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Flourishing Folk Culture Under the Rule of the Maeda Family of Kaga

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STORY

The city of Takaoka has thrived in the area of commerce and industry, and boasts a rich, unique culture cultivated by the local merchants, passed down from generation to generation.
Upon the decommissioning and eventual destruction of Takaoka Castle under the One Castle Per Province Law, the townspeople grew anxious about the future prosperity of the town.
To quell these anxieties, the ruling class of the Kaga Domain (present-day Ishikawa Prefecture and Western Toyama Prefecture) employed strategic political policies to revitalize Takaoka’s local economy and transform the area into a town of industry and commerce.
As Takaoka continued to gain further attention for its lacquerware and metalwork products, it also became widely known for its fertile land and good port access, which would place the area at the center of the commercial goods trade - handling anything from rice, cotton, and fertilizer.
As a result of this, Takaoka acquired the moniker of the “Kitchen of Kaga”.
The merchant class also donated their wealth to the revival of the city, leading to the creation of lavish festivals and a rich local culture.
Takaoka has continued to thrive as an industrial town, and even to this day, you can see the history of Takaoka’s old merchant roots reflected in the town’s infrastructure, architecture, craftsmanship and local festivals.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Hokuriku Shinkansen)~JR Shin-Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 2hr20min)
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Hokuriku Line Ltd Exp)〜JR Kanazawa Sta.(Hokuriku Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 3hr)
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Hokuriku Line Ltd Exp)〜JR Kanazawa Sta.(Hokuriku Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 3hr10min)
  • Car
    • From Tokyo Nerima IC(Kan-Etsu Expwy)〜Nagaoka JCT(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Oyabe-Tonami JCT(Noetsu Expwy)〜Takaoka I.C(Approx. 6hr)
    • From Tokyo Nerima IC(Kan-Etsu Expwy)〜Fujioka JCT(Joshin-Etsu Expwy)〜Joetsu JCT(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Oyabe-Tonami JCT(Noetsu Expwy)〜Takaoka I.C(Approx. 5hr30min)
    • From Osaka Suita IC(Meishin Expwy)〜Yonehara JCT(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Oyabe-Tonami JCT(Noetsu Expwy)〜Takaoka I.C(Approx. 4hr)
    • From Nagoya Komaki I.C(Meishin Expwy)〜Yonehara JCT(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Oyabe-Tonami JCT(Noetsu Expwy)〜Takaoka I.C(Approx. 3hr30min)
    • From Nagoya Komaki I.C(Meishin Expwy)〜Ichinomiya JCT(Hokuriku Expwy)〜Oyabe-Tonami JCT(Noetsu Expwy)〜Takaoka I.C(Approx. 2hr40min)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport〜Toyama Airport(By Bus)〜Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 1hr40min)
    • Shin-Chitose Airport〜Toyama Airport(By Bus)〜Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 2hr5min)
  • Express Bus
    • From Tokyo JR Shinjuku Station East Exit〜Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 7hr)
    • From Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Center〜Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 4hr25min)
    • From Nagoya Nagoya Sta.〜Takaoka Sta.(Approx. 3hr25min)

CONTACT

  • Cultural Properties Section, Takaoka Board of Education
  • TEL:+81 766-20-1453