Echizen Washi Village


Echizen Washi Village boasts the largest market share of high-grade handmade paper in Japan. The area is collectively called the “Goka district,” and many washi makers line the streets.

There are many facilities in the area where visitors can learn about washi making, including the Museum of Paper Culture, which has a collection of materials related to Echizen washi, the Papyrus Museum, where visitors can experience papermaking under the guidance of artisans, and the Udatsu Crafts Museum, where visitors can observe the skills of traditional craftsmen.


Nearby, the Okamoto-Otaki Shrine, said to be the only shrine in Japan dedicated to the deity of paper, is also a historic and powerful building