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Discover Toyama’s Rich History Through Temples, Tin, and Tea
Organized by Kyoko Takano
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Number of Guests
2 - 5 guests
Chinese, Japanese, English
Take part in traditional activities by enjoying a tea ceremony on plates you’ll craft yourself and exploring the National Treasure, Zuiryu-Ji Temple.
Tour of Zuiryu Temple.
Visit a traditional metalwork workshop and make your own take-home gift.
Enjoy talks on Takaoka copperware, Zuiryu-ji Temple, and tea ceremony etiquette from masters.
Enjoy a tea ceremony on suzugami plates you made yourself with matcha and regional Takaoka sweets.
The Kaga Maeda clan that once ruled over the Hokuriku region of Japan is known for a deep appreciation for the arts, from tea ceremonies to artisan craftsmanship. During this experience, you will get your fill of both. A traditional Takaoka copperware craftsman will offer you a glimpse at a dying tradition in his workshop, Shimatani Shoryo Kobo, and teach you a few of his secrets. You'll be transported to a world where mystic bells ring through the halls at the National Treasure, Zuiryu-ji. Only ten craftsmen of these beaten-brass kesu bells are left in Japan. One such craftsman invites you to participate in the tradition by using the same techniques to create a contemporary Suzugami plate, on which you will enjoy your afternoon tea ceremony. After, you'll return to the temple via taxi for a tour of Zuiryu-Ji and a tea ceremony. This tour takes you through the tea ceremony room and Buddha hall where you can witness singing bowls in person. The tea ceremony is inspired by the great figure Toshinaga, who popularised the tea ceremony in Kaga as a disciple of Sen no Rikyu, the master of tea. Enjoy rare Japanese traditions and the wonder of a National treasure.
Facility tour with commentary
Temple entrance fee, craft-experience fee
Matcha and wagashi
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please dress appropriately/respectfully for the temple environment (modest clothing, socks/close-toed shoes).
Please know that the temple is an active religious site with practicing monks.
Tour guests will meet on-location at the temple.
Takaoka in western Toyama is the second largest city in the prefecture. Know as the "Land of Water," this area is abundant with natural spring water from seven large rivers. During the Edo period, under the Maeda family, the region became known for its impeccable craftsmanship. Popular crafts include copper and lacquerware. The area is also known for its temples, including the beautiful Zuiryuji Temple.
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Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(12 - 100)
(4 - 11)
Earliest available date: December 23, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.