Activities - Arts & Crafts

Watchmaking
Gishodo Watch & Clock Museum : 諏訪湖時の科学館 儀象堂

Assemble a Watch in Suwa, the Switzerland of Japan.

Suwa


Description

The Lake Suwa area is considered to be the Switzerland of Japan, as it is home to such precision manufacturers as Seiko-Epson and Olympus. The Gishodo Watch & Clock Museum is dedicated to Suwa's watch-making heritage. Here you can learn how to make a watch yourself.


Recommendation

The Lake Suwa area is a hub for precision manufacturing in Japan. From its roots in the silk industry, the area is a leader in making watches, cameras and even music boxes. Learn how to make a watch at Gishodo, Lake Suwa's Watch and Clock Museum. Master watchmakers will guide you in making watches, from a simple quartz watch (suitable for children and beginners) to assembling the components of watch movement (highly technical).


Details

  •  11
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  •  20 people
  •  Available in the Clock Cafe.
Hours :
9:00-17:00 (Dec. to Feb. 09:30-16:30) 
Date(s) :
Closed Thursdays Dec. to Feb. 
Cost / Price of Admission :
Entrance 800 (elementary and middle school 400, under 6 free)
Clock making: From 2160.
Plastic Case 20-min course 3,400 (1-50 people)
Plastic Case 40-min course 3,700 (1-30 people)
Plastic Case 3-hour course 8,000 (1-20 people)
60-minute course: 30,000 yen (white lettering) or 32,000 yen (black lettering) (1-8 people)
6-hour course: 40,000 yen (white lettering) or 42,000 yen (black lettering) (1-8 people) **カード払いは? 
Time Required :
Varies by activity 
Credit Cards :
VISA, MasterCard, Amex
Reservations :
Required(Required 2 weeks in advance. Via telephone, fax or e-mail. Submit 1) name, 2) address, 3) telephone number, 4) requested date, 5) requested watch type (quartz or clock-type), 6) requested course (20 min. - 6 hour), 7) number of guests including children. ) 
# of Participants :
5-10  
Foreign Languages :
 (English brochure available. Interpreter required.
Luggage Storage :
Available 

Notes

Instruction in Japanese. Museum Entrance fee required (800 yen for adults, 400 yen for elementary kids)


Contact

tel : +81(0)266-27-0001   fax : +81(0)266-27-1339   Official site


Access/Location

By Train
From Shimosuwa Station(JR Chuo Line), Walk north to the Taisha Odori Road (Route 20) and turn right. 700 m (10 min. on foot).
By Car
From Okaya IC, Take Route 20 east 4.6km (8 min.)
Address
3289 Shimosuwa, Suwa 393-0015

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