This specialty museum has more than 300 inro and netsuke, making it a major collection. Inro are tiny boxes that were used during the Edo era to keep ointment, pills or drugs. Netsuke are carved toggles which held the inro (suspended from the obi) in place. They were a practical necessity, as the kimono did not have pockets. Various materials are used for the carving like stag antler, ceramics, bamboo and ivory, but Takayama is well known for its lacquered wood inro. Both netsuke and inro are a unique form of Japanese sculpture in miniature.
- Open Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks, Arts & Museums
- Nearest Train: Takayama Station