Association of Shrine & Temple Carpenters Training School

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There are three ways to become a Shrine & Temple Carpenter:

1.Shrine & Temple Carpenters Training School

A school to train shrine & temple carpenters incorporates positive aspects of the apprentice system and vocational schools to fit the modern age.
Through a three-year program, we train candidates into skillful shrine & temple carpenters.


  • Acquisition of the artisan lifestyle
  • Effectively mastering techniques through
  • Lower cost
    Shrine & Temple Carpenters Training Program: 1.95 million yen per 3-year program
    (Vocational School:
    5.7 million yen per 3-year program)


  • Need to live at the school on weekdays  (Mondays through Fridays)

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2.Apprentice System

First, candidates apply for apprenticeship with the Master of Shrine & Temple Carpenters in order to become a live-in apprentice at his house.
Apprenticeship training takes 10 years, during which candidates also do chores related to food, clothing and shelter.


  • Opportunity to learn techniques


  • No personal time
  • Need for 10 years of training
  • No permission to do actual work is given for a long time
  • Grueling training that leaves only a handful of candidates out of 100 after 10 years

3.Vocational School

Just as with common vocational schools, candidates go through an established, three-year curriculum.


  • Learning along the curriculum


  • Expensive (5.7 million yen per 3-year program)
    (Training Program: 1.95 million yen per 3-year program)
  • Candidates are likely to become too theoretical — thus likely to quit soon as they are less likely to have acceptable skills onsite.
  • A 10-year training is necessary after graduation.