Kiso-shikki lacquerware has been produced in considerable quantities for around 600 years in the Kiso region of Nagano Prefecture. Unlike other areas, this region produces large items of lacquerware including low tables, dining tables, screens and folding screens. The greatest distinguishing feature of Kiso lacquerware is the way in which items are lacquered in many layers with many designs and painted using different colors of lacquer. A large workforce of craftsmen produce unique pieces such as trays, lunch boxes and tiered boxes, making a major contribution to the economy of the region. Kiso lacquerware was designated a traditional craft in 1975.
- Kiso Lacquerware Industry Association:2272-7 Oaza Kisohirasawa, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano
- [Walk]JR Kiso Hirasawa Stn. / 20-min. walk