Gishodo Watch & Clock Museum : 諏訪湖時の科学館 儀象堂
Assemble a Watch in Suwa, the Switzerland of Japan.
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.
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).
- 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 :
- Foreign Languages :
- (English brochure available. Interpreter required.
- Luggage Storage :
Instruction in Japanese. Museum Entrance fee required (800 yen for adults, 400 yen for elementary kids)
tel : +81(0)266-27-0001 fax : +81(0)266-27-1339 Official site
- 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.)
- 3289 Shimosuwa, Suwa 393-0015
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- Honjin Iwanami-ke Museum : Edo-Era Traveler's Lodge with the Nakasendo's Best Garden
- Lake Suwa Geyser Center : Hot Spring Geyser and 7-Spring Craters
- Katakurakan Bath House : Historical Roman-themed Bath House
- Suwa Garasunosato (Glass Center) : Japan's Largest Glass Art-Related Activities Center
- Chosenkaku Kameya in Shimo-Suwa : 300-Year Old Inn With Famous Garden and Bath, Adjacent to Akinomiya Suwa Grand Shrine.
- RAKO Hananoi Hotel at Lake Suwa : Luxurious, Relaxing Lakeside Hotel.
- Hotel Beniya at Lake Suwa : Hotel Offering a Choice of Rooms, Meals and Onsen Baths.
- Aburaya Ryokan at Lake Suwa : Lakeside Onsen Hotel Known for Friendly Hospitality.
- B&B Megu House ZuKu in Suwa : Stay with the Itoh Family at their Typical Japanese House.
- Restaurant CLASUWA : Suwa Lakeside Stylish Restaurant.
- Sen no Mizu : Heart-warming Nostalgic Home-style Cooking.
- Ajari Cafe : Home of the Popular Ajari Burger.
- Say (Soan Annex Zama) in Nakamachi : Soan's Location in Matsumoto's Historical Nakamachi District.
- Au Crieur de Vin : Casual French Cuisine.
- Music Box Workshop : Discover the Wonders of Music Boxes
- Lake Suwa Fireworks Display : Watch Nagano’s Biggest Fireworks Displays (One of the Most Famous in Japan).
- Sake Tasting at the Venerable Masumi Brewery : Sample Sake at Nagano’s Premier Brewery, Birthplace of Yeast Number Seven.
- Fruit Picking at a Full-Scale Orchard in Shiojiri : Large-Scale Orchard Boasting Magical Varieties of Grapes.
- Wintertime Family Fun at a Snow Park : Exclusive Snow Park 1 Minute Walk from this Shirakaba Lake Hotel.