware.

Then, Wajima lacquerware introduced the technologies of the other areas in Japan, and became a unique lacquerware.

We can see the traditional industry and culture of Wajima in the town.

Wajima Morning Market (輪島朝市)

Wajima Morning Market
Wajima Morning Market
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

A stall in Wajima Morning Market
A stall in Wajima Morning Market
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

Wajima Morning Market ("Wajima Asaichi" in Japanese) is the street market held near Wajima Port.

It is very famous because most Japanese people think that Wajima is synonymous with Morning Market.

The market has been held for about a thousand years.
The ancient market was the place for barter of goods.

It is opened from eight to twelve, and is held basically every day except the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Along the street about 360 meters long, more than 200 stalls are opened.

Most of the sellers are women.
And they sell fresh fish, shells, seaweeds and vegitables and the other goods.

Wajima Museum of Lacquer (Urushi) Art (石川県輪島漆芸美術館)

Wajima Museum of Lacquer (Urushi) Art
Wajima Museum of Lacquer (Urushi) Art
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

Inside of Wajima Museum of Lacquer Art
Inside of Wajima Museum of Lacquer Art
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

Wajima Museum of Lacquer Art is a museum about industrial art using "urushi" (Japanese lacquer from lacquer tree).
It is located about 1 km southwest of the center of Wajima city.

Of course, Wajima lacquerware is one of Japan's excellent works of usushi.

This museum introduces the artifact of urushi, and displays many works in the world.

"Chinkin" is a technology to decorate the surface of lacquer with gold.
In this museum, the workshop of Chinkin is held for the visitor. (You need to make a reservation in advance.)

Wajima Museum of Lacquer (Urushi) Art

Wajima Kiriko Art Museum (輪島キリコ会館)

A Kiriko festival
A Kiriko festival
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

A Kiriko festival
A Kiriko festival
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

Wajima Kiriko Art Museum ("Wajima Kiriko Kaikan" in Japanese) is a museum of Kiriko Festival.
It is located about 1.5 km east of the center of Wajima city.

Kiriko Festival is a summer festival and is held in many towns in Noto area.

Kiriko is a tall lantern on a frame.
The height is several meters and the biggest Kiriko is about 16 meters.

It is carried by many people with the other Mikoshi (portable shrine) in the festivels.

In this museum, many Kirikos are displayed and we can feel the fervor of the festival with listening to the festival music.

Wajima Kiriko Art Museum

Wajima Kôbô Nagaya (輪島工房長屋)

Wajima Kobo Nagaya
Wajima Kobo Nagaya
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

Wajima lacquerware
Wajima lacquerware
Photo by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League

There are some facilities of Wajima lacquerware for workshop and selling.

Wajima Kôbô Nagaya (輪島工房長屋) is located about 200 meters east of Wajima Morning Market.

Five traditional houses are built along an alley and some real craftsmen of Wajima lacquerware are working.

Because it is basically an tourist facility, the visitors can see the work and get the explanation of the work from them.

There is a room you can experience of Chinkin.

How to get here

By express route bus, about 2 hours and 10 to 20 minutes from Kanazawa station.

Or, from Wakura-onsen, Nanao station, about an hour to Anamizu by local train of Noto Tetsudou railway.
Then, by route bus, about 40 minutes from Anamizu station.

Hotels around Wajima

Hotels in Wajima

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