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Experience Japanese Tradition Hands-on
- Japan is a nation that’s very proud of its long-reaching artistic and creative legacy, and with good reason. From paper to pottery, the country has produced some of the most highly revered and well preserved traditional art forms in the world. There’s no better way to learn about Japanese tradition than by getting hands-on and signing up for one of these workshops. Discover Tottori’s Artisanal Washi History Discover Tottori’s Artisanal Washi History Discover Tottori’s Artisanal Washi History Fukui Lacquerware at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan Fukui Lacquerware at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan Fukui Lacquerware at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan Japanese lacquerware is a craft that has a reputation throughout the globe. One of the best ways to discover the history and beauty of this ancient craft is at the Urushi no Sato Kaikan in Sabae City, Fukui. A gallery and workshop, Urushi no Sato offers three different lacquer classes; drawing, carving, and applying lacquer. With techniques and works that have been passed down through generations, Fukui is a must visit for anyone interested in getting to know Japan’s art history in more depth. Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple Sutra Copying Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple Sutra Copying Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple Sutra Copying Mt Koya, generally regarded as one of Japan’s most spiritual locations is home to a variety of esoteric Buddhist practices which many visitors are more than welcome to experience. A unique activity worth trying is Sutra copying, the method of hand-copying Buddhist sutras. Led by local monks Sutra copying is an exercise in discovering inner peace, and an essential ritual in the practice of Japanese Buddism. If you’re in Koya, there are plenty of opportunities to try it out at least once. Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre A familiar rhythm for anyone who’s ever visited a Japanese Matsuri, taiko drumming is not only great to listen to and mesmerizing to watch, but also an incredibly fun activity to try yourself. Head to the forests of Niigata’s Sado Island, east of mainland Niigata Prefecture, and you’ll discover the home of world’s most famous taiko drumming ensemble. Founded in 1981, the ensemble has been based in Kodo Village since 1988. Kodo Village is a 13.2-hectare area which houses a rehearsal hall, residential buildings, workshop and recording studio. The community regularly welcomes visitors, so if you’ve ever had an inclination to try your hand at this hypnotic Japanese tradition, this is the ultimate place to do it. Taiken Workshop Rokuroza Taiken Workshop Rokuroza Taiken Workshop Rokuroza While Saga Prefecture is practically overflowing with impressive pieces of porcelain wares to admire and buy, the best way to appreciate the Japanese ceramic artform is to try it out for yourself. Book a visit to Rokuro Studio in Arita to get your hands dirty, learn a new skill and craft your own piece of traditional Japanese art. With around 400 years of history in porcelain-making, Artita is home to some of the nation’s most knowledgeable artisans many of whom are more than willing to teach you a thing or two. The workshops are held in both Japanese and English, so there’s no excuse not to give it a go! Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center in Matsuyama Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center in Matsuyama Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center in Matsuyama From the southern corners of Okinawa in the northern points of Hokkaido, Japan has no shortage of pottery towns, but if you’re in Shikoku, head for Tobe not far from Ehime’s capital of Matsuyama. In Tobe, add a visit to Togei Sosakukan to your itinerary for an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the fascinating ceramic form known as Tobeyaki. Under the guidance of the local experts, sign up for one of three workshops; a pottery painting experience, hand molding experience, or the pottery wheel experience. If you’re in the area for a while, you can make this one of your first stops on the way and have the piece fired and finished within a few days. Chopstick Engraving Experience in Wajima Chopstick Engraving Experience in Wajima Chopstick Engraving Experience in Wajima Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture is famous for Wajima-nuri lacquer stunning, black and red tableware typically covered in with intricate gold designs. The Wajima Kobo Nagaya workshop is a great place to let out all your creative energy getting busy crafting your own chopsticks, just sign up for one of their popular engraving experiences where you can come up with your design and decorate your chopsticks by scraping into the lacquer and then painting the engraving with gold leaf. The workshops are run in Japanese, but the beauty of the process is that it’s straightforward and easy to copy. Also, it’s a great way to practice your Japanese skills while you’re at it! Discover Hyogo’s Ceramic History at Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Discover Hyogo’s Ceramic History at Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Discover Hyogo’s Ceramic History at Tachikui Sue-no-Sato Stroll the streets of Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture, and it’s near impossible to miss Tamba ware, a localized form of pottery that has been passed perfected through generations. Originating in Korea, this form of pottery is fired at extreme temperatures, which creates some extraordinary and unique designs. When you’re in the area, pay a visit to Tachikui Sue-no-Sato, the home of Tamba pottery, where you can try making some Tamba ware for yourself. They have many different workshops on offer for all pottery making levels. You can make your own piece from scratch or design a pre-shaped creation depending on your time and confidence level. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 8. March. 2019
Downhill Cycling on Mt. Daisen
- There aren’t a lot of places in Japan where you can enjoy a downhill bike trip from summit to sea, so we were really looking forward to checking out Cogstation at Morinokuni, a service providing easygoing rentals of quality bikes. We took a scheduled tour with them, but you’re also free to rent the bikes on your own for pretty reasonable prices. It’s a perfect way to see the area and get some exercise, and there are a few different levels of difficulty depending on your comfort level. Downhill Cycling on Mt. Daisen Starting around 800 meters above sea level at the Katori Observation Deck, you’ll spend the next four hours or so winding your way down to the sea, with beautiful views and interesting stops along the way. You’ll be spending most of your time on normal roads, but there isn’t much traffic to speak of, and you’ll see the landscape change from mountain vistas to lush fields as you cruise down the 22km course. Downhill Cycling on Mt. Daisen You won’t just be biking the whole way down, as there are lots of stops along the way as you head down towards the sea. You can make some side hikes on the mountain through ancient trails dotted with Jizo statues and waterfalls, have lunch or a snack at a dairy farm complete with grazing cows, or go through apple orchards. If you’re looking for speed and a challenge you can have it, but the best part of this kind of trip is making sure to stop and take in the spots on the way down (mostly because it’s a whole lot harder to go back and see what you missed!). Downhill Cycling on Mt. Daisen ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 10. February. 2018
Sports, Art & Adventure at the Tottori Sand Dunes
- One of Tottori’s main attractions is its mini desert, the Tottori Sand Dunes, located inside the Sanin Kaigan National Park. Situated just outside the heart of the city, the dunes stretch along the Sea of Japan spanning around 16 kilometers long and two kilometers wide with some of the highest points towering at roughly 50-meters-high. Naturally crafted over thousands of years, the dunes are the work of the Sendaigawa River, a body of which was washed out to sea, then later re-deposited along the coast. Today this pocket of Tottori has become a hotbed of sand sports and exploration as tourists flock to the area to ride camels, try sand boarding, and further explore this strange natural phenomenon. Sports, Art & Adventure at the Tottori Sand Dunes One of the best ways to get a proper view of the area is by riding the Tottori chairlift to the observation deck of the Sakyu Center. From there you can check out the dramatic scenery and get a comprehensive view of just what’s on offer across the fields of sand below. The chairlift is a five-minute low altitude ride from the dunes and costs 300 yen return for adults and 200 yen return for children. Sports, Art & Adventure at the Tottori Sand Dunes From the top of the observation deck you’ll see lots of adventurous visitors trying their hand at paragliding and more commonly sand boarding, which is essentially the sand version of snowboarding. Stores dotted along the dunes offer rental equipment and lessons. The 30-degree slopes and soft sand mean that even if you’re a beginner it’s not too scary a sport to tackle. Check out the Tottori Sakyu Sand Board School to sign up for a two-hour lesson. Sports, Art & Adventure at the Tottori Sand Dunes ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 9. February. 2018
- Roadside Station Shinwa-no-sato Shiro Usagi
- Michi no Eki Road Station
- Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto 613
Good food, famous for the fish cakes. There is a walkway to the other side of the highway, great photo opportunity there.
- Sweet land TAKARA
- Other Factory Tour / Demonstration
- Tottori Pref. Kurayoshishi Sekiganechousekiganeshuku 2913
- Daisen White Resort
- Skiing/Snowboarding Area
- Tottori Pref. Saihakugundaisenchou Daisen 96 Service center
Was snowboarding there 2 times this year! There are good rental stores for clothes and equipment, ski and snowboard school for those who are doing it for the first time, and restaurants. It`s pretty...
- Wakasa Hyonosen Camp Ground
- Camping / Auto Camping
- Tottori ken Wakakura cho, Hachibu-gun Tsukuneya
- Eshima Ohashi Bridge
- Sakai City, Tottori Prefecture
Tottori prefecture is Japanese seasonal diversity at its best: Huge sand dunes cover the north coast, making for the perfect summer beach trip complete with the unexpected addition of camels; November brings the delectable snow crab, while winter around Mount Daisen, the Chugoku region’s highest mountain, promises snow sports and magical views.
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