Lovers of arts and crafts will find a large variety of activities to choose from. Check out traditional Japanese arts like pottery, fabric dyeing and kanzashi, or make hyper-realistic plastic food samples. Create your own jewelry and accessories for a wearable souvenir or have fun painting, the choice is yours!
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  1. Learn hand forming techniques and make a mug, rice bowl, or plate! Just a stone's throw from one of Kyoto's most famous temples, take a creative break from sightseeing.
    English Available

    From USD24.22

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. Learn the traditional method of dyeing intricate patterns on cloth, and choose your favorite sketch from more than 200 types or bring your own sketch. You can take your work home on the same day.

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    Daily
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. Choose from over 5000 different traditional family crests and symbols, and dye the crest onto your choice of accessory. A fun 'only-in-Kyoto' experience, and great souvenir!

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    Weekday
    1 hour(s) (afternoon)
  4. While you are in Kyoto, spend a few hours creating a hand-made one-of-a-kind piece of Kyo-Yuzen, or dyed-fabric, and bring home a beautiful piece of art!
    Special

    From USD37.96

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  5. Shape clay into elegant Kyoto style pottery on a potter's wheel in an English classroom. The centuries long traditions of Kyoto are waiting for you.
    English Available

    From USD25.46

    Group Discount
    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  6. Learn about the process of making a beautiful Kyoto-style umbrella from craftsmen at Hiyoshiya, a workshop which has existed for over 100 years, then create your own mini paper umbrella too!
    English Available

    USD90.39

    Tue, Thu
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  7. Stop by the workshop of craftsmen who make beautiful Kyoto-style fans, which you can use or display as ornaments. Watch and learn from the artists before trying your hand at making your own fan!
    English Available

    USD22.60

    Weekday
    (morning, afternoon)
  8. Wrap fragrant wood chips together to create a personal incense as you learn this traditional art of Kyoto. The finished Nishijin brocade or crepe bags give off a gentle fragrance.
    English Available

    USD17.63

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Make shichimi,a traditional Japanese spice blend,by mixing the 7 ingredients to your tastes. Keep your spices in a traditional seasoning container made of bamboo for a touch of Kyoto wherever you are.
    English Available

    USD17.63

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. Kyoto zogan inlay is a traditional craft using stamped parts of pure silver or pure gold to decorate an iron plate. Create your own pendant or braided strap as a lovely gift or souvenir.
    English Available

    USD37.06

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. Add a picture using special paper templates to a lovely functional souvenir. Make and take home a box made of paulownia wood, both light and good at keeping things safe from humidity.

    From USD22.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  12. Create your own personal "sensu" folding fan, one of Kyoto special traditional crafts. In this lesson, you can draw on a folding fan and make an original design.

    USD25.31

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  13. Get hands on with traditional Kyoto culture as you make a 40 page book using Japanese washi-paper, bind with string, and finishing with drawing a picture on the cover.

    USD20.79

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  14. Kindami Yuzen is a dying technique using both traditional gold Kindami and Yuzen methods of fabrics that are used in Kimonos. Make fancy crafts using this authentic method.

    USD22.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  15. Attach thin sheets of mother-of-pearl to gorgeous lacquer goods and create an original work combining classic art and styles with modern design.

    From USD27.12

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  16. Set your hands to work learning hakuoshi, an art style that draws gold patterns on lacquerware by putting lacquer as an adhesive before placing the gold leaf on it.

    From USD22.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  17. Add delicate and shimmering designs with a lesson in classical Kyoto style chinkin lacquer decoration. Often used for tea ceremony utensils, add a tasteful touch to a cute item for your home.

    From USD22.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  18. Learn traditional Kyoto style arts with a fun makie lesson. Makie is a technique to add decorations on lacquerware by using metal powder on fresh lacquer patterns just before it dries.

    From USD22.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  19. Learn traditional techniques of Kashoku, ways of decorating lacquerware handed down in Kyoto. Iroetsuke is a technique of painting pictures with colored Urushi lacquer.

    From USD22.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  20. Select either a pair of jeans or T-shirt to dye your original design. Use colors of your choice and traditional shibori tye-die methods to make a perfect gift or souvenir from Kyoto.

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    Daily
    3 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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