A town of wood carving

A Town of Woodcarving

Inami is known for wood-carving. Anywhere you go, you can hear the striking sound of mallets. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, when wood-carving masters arrived from Kyoto and started passing their exceptional skills to local carpenters. With a population of 8,000 in Inami, 200 are woodcarving artisans.

A Town of Belief

Inami, a town with 600 years of history, is located in the Southwest of Toyama Prefecture. In 1390, Zuisen-ji Temple was built and the town prospered around it. Jodo-Shin Buddhist sect has since developed in the area, and the local people have much appreciation for nature, which provides everything they consume.

A Town of History

By the early 20th century, Inami had developed sericulture (silk farming). With various industries and businesses thriving, Yoiyasa Festival was established in 1833 to pay tribute to the gods and build the kinship of the townsmen. Town people would carry six beautifully decorated Mikoshi (sacred floats) down the streets every year in May.

A Town of Nature

Inami has thousands of rice paddies. The view from Kanjo-ji Park is superb in any season. Azumadachi (traditional farmhouses) can still be found in town.


World Heritage sites Shirakawa-go and Gokayama and the Shogawa Gorge are accessible from Inami by car. There is also direct bus service between Inami and Kanazawa that operates every day. Our official app provides you further information to make your travel more exciting.
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