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    A Trip to a Earthily Heaven to Know the Traditional Craft of Japan

    Toyota-Area

    Obara-Area

    a half day

    After experiencing Japanese traditions at the Toyota City Bo-no-Te Museum by learning about the origins of the traditional Bo-no-Te ceremony and its branches, and seeing the staffs and spears on display, travel onward to Obara, which is home to traditional Japanese washi paper-making. Discover the wonders of washi paper at the Washi Gallery, where you can learn about traditional Obara washi paper, before moving on to the Toyotashi Washi Craft Museum to have a go at making washi paper firsthand.
    After a day of experiencing traditional Japanese arts, you can relax and unwind at Sanage Onsen to rejuvenate your energy after your travels.

    • Day1
      • Toyota Bo-no-Te Kaikan Museum
      • Toyotashi Washi Japanese Paper Art and Craft, at the Toyotashi Obara Paper Art Museum
      • Sanage Onsen Resort

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    Day1


    Toyota Bo-no-Te Kaikan Museum

    Toyota Bo-no-Te Kaikan Museum

    Toyota-Area

    Toyota Bo-no-Te Kaikan Museum
    An intangible folk cultural property designated by the prefecture, the Bo-no-Te (lit. "Hand-on-Pole", or "Hand-on-Stick") is a martial art that is consecrated at a shrine festival. Here you will find a range of exhibits and materials describing it in detail. The Toyota region is home to many different variations of Bo-no-Te. The exhibits go into detail about its origin, schools, and the implements used.




    Toyotashi Washi Japanese Paper Art and Craft, at the Toyotashi Obara Paper Art Museum (Washi-no-Furusato)

    Toyotashi Obara Washi (Japanese Paper) Craft Museum

    Obara-Area

    Toyotashi Obara Washi (Japanese Paper) Craft Museum
    The Obara district is well-suited to growing the mulberry plant, so it has been known as a cradle of papermaking since the Muromachi period. Toyotashi Washi-no-Furusato is a site where you can learn all about the charms of papermaking. The Toyotashi Obara Paper Art Museum offers both the Toyotashi Washi Artwork Gallery, where you can experience the charms of Obara paper crafting, and the Toyotashi Art and Craft Center, where you can try your hand at making paper. The Art and Craft Center lets you select from four styles (typography, illustrations, leaf, and fan) and try your hand at making paper. Experts in Obara papermaking are there to lend their support, ensuring that even first-timers can get acquainted with the process. Naturally, you can take it home with you when it dries. The Washi Artwork Gallery exhibits a range of paper works that you must see for yourself.




    Sanage Onsen Resort

    Sanage Onsen Resort

    Toyota-Area

    Sanage Onsen Resort
    Sanage Onsen is Aichi Prefecture's largest natural radon hot spring. The hot spring water rises up from 1,200 meters underground. Nicknamed "Medical Spring Water", it is also one of the few hot springs in Japan that you can drink. You can take in the radon spring water's beneficial ingredients through the skin while bathing, through the lungs by breathing, and by drinking it. It is popular for its therapeutic effects. There are bathhouses where you can bathe without being a guest lodging at an inn. Since Sanage Onsen is in the middle of Aichi Kogen Quasi-National Park, there is also a Japanese garden. The evening illumination creates a beautiful garden scene.


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