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Crafts Fair Matsumoto
Agata no Mori Park : あがたの森公園

Browse Japan’s Premier Outdoor Arts & Crafts Fair.

Matsumoto/Northern Alps

Description

Household Art in the Park: Creative everyday items by 250 artisans from all over Japan, at Matsumoto's Agata no Mori Park held annually the last week of May.

Recommendation

Ceramics, leatherwork, wood furniture, clothing, jewelry, and more ceramics, handmade by real artisans, sold by real artisans (around 280 actual artists -- no resellers!) in beautiful Agata no Mori Park in Matsumoto City. The Crafts Fair Matsumoto is held every year on the last weekend of May and is one of the biggest and most highly regarded arts & crafts fairs in Japan.

Some of the works for sale are fun and whimsical, meant to be enjoyed for simply by looking at. But a lot of the artisans make items for everyday use. In Japan, people often have a particular pair of chopsticks, rice bowl, etc. that they use all the time. Thus there is a high appreciation for a well-crafted item that other people might just disregard as an ordinary, run-of-the-mill household necessity. At the Crafts Fair Matsumoto, people come to find meaningful items that fit their lives, with the added bonus of getting to actually meet the craftsmen behind the products.
The fair also has live music, craft-making demonstrations (some hands-on for guests to try), and food booths.

Details

Hours :
11:00-17:00 Saturday, 09:00-17:00 Sunday on the last weekend of May 
Date(s) :
Held the last weekend of May 
Cost / Price of Admission :
Entrance free.  
Reservations :
Not required 
# of Participants :
1+  
Luggage Storage :
Not Available 

Notes

Besides the official fair on the last weekend of May, Matsumoto City-based artisans hold events at their workshops and galleries during the entire month of May.
There is no parking at the event site so please take public transportation or walk.

Contact

tel : +81(0)263-34-6557   fax : +81(0)263-34-6545   e-mail   Official site

Access/Location

By Train
From Matsumoto Station(JR Chuo Line), Head straight out on Route 143. Proceed straight from the station and the road will come to a "T" at Agata no Mori Park.
(1.4km, 18 min. on foot)
By Car
From Matsumoto IC, Take Route 158 east into the city center. 158 becomes Route 143 -- follow it as it goes under the railroad tracks, turns right at Chuo 1-chome signal, and turns left in front of Matsumoto Station. Proceed straight from the station and the road will come to a "T" at Agata no Mori Park. (4.2km, 12 min.)
Address
3-2102-4, Agata, Matsumoto,390-0812

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