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. A huge 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, are shown 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 using a lathe.
Try your hand at woodturning at Rokuro-no-Sato Arts and Crafts Hall, where you can make your own bowl to take home with you. 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-nuri lacquerware’s woodturning craftsman.