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Forum topic by 250knots posted 02-15-2017 12:54 PM 645 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2017 12:54 PM

I am traveling on a vacation trip to Japan first week of April and wonder if anyone can share their experiences and knowledge about anything woodworking related to visit and see while there? I will spend three days in Osaka and three days in Tokyo with my family.

Museums, workshops, tool shops are all of interest as well as wooden architecture that would impress a fine woodworker.

Appreciate any advice,


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#1 posted 02-16-2017 03:04 AM

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is great fun for the entire family.

There is a stone shop in Tokyo I have tried to visit, but unfortunately it was closed due to a holiday the day I tried. My wife did go there one trip, and the owner said he gets a few foreign visitors. She did not get the impression that he spoke english though.

Here is a tool shop in Shibuya (a district in Tokyo) that I recently heard of. I have not had the opportunity to visit here either.

If you can manage, when in Osaka, try to visit the Takenaka Carpentry Museum in Kobe. Kobe is about 30 minutes from Osaka. The museum is very close to the Shin Kobe shinkansen station. Plan on spending 2 – 3 hours at the museum. Highly recommended.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 04:51 AM

Stay away from the mountains in Osaka!

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 05:26 PM

A number of years ago, a made a lot of business trips to Japan. Some of the most interesting was the woodwork in some of the temples. I was fortunate one morning as I was eating a western style breakfast to watch some workers at a temple making a new gate. It was fascinating to watch the plane and work the wood.

Keep your eyes open….

I was also fortunate that the company I was visiting was a huge one in Japan and they helped find places and get me in anywhere I wanted.

Spend a day in Kyoto if you can.

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#4 posted 03-03-2017 12:28 PM

Thanks for the advice guys!

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