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  • Shigaraki Togeimura
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 1131
    A Shigaraki ware pottery studio located in Nagano Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The studio displays and sells tanuki raccoon dog figurines and other Shigaraki ware items. The studio also holds ceramics classes such as handmade pottery, pottery making using an electric potter’s wheel, ceramics painting, and tanuki figurine making (reservation required). The studio’s café, which operates out of a remodeled climbing kiln, serves sweets as well as an Omi beef barbecue course (reservation required).

    I travelled to Japan from the US recently with a group who had an interest in ceramics. We took a one day tour of Shigaraki with Seita from Yutours. I often prefer to travel independently, but in...

  • Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Nishiyubune 3609
    A farm and tourist-oriented facility which only creates additive-free and low additive products based on the theme of combining healthiness and deliciousness. The farm’s spacious grounds are host to a brewery, café, hot spring bathhouse, and more. At the Ham & Weiner Senmonkan, you can watch ham and sausages being made through a glass window. Visitors can learn about food and farming through a variety of classes on hand making foods. At the educational farm area, children can milk cows and ride ponies. There’s also a restaurant which serves fresh vegetables and pork raised on-site.

    This spot serves local farm to table style buffet. I have to say this has to be one of the best buffet lunches I had in a long long while. Selection includes Japanese and western style of savory...

  • Saiko ‘Iyashi no Sato Nenba’ open air museum
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    4.5
    481 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Minamitsurugunfujikawaguchikomachi Saiko (Negishi) 2710
    In 2006 the village of thatched roofed buildings which formerly existed on the shores of the Lake Saiko, the Nemba area, were reconstructed as “Iyashi no Sato”. The buildings which number approximately 20 have been turned into restaurants where you can taste different types of local cuisine, areas for handmade interactive workshops and shops selling local products. Also because Mt. Fuji can be clearly seen, many people take pictures together with the thatched roofed buildings.

    This is rebuilt traditional Japanese style village on hill (destroyed from mud slide). Almost every home change to shops and restaurants. One home show history of this village during mud slide...

  • Tanuki-mura
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    3.5
    42 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichoumaki 1293-2
    A commercial complex dedicated to Shigaraki ware situated along Prefectural Route 16 in Maki Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The facility displays and sells tableware, flower vases, and other Shigaraki ware pieces and also offers ceramics classes. In addition, there’s a climbing kiln, restaurant, gift shop, and shop which sells Asamiya tea. The symbol of the facility, the “Largest Tanuki Statue in Japan,” is a popular photo spot.

    I elected to get off the train in Kumoi, as opposed to Shigaraki, two or three stations further. Not easy to get here if youre not driving. Long train journey, but a straightforward walk from Kumoi...

  • Koubou Alley
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-2-13
    "At this sundry shop in Yamaguchi City visitors can find T - shirts designed on the legend of Yuda Hot Springs featuring a ""white fox"" as well as other original items such as stuffed toys and straps, etc. There is also a hands-on workshop where visitors can actually make their own Hagi-yaki pottery, a local craft."
  • Hagiyaki Kaikan
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Shinagawa East District 3155
    "This is an interactive Hagi-yaki pottery facility located in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, exhibiting and selling Hagi-yaki pottery. In addition, there are demonstrations of the ""potter’s wheel"", as well as pottery making classes. Visitors can select from a variety of courses suitable to children or adults and in the restaurant Japanese food, sushi or blowfish cuisine can be enjoyed. "
  • Akiyoshidai International Art Village
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 50
    This is a culture facility in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Located in the foothills of Akiyoshidai, it is a facility for music, art, dance, theater and other artistic activities and is becoming a platform for the creation and dissemination of art and culture. The facility is fully equipped with indoor halls, outdoor theaters, seminar rooms, and studios and also includes accommodation for up to 100 people.
  • Craft Kan in Koboku no mori
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    Shimane Pref. Ochigunonanchou Yakami 7154-10
    This facility is located in the Koboku no Mori Park surrounded by nature and herbs. It is a tourist information center and also sells products made from the herbs grown in the park as well as popular sweets made in Onan Town and local crafts. It also offers classes to make your own original craft items and is a popular spot.
  • Asama-shuzo Brewery’s Direct Sales Outlet
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Naganohara 1392-10
    This sake brewery is located approximately 70 minutes by car from Shibukawa Ikaho interchange. The dry environment and soft water of Oku Joshu gives the sake made here a refreshing flavor. In the brewery, visitors can take the sake-tasting challenge and experience making Joshu's specialty Konjac. There is also a dining hall where visitors can enjoy the local cuisine leisurely and a cafeteria which sells Daiginjo soft-serve ice cream. The shop has an assortment of interesting items for sale, including limited items and souvenirs. Visitors who use the Senpaku Kankou Taxi service from the Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station of JR Agatsuma Line will also receive discount vouchers for the brewery. There is also parking available for visitors who wish to use their own car.

    たくさんの種類のお酒を試飲できます。 ここでしか買えないものもあり、ついつい買ってしまったりして。大吟醸ソフトを買おうとしたら、車の運転は避けてとあったので諦めました。

  • Daimonya
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Fujitsukamachi 124-2
    This store is located approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the JR Takasaki Station, or approximately 20 minutes from the Kan-etsu Expressway Takasaki Interchange. Foremost Daruma producer in the country, and located in Takasaki City, this store makes and sells Takasaki Daruma. It produces various types and sizes of handmade Daruma, from Fuku Daruma to Maneki Neko-shaped Daruma, in huge quantities. Apart from a few certain varieties, it is possible to have names printed on the Daruma, and while the workshop is usually off-limits to the public, there are also original eyebrow and beard-drawing experience events available. (A reservation is required.)

    I alway order a year end becouse III present for my relative. Daruma is wish our will or hope and evrything with write Darumas right eye. When your wish is granted you can write Darumas left eye.

  • NAKANOJO HILL TOP GARDEN
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Iriyama Komoriguchi 4046-2
    This experience facility is located along Prefectural Route 55, at the end of Hanamomo Road, in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Visitors can appreciate various seasonal flowers such as Renge Azalea in the spring, Fuji Bakama in the summer, and herbs such as Hellebore and Dutch Sedum until mid-November. There are experience classes for dry flower wreath making and herbarium making, where participants can make their own original pieces. There is also a restaurant with a high ceiling and a clear sense of openness, where visitors can enjoy the millet-rice and Kuni curry or the countryside pasta made with a generous amount of mountain herbs.
  • Maebashi City Akagi Youth Nature Center
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    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachiakagisan 1-2
    "This educational facility for youth is located on the shore of Lake Akagi Onuma, which is approximately one hour from the Kan’etsu Expressway Akagi Interchange. Although it is most often used for school events such as camping outings and youth group outdoor activities, it is also available to be used by any group of eight or more people. There are various experience activities available, such as ""cutter training"" learning to row large cutter boats, ""treeing"" which is using ropes to climb trees, and others. There is also a campsite, cooking area and campfire pit available, and in the winter, visitors can enjoy skiing and snowshoeing."
  • Tsuchitohinosato Park
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    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Kamihino 2240
    This workshop experience facility is located on the riverside of Ayukawa River in Fujioka City's Hino Valley in the Mikabo mountain range. There are three workshops, dyeing, glass-making and pottery, and anyone can enjoy crafting things under the guidance of the experts here. There are a variety of relatively short and simple experience workshops, such as indigo dyeing and the sandblasting experiences, up to full-blown pottery experiences such as making cups and bowls using a potter's wheel. Visitors can also enjoy meals at the facility's tea house or at the barbeque area.
  • Glass Studio Silica
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Hanakawachou Azuhata 2747
    A glass studio located inside Doyo no Mori Fureai Park which boasts a sweeping view of Kitaibaraki City. Here visitors can make their very own glassware piece-the studio offers a glassblowing glass on Sundays (reservation required) and burner work classes from Monday through Saturday (reservation required). The studio also offers programs with no reservations or age restrictions like gel candle making and glass sandblasting and etching, ensuring even families with young children can have fun here. Lastly, the studio offers seasonal programs such as glass wind bell painting which is offered only from spring throughout summer.
  • Rural Kise
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kise 1679-1 Tsukuba Culture Village
    A facility where visitors can enjoy seasonal agriculture, the great outdoors, and art. The facility is located a seven-minute drive from the Sakura-Tsuchiura interchange on the Joban Expressway. Here you can enjoy camping, ceramics classes, art, and food, and also experience the atmosphere and untouched scenery of a farming village. Some of the many facilities include a camp and barbecue ground (Forest Fontaine), a ceramics classroom (Togeisha), and gallery which sells works of art. In addition, the facility has rental offices and studios for working, hobbies, and other needs.
  • Daigo Oyaki Gakkou
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Maginochi 2469
    An activity facility and shop located in Daigo Town, Kuji County, Ibaraki Prefecture. Here visitors can watch as skilled professionals make oyaki buns, a beloved local dish made by farming families in Daigo Town, and purchase these fresh-made, tasty finger foods. The facility also offers short oyaki making classes. Made with miso and other ingredients stuffed in a buckwheat flour dough and fried on a griddle, those participating in the facility's oyaki making classes can make their very own oyaki bun. Class participants can make either an apple or a kabocha squash oyaki; no reservations are required for groups of 10 or less.

    In case you are like me and have no idea what oyaki is well, its like a steamed bred roll with different fillings inside. In this place they have a school where you learn how to make your own and...

  • Tsumugi-no-Sato
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 2515
    An activity workshop located in Yuki City, famous for its Yuki-tsumugi pongee, situated on the grounds of Yuki Castle 20 minutes from the Sakuragawa-Chikusei interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway and 30 minutes from the Sano-Fujioka interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. Located in a quiet area surrounded by greenery, here visitors can try hataori loom weaving and aizome indigo dyeing. Using a rebuilt takabata loom, visitors can weave a coaster using threads in the colors of their choice in about 30 minutes. Visitors can also tie-dye a handkerchief or bandana using traditional aizome indigo dyeing techniques, or even bring in their own cloth or T-shirt to dye (an advance reservation is required to bring your own item for dyeing).

    結城紬の体験が出来るとHPで知り訪問しました。民家に併設された工房は、ほっとするような暖かな空間。年配の先生に教えて頂きながら小一時間、無撚糸の生糸を使った素敵な作品が出来ました。先生は始終にこやかで、仕上げを担当して下さった娘さん?も話好きで楽しかったです。 本格的にやりたい方は、帯や男性用の角帯を一本丸ごと自分の好きな色やデザインで織ることも出来るそうで、日本中から泊りで訪ねてくる方も多いとか...

  • Satomi Fureaikan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Onakachou 3417-1
    A facility located in Hitachiota City, Ibaraki Prefecture where visitors can enjoy a variety of activities surrounded by the vast natural beauty of the area. The facility offers programs adults and children alike can enjoy, including making soba noodles with local Hitachi Aki buckwheat flour, making pizza with local vegetables in an authentic pizza oven, and woodworking using wood from the local Satomi area. The surrounding area is a green paradise and visitors can refresh body and mind through nature activities like a forest stroll or looking for local plant species. The facility has a rest area and also offers overnight lodging.
  • CANDLE HOUSE Chou Chou
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 796-234
    This specialty shop that offers handmade candle workshops is where you can simple enjoy making original candles while taking your time. Besides stone candles popular with families, you can also immerse yourself in making your own original snow domes perfect for the winter season.
  • Glass Studio Punty
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Tokorono 1541-1499
    This glass studio is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. There, visitors can try their hand at glass blowing and making their own original glass items including sake cups and tumblers. The studio, which also sells glass items and holds regular events, is visited by many people, especially tourists.

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