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Last update:July 18, 2017

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  • Please note that the entry conditions for each facility may change. 
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Fukui Pref. 

Category Facility Name Outline
Environment / recycling / energy Fugen Decommissioning Engineering Center (Fugen), the Japan Atomic Energy Agency Visitors can listen to an explanation of Fugen and observe the outside of the building.
Environment / recycling / energy Fukui-Sakai Municipalities Broad Regional Administrative Association
Solid Waste Disposal Center
General waste treatment facilities (process of combustible waste, from the carry-in treatment facilities of non-combustible waste incineration, until fracture)
Traditional industries / craftworks MEGANE MUSEUM WORKSHOP: You can make a flame only for you with craftsmen.(However you must make a reservation.)
MUSEUM: You can see many old flames and tools, which had been used actually by some craftsman in this city.
SHOP: You can see a kind of the newest flames, made in Japan, and buy it.
Traditional industries / craftworks Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture MuseumGallery: Exhibitions of food history, culture and local cuisine of Wakasa Obama.
Kitchen Studio: Cooking workshops and food tasting of local cuisine.
Wakasa Craft Center: Hands-on experiences of traditional crafts such as Wakasa-nuri lacquered chopsticks, Wakasa agate, and Wakasa handmade paper.
Traditional industries / craftworks Echizen Pottery Village Experience
・Pottery making experience
・Bamboo shoot digging,cooking and eating experience
・Wood kiln firing experience
・Echizen Pottery Festival
・Echizen Pottery Village Autumn Tea Party
Traditional industries / craftworks TAKEFU KNIFE VILLAGE Experience Class
・Metal Keychain production classroom
・Leather key chain manufacture classroom
・Paper knife classroom
・Sharpening the way classroom (kitchen knife takeaway)
・Koide blade classroom
・Knife classroom
You can take home all the after fabrication those that were manufactured
Traditional industries / craftworks Echizen Washi Village Japanese Traditional Papermaking Workshop
Science & Technology / laboratories Fast Breeder Reactor Research and Development Center Monju,  Japan Atomic Energy AgencyBrief introduction of Monju and facility tour

Shiga Pref.

Category Facility Name Outline
Liquor / tea / drinks Kawashima Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. Visitors can observe the brewery and can taste sake.
Visitors can see display of the former president's pictures and an instrument used long ago by master brewer. 
Liquor / tea / drinks Kirin Shiga Oishisa-taikan factory Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of "Kirin Ichiban Shibori" and " Gogo-no-Kocha"
Transportation / logistics / distribution Hiniaratakan Corporation Visitors can observe a state-of-the-art distribution system and equipment.
Metals / machinery / electronic components Yanmar  Museum The museum contains a wide range of interactive exhibits, practical activities and workshops relating to the history and future directions of industry.
Environment / recycling / energy Lake Biwa Museum Exhibitions viewing about Lake BIWA (Natural history, the history, environment, aquatic animal )
Environment / recycling / energy Aqua-BIWA Visitors can learn about Lake BIWA and water through various experiences.
The room experiencing rain is popularity.
Traditional industries / craftworks Japanese Candle DAIYO Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of Japanese candles.
Visitors can see demonstration of manufacturing of candles.
Traditional industries / craftworks ZEZE-YAKI Museum Zeze-ware is pottery for the Japanese tea ceremony. They were produced by Kobori Enshu ,an artist of many talents during the Edo period, but they all about disappeared in short term. In 1919 Iwasaki Kenzo revived Zeze-ware. The museum exhibit ancient Zeze-wares and another tea utensils. Visitors can all purchase Zeze-wares in an adjacent pottery "Kagerouen".
Traditional industries / craftworks Inoue Butsudan, the Buddhist Altar Maker Butsudan is a Japanese Buddhist Altar.
Making this Butsudan (Buddhist Altar) is a Japanese traditional craftwork and needs 7 different types of well-skilled artisans.
It is considered the pinnacle of Japanese craftwork to make a Butsudan.
Our recommended course is to see the workshop of Japanese traditional craftworks and do making some craftwork experience (it takes about 2hours in total)
It will be a great to see and feel the Japanese craftsmanship.
We have several courses such as Kinpaku-Oshi (covering with gold leaf) experience,
Makie (gold lacquer work) experience or Urushi-Nuri(lacquering) experience.
You can choose one of these experiences you want to see and try but
all the participants are supposed to take the same experience.
other KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd Visitors can see part of the production line of notebooks.
Visitors can realize our quality of notebook through some attractions.
Visitors can get a souvenir.

Kyoto Pref. 

Category Facility Name Outline
Liquor / tea / drinks Sake no Yakata Visitors can observe a brewery and a tea house.
Liquor / tea / drinks Fukujuen CHA Experience Park It is a tea theme park, where you can enjoy learning about teas that have been loved by people of the world for ages.
Please also enjoy our tea gardens, various tea products and unique facilities.
Liquor / tea / drinks Kinshi Masamune Horino Memorial Museum Visitors can observe sake cellar of the Edo era and the Kyoumachi house of the Meiji era.
Visitors can taste of Japanese sake and the craft beer.
Liquor / tea / drinks MARUKYU KOYAMAEN Matcha, Powdered Green Tea: Factory tour in Uji
1. Screening of video about Matcha production, Japan's finest green tea
2. Touring Matcha tea processing facilities
3. Visiting a traditional tea room (chashitsu)
4. Learning how to prepare and then enjoy your bowl of Matcha tea
Traditional industries / craftworks Cosaien Taneda Kyoto The experience classroom of making the beanbag of Kyo-Kanoko shibori  (tie-dyeing).
Traditional industries / craftworks Kyoto Handicraft CenterDemonstration of manufacturing of traditional craftwork and display and sale of craft products.
Traditional industries / craftworks Shoyeido(Manufacturing Process of Incense Sticks) Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of incenses and tools for making them.
Traditional industries / craftworks Marumasu Nishimuraya Yuzen Kobo workshop Visitors can experience Kata-e-zome of Kyo-Yuzen (stencil-printed Yuzen).
Traditional industries / craftworks Nishijin Textile Center Visitors can observe a demonstration and make Nishijin-textile, purchase products and observe a kimono show and the historical data room.
Traditional industries / craftworks Kyoto Montsuki Co., Ltd. Visitors can watch a film showing the manufacturing processes.
Traditional industries / craftworks Inui ShikkiVisitors can experience Kyo-maki-e work (gold-relief lacquer). (Observation only is not acceptable.)
Traditional industries / craftworks Kyoto Shibori KogeikanVisitors can observe Shibori (tie-dyeing) work and listen to an explanation of the manufacturing process.
Traditional industries / craftworks Ikkanbari YumehitoriVisitors can experience and observe the processes of making Ikkanbari (bamboo craftwork).
Traditional industries / craftworks Yokoyama Bamboo Products(TAKENOKO) The experience classroom of making the chopstick basket and traditional tea spoon of Bamboo.
Traditional industries / craftworks TAKEZASADO Visitors can experience of printing postcard by woodblock.
Visitors can be lectured about Ukiyoe print. 
Traditional industries / craftworks Kyoto Unraku-gama Visitors can observe teori(handwoven tie)work and listen to an explanation of
the manufacturing process.
Visitors can experience of making a place mat only for you with craftsman.
Visitors can learn about textile through the work shop.
Traditional industries / craftworks KUSKA Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of Kiyomizuyaki-pottery
Visitors can experience of making Kiyomizuyaki-pottery
Visitors can see display of Kiyomizuyaki-pottery
Traditional industries / craftworks 【NEW!】Food replica specialty shop Design Pocket Kyoto Tower SANDO Store experience: Food Replica Workshop
display of Food Replica Goods
Metals / machinery / electronic components The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics  The Kyocera Museum of Art Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of Fine Ceramics.
Visitors can experience Characteristics of Fine Ceramics.
Visitors can see 「Kyocera’s Technology and Product Evolution」「Fine Ceramics Help Expand the Boundaries of Scientific Research」「History of Ceramic Packages in the Semiconductor Industry」.
Science & Technology / laboratories Kansai Photon Science Institute, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency Visitors can observe a laboratory studying photon science.
Mass media/publishing Asahi Shimbun Kyoto Plant (Tohshi Printing Service Co.,Ltd.) Visitors can observe printing and packing newspaper and loading to trucks.
Visitors get a commemorative newspaper with a visit photography.
Fiber/Fashion Textile Museum of Kawashima Selkon Textiles Exhibits historical materials of textiles which the company has produced for more than 170 years and episode of historical projects it has handled.

Osaka Pref. 

Category Facility Name Outline
Foods Conpeito Museum (Yao, Sakai) Visitors can observe and experience making conpeito (sweet confectionary) .
Liquor / tea / drinks Daimon Sake Brewery Co. Ltd. Visitors can observe the brewery and can taste sake and cuisine pairing
Liquor / tea / drinks Suita Brewery, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of beer.
Liquor / tea / drinks Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Visitors can observe the manufacturing processes of Suntory whiskey and learn about its history.
Liquor / tea / drinks Katashimo Winery Visitors can observe the winery, vineyard, and learn about its history.
(We have a tasting room on the second floor of the storage house designated as a national cultural property, where visitors can get a taste of our wine. In Heritage Tasting Room, we have brewing tools from dating back to the Meiji and Taisho periods on display. A very delightful experience can be had, by having wine suited to your tastes by learning about grape types and the making process
Traditional industries / craftworks Toothpick GalleryVisitors can observe the history, culture, and manufacturing process of toothpicks.
Traditional industries / craftworks Baieido Co., Ltd. (Show room & Manufacturing process of Incense Stick) Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of incense and tools for making them.
Traditional industries / craftworks Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum A facility to learn about the Sakai's traditional industries including world-renowned Sakai forged knives. The demonstrational and instructional space is on the first floor and the cutlery museum is on the second floor. You can also purchase the products at the museum.
Traditional industries / craftworks SATAKE GLASS MFG. CO., LTD. SATAKE GLASS MFG. CO., LTD. is the only glass factory in Japan that has produced color glass rods for glass craft supplies since the prewar periods.
Our building has been designated as a tangible cultural property of the country.
Visitors can do the factory tour.
We have Classes and Workshops to Lampwork (glass bead making) for beginners.
Visitor can buy the glasswork and accessories in the shop.
Traditional industries / craftworks 【NEW!】Food replica specialty shop Design Pocket Osaka Main Store experience: Food Replica Workshop
display of Food Replica Goods
Metals / machinery / electronic components DAIKIN SOLUTION PLAZA
 fuha: OSAKA
Visitors can feel, touch and enjoy the world of air-conditioning with wonder.
Metals / machinery / electronic components Konosuke Matsushita Museum Knowing the management philosophy of Konosuke Matsushita through the business history of Panasonic Group.
Metals / machinery / electronic components Kawamura Gishi Co., Ltd. Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of prostheses and orthoses.
Visitors can see display of welfare equipment.
Environment / recycling / energy Suita resources recycling center (Kuru-kuru plaza) 【Crushing and sorting factory】
    Visitors can observe crushing and sorting the garbage.
【Kuru-kuru plaza】
    Visitors can observe studio for recycle.
Environment / recycling / energy Gas Science Museum To explain manufacturing processes of city gas.
The factory tour by bus.
Demonstration of liquefied nitrogen.
Introduction to ""Tangible Earth(the world's first interactive digital globe)
Mass media/publishing Asahi news paper Osaka Factory The guided tour takes you to a brand new press machine while the evening edition is in the press. After the tour, visitors get their photos on the extra edition.
Fiber/Fashion FUKAKI WOOLLEN TEXTILE CO.,LTD. ・Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of cashmere.
・It is only here in Japan to manufacture cashmere from row materials to products.
・Visitors can see the company lay emphasis on the protection of natural environments and the safety and hygiene.
・Visitors can see display of historical materials about woollen textile and Fukaki Woollen Textile.
Science & Technology / laboratories OSTEC Exhibition Hall Exhibition about the technology of the main company and authorities of Kansai.
other Japan Mint We provide guides to give you a general explanation of coin production.
other OBAYASHI HISTORY MUSEUM Visitors can see the exhibition about the history of OBAYASHI Corporation as well as the development of the cities and the modern industry.
other The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation A facility where one can learn of the achievements of 105 entrepreneurs who have made Osaka the stage of their activities, including Konosuke Matsushita of Panasonic and Momofuku Ando of Nissin Food Products. In addition to the main exhibit that symbolizes Osaka, the “City of the People”, which has contributed to socioeconomic growth and improvement of life through a bold challenging spirit and diligent innovation, the museum also presents a number of informational materials such as corporate histories, autobiographies/critical biographies of entrepreneurs and videos of interviews. Exhibitions and audio guides are provided in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
other Tsunami/Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Station Open to public, helps visitors gain knowledge of tidal surges that struck Osaka in the past as well as the Tonankai / Nankai Earthquakes and tsunamis that are likely to hit Osaka in the near future. Displays in the building also enable you to learn how to react when an earthquake or tsunami occurs.
other Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Historical Museum *Company's history and activeties since the foundation 1678
*History and culture of Doshomachi District, where Japanese pharmaceutical business originated

Hyogo Pref. 

Category Facility Name Outline
Foods TOKIWADOSEIKA CO.,LTD Visitors can observe the manufacturing processes of local traditional sweet.
Foods HATOYA Corp. Visitors can observe the kamaboko and chikuwa (fish paste) manufacturing process and experience fish paste making.
Foods Hanshin Yuai Foods.Co.Ltd. ・Visitors can observe packing process of boiled agricultural products.
・Visitors can observe the job training to the handicapped persons.
Liquor / tea / drinks Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan Breweries Visitors can observe a traditional way of making sake in Nada.
Liquor / tea / drinks Rokko BreweryVisitors can observe a brewing process and tanks.
Liquor / tea / drinks Nadagiku Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. Visitors can observe unspoiled breweries and sake storage and taste sake. There is also a restaurant.
Liquor / tea / drinks Sawanotsuru Sake Museum SAKAGURA Visitors can see the process as well as the Sake making tools of Japanese Sake in many yeas ago.
We show the video how to the making Japanese Sake in English and Chinese .
Liquor / tea / drinks TOKIWA Co., LTD. ・The visitor can observe a manufacturing process through a window. 
・Company PR DVD viewing.
Liquor / tea / drinks HAKUTSURU Sake Brewery Museum Visitors can see a display of the traditional sake making.
Liquor / tea / drinks TAJIME General Partnership Visitors can observe the brewery for "CHIKUSEN".
We continue protecting the manufacturing method of the brewing more than 300 years.
Liquor / tea / drinks Hakushika Memorial Museum of Sake Visitors can see display of every step in the traditional Sake.
Liquor / tea / drinks THE KIKU-MASAMUNE SAKE BREWERY MUSEUM Visitors can find various sake brewing tools and careful reproductions of shops, storage areas and other old style facilities for sake-brewing. Here you can explore the essence of Kiku-Masamune and “Kimoto Zukuri” through the displays focusing on three basic themes: Time, Places and People. Visitors can sample freshly brewed sake and experience tasting.
Traditional industries / craftworks KYOEI-GOLF Industry Co., Ltd. Visitors can observe the finishing process of iron heads.
Traditional industries / craftworks KOYO SEIGA  CO.,LTD. Visitors can learn the traditional roof tile manufacturing and also experience roof tile making with artisans' instruction.
Traditional industries / craftworks Awaji Baikundou CO., LTD.
(Ei factory)
Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of incense stick.
Traditional industries / craftworks Kobe lampwork glass museum Visitors can observe the making processes of lampwork glass beads.
Visitors can make their own lampwork glass beads.
Traditional industries / craftworks Sugihara Paper Institute Visitors can observe manufacturing processer of Sugihara-gami〈washi〉.
Visitors can experience of the Kamisuki 〈paper making〉.
Traditional industries / craftworks Shosha Art & Craft Museum Visitors can see display of the traditional arts and crafts of the Himeji area.
Visitors can experience painting Hariko (paper mache). 
Traditional industries / craftworks Kiryu Craft Museum
(Genbudo Museum)
Museum is located at the foot of Genbudo Cave National Park and provided with restaurant and shop.
  1F Experience of making basket.
  2F Display of rocks, minerals and fossils.
  3F Display of the history of the traditional Kiryu Craft(Wicker Work).
Traditional industries / craftworks Ojiyama Ceramic Factory (Ojiyama Toukisho) Visitors can see the making of Ojiyama-yaki (ceradon) andou
display of Ojiyama-yaki in our gallery and a climbing kiln.
Metals / machinery / electronic components Big Daishowa Seiki Co., Ltd. Awaji Plant. Visitors can observe metal processing and the showroom.
Metals / machinery / electronic components Miki City Hardware Museum Visitors can see how to make tools in old days and imagine the old days when craftsmen, blacksmiths of village, worked hard using tools.
Environment / recycling / energy Kobe Power Plant Visitors can listen to an explanation of coal fired power generation and observe the power plant.
Environment / recycling / energy Kako-gun Recycle Plaza Visitors can observe the garbage disposal plant and the explanations about the recycling system.
Science & Technology / laboratories The Advanced Materials Processing Institute Kinki Japan (AMPI) Visitors can listen to an explanation of overviews and observe various machines systems.
Science & Technology / laboratories SPring-8, synchrotron radiation facility / SACLA X-ray free electron laser facility Visitors can see display of models and panels regarding Synchrotron radiation facilities and research result.
Science & Technology / laboratories Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Exhibition Center The Bridge Exhibition Center offers the opportunity to learn about the bridge-building technologies used to construct the Honshu-Shikoku Bridges, including the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, through scale models, videos and panel displays.
Science & Technology / laboratories AKO MARINE SCIENCE MUSEUM Visitors can learn marine science, history of making salt, and nature of Ako.
They can also experience the process of making salt.
Transportation / logistics / distribution KOBE CUSTOMSVisitors can learn Japan Customs' role.
Visitors can see display of import-prohibited good, etc.
other OKUMURA BOATS Co., Ltd Visitors can observe the manufacturing process of FRP yachts and also learn rope knots through experience.
other The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution This Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake caused massive damage to the area around Kobe City and southern Hyogo Prefecture, and shocked people around the whole world as well as in Japan.
other THE OSAMU TEZUKA MANGA MUSEUM Visitors can see display of Osamu Tezuka World.
Visitors can experience animation workshop.
other Nadahama Science Square Visitors can experience the wonders of science through fun activities based on the themes of Iron-making, Power Generation, Energy and the Environment.
other ASICS SPORTS MUSEUM ASICS SPORTS MUSEUM where you will experience the evolution of sports.
other Kawai Bee Farm Visitors can observe beehive, etc.

Nara Pref. 

Category Facility Name Outline
Foods Menyu-Kan (The World of Somen)Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of Somen.
Visitors can experience of making Tenobe Somen.
Visitors can see demonstration of manufacturing of somen.
Visitors can see display of history, culture, work tool.
Traditional industries / craftworks Kinkouen Visitors can attend a mini class introducing the attractiveness of raw Japanese ink (warmness and softness).
Traditional industries / craftworks Akahada-yama Motogama Pottery Gyozo Furuse Visitors can observe the former workshop, the exhibit hall and climbing kiln (registered tangible cultural properties).
Traditional industries / craftworks Hakomotokan Konya Experience indigo dying, and display of the work that has a goldfish motif.
Metals / machinery / electronic components SHARP Memorial & Technology Hall Visitors can learn about the history of electric appliances, biomimetics technology, environmental technology, and photovoltaic generation, etc.
Science & Technology / laboratories Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) Guided tours and laboratory observations.

Wakayama Pref.

Category Facility Name Outline
Foods Nakata Foods Co., Ltd. Visitors can observe the factory producing pickled ume, etc.
Foods Kishu umeboshikan Visitors can observe manufacturing processes of umeboshi.
Liquor / tea / drinks Nakano BC Co., Ltd. Visitors can see a part of our brewing process.
Visitors can tasting our sake and plum wine.
Visitors can see our Japanese garden.
Science & Technology / laboratories Japanese apricot laboratory, Wakayama fruit tree experiment stationVisitors can observe experimental orchard and equipment.
Science & Technology / laboratories Shirahama Aquarium, Kyoto University This aquarium features exhibits of local marine fauna of Nanki Shirahama, especially fish and invertebrates. More than 500 species of marine animals are on the display throughout the year.
Science & Technology / laboratories Wakayama Agricultural Experiment Station Visitors can take a lab tour of our rice fields and greenhouses of vegetable and flower crops.
Science & Technology / laboratories Wakayama Prefectural Fisheries Experiment Station Visitors can see the facilities of Fisheries Experimental Station and learn about its experiments and researches.

Contact information about this page
(When you want to visit the facilities introduced in this list, please apply to each facility directly.)

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kansai Bureau
International Investment Promotion Division
Address: 1-5-44 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 540-8535
E-Mail:kin-kansai-technical-visit@meti.go.jpMail (mail client will launch)