May 30, 2017

Watch-making in Suwa, Nagano, Japan

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  • One of the staff patiently teaches the guest how to make a watch

    Suwa is known as the origin of watch-making in Japan. On your tour, make sure to visit Gishodo, a unique museum for clocks. The museum features a novelty shop and a fascinating exhibit room filled with old wall clocks. The museum also offers clock-making lessons. Your clock-making prowess will surely be tested when you sign up for this activity, with the help from the staff, of course.

    The watch master will meticulously teach you how to make your own watch.

    Handmade watch

    It was a fun experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. Outside the museum is the water-operated astronomical clock tower known as Suiun-Gishodai. The big clock is a replica of the one constructed in China.

    The water-operated astronomical clock. 

    Details:

    Gishodo Suwako Watch & Clock Museum

    Address: 3289, Tatsumachi, Shimosuwa Town

    GO! NAGANO (Nagano Prefecture Official Tourism Guide)
    www.go-nagano.net

    *This story first appeared in Philippine Primer magazine April 2017 issue.

               
               
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