Yame City is located in the southern part of Fukuoka Prefecture.
Yame hills are home to many ancient burial mounds, including the Iwatoyama burial mound. The city is also famous for traditional handicrafts such as handmade washi paper, Buddhist altars, and chochin lanterns, as well as agricultural products such as Yame tea.
The Yame Fukushima Shirokabe no machinami (white walled townscape), which has been selected as a national Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, preserves many traditional buildings from the late Edo period to the early Showa period.
A former sake brewery built at the end of the Edo period has been renovated to introduce the charm and history of the townscape of Yame Fukushima.
There is also a café space where visitors can enjoy Yame tea, a specialty of the town.
It is also a luxurious time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea in a calm atmosphere.
The second floor also has an event space where visitors can enjoy a menu of Yame tea-related experiences.
There are beautiful paper cutouts on the window glass.
They are said to be the work of a paper cutout artist.
The museum is not large, but you may spend a lot of time just looking at them.
【Yame City Yokomachi Machiya Exchange Center】
94 Honmachi, Yame-shi, Fukuoka
Closed: Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, the museum is open on Monday and closed the following day), year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 – January 4)
Yame Fukushima Buddhist altars, Yame lanterns, Yame stone lanterns, Yame handmade Japanese paper, Yame bamboo crafts, etc.
The museum exhibits and introduces crafts that are representative of the Yame region.
Crafts are also available for purchase.
You will see a large lantern and the largest Buddhist altar in Japan.
Both are unique to Japan, so you may want to take pictures of them.
You can also observe the work of bamboo craftsmen up close.
Here is a bamboo craftsman making a basket.
There is also a handmade washi paper workshop where you can experience the process of making washi from scratch.
The price varies depending on the item you want to make, and you can make postcards, fans, etc.
Please note that the number of items you can make may be limited depending on the number of people, and reservations are required for groups of five or more.
A set of uchiwa (Japanese fan) that you can make by yourself using bamboo crafts and Japanese paper is available for sale.
How about them for those who do not have time to participate in the experience or for souvenirs?
【Yame Traditional Crafts Museum】
2-123-2 Honmachi, Yame-shi, Fukuoka
Closed: Mondays (open on national holidays), Year-end and New Year holidays