Sanshu Asuke Yashiki
Look, eat, make: Experience the lifestyle of yesteryear
Until about 50 years ago, the spirit of monodzukuri, the Japanese art of manufacturing, was alive and well in Japanese daily life. People made the things they needed themselves. Today, everything is done for us by machines and we no longer have to use our hands to make things, but this makes life dull and uninteresting. It is this feeling that inspired the opening of Sanshu Asuke Yashiki, which recreates the disappearing Japanese lifestyle of yesteryear and endeavors to pass on handicraft techniques to future generations. With regard to the derivation of the name, Sanshu-meaning Three Rivers-was the name of this area in olden times, and the town in which it is located is Asuke.
When you set foot through the gate, it's like you've instantly taken a step back in time, traveling back about a century. In the garden is a well and a water wheel, with a cow tethered to a post and chickens running around freely. Inside the traditional-style house, you can get a close-up view of artisans demonstrating an array of handicrafts and manual work once carried out in this area, including charcoal-making, paper-making, and weaving. Naturally, visitors can also have a go at some of these crafts themselves, so why not give it a try?
When you get hungry, take a break at Hinoki-chaya, where you can taste the fresh bounty of the mountains, Kunputei, where you can try handmade tofu, or Katakago cafe, which boasts delicious coffee made from beans roasted using charcoal produced here at Sanshu Asuke Yashiki. As time slips slowly by, you'll be enveloped in a tremendous sense of warmth and nostalgia for the good old days.
Address: 36 Iimori, Asuke-cho, Toyota City, Aichi
Hours open to visitors: 09:00-17:00 (admission unitl 16:30)
Admission Fee: \300 (adults), \100 (elementary-high school students)
Closed: Thursdays (the next day if Thursday is a national holiday)
Directions: (Train) 70 minutes from Higashi-Okazaki Station on the Meitetsu Line (40 minutes from Nagoya Station) by a Meitetsu Bus (bound for Asuke). (Car) 20 minutes from Toyota-Kanpachi Interchange on the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway or 15 minutes from the Rikiishi Interchange on the Sanage Greenroad Highway.