Activities - Arts & Crafts
'Temari' Handball Workshop
Matsumoto Temari Handball Workshop : 松本手まり体験教室
A Symbol of Matsumoto, Make a Temari Ball as a Momento of your Stay.
Learn how to make one of Matsumoto City's symbols, a 'temari' handball, out of embroidery yarn,
One of the legends of historical castle-town Matsumoto is that over 200 years ago a wife of the ruling samurai lord made the first ‘temari’ handball. At first, the little balls made out of odds and ends of silk yarn were popular as basic toys for little girls to play with. Later, they became representations of peace and harmony between families, as something brides brought presented to the groom’s family. Today, ‘temari’ handballs are beloved as good luck tokens. At one of Takagi’s ‘temari’ workshops, you can learn how to make one yourself .
- Hours :
- Date(s) :
- Open daily. (Closed 01-Jan.)
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- 1,860 per person, minimum 4 people. For less then 4 people, minimum 7,440 charged.
- Reservations :
- Required(Required 1 week prior. Contact via e-mail with name, requested date and time, and # of people.)
- # of Participants :
- 4+ (See note above)
- Foreign Languages :
- Japanese, English (Interpreter required.)
- Luggage Storage :
tel : +81(0)263-32-5337 fax : +81(0)263-32-5533 Official site
- By Train
- From Matsumoto Station(JR Shinonoi Line), Take Route 143 east to Route 295 (Fukashi 2-chome signal) and turn left. Shop is 2 blocks before the castle on the left. (1km, 13 min. on foot)
- By Car
- From Matsumoto IC, Take Route 158 east to Route 295 and turn left (Chuo 2-chome signal) and turn left. Shop is 2 blocks before the castle on the left. (3km, 8 min.)
- Sightseeing Spots
- Matsumoto Castle (National Treasure) : One of Japan's Finest Castles, With the Japanese Alps as a Backdrop
- Nawate Dori (street) in Matsumoto City : Frog Street -- Matsumoto's Edo Era-themed Shopping Street
- Nakamachi Street in Matsumoto City : Matsumoto's Commercial Street with Distinctive Black & White Contrasting Storehouses
- Matsumoto City Museum of Art : Museum Featuring Works by Matsumoto's Favorite Daughter, World-Famous Yayoi Kusama.
- Ishii Miso Factory : Matsumoto’s Famous Maker of Aged Miso
- Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel : Hotel Located Steps from Matsumoto Castle in the City's Historical and Cultural Heart.
- Matsumoto's Ryokan (Hotel) Marumo : "Dozo" Storehouse-styled Inn Steeped in Matsumoto's Castle Town Ambience.
- Matsumoto's Nunoya Ryokan : Wooden Inn in Central Matsumoto, Featured in Lonely Planet
- Candela Guest House in Matsumoto : Hideaway Located in a Remodeled Miso Warehouse 5 min from Matsumoto Castle.
- Hotel New Station Matsumoto : Hometown-Favorite Business Hotel next to Matsumoto Station.
- Bakery Cafe SWEET in Nawate : Matsumoto's Old-Time Bakery Cafe.
- Kurassic-kan : Coffee Shop in a Storehouse Built in 1888, With a Japanese Garden.
- Marumo : Folkcraft-themed Coffee Shop for Coffee Enthusiasts.
- Hikari-ya Higashi : Fine Japanese Dining in a Stylishly Remodeled 130-Year-Old Storehouse.
- Hikari-ya Nishi : Macrobiotic Fine French Dining in a Remodeled 120-Year Old Storehouse.
- Soba Noodle Making in Matsumoto : Make (then Eat!) Soba at this Premier Noodle Shop 2 Minutes from Matsumoto Castle.
- Guided Tour of Matsumoto Castle : Tour National Treasure Matsumoto Castle with the Helpful ALSA Guides.
- Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival : Hear World-renowned Musicians from across the Globe Perform in Matsumoto.
- Crafts Fair Matsumoto : Browse Japan’s Premier Outdoor Arts & Crafts Fair.
- Appreciating Ukiyoe Wood Block Print Art : Rotating Displays of Japan’s Largest Collection of Ukiyoe Woodblock Prints.