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[Ishikawa / Komatsu City] Visit a legendary roof tile-maker, the only remaining in the former tile-producing city of Komatsu!

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  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Solo participant
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Children welcome
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    6Age ~ 99 Age
  • Duration
    1~2 hours
Plan description

Komatsu Tile's "Iraka no Nami" is a factory tour that boasts one of the largest scales of the GEMBA program, which was an architectural culture nurtured by the climate of Hokuriku. The site of soil preparation and the kiln with a total length of 70 m have a great impact. The sight of thousands of roof tiles burning like dominoes is a sight to behold. In this program, we will visit the last remaining tile shop in this area where the ceramic industry was originally flourishing, including Kutani ware. Why don't you go to know the tile culture that the climate unique to Hokuriku has nurtured? * For foreign nationals: Information on the day will be in Japanese only.

Learn how Komatsu tiles can respond to the climate of Hokuriku!

It is interesting just to see how the tile base, which looks like a long bar, is covered with snow at the molding stage and shaped in various ways. In addition to snow prevention, you can learn about the ingenuity of roof tiles as a building material that can respond to the climate unique to Hokuriku throughout the tour.

Ask the last tile maker in the prefecture, the forefront of roof tiles

Komatsu has been active in the ceramic industry since ancient times. Komatsu is said to have prospered as a major producer of roof tiles in the Hokuriku region, but nowadays, demand for roof tiles is gradually declining due to changes in demand for housing styles. Today, only this Komatsu roof tile is produced in the prefecture. We are also taking on new challenges in order to protect the tile culture that supports the architectural style rooted in the region. During the tour, you can learn about the latest situation of such tiles.

Realize the greatness of roof tiles, which is just right for living in Japan

The tile culture is gradually disappearing due to changes in lifestyle and building style. However, a house with a tiled roof will be a perfect house for the Japanese climate because of its breathability and strong foundation. seeing is believing. When you actually see it, you will feel like "I want to put a tile on my roof!" ...! This is a recommended tour for those who are planning to build a house.

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    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 3 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 1~10
    About duration
    1~2 hours
    90 minutes
    Operating period 2021/11/12〜2021/11/14
    Assembly time Please come 10 minutes before the experience start time.
    Booking deadline until 16:59 3 days before

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Dress code - Must bring items Please wear comfortable shoes such as athletic shoes and clothes that are easy to move. As we manufacture products using soil, it may adhere to clothes, so please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

    Matters require attention There are steep stairs and steps in the factory, so please be careful of your feet. Be sure to follow the staff's instructions as there are dangerous places.
    Other notifications Preschool children are not allowed to participate.

    Time schedule

    / 14: 00 Factory tour (45 minutes)

    / 14: 00 Factory tour (45 minutes) Tour the entire process of soil preparation, molding, drying, and firing. The tunnel kiln with a total length of 70m is worth a visit.

    / 14: 45 Handmade roof tile (Onigawara) tour (30 minutes)

    / 14: 45 Handmade roof tile (Onigawara) tour (30 minutes) You will observe the process of molding roof tiles by hand. * Original products can be purchased after the tour.

    Access - Map

    5-29-1 Kokufudai, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture
    Assembly point

    Komatsu roof tile (Komatsu Kyoei roof tile company association)

    If you arrive by car

    20 minutes from "Komatsu IC" on the Hokuriku Expressway (parking lot available: free: 10 cars)

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