Only 16 km (10 miles) and one bus stop up the road from Monzen, this fishing town at the tip of the peninsula is also known for its gorgeous lacquerware.
Wajima Morning Market. At the tip of the peninsula, the fishing village of Wajima is known for its gorgeous lacquerware. A good place to purchase some good pieces is the Wajima Morning Market, held daily except for the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. You can also buy seafood, fruit, vegetables,
and local crafts from elderly women wearing indigo monpei (field pants). The smaller yu-ichi (evening market) starts around 3 pm daily and runs until sunset. Almost anyone can point you in the right direction. Wajima is about 16 km (10 miles) up the road from Monzen. Asa-ichi dori, Kawai-cho, 928-0001. 0768/22–7653. Daily 8–11:30 and 3–sunset.
Wajima Lacquerware Hall. To observe the traditional lacquerware manufacturing process, visit Wajima Lacquerware Hall. The production of a single piece involves more than 20 steps, from wood preparation and linen reinforcement to the application of layers of lacquer, carefully dried and polished between coats. It's in the center of town on the north side of Route 249, near the New Bridge. 24–55 Kawai-machi, 928-0001. 0768/22–2155. ¥200. Daily 8:30–5.
Wajima, Ishikawa-ken, Japan