5 WORKSHOPS YOU CAN DO IN SHIZUOKA

Hands-on workshops in Shizuoka where you can learn from Shizuoka craftsmen & women skills that have been handed down over generations.  

LEARN FROM SOME OF THE BEST IN SHIZUOKA

Many times the best way to experience something while you are traveling is to get hands on and try it yourself.

There are numerous Shizuoka workshops you can do and learn from craftsmen many of whom have had the skills they learned passed down over generations.

 1. SUSHI MAKING IN SHIMIZU – Shizuoka Station

There is perhaps nothing more iconically Japanese than sushi. 

Anyone that has tried to make this Japanese dish will be aware that it is not as easy as the sushi chef behind the counter makes it look.

At the S-Pulse Dream Plaza in Shimizu Port just outside of Shizuoka City a sushi master will give you step by step instructions on how to make the best sushi from fresh seafood bought at the nearby fish markets.

Additionally, S-Pulse Dream Plaza also has one of Japan’s most extensive sushi museums – try this 2-Day Seafood Lovers Model Course and you will come away from the experience with a much deeper appreciation for Shizuoka seafood.

2. INDIGO DYEING IN GOTEMBA – Mishima Station

Japanese Aizome (indigo dyeing) has a history that dates back possibly as much as 1400 years in Japan.

The distinctive deep blue dye color common in many Japanese fabrics (and the inspiration for many of the Japanese sports team jerseys and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic logo) is derived from the Indigo Plant which is called “Ai” in Japanese.

It is said that the dye was popular in ancient time as the indigo also acted as a natural insect repellant. 

There are a number of different Aizome dyeing techniques such as ‘Danzome’, which produces a shade gradation effect, ‘Shiborizome”, which is the popular tie-dying technique or ‘Bassen’ which uses stencils to create elaborate designs.

There are 48 different shades of blue.

If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating Japanese craft you can experience creating you own indigo fabrics in Gotemba and is a great side trip from a Gotemba Premium Outlet Mall shopping trip LEARN MORE.

EXPERIENCE

Shizuoka is full of unique experiences that allow visitors an opportunity to enjoy Hands On Experiences and through them learn more about Japanese Culture & History.

In the process gaining a deeper  understanding of the Japanese people and their way of life.

SHIN FUJI STATION

The Japanese people have been fascinated with Mt Fuji for centuries.

Visiting the town of Fujinomiya gives you a chance to experience what life is like living at the foothills of Mt Fuji & better understand what it means to locals that live there - LEARN MORE.

SHIZUOKA STATION

Shizuoka City has a long and storied history, especially during the life of, arguably the most famous Samurai of all time Tokugawa Ieyasu, who lived in Shizuoka City for many years.

Wander through Fugetsuro Japanese garden or Sumpu Castle and experience what life was like 400 years ago - LEARN MORE.

HAMAMATSU STATION

Hamamatsu City is a city of craftsman and artisans and famous as the home of famous Japanese companies such as Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, and Kawai.

Try your hand at Soy Sauce making in a 4th generation family-owned soy sauce factory, try your hand at traditional tie-dying or even learn how to make your own harmonica - LEARN MORE.

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3. SOBA MAKING IN FUJINOMIYA – Shin Fuji Station

Anyone that has been to Japan will know that once you venture out into the countryside soba noodle restaurants are ubiquitous.

Soba noodles made with buckwheat are served hot or cold and have a wide range of health benefits including improved heart health and blood sugar.

If you venture into the Fujinomiya countryside you can experience making soba noodles from buckwheat that has been grown locally using fresh Mt Fuji spring water   – LEARN MORE.

4. SOY SAUCE MAKING IN HAMAMATSU – Hamamatsu Station

Meijiya Shoyu was established back in 1875 to make soy sauce for the local Hamamatsu market and beyond.

The factory has been handed down over 6 generations and is still operating today using many of the same techniques as they did nearly 150 years ago.

A tour of the factory is fascinating and gives visitors a rare glimpse into the craft of creating soy sauce.

Special workshops are available giving visitors an opportunity to press there own soy and take home the sauce that they have made – LEARN MORE.

5. GYOZA MAKING IN HAMAMATSU – Hamamatsu Station

Once you have made your soy sauce how about trying your hand at making your own Japanese dumplings – Gyoza.

Every year Hamamatsu battles with Utsunomiya in Tochigi for the mantle of Gyoza Capital of Japan.

At the popular Hamataro restaurant on the outskirts of Hamamatsu City you can learn how to get the perfect fold on your gyoza and the best way to fry up the perfect plate of dumplings – and learn that it is perhaps harder than it looks! More Info.

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