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Echizen Washi is world renown for its variety and excellent quality. Here you’ll learn the origin of Echizen Washi and its one thousand five hundred years history.

Along the Washi-no-sato Street, there are some attractive buildings, including the Papyrus House, Udatu Paper & Craft Museum, the Paper & Culture Museum(closed until March 2017 for renovation.) Papyrus House has an Echizen Washi souvenir shop, where you can buy various kinds of traditional fine paper and fancy paper crafts. This house offers many papermaking workshops. (No need to prepare anything to join this workshop. With instructors’ supports, anyone can enjoy making your own paper following the method based on tradition. The Udatu Paper & Craft Museum is the only site in Japan where you can see the whole process of Japanese traditional papermaking in one place.

Following a small river running through the village, you’ll enter old Japan with traditional houses, small Buddha statues and temples. Okamoto Otaki Shrine is the center of this papermaking village, designated as it was a national cultural asset in 1984, as a representative building of the late Edo period.

Another area to see from here is the Takefu Knife Village in Echizen City, where you can join a workshop to make your own knife.

 

[Information]

Echizen Washi Village

8-44 Shinzaike, Echizen City Fukui 9150232 Japan

PH: 0778 42 1363

http://www.echizenwashi.jp/english/index.php

< Papyrus House>

Open : 9:00 am– 4:00pm

Closed on New Year Holidays (Dec/28 – Jan/3)

<Udatu Paper & Craft Museum>

Open : 9:00 am– 4:00pm

Closed on Tuesdays (Open on National Holidays)