A stone’s throw from the spellbinding Korankei Gorge, Sanshu Asuke Yashiki is a working open-air museum keeping alive the near-forgotten Japanese tradition of handicrafts.
Sanshu Asuke Yashiki aims to stimulate a self-sufficient community
Craft workshops should be booked in advance and cost between ¥400 and ¥2,000
Sanshu Asuke Yashiki is a 10-minute walk from Korankei Bus Stop.
Take the train from Meitetsu Nagoya Station towards Toyohashi. Alight at Higashi Okazaki and take a Meitetsu Korankai bus.
At Sanshu Asuke Yashiki learn how things used to be done. Like taking a step back in time, at this open-air museum catch a glimpse of how life was lived more than a hundred years ago.
Watch as skilled craftsmen demonstrate the skills of yesteryear, from the production of paper umbrellas, to weaving and blacksmithing. Then stroll around the traditional village of remodeled Meji Period farmhouses where the community keep their own livestock, grow their own vegetables and mill their own rice.
After watching the masters at work, it’s time to put your own skills to the test. Join one of the interesting craft workshops and make your very own straw sandals, paper postcards or cook traditional rice cakes.
You should not miss the amazing Korankei Gorge, a remarkable sight all year round, it is all the more lovely during November’s Maple Festival. In the middle of the gorge you can find Kojakuji Temple where you should take time for quiet contemplation in its Zen meditation hall.