Spruce up your new life with your own handmade Odate magewappa lunchbox!
Celebrate the new season with a make-your-own trip!
The forests of Akita are known for the high-quality wood known as “Akita sugi,” prized since ancient times as a material for woodworking of all kinds. One example is magewappa, a traditional woodcraft from the city of Odate. The wood’s ability to absorb moisture makes it perfect for traditional rice containers, but it’s also a popular material for modern objects like lunchboxes, teacups, and sake cups. There’s even a workshop where you can make your own magewappa dishes to spruce up your new life. Why not give it a try?
Try making your own magewappa!
In Odate, there’s a workshop where you can make your own magewappa creations. At Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten, you can choose from a variety of dishes, including lunchboxes, trays, and bread plates. The instructors will guide you through the complex process of magewappa: warming thin strips of sugi wood and gently bending them into place on a mold to form the desired object. With its rich sugi smell, your creation is sure to add a touch of elegance to your new life.
Take a ride through the deep woods on the old Kosaka Railway
The towns of Kosaka and Odate were once connected by the Kosaka Railway. Today, you can experience the journey by rail bike. The thick forests form a tunnel of trees as you glide along the rails, while a bridge offers a breathtaking view of the blue-green waters of the Nagaki River. It’s a great way to experience the rich natural heritage of the Odate sugi trees that gave rise to magewappa.
Get up close and personal with a fluffy Akita dog
Odate is the hometown of Hachiko, the famously loyal Akita dog. The city offers several places where you can meet these fluffy friends. On weekends, JR Odate Station has an Akita Dog Meeting Place, where the station’s honorary tourist stationmaster greets visitors with a wag of the tail.
Another popular Odate souvenir is blackberries. From traditional jams and jellies to Japanese-style blackberry mochi, there’s always something new and unique to enjoy.
|Location/Access||Wappa Bldg. 1F, 1-12-27 Onari-cho, Odate-shi, Akita-ken
(Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten)
About 1h20m by car (rental car/express way) from Aomori Airport
|Contact info||Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten Ltd. (main office)
Wappa Bldg. Gallery & Shop
Odate-Kosaka Rail Bike
Akita Dog Meeting Place
Odate City Hall, Tourism Section, Tourism Promotion Team
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