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Nagano Cultural Experiences

Traditional Crafts in the Historic Heart of the City

Key features

  • Traditional Craft
  • Workshops
  • English-speaking
  • Family-friendly
  • Mizuhiki
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Origami
  • Paper-making
  • Calligraphy

Public Transport

Nagano Station20 min walk
Gondo Station<10 min walk

Popular Attractions

Zenko-ji Temple2 min walk
Monzen Terrace Enyaimmediate
Jigokudani Monkey Park70 min bus/train

Nagano Cultural Experiences

Traditional Crafts in the Historic Heart of the City

Key features

  • Traditional Craft
  • Workshops
  • English-speaking
  • Family-friendly
  • Mizuhiki
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Origami
  • Paper-making
  • Calligraphy
The Japanese dedication to refined beauty and detail can be seen in many aspects of life but none more so than through its many traditional crafts and pastimes. Crafts range from the simple to highly complex with a shared devotion to meditative practice and aesthetic beauty. Over generations the many traditional crafts of Japan have been perfected to the point of mastery but most have their origins in very practical if not simple applications. Trying your hand at traditional Japanese crafts is a great way to spend a couple hours while in Nagano, with many on offer in and around the city's historic Zenko-ji Temple Monzen precinct.

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      Try Your Hand at Traditional Crafts

      Try Your Hand at Traditional Crafts

      Located only minutes walk from Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano's historic Monzen precinct is the perfect place to try your hand at Japan's traditional crafts.

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      Combine Your Visit to Zenko-ji with a Cultural Experience

      Combine Your Visit to Zenko-ji with a Cultural Experience

      The area surroundings Nagano’s famous temple has a long history of craft and traditional practices.

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      Nearby Dining & Accommodation Options

      Nearby Dining & Accommodation Options

      Within easy walking distance of the temple – and even within the temple grounds – there are plenty of options when looking for somewhere to eat or stay.

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      How to get to the Zenko-ji Monzen Precinct

      How to get to the Zenko-ji Monzen Precinct

      Easily accessible on foot or by public transport from Nagano Station, the city's historic temple and Monzen precinct plays host to traditional activities.

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      Available Cultural Experiences

      Origami (paper folding)

      Origami (paper folding)

      Enjoy Japan's Best Known Craft

      Seemingly simple, origami opens-up a world of endless shapes and complex design.

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      Mizuhiki (paper cord)

      Mizuhiki (paper cord)

      An Ancient Art Still Popular Today

      The art of 'mizuhiki' involves the tying of beautiful, colored cords around gifts as a form of decoration.

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      Shodo (calligraphy)

      Shodo (calligraphy)

      Try Your Hand at Traditional Calligraphy

      Meaning ‘way of writing’, shodo embodies the virtues of harmony and beauty through the controlled brush strokes

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      Washi (paper making)

      Washi (paper making)

      Enjoy traditional Japanese paper-making

      Nagano has a long tradition of producing fine handmade paper and while here you can make your own ‘washi’.

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      Traditional Tea Ceremony

      Traditional Tea Ceremony

      Every Movement Has Meaning

      Originally introduced from China, tea ceremony has been refined over the centuries to become a uniquely Japanese experience.

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      Zazen (seated meditation)

      Zazen (seated meditation)

      Experience meditation at Zenko-ji

      Fundamental to Buddhist practice, meditation at one of Japan's most important temples is a unique and rewarding experience.

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      Goma Prayer (fire ceremony)

      Goma Prayer (fire ceremony)

      Join a Scared Buddhist Ceremony

      As one of Japan's most open temples, Zenko-ji welcomes visitors of any faith and background.

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      Shakyo (brush meditation)

      Shakyo (brush meditation)

      Follow Your Brushstroke to a State of Mindfulness

      Zenko-ji Temple offers visitors the opportunity to be instructed in ‘shakyo’ by one of its resident monks.

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      Access

      Public Transport

      Nagano Station20 min walk
      Gondo Station<10 min walk

      Popular Attractions

      Zenko-ji Temple2 min walk
      Monzen Terrace Enyaimmediate
      Jigokudani Monkey Park70 min bus/train