Beginning

Beginning

About 20 million years ago, active volcanic activity on the Japan Sea side created holy Mt. Hakusan, producing treasures in the land, such as copper deposits, gems including agate, opal, crystal, and jasper, tuff stones of good quality, and raw pottery stone used for Kutani pottery.

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Cradle of the Komatsu Brand

Cradle of the Komatsu Brand

A 1-mm hole is made in a cylindrical stone bead of 2 mm in diameter by using a stone needle of 0.7 mm thickness. This is such an amazing processing technique that is hard to restore even nowadays. These cylindrical beads were made by the Yayoi people 2,300 years ago.

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State-of-the-art Domestic Stone Chamber Construction Technology

State-of-the-art Domestic Stone Chamber Construction Technology

Utilization of tuff stone for construction materials was started in the Late Kofun (Tumulus) Period. The horizontal stone chamber of the Asuka Period discovered in the Kodayama burial mounds was unparalleled by featuring the arched ceiling structure, created based on the skills and techniques imported from China.

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Base of Mt. Hakusan Worship Established in a Rocky Mountain

Base of Mt. Hakusan Worship Established in a Rocky Mountain

Natadera Temple is an ancient temple for Mt. Hakusan worship having a history of 1,300 years. Constructed in a rocky mountain with a jasper stratum, this temple was named Iwayaji Temple by monk, Taicho Hoshi. Jasper and agate steppingstones are arranged in the temple garden. In the ancient days, agate collected around this area was transacted as gifts for trading with foreign countries.

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Construction of Stonewalls, Rich in Design

Construction of Stonewalls, Rich in Design

In the Edo Period where people enjoyed a time of peace after the Sengoku Period (the age of the provincial wars), stonewalls began to have a different meaning. When the third head of the Maeda Clan, Toshitsune, in the Kaga Domain constructed Komatsu Castle as his retreat, he also built elaborate stonewalls by using Komatsu's stone materials based on the then cutting-edge technique, Kirikomi-hagi (precise joinery).

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Pottery Stone for Producing Japan Kutani Ware

Pottery Stone for Producing Japan Kutani Ware

Kutani pottery is the greatest ceramic art which was praised as Japan Kutani Ware in the Western countries during the Meiji Period. Pottery stone found in the Hanasaka area of Komatsu City during the late Edo Period is used for Kutani pottery. The classic processes of crushing pottery stone to create Kutani pottery clay still remain.

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Mines Suporting the Economy of Kaga

In the late Edo Period, gold and silver mining began in Kinpira, Ogoya, and Yusenji. After the Meiji Period, the Ogoya Kozan Mine operated by the Yokoyama Clan known as the Mineral King of Hokuriku and the Yusenji Dozan Copper Mine which served as the foundation for the subsequent development of steel works of Komatsu increased copper production.

Mines Suporting the Economy of Kaga

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Craftmanship DNA Inherited

Craftmanship DNA Inherited

Stone materials produced in a number of stone quarries have been used for city buildings including many famous building across the country, such as the Diet Building, and the Koshien Hotel. Many stone warehouses owned by pleasant old merchant houses in the central area of Komatsu City are still actively utilized for art museums and restaurants. For more than 2,300 years, the people of Komatsu have accumulated a rich stone culture where people, objects, and techniques have interacted, producing a unique townscape and their own special life style.

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The Story of Komatsu's Gems - A Stone Culture Polished in the Flow of Time - MAP

Excavated articles from the Yokaichi Jikata Remains
Yokaichi Jikata Remains
Excavated articles from the Katayamazu Tamatsukuri (Stone-bead Production) Remains
Stone chamber of the Kodayama burial mounds
Excavated articles from the Kodayama Burial Mounds
Natadera Temple (including the main building and five other buildings)
Natadera Temple Garden
Jukudo Remains with Tombstones
Tomb of Hotoke Gozen
Takigahara's Multiple-storied Stone Pagoda
Takigahara Shimomura Hachiman Shrine Remains
Kanagaso Hakusan Shrine Precinct Remains
Yaguradai Stonewalls of the Komatsu Castle Keep
Stonewalls on the West of the Komatsu Castle Keep
Former Ugawa Quarries
Former Yusenji Quarry
Stone mason tools
Kutani Pottery Clay Plant (Taniguchi Seidosho)
Multi-chambered Climbing Kiln (Climbing Kiln Museum)
Nishikigama Kiln (Nishikigama Kiln Museum)
Nishikigama Kiln (Shoundo)
Ogoya Kozan Mine
Kinpira Kinzan Gold Mine
Yusenji Dozan Copper Mine
Takigahara Stone Quarry
Arched Stone Bridges in Takigahara
Higashi Brewery