The institute is the only training centre in Japan that teaches the disciplines of woodturning and lacquering. On weekdays, you can see trainees practicing woodturning. An important collection of works, including pieces designed by some of the most prominent local craftsmen, such as Mr. KAWAGITA Ryozo, who is regarded by Japan as a living national treasure, is displayed in the exhibition room. You can also try your hand at woodturning under the tutelage of a Yamanaka lacquerware artisan (reservations required).
Of all the lacquerware produced in Japan, Yamanaka lacquerware, from its earliest origins, has always been distinguishable by its woodturning techniques.
Try your hand at woodturning at Rokuro-no-Sato Arts and Crafts Hall, where you can make your own bowl, and it will be sent to your place. It is about 5 minutes by car from Yamanaka Onsen, in a neighbourhood that has retained its traditional atmosphere and is home to a Yamanaka lacquerware woodturning craftsman.