During the Edo period, the Maeda clan, one of the most powerful samurai clans of that time, ruled the Kaga Domain from their headquarters in Kanazawa. Located at the base of the former Kanazawa Castle, Nagamachi was one of the districts where middle and upper class samurai resided.
Visiting this area takes one back to that time period ― everything from the distinctive T and L- shaped alleyways, to the earthen walls, mud doors, and woodenroofs― create a nostalgic atmosphere for anyone who visits. In fact, some of the remaining samurai houses are the same ones that existed nearly 400 years ago!
Around the same time, Kutani ware (style of Japanese porcelain) was gaining popularity again after the Kaga domain encouraged its revival. Kaburaki was one of the major players responsible for the resurgence of the craft. Not only did they sell the items that they made, they also held workshops open to other porcelain artists who wanted to learn new techniques and decorating methods. Kaburaki still exists today, eight generations later, with over 200 years of history and experience attached to its name.
They have a shop located in Nagamachi as well as a separate restaurant, ‘Oishii Ippuku’, that serves delicious, traditional Japanese sweets and cuisine at affordable prices! The next time you visit Kanazawa, be sure to check both of these places out!
1-3-16 Nagamachi Kanazawa, Ishikawa,
Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Bonus photo: Check out the amazing architecture featured at the Kanazawa Station!