Enduring Traditions,
Bridging the Past and Present

You can experience various traditional Japanese crafts at Marugame. Feel the grace of its rich history and culture, carried on from the past to the present, and indulge your senses in its refined elegance.


Marugame Castle Entry Experience

Your journey begins when you enter through the “Taikomon” Ote Ichi no mon gate, which has been announcing the time to Marugame Castle and its surroundings since the Edo period, continuing to this day with “Taiko” drum strikes. When you enter through the gate, you will hear the striking of the drum that signals the arrival of a guest. Following that, Marugame Taiko drums will perform a welcoming performance.

Ote Ichi no mon, constructed in 1670, is a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan, known as "Taiko Mon" because samurai used to strike drums to announce the time during the Edo period. This tradition continues today with the "Time Drum" being struck at noon.

Reflecting this drumming tradition, the Marugame Taiko drums, which are played on special occasions in contemporary Marugame culture, are preserved by the Marugame Taiko Preservation Society, inheriting this cultural legacy.

Marugame Uchiwa Making Experience

In the scenic land of Marugame, surrounded by sea and mountains, there was a time when people were bustling with the popularity of Konpira Shrine pilgrimage. The “Marugame Uchiwa”, which supports the comfort of the worshippers and is popular as a souvenir, has been handed down to the present day.

You can learn how to make uchiwa directly from traditional craftsmen who have mastered difficult techniques and methods among uchiwa craftsmen. It is a special opportunity to connect with these craftsmen who uphold the tradition of producing the highest share of bamboo uchiwa in Japan and share a heartfelt experience.

Sencha Tea Ceremony Experience

The 5th lord of the Kyogoku clan, Kyogoku Takanaka enjoyed this in his day. While feeling the atmosphere of Nakazu Bansho-en, enjoy a special experience learning about tea from a tea master of the Abe school of tea ceremony at “Kanchoro,” which is normally closed and is the oldest existing Japanese Sencha tea room. In this experience, you will learn the etiquette of Sencha tea ceremony, which is different from the more commonly known matcha tea ceremony.