Learn How to Craft Glass Art in Hokkaido

Or just appreciate masterpieces from Japanese craftsmen.

Glass Forest
3 Shigaichi, Rokugo, Furano City, Hokkaido
Contact: +81-167-39-9088
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on some days of July and August)
Business hours might change during winter season.

Have you ever wondered how glasswares are made? In Japan, you can see a variety of these works of art in Glass Forest in Furano City. Six out of the seven buildings showcase different beautifully crafted glasswares, while its seventh building offers several glass craft workshops like blowing heat-resistant glass, ideal for those who want to learn more about the craft. Here’s what you can expect in some of their buildings:

The first building features a lineup of various original glass designs, particularly Shibare Glassware, which is only available in Glass Forest, Furano City. A glass layer in between the hard glass produces tiny cracks as you use it, creating the Shibare frosting that is unique per piece.

The heat-resistant Shibare Glassware can be used with hot tea or soup. Each glass costs around ¥4,212.

The second building holds a display of glass art in the shape of flower farms and wild animals. It depicts the transition from Furano’s spring to autumn seasons.

Kawaii fox figures (¥648 each)

Since Furano City is famous for their lavenders, the glass version of the flower (¥432 per stem) makes for a nice gift for friends back home.

The third building sells original accessories in Japanese themes, perfect for pasalubong shopping. Kitchen utensils like chopsticks-rest and soy sauce pots, and rare crystal collages can be found in the fifth and sixth buildings, respectively. And for those interested to join workshops in glass art, head over to the second level of the seventh building and take part in the classes!

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, Hokkaido Walker™ (17 August 2017)

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