Paint the face on a daruma doll, soak in mountain and river views, stroll around temple grounds, and eat great food. Just 1 1/2 hours from Tokyo, you will relax and enjoy authentic Japanese arts and culture at a slow pace. We’ll start at a local eatery that serves large portions of homestyle Japanese dishes. 10-min walk through a neighborhood to the largest atelier for making Takasaki daruma, sacred good luck paper maché dolls. You can choose the color, and learn about the meaning of the design and history before painting. We’ll walk 15 min across a river next to bamboo groves to the largest daruma temple in Japan, Shorinzan. This expansive area allows you to walk around peacefully, ring the large iron bell next to the zen meditation room, watch carp swim in the pond, and climb stone steps to the various sacred buildings and areas, including a daruma museum. Before leaving, we’ll have gelato made from the milk of the company’s local dairy farm. I can provide tips for expanding your stay to include shopping, hot springs, stone or sand therapy, traditional Japanese lodging ("and more.
⛩I offer Airbnb lodging at two traditional Japanese homes next to hot springs ("Relax at an Onsen Village・45min from Karuizawa" & "Fun & Rest・Walk to Parks & Onsen"), as well as aroma/stone therapy through my company, MRS Gunma. I can speak English, Japanese and French. Originally from California, I’ve lived in Gunma, Japan for over 23 years. I taught foreign languages for 27 years, with 9 years experience in tourism, and over 5 years in natural therapeutic methods. Through Airbnb Houses & Experiences I am bringing the content of my university seminar "Gunma Tourism in English" to life!
Lunch: Homestyle Japanese food. Meat & vegetarian options.. Gelato ice cream cone or cup. Made from fresh milk from their…
Daruma doll (color of your choice) and painting equipment provided.
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Approx. 1 ½ hour train ride from Tokyo. We'll meet at Gummayawata Station, 7-min from Takasaki Station (Shinkansen or local train) . Takasaki is well-known for the lucky Daruma Dolls, but is not easily accessible for non-Japanese guests. We will go to this 200-year old atelier to paint your own doll, creating the eyebrows (cranes) and mustache (tortoise), symbols of longevity, on these good luck charms to take it home as a lightweight souvenir.
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최대 10명, 만 9세 이상만 참석 가능
Wear comfortable clothing & shoes for walking. OK rain or shine. Let me know of any dietary restrictions or concerns. Painting workshops not available Dec 15 - Jan 15 due to Jan 6-7 daruma festival.
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Sacred Daruma Art & Temple near Tokyo