The handcrafted Buddhist altar in Hiroshima was developed in the 13th century during the prosperity of the day. Hiroshima was a castle city with many rivers and canals, so materials were easily accessible by ship.
Before the two world wars, Hiroshima had become a major production site for Buddhist altars in Japan. However, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, almost all traditional altar shops, factories, and knowhow in the area were lost. Some years later, survivors rebuilt their shops with pride as craftsmen for the people who really needed alters to pray.
Buddhist altars from Hiroshima are known for their delicate technique of layering gold leaves and natural lacquer. Here one can see the factory of lacquer works, gorgeous golden altars, and can experience the art of gold plating. (We are offering an original scent bag making workshop too.)
Service date & Time: Weekdays 9:30am to 3:00pm (about 1 hour)
Advance reservation is required.
Maximum Service Capacity: 5 (Please inform us if there are more than 5.)