Wonders of Glass: Discover Nagahama’s Historic Kurokabe District

A tourist destination located in the old town of Nagahama City, nearby JR Nagahama Station. Kurokabe Square, an area known for its historic significance, was once a castle town created by Hideyoshi, one of Japan’s most famous historical figures and a renowned warlord. Today, the entire area is a historic district with some traditional Japanese buildings dating back to the Edo and Meiji periods. The area now hosts galleries, restaurants, cafes, and various businesses that have been converted from these old structures.

Kurokabe Square is renowned as the largest glass art exhibition area in Western Japan. The Square hosts an array of hands-on workshops where participants can craft their personalized souvenirs or artistic creations. Advanced reservations are required for these workshops.

Here are some of the workshops available:
1. Blown Glass: Craft your glass cup or any other object from molten glass, choosing from a palette of eight vibrant colors to produce a truly distinctive piece.
2. Stained Glass: Create stunning stained glass items like lamps, frames, or mirrors using colored glass.
3. Torchwork: Utilize a torch to craft glass-based items like lamps and frames.
4. Sandblasting: Design custom patterns on glass using a sandblaster.
5. Gel Candle: Fashion unique candles using colored sand and glass articles.
6. Fusing: Form fused glass pieces such as ornaments or plates.
7. Cut Glass: Craft personalized cut glass designs.
8. Jellyfish Candle Aquarium: Assemble a jellyfish-themed glass aquarium.

Reservation Details:
All workshop sessions require advance reservations. Bookings can be made via phone or in person at the Kurokabe Square Experience Center.

Open Hrs

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
(5:00 pm during winter season)


Year-end & New Year holidays


Cash & major credit cards

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