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  • Kita-Kamakura Takara-no-niwa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Yamanouchi 1418
    This is a shared atelier house which was created by renovating an old Japanese home located to the rear of the luscious green premises of Jochiji Temple in Kita-Kamakura. In the permanent exhibit is a gallery which displays works by various Takara-no-Niwa artists, and there is also the Takara-no-Kama area where participants can experience the art of making pottery as well as a rental space used to hold various workshops.
  • Kamakura Chokin Kobo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Onarimachi 6-1
    A workshop where visitors can craft wedding and engagement rings as well as other rings and charms using 10-karat gold and silver. Focusing on the concept of simple designs that can be enjoyed forever, the workshop’s expert staff will work with you from start to finish to help you create your very own piece. Jewelry crafting takes approximately three hours and it is possible to bring one’s completed piece home the same day.
  • Yamato Horse Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Sakuragawashi Okunitama 4432-6
    A horseback riding club located a five-minute drive from Yamato Station on the JR Mito Line. The club offers an environment in which men and women of all ages can enjoy horseback riding. The club offers horseback riding lessons which include conscientious instruction for those who have never ridden before, horse trekking with trotting sections for those with experience, and more. The club also offers horseback archery using real bows and arrows. The club rents the appropriate archery wear and equipment and instruction is provided personally by the club president. Thanks to exposure via SNS, there are many participants from foreign countries as well.
  • Advance Horse Party
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Kou 5639-1
    This horseback riding club located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture is where you can enjoy riding horses on vast nature-filled premises that are over 26,000 square meters in size. You can experience it as a hobby and for sightseeing with a beginner's experience course, and a visitor's course with lessons for horseback riding enthusiasts or those who want to continue it as a hobby.
  • Ichinomiya Horse Riding Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunichinomiyamachi Ichinomiya 9963
    This horseback riding club is in the Ichinomiya section of Ichinomiya Town, Chosei County. Their popular Kaigan Course gives you the chance to ride a horse along the coast, getting the full-feel for nearby Kujukuri Beach. An instructor leads the horses along, so it's fun for beginners, too.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Chiba Pref. Sambugunkujukurimachi Sakuda 5610
    This horseback riding club in Kujukuri Town, Sanbu County offers basic lessons on-site, rides on Kujukuri Beach, as well as the chance to put on a costume and get your photo taken in the saddle. They have an American Old West themed restaurant and a barbecue area, too. Their facilities can even be used for shooting films.
  • SRC Sayama Horse Riding Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Sayamashi Sasai 716
    A horseback riding club located in Sasai, Sayama City. The club keeps around 88 horses. The club offers horseback rides for beginners which provides everything participants need to ride, a three-day course through which participants can gain a Class 5 horseback riding license, horseback rides for children, and more.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 2-17-131F
    This traditional Japanese cuisine classroom and chef's kitchen located in Nishi-Asakusa has the concept of communicating and spreading the wonder of traditional Japanese food and tea culture in Japan and around the world. In the classes to experience traditional Japanese cuisine, you can learn from the basics, such as how to make okonomiyaki pancakes, sukiyaki, sushi, dashi soup stock and batter. There is also a class to learn green tea etiquette, and options to ride on rickshaws and wear kimono. In addition, it may be used as a rental kitchen for reunions and other gatherings.
  • Lake Toya Ranch
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Tsukiura 44
    This is a guest Ranch specializing in horse trekking, and is located two hours by car from Sapporo half way to Hakodate. Visitors can overlook Lake Toya, Mt. Usu and Mt. Showa Shinzan, recognized as the first “World Geopark” in Japan, while enjoying horse trekking. There is also a family course for those with small children, and anyone can join if they can straddle a horse alone without being afraid. There is a full mountain course for adults or those with a height of 140 centimeters or more. The course can be enjoyed by both experienced and inexperienced riders.
  • Herbal Ranch
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Tsukiura 44
    Herbal Ranch is a hands-on experience facility in Tsukiura, Toyako-machi, in Abuta County. Visitors pick herbs from the herb garden on the property and try their hands at distilling herbs, making herbal tea, or cooking local vegetables with herbs in a Dutch oven. Reservations are required, but Herbal Ranch can accommodate groups of up to twenty people.
  • Clark Horse Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Higashiasahikawachou Sakuraoka 160-4
    A horse ranch where visitors can experience horseback riding. The facility is notable for its American west countryside feel. Children and others can have an instructor lead your horse by a rope for a safer experience or, after a ten minute lecture; you can ride in the nearby forest. There's an old West-style cafe on the grounds where you can enjoy a meal after your ride. There's also a remodeled old farm house which has been turned into a cottage visitors can rent and stay the night in.
  • Hakodate Kogeisha
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 8-8
    A gallery which moved to its current location in 2014 selling crafts from the city of Hakodate in Hokkaido. The gallery building, built in 1935, carries an atmosphere which speaks of Hakodate's history and growth. In addition to conducting exhibitions of ceramics and dyed goods created by Hokkaido and other artists, the facility holds a variety of classes on crafts such as ceramics, tsumugiori weaving, flower pressing, and calligraphy. Depending on the day, rakugo comedic storytelling and other traditional performing arts as well as many other events are held here.

    Very nice collection of handmade textiles, crafts, jewelry, carvings, clothing, pottery. Very carefully curated by the owner. A must if you care about beautiful handmade traditional objects.

  • Kushiro Fureai Horse Park
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Yamahana 10-1
    This horse riding club in Kushiro offers a well-appointed horse-riding experience for beginners at affordable prices. A 50-minute horse trekking course meandering slowly through a water flower grove and on into the forest is available, as well as a 70-minute course that stretches all the way to Momiji Boulevard. This horse park, provides instructor-directed beginner's rides, and free range riding for those bringing their own horses. With no entrance fee, visitors are free to take photos or pet the horses.

    We booked a 10 night stay in Japan (7 nights eastern Hokkaido with car hire and 3 nights Tokyo) with Inside Japan Tours between 22 April and 2 May 2014. During our 2-night stay in Tsurui Hotel Taito...

  • Sonny's Stable
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kayabegunmorimachi Komagatake 95-23
    This is a riding club located in great expansive natural surroundings of Onuma where one can enjoy western horse riding, just like the original. The trail riding experience with a veteran cowboy guide takes you meandering through forests on a horse and are designed so that even a beginner can securely enjoy 'real' horse trekking. The courses available are 90 minutes course, two and a half hours course with a coffee break, and three and a half hours course with coffee and a snack. Each course comes with a 45-minute lesson and a selection menu.
  • Frontier Equestrian Club
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Ishikarishi Atsuta-ku Shuppu 165-3
    Located about 30 minutes from the Sapporo Kita Interchange by car, this equestrian club is located in the Atsuta district of Ishikari City. Various lessons and courses are provided at the Frontier Equestrian Club on its large grounds surrounded by the rich nature of Hokkaido in the perfect environment for horseback riding. Everyone from beginners to veterans can similarly enjoy themselves and experience healing and comfort on a course rich with rivers, the sea, grasslands, forests, hills and other environments while doing horse trekking, an activity that has become popular in recent years. The horseback riding plans include a beginner's course, an outdoor riding course, obstacle jumping and dressage.
  • Osaka English Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1 Within EXPOCITY
    This English language education and hands-on facility is based on America with each section split into the East Coast Zone, West Coast Zone, Nature Zone and School Zone. 23 classes are available across the floor, each one matching their zone. Guests can study English freely choosing classes based on situation and difficulty level. A wide variety of courses are available for children and adults.
  • Kisouma Horse Riding Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Kaidakougensuekawa 5596-1
    This horseback riding facility is located inside the “Kiso Horse Village” in Kaidakogen, Kiso Town. There are about 30 Kiso horses being kept and raised here; they’re a Japanese local breed known as warrior steeds. They are not as tall as thoroughbreds and have gentle personalities, making them especially suitable for those new to horseback riding. You can also ride horse-drawn carriages, experience horse therapy and stablekeeping, and more.
  • Aotogama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Nuttarihigashi 3-5-24
    Aotogama located in Nuttari Terrace Street in Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture is a ceramic studio which also holds pottery classes. At the shop attached to the studio, it also sells containers glazed with natural ash, small earthenware items, and accessories as well as variety goods selected with a unique sense of taste. It has a wide range of items which are simple, tasteful and useful in daily life. With a booking, you can experience an electric potter’s wheel and hand forming of clay.
  • Riding Club Crane Kanazawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Awagasakihamamachi 1-7
    A riding club located in Kanazawa operated by Crane, a popular riding club organization with 33 locations nationwide. A free shuttlebus connects the club to JR Kanazawa Station. The club is located in a naturally beautiful area close to the Uchinada Dunes and, in addition to areas throughout the prefecture, many of the clubs customers commute from the prefectures of Fukui and Toyama. The club keeps around 79 horses for riders, from retired racehorses to calm horses perfect for beginners. The club can accommodate everyone from novices to those seeking full riding lessons. If you're a first-timer, the club's one ride beginner course, which includes rental of all riding equipment necessary, is recommended. The club also offers a horseback riding license course.
  • Azumino City Hotaka Pottery Hall
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 8414-17
    A ceramics class studio located in Hotaka, Azumino City. The studio was opened in 1983 to promote ceramic arts in the area. The studio has a gallery with a standing exhibition of 70 pieces of ancient folk pottery as well as a classroom where people can learn and experience the various processes involved in pottery making, and visitors can come in contact with ceramics here in a variety of ways.


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