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[Hakone Yosegi Zaiku]

Welcome to the world of a handicraft which combines the beauty of traditional wooden mosaic work with some rather puzzling elements...

Hakone yosegi zaiku (wooden mosaic work) combines various types of wooden pieces with different colors to produce traditional Japanese-style patterns like "ichimatsu" and flax leaves. The finely patterned boxes are not just for admiring, but are also secret boxes which require many steps to open, like a puzzle. Their beautiful patterns and the fun to be had getting them open make them popular souvenirs for giving to friends from overseas. The museum offers visitors the chance to try making a "karakuri" secret box for themselves. (Reservation and additional fee required.)
Posted photos Main Hakone yosegi zaiku secret box
Three photos Upper left Museum (interior), upper right Museum (exterior), lower Planing a "zuku" (the sheet which is the starting point for wooden mosaic work)
 

Places to go to see and experience Hakone yosegi zaiku

● Hakone Yosegi Zaiku Hakone Karakuri Museum
Address 16 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Phone +81-460-83-7826 (Try-it-yourself experience +81-460-83-6604) (English available)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays Open everyday
Admission fee Freek
● Making a "karakuri" secret box (reservation required, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., time required: approx. 40 minutes)
Small secret box 1,550 yen, large secret box 2,780 yen
Access Take the Izu Hakone Bus bound for Hakone-machi from "Odawara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 55 minutes, alight at "Hakone Sekisho-ato" and walk for approx. 2 minutes.
URL http://hakone-karakuri.jp/
 

Stores where you can purchase Hakone yosegi zaiku

● Hakone Maruyama Inc. Main Branch
Address 17 Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Phone +81-460-83-6604 (English available)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Holidays Open everyday
Price Secret box from 1,500 yen
Access Take the Izu Hakone Bus bound for Hakone-machi from "Odawara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 55 minutes, alight at "Hakone Sekisho-ato" and walk for approx. 2 minutes.
URL http://www.hakonemaruyama.co.jp/index-e.htm

updated on Sep 29, 2017

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