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Glass shop and Figurine Museum

The square is within easy walking distance of the train station, and the glass shop was the first... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2017
Bridget H
Fascinating glass workshop.

Kurokabe means back wall. The area is named after the western style bank which was coloured black... read more

Reviewed February 3, 2012
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Oct 9, 2017
“Glass shop and Figurine Museum”
Jun 19, 2018
“Great place to pick up beautiful glassware”
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A black wall square where shops and cafés renovated the old townscape from Edo to the early Showa era. The central black wall glass pavilion is a facility that used bank traces built in 1900 (Meiji 33), and a large number of domestic and foreign...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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12-38 Motohamacho, Nagahama 526-0059, Shiga Prefecture
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+81 749-65-2330
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

There are lots of great glass galleries in the traditional buildings around Kurokabe square. I picked up some unique pieces at very reasonable prices.

Thank Frances S
Reviewed October 9, 2017

The square is within easy walking distance of the train station, and the glass shop was the first place we stopped. I think I wandered around inside there for an hour, because there were so many cool products to look at, and the building itself...More

1  Thank Bridget H
Reviewed June 24, 2016

Went as part of a day trip to Hikone (in the morning) and here (in the afternoon). My guidebook and the local tourist info pitch the black colour of the shops' exteriors as a selling point, and at a few spots you will get the...More

2  Thank Kat T
Reviewed November 28, 2015

We passed by Nagahama on the way to Hikone. The Square is a few restored buildings of the18th Century with souvenir shops for the local tourists. We tried out some of the local snacks which we uniquely tasty.

1  Thank emster2029
Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Agree with all the comments though some of the glass products were not great. But a lot of nice shops with interesting stuff. However, sadly we were very disappointed with the Andoh house which is unexceptional and in our view not worth the entrance fee...More

1  Thank WestDeneWombat1
Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is a pleasant attraction which seems to us to be a cross between a shopping centre and a market and includes a number of interesting little eateries. A good place for a stroll especially if you are on your way to the main temple.

1  Thank J-J2030
Reviewed May 23, 2015

The place itself was just a renovated bank building and filled with lots of souvenir shops for Japanese tourists. Unless you find enthusiasm in choosing souvenirs to hand out to your friends and relatives, it is not your place. But the surrounding area was another...More

3  Thank Ohshima
Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

This square has a delightful array of shops, restaurants and cafes- even a temple and action figure museum! It's one of my favorite places in all of Japan. I love the historic architecture, the quant bridges adorned with foxes and tiny canals. There's plenty to...More

3  Thank Emily L
Reviewed December 14, 2014

I visited Kurokabe Square during a recent trip to Japan. We did sandblasting with a small glass and were able to make our on design on the glass. This was a fun souvenir to take back with me. The staff was very kind and attentive...More

1  Thank Brooke0588
Reviewed February 3, 2012

Kurokabe means back wall. The area is named after the western style bank which was coloured black. It is now a glass workshop which is worth a visit while walking throught he town. Kurokabe area has a lot of old style houses and shops.

4  Thank StanleyAuckland
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