Temple of Wood Carvings & Yamamoto-tei, Japanese Architecture in Shibamata

Window view from Yamamoto-tei

Window view from Yamamoto-tei

Overview

Shibamata is nostalgic town loved by the locals as famous movie actor, Tora-san lived there.
The approaching path lined with sweet dango dumpling, rice cracker shops leads to Taishakuten temple nick named “temple of wood carving”. There are numerous wood carvings depicting scene from Buddhist scripture and must attract you by their intricacy.
Suikei-en Japanese garden of the compound encircled with wooden corridor shows you beautiful changing scenery of the garden.
Yamamoto-tei, a former merchant’s residence features Japanese-Western style, creating a harmony of a Japanese drawing room, western architecture and Japanese garden.
Ranked 4th by American magazine Sukiya Living,the Journal of Japanese Gardening in 2019 Yamamoto tei will give you rich and relaxing time while sitting on cool tatami mat viewing tranquil Japanese garden.
Matcha tea & sweets are available for 500-600 yen.

Wood carving gallery, Taishakuten

Wood carving gallery, Taishakuten

What’s  Included

Guiding fee
Traveler pickup at hotel

What’s Not Included

Admission fee
Private transportation
Lunch & Snacks

Departure & Return

Traveler pickup is offered
The guide will meet you at your hotel / accommodation.

 

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return

1:00 PM at Shibamata st.

What To Expect

Itinerary

Yamamotei, Shibamata

Yamamotei, Shibamata

Stop At: Shibamata

The tour starts by strolling along the approaching path to Shibamata Taishakuten temple nicknamed “Temple of wood carving”. Shibamata is also loved by the locals as the town where famous movie actor, Tora-san lived. In front of JR Shibamata station there is a pair of bronze statues of “Tora-san” and his younger pretty sister “Sakura”.

Duration: 1 hour
Admission free
Torasan, Shibamata

Torasan, Shibamata

Sakura, Shibamata

Sakura, Shibamata

Stop At: Taishakuten-Sando

At the end of approaching path there is a grand gate called Nitenmon of Shibamata Taishakuten temple having roughly 400 year’s history. Nitenmon gate was built all using hard and mold free zelkova trees so as to last long, plus for artistic beauty. When you enter the compound first pray to the Bodhisattva, then purify yourself at the purification place. A huge Kuromatsu pine tree in the temple complex is named “zuiryu no matsu” meaning “the dragon ascends to the heaven”. The pine tree is thought to be over 500yrs old.

Duration: 1 hour
Admission free

 Taishakuten-Sando

Stop At: Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)
Taishakuten

Taishakuten

The main hall­­­­ leads to wooden Carving gallery and traditional Japanese garden called Suikei-en ( admission : 400yen/person). There are such a numerous wood carvings inside and outside that the temple is called “Temple of Carving”. After visiting the gallery let’s take off your shoes and walk the corridor leading to the Japanese garden “Suikei-en” within the compound. While walking on the wooden corridor encircling the garden you can enjoy seasonal changing scenery.

Duration: 1 hour
Admission fee : 400 yen/adult, 200yen/child
Wood carving, Taishakuten

Wood carving, Taishakuten

Suikei-en

Suikei-en

Stop At: Yamamototei

Yamamote-tei

Yamamote-tei

Within a few minutes from Shibamata Taihakuten temple is Yamamoto-tei, a former merchant’s residence where features Japanese – Western style, creating a harmony of a Japanese drawing room, western architecture and Japanese garden. All rooms are open designed with few walls in between and face the garden over corridor. You can relax sitting on tatami mat hearing sound of waterfall water to the back of the garden, eating Match tea & sweet available here.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission free : 100yen
Shibamata

Yamamoto-tei, Shibamata

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible within compound, but not in gallery with stairs
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed within compound, but not in buildings and gallery
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity
  • Only your group will participate

Operated by Xperience Japan

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund. Learn more about cancellations. Frequently Asked Questions.

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