Activities - Arts & Crafts

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).


  •  11
  •  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 :
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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