Ten Traditional Japanese Crafts and Workshops
Recommended Tour "5"
Ten Traditional Japanese Crafts
and Workshops
  • Day Trip
Kumano Town | Otake City | Yanai City | Akitakata City | Sera Town | Suō-Ōshima Town | Tabuse Town | Hiroshima City
Traditional crafts and culture passed down through the generations that you can experience and enjoy.
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From Hiroshima Station to Kumano-cho Fude no Sato Kobo Brush Museum

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Kumano Eigyosho (45 mins via Hiroden Bus)

By Taxi : 7 mins

Kumano Town
Kumano-cho Fude no Sato Kobo Brush Museum
This museum is in the town of Kumano - famed for being home to some of the finest brush makers in the world. Eighty percent of all the brushes produced in Japan, including both make-up brushes and calligraphy brushes, come from this small area to the east of Hiroshima City. The museum details how brush-making developed in Kumano, and includes a demonstration area where you can watch a certified master brush-maker at work. It also offers workshops where you can add your own finishing touches to your very own calligraphy brush. The museum shop on the ground floor sells a myriad of brushes in every conceivable shape and color.
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From Hiroshima Station to Otake City's handmade traditional Japanese paper workshop

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Otake Sation (45 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

By Bus : Ride on a bus from Otake Station and get off at Maebuchiwatashi (20 mins)

On Foot : 3 mins from Maebuchiwatashi

Otake City
Otake City's handmade traditional Japanese paper workshop
Otake City's handmade traditional Japanese paper workshop
Otake City is the only location inside Hiroshima Prefecture where the practice of making handmade washi paper is still alive and well. The craft is thought to be over 400 years old and the techniques and knowledge continue to be passed down through the generations. At the Otake Washi Paper Village, you can observe this ancient process while they make a variety of washi paper. They also offer workshops where you can make your very own washi postcards.
People interested in taking part in a workshop should phone ahead and book at least one hour in advance.
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From Hiroshima Station to Yanai City Yanai Nishigura

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Yanai Station (90 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

On Foot : 10 mins

Yanai City
Yanai Nishigura
Yanai Nishigura
Formerly a soy sauce brewery, the picturesque grounds of the Yanai Nishigura are now used as workshop spaces where visitors can try their hand at making traditional Yanai crafts like goldfish paper lanterns and a special Yanai fabric.
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From Hiroshima Station to Yanai City's Kawamura goldfish lantern making workshop

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Yanai Station (90 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

On Foot : 10 mins

Yanai City
Kawamura goldfish lantern making workshop
Kawamura goldfish lantern making workshop
Yanai City is home to the Goldfish Lantern Festival that takes place every year on August 13th. This practice of using red and white goldfish lanterns can be traced back to the Edo period and its leading proponent, Nobuo Kawamura. The Kawamura workshop has kept this tradition alive and now offers visitors an opportunity to create their own goldfish lanterns while at the same time learning about the history of this craft.
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From Hiroshima Bus Center to Aki-Takata City Kaguramonzen Spa Village

By Bus : Ride a Bihoku Highway Bus and get off at the Midori Highway Bus Stop (70 mins)

By Free Bus Service : From Midori Highway Bus Stop to Kaguramonzen Spa Village

Akitakata City
Experience Japanese Kagura Dance
Experience Japanese Kagura Dance
Kagura is a type of theatrical dance intertwined with Japanese Shintoism. You can find variations of Kagura throughout Japan and Akitakata City's connection to Kagura can be traced to the Edo period. Inside the specially constructed Kagura village 'Kagura Monzen Toujimura', there is a building dedicated to workshops where you can paint Kagura motifs and create Kagura goods. Great for anyone with children. With regular Kagura performances on show and an onsen at the village, it makes for a great day out.
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To Sera-cho Sera Kosui Farm (Directions available only for cars)

By Car

35 mins from Sanyo Expressway via Kouchi IC Freight Road

From Sanyo Expressway take Onomichi JCT and pass through Onomichi Expressway, then take Sera IC (10 mins)

From Chugoku Expressway, take Miyoshi IC and then take Japan National Route 184 (35 mins)

Sera Town
Sera Kosui Farm
One of the biggest fruit farms in Japan, visitors flock to Sera Kosui Farm to enjoy their grapes, Japanese pears and strawberries. During the harvest seasons, you can pick your own and eat your fill of delicious fruit.
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From Hiroshima Station to Suo-Oshima Maejima-koro

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Iwakuni Station (50 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

then from Iwakuni Station to Obatake Station (25 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

By Bus : Ride a Bocho Bus and get off at Kuka (20 mins)

By Ship : From Kuka to Maejima (50 mins roundtrip)

Suō-Ōshima Town
Porpoise Watching on route to Maejima
Porpoise Watching on route to Maejima
The finless porpoise (known in Japan as sunameri) has made the waters around Suō-Ōshima its home. Regularly sighted on the crossing from Suō-Ōshima to the island of Maejima, fans of the porpoise make the crossing in the hope of catching a glimpse of this lovable sea mammal. The captain of the boat will go out of his way to try to ensure his passengers catch a sight of the porpoises. The small island of Maejima is also a delightful spot if you are looking for somewhere quiet to relax and unwind.
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From Hiroshima Station to Tabuse-cho Farmland

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Iwakuni Station (50 mins via the JR Sanyo Line) to Tabuse Station (40 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

By Taxi : 5 mins

Tabuse Town
Farmland - Strawberry Picnic
Farmland - Strawberry Picnic
The Strawberry Picnic at Farmland differs from the usual strawberry picking where you eat as you pick. Here, after picking the strawberries, you make your way to a picnic area where you can sit down and enjoy a set of specially prepared strawberry desserts along with your freshly picked strawberries.
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From Hiroshima Station to WoodEgg Okonomiyaki Museum

By Train : From Hiroshima Station to Shin Inokuchi Station (15 mins via the JR Sanyo Line)

On Foot : 3 mins

By Taxi or On Foot : 5 mins by taxi or 10 mins on foot

By Bus : From Hiroshima Station, ride Hiroshima Bus No.25 Kusatsu Line and get off at Shoko Center 7-chome (50 mins)

On Foot : 2 mins

Hiroshima City
Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum
Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum
This museum is run by the famous Otafuku Sauce company who produce the iconic brown sauce that is an essential part of any Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. Here you can tour the Otafuku factory, learn about the history of the Okonomiyaki and even cook your own Okonomiyaki for lunch in the Hotplate Workshop. An ideal place to become better acquainted with Hiroshima's original soul food.
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