Hida is blessed with a rich variety of broad-leafed trees, delicious water, mountains, a beautiful townscape and traditional ‘kumiki’ joinery technology – all combining for a ‘monozukuri’ spirit that runs deep in the region. At Hidakuma we aim to up-cycle these resources into a form of regional value through utilizing digital fabrication, IT, and technology.

Wood Procurement

Wood Procurement

We provide opportunities for architects, designers and creators to see, touch, and play with a wide variety of unique woods in the process of creating interiors and products. Collaboration with local companies
and sawmills enables procurement for a wide range of woods, with a focus on regional materials from Hida. At Hidakuma, we also provide support for finishing and processing as well as transforming wood materials into data.

Support for Japanese ‘Monozukuri’

Support for Japanese ‘Monozukuri’

Use of digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printers and laser cutters increases the efficiency of the ‘monozukuri’ process – combinations of different materials, furniture and products using ‘kumiki’ joinery techniques – we provide the place and opportunities for new discoveries in ‘monozukuri’ to be made.

Accommodation / Group Lodgings

Accommodation / Group Lodgings

Hidakuma provides you with a place for long term stays or group visits so that you can concentrate on your ‘monozukuri’ and prototypes while enjoying the rich natural surroundings, delicacies, and delicious Japanese sake of Hida and interacting with the warm local residents. Please take this chance to mix the unique personalities of broad-leafed trees and ‘kumiki’ joinery with the latest digital and fabrication technologies to produce new and creative output.

FabCafe Hida

FabCafe Hida

Fabcafe Hida

A ‘monozukuri’ space which serves coffee opened up in Hida for the first time. Fabcafe not only provides a space but is also equipped with the latest digital fabrication machines and wood machines resulting in creating a hub for local wood crafters, international architects, designers and travelers who all wish to experience ‘monozukuri’.

For Architects and Designers

For Architects and Designers

Have you ever wanted to explore the potential of wood?Methods for processing and finishing, try out multiple combinations – the number of variations you can produce is unlimited.At Hidakuma we specialize in helping you bring wood (in particular broad-leaved varieties) to life.

*Photo on the Left: Renovation of MTRL KYOTO using wood from Hida.

Through the collaboration of city-based designers and creators with wood artisans based in Hida Hidakuma utilizes Hida’s broad-leafed trees and ‘kumiki’ joinery techniques to develop functional products that have never been seen before. Boundary crossing collaboration fosters experimental prototyping, iterative improvement, product development and finally release into the marketplace.