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.
In the Takigahara area, there remain six arched stone bridges which were built after the Meiji Period. These six arched stone bridges are considered very valuable at the nationwide level, because multiple stone bridges exist within a single area.
The former sites of stone quarries with patterns and signs left where the craftsmen carefully curved stone produce fantastic scenery.
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.
Takigahara Stone Quarry
This stone quarry started its operation in 1814 and has continued to produce green tuff stone up until now. It has both the current quarry and the former quarry site. In the current quarry, you can observe straight mine tunnels longer than 300 m which are drilled by using large electric saws. The former quarry site exhibits tunnels drilled by miners during the period of domain duties of the Meiji Period.
Kanagaso Stone Quarry
This stone quarry started its operation in the early Taisho Period and has continued to produce tuff stone up until now. Tuff produced here features its characteristic yellow color, while being highly praised for its high resistance against moisture and mold. This tuff has been utilized for modern buildings across the nation including the Diet Building and the Koshien Hotel. This stone material is widely seen in various locations in Komatsu City, utilized for stone fences, gates, and stone sculptures placed in gardens, including stone warehouses.
Important Cultural Property Designated by Komatsu City
Arched Stone Bridges in Takigahara
There are five arched stone bridges remaining in Takigahara-cho. These bridges were built using local stone of Takigahara. There is also one stone bridge in an adjacent town, Bodai-cho. They were built during the late Meiji Period to the early Showa Period.
Registered Tangible Cultural Properties (structures)
This stone warehouse was constructed as a Japanese sake brewery using Kanagaso stone in the 1945s. You can see how this warehouse is comprised of five stone warehouses.
Nishikigama Kiln (Shoundo)
Shoundo used to be one of the Kutani potteries which served as driving force behind the boom of Japan Kutani Ware from the Meiji Period to the Taisho Period. Currently, Shoundo has a stone warehouse made of a combination of Kanagaso stone and Takigahara stone along with Kutani ware artworks which are exhibited on holidays. Taking advantage of its facilities for transmitting the art culture of Komatsu, Shoundo is also utilized as a rental space for cultivating the next-generation artists of arts and crafts.
Rhusukecho, Komatsu City