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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Gujo
Food Replicas 
# 3   of 5 most visited sights
in Gujo-Hachiman

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Food replicas are the wax or plastic representations of dishes that many restaurants in Japan put on display to entice and inform patrons. Gujo Hachiman has been a center of food replica production for decades, and maintains four replica workshops.

The first replica workshop, Iwasaki Mokei (Sample Village Iwasaki), opened in 1932. Today it claims to serve over half of the Japanese food replica market with its models. Iwasaki, like the other workshops in Gujo, produces a wide variety of replicas from sushi and gyudon to hamburgers and ice cream.

Iwasaki demonstration
Sample Kobo workshop

Besides replicas of your favorite foods, the workshops offer souvenirs in the form of classes and demonstrations. At Sample Village Iwasaki and Sample Kobo, another workshop in the town center, visitors can try to create their own samples, such as leaves of lettuce or pieces of tempura, under the direction of a replica artist.

Sample Kobo further allows visitors into their workshop to watch the artists create replicas which are sold in their store front and to restaurants.

Food replicas on display

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How to get there
While Sample Kobo stands in the town center, Sample Village Iwasaki is located about one kilometer outside of the town center, not far from Gujo's railway station.

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Hours and Fees
Sample Village Iwasaki
Hours:10:00 to 16:00 (classes until 15:00)
Closed:Tuesdays, first Thursday in October, first Saturday in February, and December 29 to January 6
Admission:Free (admission), 800-1200 yen (classes)

Sample Kobo
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (extended hours during the Gujo Odori festival)
Closed:Thursdays and New Year holidays
Admission:Free (admission), 1000 yen (classes)

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Sample Village Iwasaki
Official website.
Sample Kobo
Official website.

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