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Komatsu City and Its Culture of Stones
the Narrative of Gems

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STORY

For the past 2300 years, the people of Komatsu in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture have processed and polished gemstones using the most advanced levels of technology available to them.
This tradition began during the Yayoi period with the creation of jasper beads. Some of Komatsu’s old beads are so sophisticated that it is difficult to recreate them even with the use of modern technology.
As such, they were highly prized by the ruling kings of the Yamato period as symbols of power.
Komatsu has also contributed to the discovery of various geological deposits including gold, copper, agate, opal, crystal, jasper, and tuff stone, in addition to deposits of clay used for local Kutani pottery. Komatsu is a community with an interchange of people, goods, and technology that has built its rich stone culture.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Hokuriku Shinkansen)〜JR Kanazawa Sta.(Hokuriku Line Ltd Exp)~JR Komatsu Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)〜JR Yonehara Sta.(Hokuriku Line)~JR Komatsu Sta.
    • JR Osaka Sta.(Hokuriku Line)~JR Komatsu Sta.

CONTACT

  • Komatsu City Tourrism Exchange Division
  • TEL:+81-761-24-8076