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Nagoya Karakuri Robot Experience

We introduce everyone in Japan and overseas the spirit and techniques of Karakuri (traditional mechanical puppet) – the pride of Nagoya’s traditional Japanese culture.
The presenters are experts in introducing the characteristics of Japanese culture and industries to our visitors from abroad. For over 10 years, we have been introducing Japanese culture and industries at international training institutions and private companies to more than 600 corporate owners and managers from all around the world.

Nagoya and the Karakuri Culture
The Karakuri technique was developed in the mid-17th century, during the period of peace and stability that came after a world of long warfare. During the festivals in Nagoya of that time, the festival parade floats were a large attraction. Every town prepared its own float and competed in float decoration contest and also competed in Karakuri Puppet mechanical sophistication contest. As a result, Nagoya became the center of Karakuri culture, and further developed as a manufacturing culture center, supporting the “Made in Japan” brand.
Tea-Serving doll
The most famous Zashiki Karakuri (Salon puppet) is the tea-serving puppet. In the Edo period, daimyo and wealthy merchants used to pride themselves in gaining popularity by entertaining visitors with these mechanical puppets. Behind the charming face of the puppet is the state-of-the-art technology, incorporated throughout the Karakuri puppet, which was developed some 300 years ago to entertain guests.
Karakuri doll and AI Robot Demonstration
The heart of hospitality to entertain guests is inherited from the tea-serving puppet invented 300 years ago to the modern day cutting-edge AI robot. After the demonstration, you can take part in an opportunity touch and move the puppets and robots with your own hands.
Karakuri doll and AI Robot Demonstration
The heart of hospitality to entertain guests is inherited from the tea-serving puppet invented 300 years ago to the modern day cutting-edge AI robot. After the demonstration, you can take part in an opportunity touch and move the puppets and robots with your own hands.

Access
for Karakuri doll & Robot experience

Meeting Place
(Exit 5, Subway Fushimi station) 

Meeting Place 
In front of  Exit 5  of  Subway Fushimi station 

*The demonstration site is an event space where is located in a 5-minute walk from the meeting place

Activity menu of hands-on experience
Basic Course 

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(first half -25minutes-)
Demonstration and Interaction with 
Tea serving Karakuri doll

(second half -25 minutes-)
Dance, Sing, and Conversation with AI Robot

Highlights of the Basic Course

See and play with both traditional Japanese robots and the latest AI robot. The traditional mechanical doll walks and carries a cup of green tea for you by using 300 years-old traditional technology. Your personal guide will explain to you how the wooden doll work without using any battery and sensor or other modern technology.  After enjoying the traditional doll, you will be surprised by seeing a cute AI robot that uses cutting-edge technologies. On your verbal command in English, the AI robot will sing and dance on a table and even take a photo of you.

*All courses are conducted as a private tour 
*Taking pictures or filming during the performance are allowed
  • Time Required: 60 minutes:(From gathering till dismissal)
  • Starting Time : ①11:00AM,  ②1:00PM,  ③3:00PM  
  • Fee: Adults 2,000 Yen (500 Yen for children under 16 years old)

Optional Tours

After the end of the basic course, upon your request, your personal guide will show you around the recommended spots of Nagoya.
It is a tour which allows you to understand the background of Japanese culture and Karakuri culture.

Optional Tour A

 Green tea in a traditional Japanese architecture & garden 

Visit a traditional Japanese house in a quiet residential area of Nagoya. You can enjoy Matcha, powdered green tea or other refreshments while appreciating beautiful Japanese style garden and architecture.

Time Required 
2 hours includes subway time

Price
2,000 yen for adults
1,000 yen for children under 16 years old

Notes
  1. Every Monday is closed
  2. The basic course should starts at 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM for this optional tour
  3. Tour may be closed upon the schedule of the visiting site.
Entrance
SUKIYA-style architecture designed for tea-ceremony
Matcha green tea
(image photo)
Matcha green tea
(image photo)

Optional Tour B

 Craftsmanship & Spirit of “Making things" 

Visit Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which is located in the birthplace of Toyota Group. You can see and feel the craftsmanship and the spirit of "Making things" and also understand the technological development of the Toyota group, which was started with making textile machinery.
In this museum, you can enjoy various demonstrations of 100-year-old textile machinery and also the music performance by the latest robot.

Time Required 
2 hours includes city bus time

Price
2,000 yen for adults
1,000 yen for children under 16 years old

Notes
  1. Every Monday is closed
  2. The Basic course should starts at 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM for this optional tour
Textile machinery with Karakuri mechanism

Toyota partner robot

Toyota partner robot

News & Events in Nagoya

 Nagoya Festival on October 19th & 20th  
A Karakuri float festival parade is going to held in the center of  Nagoya city
Date & Time: October 19th(Sat) 2:00pm -9:00pm 
                    October 20th(Sun) 11:00am-12:00
Venue: Near Nagoya city hall and Sakae station
            (See the  following map and schedule) 
Access: Suway Shiyakusho station and Sakae station

Reservation Procedures

 Step.1 
Please send upon completing the reservation form below.
For inquiry also, fill in the reservation date tentatively and your question in the inquiry box.
 Step.2 
An automatic reply message will be sent to your mailbox
 Step.3 
When a reservation is available, an e-mail and a PayPal invoice will be sent to your mailbox within two days. Please complete the payment upon receiving the notification.
 Step.2 
An automatic reply message will be sent to your mailbox
Attention
Your reservation will only be completed when the payment is made through PayPal. If you are not familiar with PayPal, please feel free to contact us.

Those who come directly without a reservation will not be able to participate.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to fill out the form below.


Cancellation Policy
Cancellation 5 days before your reservation day: 100% of the fee will be charged.
Cancellation 2 days before your reservation day: 50% of the fee will be charged. 
Cancellation less than 2 days of your reservation day: 0% of the fee will be charged.

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