Hakone Yosegizaiku, wooden marquetry articles, are produced and sold in Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County, and Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Production began in the late Edo period, and it was in the Meiji period that the craftwork developed into the present marquetry style. Enjoying popularity at home and abroad as detailed handicraft artworks or souvenirs, the style is renowned for its meticulous, beautiful, and elaborate repeating geometrical patterns. The Hakone mountains are proud to be one of the regions with the largest number of tree species in Japan. The craftsmen make full use of the local trees with their many different shades of colored wood. Each year the winning team of the first half of the New Year Hakone Ekiden road relay race is presented with a Hakone Yosegizaiku trophy.
Odawara City and Hakone Town, Ashigarashimo County in Kanagawa Prefecture
Sights to See
Hakone Shrine (A shrine founded in 757 with a long and colorful history. Also a power spot for matchmaking and luck with money.)
Owakudani (The must-visit valley in Hakone. Volcanic activity still continues.)
Photo Credit: Kanagawa Prefectural Government