Temple of Wood Carving & Yamamoto-tei, Shibamata, Tokyo


  • all rooms face the garden
    all rooms face the garden

Shibamata is nostalgic town loved by the locals as a popular movie star Tora-san lived there. The approach path lined with sweet dango dumpling, rice cracker shops leads to Taishakuten temple nick named “temple of wood carving”. The gallery of wood carving displays 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. Then the tour visits 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.

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation fee
  • Lunch
  • Tea & Sweets (500-600yen)
  • Departure & Return

    Departure Point

    The Tour Guide will meet you at your Hotel’s lobby.

    What to Expect

    Stop At:Shibamata st. & Approaching path to Taishakuten Temple

    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”. 

    Stop At: Shibamata Taishakuten temple

    The temple has 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.

    Stop At:Wooden Carving gallery and traditional Japanese garden Suikei-en

    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.

    Stop At: Yamamoto-tei,

    Yamamoto-tei is 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.

    Hotel Pickup

    This experience is eligible for hotel pickup. Once your purchase is complete, you’ll be able to coordinate pickup details directly with your operator.

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days 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.