Utilization of tuff stone for construction materials was started in the Late Kofun (Tumulus) Period. The horizontal stone chamber of the Asuka Period discovered in the Kodayama burial mounds was unparalleled by featuring the arched ceiling structure, created based on the skills and techniques imported from China.
Natadera Temple is an ancient temple for Mt. Hakusan worship having a history of 1,300 years. Constructed in a rocky mountain with a jasper stratum, this temple was named Iwayaji Temple by monk, Taicho Hoshi. Jasper and agate steppingstones are arranged in the temple garden. In the ancient days, agate collected around this area was transacted as gifts for trading with foreign countries.
In the Edo Period where people enjoyed a time of peace after the Sengoku Period (the age of the provincial wars), stonewalls began to have a different meaning. When the third head of the Maeda Clan, Toshitsune, in the Kaga Domain constructed Komatsu Castle as his retreat, he also built elaborate stonewalls by using Komatsu's stone materials based on the then cutting-edge technique, Kirikomi-hagi (precise joinery).
Kutani pottery is the greatest ceramic art which was praised as Japan Kutani Ware in the Western countries during the Meiji Period. Pottery stone found in the Hanasaka area of Komatsu City during the late Edo Period is used for Kutani pottery. The classic processes of crushing pottery stone to create Kutani pottery clay still remain.
In the late Edo Period, gold and silver mining began in Kinpira, Ogoya, and Yusenji. After the Meiji Period, the Ogoya Kozan Mine operated by the Yokoyama Clan known as the Mineral King of Hokuriku and the Yusenji Dozan Copper Mine which served as the foundation for the subsequent development of steel works of Komatsu increased copper production.
Stone materials produced in a number of stone quarries have been used for city buildings including many famous building across the country, such as the Diet Building, and the Koshien Hotel. Many stone warehouses owned by pleasant old merchant houses in the central area of Komatsu City are still actively utilized for art museums and restaurants. For more than 2,300 years, the people of Komatsu have accumulated a rich stone culture where people, objects, and techniques have interacted, producing a unique townscape and their own special life style.