Learn where to find traditional Japanese crafts in every corner of the country.
Local artists have produced traditional crafts for as long as people have lived amid the Japanese landscape. Merging style and function, refined skills are often passed from one generation to the next. For years, loyal apprentices learn from master artists, forging an enduring dynasty.
As each craft has grown in sophistication, these practices have become more like fine art. Countless workshops across the country are now celebrated globally for their work. Yet many artisans and their craft remain closely tied to their local communities.
Across ceramics, textiles, glass, and more, Japanese traditional art remains highly appreciated in the modern age. Despite changing tastes and industrialization, you don’t have to travel far to find a true master. Here, we explore where to find the best traditional Japanese crafts during your visit.