After 23 years, the major Heisei repairs have been completed!

2021.03.31 UP

Would you like to visit Unryūzan Shōkōji Temple?

Shōkōji Temple, located in the Fushiki district of Takaoka City, is one of Takaoka’s precious historical sites, with a total of 12 buildings, including the main temple building and Karamon, designated as national important cultural properties.

The rise of this vast Shin Buddhist temple dates back to the latter half of the 15th century, during the Sengoku (Warring States) Period. Shōkōji Temple, which boasted great power as a base for Etchū Ikkō Ikki (the Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist uprising), then moved to its present location where the Etchū Province government office of the Nara Period was said to have been in 1584 (Tensho Year 14). During the Edo Period, it maintained a close relationship with the Kaga Maeda Clan and constructed a magnificent temple, while being loved by the region’s local religious followers.


Karamon. Relocated from Kyoto, after going through repairs, the roof was changed to the Hiwadabuki style of a cypress bark roof with hinoki bark thatching.

Major repairs began in 1998 (Heisei Year 10). While repairing each building according to its level of damage, repairs have been carried out for the past 23 years with the aim of restoring the buildings’ appearance to the latter half of the Edo Period. All construction work was completed in September 2020 (Reiwa Year 2). The remaining moat and landscape maintenance were all completed in March.

General tours are already available, but let us introduce the sights of the temple.

At Shōkōji Temple, there are “Seven Mysteries” that the monks have spoken of for some time. The above is one of them.


The monkeys that support the four corners of the main temple building, the “Amanojaku,” are also one of the “Seven Mysteries.” They are said to have the purpose of warding off evil, but it is rare to place Amanojaku (also known as antagonistic demons in Japanese folklore) as a support for the temple’s eaves. We invite you to come check out the real thing at the site.


The long corridor connecting the main temple building and the head temple is also characteristic. It is divided into exclusive use for laymen and for monks.


Shōkōji Temple is also famous for possessing many treasures. The prime example of this is Rakuchū Rakugai-zu, a collection of paintings and drawings that capture the great scenery of the city of Kyoto. You can view a replica in the study. We also want you to discover the gorgeous “Kugi Kakushi” (“Hidden Nail”) that can be seen in various parts of the study’s traditional Japanese architecture, particularly within the beams and columns.


The kitchen area where all of the demolition repairs took place. It is composed of a wide dirt floor and wooden boards, and is furnished with a large kamado (traditional Japanese stove), a deep water well, and a sunken hearth. It is very rare to have a well above floor level.


“Kodō” has a castle-like style and appearance. It was once the place where a drum was struck to let the monks in the temple know what time it was.

Shōkōji Temple, with its many buildings from the Edo Period that remain as they were, where you can enjoy the scenery of the Edo Period as if you are really there. A new audio guide has been introduced to coincide with the completion of major repairs. We invite you to use the guide in order to further understand the profound charm and attraction of the temple.

In addition, Fushiki also has other spots where you can revisit various time periods, such as the Kitamae Ship Museum and the Manyō History Museum.

The katakuri (dogtooth violet) flowers at the Manyō History Museum are also approaching full bloom.

>> Manyō History Museum link

How would you like to take a walk in the Fushiki district, while visiting Shōkōji Temple for a spring outing?


◎Unryūzan Shōkōji Temple

Visiting Hours:9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM (admission is open until 3:30 PM)

Construction Cooperation Fee:

Adults;500 yen,Children (junior high school students and younger); Free


◎Takaoka Hatsu Kawaraban (tile block print): Fushiki Kitamae Ship Edition

Takaoka City Fujiko・F・Fujio Hometown Art Gallery 5th Anniversary! You can now read all the pages of two manga magazines from Mr. Fujiko・F・Fujio’s high school days!

2020.12.02 UP

The Fujiko・F・Fujio Hometown Art Gallery in Takaoka City, a gallery where you can experience the origin of manga by Mr. Fujiko・F・Fujio, who is a manga artist from Takaoka City, celebrated its 5th anniversary on December 1st.

To commemorate this event, some of the permanent exhibits have been renewed.

Two full pages of handmade manga magazine “Shou-Tai-You” that Mr. Fujiko・F・Fujio collaborated with Mr. Abiko Motoo when he was in high school

●The exhibits are reproductions, but all of their pages are available on tablet devices.


The exhibits will alternate between “Shou-Tai-You”: the “New Year Extra Issue” (111 pages) and the “Children’s Day Celebration Issue” (74 pages).

●Two new short movies to be screened

“Doraemon & Parman: Be in Imminent Danger!?”
“Kiteretsu Daihyakka & Doraemon: Korosuke’s First Shopping Spree”

“Shou-Tai-You” New Year Extra Issue

The store in our gallery also sells pins of the 5th anniversary.

There is also a new access signboard that you can enjoy walking along the road from the nearest station, Shikino-Chugakko-Mae by Manyo Line, to the gallery.

Furthermore, the commemorative postmark of the “Doraemon Post” in front of Takaoka Station has also been changed to the 5th anniversary design.

This design will be available from December 1st, 2020 (Tuesday) to November 30th, 2021 (Tuesday), so please take advantage of this opportunity.

An In-Depth Report on a Metal Caster’s World’s No. 1 Taiyaki Project

2020.03.31 UP

〜A Growing Project That People (Young and Old, and from in and outside the City) Are Becoming a Part Of: An In-Depth Report on a Metal Caster’s World’s No. 1 Taiyaki Project〜


Takaoka copperware has over 400 years of history. Because copperware making is made up of separate, specialized steps, in Takaoka there are craftspeople possessing diverse skills. In this city, companies and studios frequently collaborate with other companies and studios to conduct innovative joint projects. Also, novel, one-of-a-kind projects are often launched. These activities are one reason why the people of Takaoka are very proud of their city.

Located in Takaoka, Hoxsin Industries is a unique studio. Today we will introduce to you its fun and delicious project that is gathering momentum.



Nameplates, name signs, monuments, and custom branding irons—Hoxsin Industries produces the castings its customers request. Hoxsin Industries’s FUKITO, a beautifully-designed cast dish made with recycled aluminum, won a Good Design Award in 2016. Known for having an open mindset, the company creates products that meet the needs of the present age.

Michihiro Jyozuka is the CEO of Hoxsin Industries and a Certified Skilled Worker in casting. There is one more thing Jyozuka is, though. He is a taiyaki (fish-shaped stuffed waffle) maker. About twenty years ago, Jyozuka created an obanyaki (stuffed waffle) pan in the shape of the Takaoka Daibutsu (large statue of Buddha). He did so because he wanted to use his skills as a veteran casting craftsman and energize Takaoka. Since then, he has made and sold Buddha statue-shaped obanyaki at various city events. This is not Jyozuka’s only accomplishment. He has created easy-to-follow recipes, has sold ingredients that people can use to practice making sweets, and has referred people to suppliers. Helped by these efforts, he has sold over 180 custom taiyaki and obanyaki pans. These pans were sold to people located all over Japan.

A TV station telling Jyozuka that it wanted to make a 2-meter-long taiyaki was what prompted him to launch this project. At the time Jyozuka answered that it was too difficult to make a 2-meter one, and the project was never started. However, afterwards Jyozuka pondered the idea. In 2015, he created a 1-meter-long taiyaki pan. A special cooking table for the pan was built in 2016. He presented his creations to interested citizens and exhibited them at trade fairs. Also, several times, he used the pan and tried to make a 1-meter-long taiyaki.

Jyozuka commissioned a company in Osaka to construct the cooking table. He said that the workers at the company had much fun making it.


After Two Years of Hiatus, He Began Again in 2018

In 2016, Jyozuka was trying to make a taiyaki using the pan. He could successfully make a 1-meter-long taiyaki waffle that was stuffed with 250 to 300 normal-sized taiyaki. But when Jyozuka put batter and sweet bean paste into the 1-meter-long pan (like he would if he were making taiyaki normally), the huge taiyaki would not cook properly. Jyozuka was stumped. Consequently, the project went on hiatus for some time.

Then, after two years, at the end of 2018, urged by friends and acquaintances who knew about his plan, Jyozuka decided to try again. In January 2019, he held the first project-related event.

This event was a get-together for people who were interested in the project. For the first time in a while, Jyozuka heated the taiyaki pan. Attendees mingled and talked. Each of them suggested ideas that he or she thought might be helpful.

The following photos were taken when I went to the get-together to cover it.


Heating the pan again after two years.


A test was conducted by making a waffle in a slightly smaller, 70-centimeters-long pan.


Yakisoba (stir-fry noodles) was made in the pan for the attendees!


Everyone ate yakisoba and taiyaki waffles. As they ate, they gave ideas.


The model Jyozuka used to make the taiyaki pan was sitting in the workshop.


Coincidentally, a TV episode about taiyaki was being aired that day. Through it, people learned that the biggest taiyaki in Japan was 60 centimeters long. This meant that if Jyozuka can successfully make a taiyaki using the 70-centimeters-long or 1-meter-long taiyaki pan, he would become the record holder. He could even maybe go into Guinness World Records.


High Schoolers and University Students Begin Conducting Research, and an Enormous Taiyaki Is Made

Afterwards, every month the project members tried to make a huge taiyaki. Failures were turned into opportunities for improvement. Every time they did not succeed, people from the city and outside it came to assist them. Together with the members they tried to figure out what went wrong, making suggestions.

In 2019, the project members asked Manabu Iwai, a professor of engineering at Toyama Prefectural University, and Takenori Fujikawa, a science teacher specializing in physics at Takaoka Koryo High School, to help them. Giant taiyaki making then became a research project for the schools’ students.


In April, the university professor, university students, and project members attempted to make a taiyaki. Using a thermal imaging device to precisely control the temperature, the group carefully studied the cooking process. (The photo is from the official Facebook page.)


They tried again in May. By using carbonated water and aluminum foil and adjusting the proportions of the dry ingredients, they succeeded in making a perfectly-cooked 1-meter-long taiyaki. (The photo is from the official Facebook page.)


After a huge taiyaki was made in May, the students conducted more research. In October, at the school festivals of Toyama Prefectural University and Takaoka Koryo High School, the students presented their research project.


A scene from Takaoka Koryo High School’s school festival. A poster presentation on the students’ research project was displayed, and an enormous taiyaki was cut into pieces and given out. (The photo is from the official Facebook page.)


The poster presentation being displayed at Toyama Prefectural University’s school festival. People made long lines to have a piece of the perfectly-made mammoth taiyaki.


How to Make a Mille-Feuille Taiyaki

In just a year the World’s No. 1 Taiyaki Project had evolved tremendously. Because I wanted to talk with the project members, in March 2020 I visited a taiyaki-making session. This was the first time in about a year that I met them.

The day I visited the project members, they were filming a how-to video on how to make a giant taiyaki, so that people everywhere could make one for events. Jyozuka and the two teachers—Iwai and Fujikawa—were going to be the cooks.


The temperature of the pan is being measured so that the appropriate temperature after the heat is turned on can be determined.


On this day the three made a mille-feuille taiyaki. The students created the recipe. Waffles, sweet bean paste, and sweet potatoes are layered. At the school festivals tasters loved the mille-feuille taiyaki.


Batter is poured into the pan. It is spread well so that the entire pan is covered.


After both halves are spread with batter, sweet bean paste is slathered. Next, steamed sweet potatoes are put in.


The waffle cooked in the other halve is placed over the sweet bean paste and sweet potatoes. Afterwards, more sweet bean paste and sweet potatoes are put on top of the waffle.
This procedure was repeated. The trio made a mille-feuille taiyaki with three layers. Students have made ones with six and seven layers during their research.


The three of them putting the pan together. This step is the climax of the giant taiyaki-making.


A perfect taiyaki!


Layers can be seen on the cross-section of a piece. If the taiyaki is cut into big pieces, it feeds 20 to 30 people. If cut into small pieces, 40 to 50 can be fed.


“I Want to Make Takaoka ‘The City of Taiyaki’”

“This project isn’t just for enjoying taiyaki. Through it, I want people to use their skills, and I want them to make things happen by doing something they like to do,” Jyozuka said when I asked him what the aim of his project was.

“Everyone has his or her idea for the project. What if we ask people to imagine a taiyaki they would like to eat? We could create a pan for it, cook it, and eat it. We could prepare the taiyaki and give it as a gift. If this movement spreads, it would be fun and interesting. People might start to say, ‘Every family in Takaoka serves taiyaki to guests!’”

Currently, a pan in the shape of a shishimai (lion-dance) lion is being finished. An Inami woodcarving artisan made the model of the lion.


The people of Toyama Prefecture cherish shishimai. A stuffed waffle cooked in a shishimai lion pan might become a big hit. (Above the pan is the model.)


Jyozuka says that the 1-meter-long taiyaki is not finished yet. He says that plenty of improvements can still be made.

“This is going to be a three-year project. I’m going to keep meeting people from various industries, and I’ll ask them to advise me. I have two more years. How much can I grow this movement? When we make a taiyaki, it turns out differently every time, depending on the ability of the cook. It’s not at all a finished project.”

Jyozuka wants to increase the number of people who can make taiyaki, whether it is a 1-meter-long taiyaki or normal-sized taiyaki. He wants Takaoka to become the City of Taiyaki. This is Jyozuka’s true ambition, his ultimate goal that lies beyond the 1-meter-long taiyaki.

Jyozuka will continue to collaborate with Toyama Prefectural University and Takaoka Koryo High School. The project members and people from the two schools will meet periodically and hold sessions. A good chance exists that serendipitous meetings with individuals during the next two years will bring about more developments.

If you’ve become interested, check out the project’s official Facebook page and the YouTube video.

 ◎Official Facebook page: Let’s Make the World’s No. 1 Taiyaki!

◎How to Make the World’s No. 1 Taiyaki (the video the project members were filming the day the reporter visited them)

Takaoka City Center’s Long Running Event, Craft City Takaoka Autumn Fair. Come and Enjoy Our City’s Famous Craftwork

2019.07.18 UP

The dates for our event have been confirmed!

Each Autumn, we hold our craft fair in Takaoka city center. Last year, visitors to our city to enjoyed the event’s 100 venues, 23 factories, and approximately 3000 pieces of art.

All are welcome, whether or not they are familiar with craftwork. Come to our city, and enjoy speaking with our city’s artisans, dining on elegant dishware made in Takaoka, and making your own craftwork. Enjoy the beautiful streets of Kanayamachi, as men and women dressed in traditional Japanese wear bring the town to life.

Many new and unexpected experiences await you. You may find inspiration in the wonderful works of our local artists and writers, learn of the joy of handcrafting art, or discover the unique charm of everyday life in Takaoka.

This year, we will be holding 3 events between Thursday, September 9th to Monday, September 23rd (national holiday). We shall give a brief outline of each event.


●Takaoka, City of Crafts: Craft Exhibition 2019 (9/21-25)
A comprehensive exhibition showcasing the works of the country’s greatest craftsman in Takaoka since 1986. You can also buy works which take your fancy. From metalwork and lacquer to glass and furniture, a wide range of items across materials and uses will be available.


We are currently accepting submissions for our event, Craft City Takaoka: 2019 Craft Exhibition. The theme for submissions is Embracement 2. The deadline for submissions is July 21st.

*Dates : Sep.19,2019〜Sep.23,2019(tentative schedule)

*Venue : OTAYA SERIO(tentative schedule)





●Takaoka Craft Market Town (9/21-24)
Whether you want to see, buy, or experience crafts – or even eat some delicious food with crafted cutlery, this event will allow you to enjoy Takaoka’s crafts from all angles. From workshops you won’t get anywhere else, to talking with the artisans, there’s plenty of unique opportunities here!




*Dates : Sep.21,2019〜Sep.23,2019

*Venue : Based around Yamachousuji, also in Takaoka station, Otaya-doori, etc.




●Mirare Kanayamachi (9/22-23)
The timber facades and cobbled streets of Kanayamachi, the metalworking district, will be host to a variety of events – from guided tours to talks over tea, to craft exhibitions, and a student fashion show. The vibrant streets will be alive!



*Dates : Sep.21,2019〜Sep.22,2019

*Venue :Around the streets of Kanayamachi




“Autumn in Takaoka, City of Industrial Arts” will be held again this year!

2018.07.23 UP

Enjoy 5 huge crafting events over 4 days. Held 9/21 until 9/24 in the city center.

Takaoka’s annual autumn crafting event is powering up this year! Running from 9/21 (Fri) until 9/24 (Sun – holiday), at roughly 100 venues and 23 factories in Takaoka’s city centre, there will be over 3,000 crafted items for visitors to enjoy.

Particularly on 9/22 (Sat), there will be 5 huge events running at the same time. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store!


Previous craft exhibition

●Takaoka, City of Crafts: Craft Exhibition 2018 (9/21-25)
A comprehensive exhibition showcasing the works of the country’s greatest craftsman in Takaoka since 1986. You can also buy works which take your fancy. From metalwork and lacquer to glass and furniture, a wide range of items across materials and uses will be available.

*Venue : Takaoka Daiwa 4F Event Hall



Previous craft market town – from Yamachousuji

●Takaoka Craft Market Town (9/21-24)
Whether you want to see, buy, or experience crafts – or even eat some delicious food with crafted cutlery, this event will allow you to enjoy Takaoka’s crafts from all angles. From workshops you won’t get anywhere else, to talking with the artisans, there’s plenty of unique opportunities here!

*Venue : Based around Yamachousuji, also in Takaoka station, Otaya-doori, etc.



●Mirare Kanayamachi (9/22-23)
The timber facades and cobbled streets of Kanayamachi, the metalworking district, will be host to a variety of events – from guided tours to talks over tea, to craft exhibitions, and a student fashion show. The vibrant streets will be alive!

*Venue :Around the streets of Kanayamachi


The open factory in action

●Copperwork Complex (Douki Danchi) Open Factory (9/22)
This copperwork complex gathers dozens of crafts companies, from casting to processing to completion, and makes their operations open to the public. Take this unique chance to see the action up close!

*Venue : Toide Douki Danchi area


The Summit in Kyoto

●Japan Heritage Summit in Takaoka (9/22-23)
In 2015, Takaoka was the first place whose story was designated as Japan Heritage by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. As well as that story (Flourishing Folk Culture Under the Rule of the Maeda Family of Kaga), a story produced with other cities about a port used by the cargo ships that sailed Japan during the Edo period (New Space for Dreams of Men Who Crossed the Stormy Sea) has also been designated. At this summit, the country’s 67 stories (including Takaoka’s) will be brought to you by professional storytellers and cultural representatives.

*Venue :Based in the Center for Lifelong Study, as well as Kanayamachi, Yamachousuji, etc.