Sanshu Asuke Yashiki

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Asuke-cho in Western Aichi Prefecture is home to Sanshu Asuke Yashiki 三州足助屋敷- a working museum where you can catch a glimpse of what life used to be like in Japan. This unique museum was founded not only to preserve traditional handicrafts and the traditional ways of life, but also to see if some of that spiritual wealth could be recaptured.

Visitors to the center can see a variety of traditional Japanese handiwork in the making, including paper umbrellas, bamboo handicrafts and weaving. You can also watch traditional blacksmiths at work, straw handiwork, wooden tub making, Japanese papermaking and a variety of other traditional crafts. The buildings in the community are remodeled after farmhouses in the area from the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), and the center aims to simulate a self-sufficient community, keeping cows and chickens and growing their own vegetables.  They also mill rice in their own water mill, and make miso according to traditional methods. Visitors can buy some of these home-made products in the restaurant at the center.  An English guide book is available at the entrance.

  • Open: Daily in November (09:00 – 17:00); last entry 16:30.
  • Other times: Closed on Thursdays (except national holidays in which case closed following day), Dec 24 – Jan 2.
  • Admission: adults 300 Yen, children (age 18 and under) 100 Yen.
  • Access: A 10 minute walk from Korankei Bus Stop (see above for bus times)

Craft Workshops 体験実習

Outside of the Momiji Festival period (November 5 – December 4) regular visitors to the working museum can also try their hand at some of the crafts. Reservations are required for some activities (see below) and can be made by calling 0565-62-1188 during open hours or e-mailing

  • Hand Loom Weaving 機織り hataori
    • Bamboo & thread coaster – 3 pieces 30 min / 900 Yen, 6 pieces 45 mins / 1400 Yen
    • Large table top bamboo coaster  60 mins / 1500 Yen
    • Table top cloth – 60+ mins / 1500 Yen
    • Reservations required.

  • Paper Making 紙すき kamisuki
    • Postcard はがき (2 pieces) – 30 mins / 400 Yen
    • Letter paper 便せん(4 pieces) – must be taller than 140 cm – 30+mins / 600 Yen
    • Both require 90 – 120 mins for drying
    • Reservations required 1 week in advance

  • Straw Sandal Makingわらぞうり warazouri
    • Adults only. Takes 4-5 hrs 10:00 – 15:00 (with lunch break) / 1500 Yen
    • Reservations required 1 week in advance

    • Japanese Indigo Tie Dye 藍染め aizome
      • Handkerchief (600 – 900 Yen), Tenugui hand towel (900 Yen), shawl (2500 Yen), t-shirt (4800 Yen). Takes 30 to 60 minutes
      • No reservation required (except for t-shirt dyeing) however participants should bring their own apron andrubber gloves.

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