Wakasa lacquered chopsticks account for 80% of all those produced in Japan. The manufacturing process takes several months, and involves the use of a special lacquering technique in which high-grade lacquer is applied in a dozen or more layers. The chopsticks are then decorated using various shells and gold leaf, and finished using stone or charcoal. At Hashi no Furusato Kan around 3,000 sets of Wakasa lacquered chopstick are on display, giving visitors a good sense of the traditional skills involved. Another popular activity is the workshop where you can try out the finishing process, and make your very own set of chopsticks.
Address: 8-1-3 Fukutani, Obama, Fukui Prefecture
[Weekdays] 9:00-17:00, [Sundays and holidays] 9:00-16:00
New Year's holiday
10 minutes by car from Obama Interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway