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Sacred Daruma Art & Temple near Tokyo

Takasaki, Japan

Experience hosted by Motoyasu&Renée

5.5 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

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.
Other things to note
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.
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…

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch: Homestyle Japanese food. Meat & vegetarian options.. Gelato ice crea...
  • Equipment
    Daruma doll (color of your choice) and painting equipment provided.

Meet your host, Motoyasu&Renée

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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⛩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!
⛩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 & Exper…
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Where you'll be

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.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Sandra
December 2018
Great experience from the busy city. It was so close to Tokyo that I was able to combine the experience with evening plans. The day was eventful and well paced, yet relaxing. Renee kept us right on schedule with a seamless flow. Loved meeting such a high ranked master of Daruma-making and his protege daughter. It was great to learn about the history of the Daruma. The food was super. Renee is very knowledgeable and was fun to be with. I highly recommend this experience!
Great experience from the busy city. It was so close to Tokyo that I was able to combine the experience with evening plans. The day was eventful and well paced, yet relaxing. Renee…
Alice
November 2018
What a Day! This was just an amazing experience, you definitely won’t find anything like it! The feeling of actually being able to paint your own face to the Daruma doll is like dipping your toes into the ink of Japanese culture, and painting a beautiful memory. Something better then sushi making or dressing up! It was so lovely to watch the Master at work, he was so free flowing and Renee was so amazing at translating every question and statement made. I felt so comfortable with her because her knowledge in everything was so vast I could ask anything and nothing was to silly of a question. ALSO CAN I MENTION ABOUT THE FOOD! :D What an delicious LUNCH! You got to eat at the local spot, which I think is always better because you get to see the real “mamas” cooking style! And also get some ice cream right before heading back on the train. I’m still at Awe for this day, and I wish I could have wrote a better review but you just have to go and find out for yourself! Also I wish I would have spent a night in her lovely castle she Airbnb’s. TILL NEXT TIME! See you soon!
What a Day! This was just an amazing experience, you definitely won’t find anything like it! The feeling of actually being able to paint your own face to the Daruma doll is like d…
Mehak
November 2018
This was my first "experience" with Airbnb and it really set the bar high! Renee takes you along on a wonderful half-day trip that really highlights the countryside beauty and culture of the Gunma Prefecture. It was a great end-to-end experience, with a visit to a local shrine in the hillside, learning about the ancient craft of Daruma from a master craftsman (and getting to take one home as a souvenir) as well as tasting the delicious local food and farm fresh gelato! Renee is a great guide and host, having lived in the region, and her translation skills were so helpful since I don't speak Japanese. Thank you Renee for a wonderful experience and memory I will keep with me!
This was my first "experience" with Airbnb and it really set the bar high! Renee takes you along on a wonderful half-day trip that really highlights the countryside beauty and cu…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 9 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water bottle or other drink

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