Japanese black ink has been in wide use for writing, drawing, and painting since the ancient times in Japan. It is obtained by rubbing a stick of dry watercolor called "sumi" upon the surface of a stone vessel called "suzuri(硯)". The ink of sumi is a kind of colloidal suspension and the stability of suspension is maintained by means of gelatinous matter.
The manufacture of sumi in Suzuka area reportedly dates back to the 8th century. In the Edo era (1600~1867), the production increased greatly. Today, Suzuka ranks with Nara as the most famous and important production center of sumi in Japan.



Sinseido co.,ltd
5-15, jike 5-chome, Suzuka City Mie 510-0254 Japan

Kintetsu Shiroko station: 15 minutes walk
Kintetsu Tsuzumigaura station: 5 minutes walk


Admission fee Free
Working days and hours Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm
Closings Saturday,Sunday, public holidays, 30th Dec. to 3rd Jan, 13th to 15th Aug.
Visitor capacity 1 to 10
Time required for a tour 1hour
Language Japanese only
Reservation Required
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Other conditions An interpretor must be arranged by the visitor.
Photography is allowed in limited areas.


Tel: 059-388-4053