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Wajima Kiriko Art Museum

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Address: 6-1 Marine Town, Wajima 928-0008, Ishikawa Prefecture
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+81 768-22-7100

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Best experience of the day trip

Took a full day bus trip from Kanazawa. This is the best part of the trip. It was an amazing sight to see such huge Kiriko side by side and the lighting effect was great... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2016
los angeles, CA
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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

After going to this small museum which displays the lantern floats I want to go back for the matsuri (festival) in August. Great video of people having a wild time.

Thank tonyjapan
los angeles, CA
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Took a full day bus trip from Kanazawa. This is the best part of the trip. It was an amazing sight to see such huge Kiriko side by side and the lighting effect was great. Unfortunately the explaination is all in Japanese. But the video upstairs showed the festivals in which the Kiriko was used and one can really feel... More 

Thank RRla
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

My favourite museum in Japan so far. It's not big and only features lanterns but someone has really thought about how to make the most of the exhibits and the story of how they are used. Modern building, different experience on each floor level, helpful staff. A must-see if you are in Waijima.

Thank portinfer
South Australia, Australia
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This was part of our Noto tour package. Though the museum was a little bit small, the kiriko/festival lanterns inside were amazing. It houses many lanterns of different sizes which are used in festivals. However the giant lanterns (around 3-4 story high) just stays inside the museum for display purposes. I love how the lighting inside the museum highlighted the... More 

Thank sikoletlover
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Kiriko museum houses "kiriko lanterns"...the huge paper lanterns used in summer festivals in different parts of Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa. This museum was relocated to a new site closer to Wajima' morning market, and has a very different look from the previous place which was a bit old, and a cramped display style.The new museum has a better lighting, and... More 

Thank Nikhil Rohan R
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

The Kiriko Lantern Museum has relocated to Wajima's growing Marine Town development. The new building has been superbly designed to showcase the beautiful lantern floats. I clearly remember my reaction when I walked into the exhibition hall - wow! It is one of the best festival float museums I have visited. I highly recommend the Kiriko Lantern Museum which is... More 

Thank Kiku2
Takasaki, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This is a tiny museum, but packed with interesting displays if you're interested in the Matsuri culture of Japan. The Kiriko are just massive. I'd like to return for one of the summer festivals and see them in action.

Thank Heather D
Limon, Colorado
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Amazing collection of Kiriko Lanterns. These huge and very heavy float/lanterns/signs are carried around the towns during their festivals. I can't remember the exact figures but they are something like 30 feet tall and thousands of pounds!

Thank Ellie B
Santa Barbara, California
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83 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Magical and spectacular museum. Unlike anything I've seen before. The fabulous lanterns and floats of the local festival are beautifully displayed. Don't miss it!!

Thank Dianne V
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Kiriko Lantern Museum is rich with history with their massive displays of kiriko lanterns. The laterns are used/have been used in festivals. They are made of wood, fabric, and paper and are carried by dozens and dozens of people. The height of the laterns range from a few feet to roughly fifty feet tall. Some are very plain while others... More 

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