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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

Usage Guide


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Traditional Handicrafts


Kutani ware

Tradition has it that Kutani-yaki ware was first produced by order of Maeda Toshiharu, who governed this region in the mid-17th century. When minerals used in porcelain were discovered in this region, craftsmen were dispatched to present-day Arita-cho in Saga Prefecture, known as a production center for porcelain, to learn porcelain-making techniques. Products made during this period are known as Ko-kutani. Production of Kutani ware ceased at the end of the 17th century, but commenced again in the 19th century. Kutani ware is distinguished by designs using five colors: green, yellow, red, purple and navy, which are used to paint over dynamic line drawings. The slightly bluish foundation unique to Kutani ware highlights the design even further. Even now many different products are made here, including vases, tableware, tea sets and ornaments. Kutani ware was designated a traditional craft in 1975.

Izumidaimachi-minami, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa (Kutani Ceramic Village)

Admission Fee


Hokuriku Expressway Komatsu IC / 15-min. ride