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.
(Guide interpreters hold national certificates and master’s degree in experiencial learning.)

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.

* Please check out the link below to have a look at images and clips of our mechanical festival car.
Dashi floats and Karakuri

Tea-Serving Puppets

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 Puppet 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.




Place: Demonstration site: an event space ( 5 minute walk from the museum)

Address: 17-1, Sakae 2-chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya, 460-0008 Japan

Meeting Place : In front of museum shop of the Science Museum.

By Subway

  • Fushimi station ( A 8 minute walk towards south from Exit 5 )

Menu for Hands-On Activities

All requires prior reservation。
Taking pictures or filming during all reserved plans and
during the performance of dolls and robots is allowed.

⑴.Karakuri Robot Performance 【Basic course】

  • Time Required: 60 minutes (From gathering till dismissal)
  • Starting Time: ①10:10AM ②11:10AM ③1:10PM ④3:10PM
  • Fee: Adults 2,500 Yen (500 Yen for children under 16 years old)

⑵. Optional Tours

After the end of the basic course, our personal guide will show you around the recommended Karakuri doll and robot spots.
It is a tour which allows you to deeply enjoy the Karakuri culture and Japanese culture. (Explanation is available in both Japanese and English)

  • Fee:

Tours A:Adults 500 Yen (Free for children under 16 years old)
Tours B:Adults 2,000 Yen (1,000 Yen for children under 16 years old)
Tours C:Adults 2,000 Yen (1,000 Yen for children under 16 years old)


Tours A. Karakuri dolls on
the street of Nagoya

  • Time Required: 30 minutes (walking tour)
  • Location:the street of Nagoya

Tours B. Technological Development,
-from Karakuri doll to modern robot-

  • Time Required: 90 minutes (including city bus time)
  • Location:TOYOTA commemorative museum of Industry & Technology

Tours C. Green Tea in traditional
Japaness architecture

  • Time Required: 90 minutes (including subway time)
  • Location:SUKIYA – style architecture designed for tea-ceremony

Reservation Procedures

Please send upon completing the reservation form below.

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When 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.

Please plan to arrive 5 minutes before the start of your scheduled course activity.


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Those who come directly without reservation will not be able to participate.
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  • Cancellation one day before your reservation day: 50% of the fee will be charged.
  • Cancellation two days before your reservation day: 0%

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