What is it MIYADAIKU tourism?
The oldest wooden structure in the world, “Horyuji Temple”. The beginning of its history dates back to about 1400 years ago. Besides that, many of the oldest wooden structures in the world are Japanese temples and shrines which are complicated wood carving be made.
How could such a complicated wood carving be made?
Behind these mysteries is the technique of a palace carpenter, which was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage “Traditional Architectural Technique”. In fact, it can be said that this shrine carpenter is the oldest full-scale business in the world.
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to enjoy the MIYADAIKU carpentry tourism program. I experienced first-hand the basic techniques that were used to construct some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful temples and shrines in Japan. A MIYADAIKU master guided participants individually.
We tried shaving special pieces of wood, which, when done properly, actually serves as a waterproof layer to protect the fully wooden buildings from the elements. Being able to participate in this hands-on experience personally introduced me to how much work building even a small hut would take, and it makes me want to help preserve this traditional art for generations to come.
The Shrines, Temples and Historical Buildings in Yokohama City
Pick up and Drop off】
・Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport), Yokohama Station,
Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal
・Drop-off available at hotels in Yokohama after the tour
・Tea ceremony (Welcome drink)
・Manners for visiting a shrine
・Experience for Zazen
JPY5,000～20,000 (Depends on the options)
Please contact us at the address below
Specified non-profit corporation
MIYADAIKU Wooden technology inheritance association