Kanazawa Saryo is an experiential art cafe where you can enjoy Japanese tea with the pottery you create yourself. It opened in March 2022, after transforming a traditional old house on Mt. Utatsu, which offers panoramic views of Kanazawa’s cityscape.
Kanazawa Saryo offers a unique 120-minute program consisting of two steps: the “Art Experience,” where you can create your own utensils using the cutting-edge Kanazawa lacquerware technique, and the “Cafe Experience,” allowing you to savor Japanese tea using the utensils you’ve crafted. This is a special experience unique to Kanazawa Saryo, where you can paint, savor, and feel.
The spotlight is on the innovative “Kanazawa Lacquerware” technique, devised in conjunction with the opening of Kanazawa Saryo by renowned ceramic artist Masayoshi Yoshioka and his favorite pupil, lacquer artist Yuko Matsuura. This technique involves layering over 10 vivid colors of paint onto pottery, creating a distinctive effect.
In Step 1, the Art Experience, participants select a vessel from teacups and small sake cups adorned with Kanazawa’s traditional craft “Kutani Ware.” Using the Kanazawa Lacquerware technique, they craft an original-colored utensil.
In Step 2, the Cafe Experience, participants can indulge in a recommended cup of tea from the three offerings by the tea brand “shu ha ri,” which is based on the tea ceremony principles of protect, break, and leave. Using their freshly crafted original utensils, participants can fully enjoy a relaxing tea time in a comfortable environment.
The cost for the combined utensil crafting and cafe experience course is 6,600 yen per person (tax included). Reservations are required for the experience course. For those interested, the cafe is also open for enjoying tea and sweets separately. For more information, please refer to the official website.
Address: 16-17 Utatsu-cho, Kanazawa City
Opening hours: 10am-6pm