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We arrived at the bus stop in Yumoto and began the uphill 20 minute walk to the Akiu craft village, only to find a couple of the shops/workshops open. The area is obviously set up to handle tourism, great parking area, very clean toilet facilities...More
We visited Gangu-an in Akiu Craft Village with our child. We weremadevery welcome. First you can choose your kokeshi wooden doll shape. A short introduction is given to how to paint a traditional kokeshi and how to use the paints. Then you are free to...More
So glad we made the detour having been to the onsen town; everyone was super friendly. One kokeshi maker took us to his workshop and had us making bits and pieces with the lathe! He wouldn't take any money for this. One of the friendliest...More
We were staying in Miyagi and decided to drive out here. It definitely didn't seem very welcoming to foreigners. There are a few shops that sell wooden toys and Kokeshi. One shopkeeper was very friendly but the rest of them just stared at us or...More
I have been living in Sendai for a while and I just recently discovered this jewel that's very close to Akiu hot spring resorts area. It is also easily accessible by a bus ride from Sendai station, and is home for traditional local crafts not...More