Mr Puzzle - We've got puzzles!


Product Categories
What's New
Very Difficult Puzzles
Puzzles by Price
Puzzles by Type
Puzzles by Difficulty
Puzzles by Maker
Puzzles by Designer
IPP Puzzles
Sports Theme Puzzles
Puzzle Boxes
Wine & Beer Theme Puzzles
Australiana Themed Puzzles
Executive Desk Puzzles
Coffee Table Puzzles
Kids Puzzles
Jigsaw Puzzles
Puzzle Books
Puzzling Objects
Discounted Puzzle Sets
Collectible Puzzles
Selling Out
Gift Wrapping

Mr Puzzle - We've got puzzles!

Puzzles by Maker > Japanese Puzzle Boxes from Hakone

5 Sun 21 +1 Step Japanese puzzle box


Out of Stock

5 Sun 21 +1 Step Japanese puzzle box

To open this Japanese puzzle box you must slide hidden panels in order.  There are 21 moves to make in the correct order and still this box holds one more secret.  One more move is required to find the second secret compartment.  A great way to prolong the anticipation of gift giving!

Traditional Japanese secret opening boxes were first made in the Hakone region about the 1890's by master woodworker Ryugoro Okawa and are decorated with a veneer called yosegi zaiku marquetry.  Today the youngest of the Himitsu-Bako Master craftsman is about 60 years old.  This very precise process starts with gluing different coloured woods together to form the desired pattern.  Then very thin sheets called zuku are shaved with a special plane and glued on to the puzzle.

We have sourced these boxes directly from Japan. The Hakone region has a long history of generations of master craftsmen making secret opening boxes for more than 100 years.  Our stock of these boxes is very limited and once sold we're not sure how long it will be before we could get similar puzzle boxes again.

The Hakone Mountains of Japan are noted for their great variety of trees. Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku is a inlaid mosaic woodwork unique to this area and takes advantage of this wide variety of natural wood colors and textures to produce their elaborate geometric patterns.

This box is available in two different patterns.  Kirichigae & Akaasa

This is a 5 Sun box.   Sun is the traditional unit of measure to denote length - 3.03cm to be exact - of these secret opening puzzle boxes.
Size outside: 150mm X 107mm X 68mm 
Size inside: 100mm x 75mm x 42mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 85mm x 30mm x 3mm

The puzzle box comes gift boxes in a pressboard box with lid and a solution is provided.


Shopping cart software
and credit card processing provided by ezimerchant

Web site currency conversion

Spend over 100.00 on puzzles and receive 20% discount off the postage cost