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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. The art of Kyo-Yuzen has been a part of the crafting culture of Kyoto for hundreds of years. Now you too can create a one-of-a-kind hand-dyed work of art.

    From USD11.88

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  2. Create a scarf or furoshiki cloth wrapper using traditional shibori dyeing techniques and take home a wearable souvenir of your visit to Kyoto.

    From USD29.60

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. Fold, twist and transform fabric to create a unique kanzashi hair ornament, the same type that is used by Kyoto geisha. You can learn this amazing art and make a one of a kind souvenir.

    USD27.41

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. 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 USD22.84

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  5. Choose from among 10 types of unglazed earthen ware, such as Japanese tea cups, mugs, rice bowls and more! Have fun painting with 2 or 5 colors, and see how the colors change after firing!

    From USD10.42

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  6. Try your hand at making the famous local Kiyomizuyaki pottery at Zuikogama, which has been creating high quality pottery in Kyoto since 1771.
    English Available

    From USD28.61

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  7. 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 USD27.41

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  8. 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 USD24.48

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. 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.

    From USD22.84

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. Make a lovely item of your choice using traditional shibori tie dye methods to color your own design. Select from handkerchiefs, shawls, curtains and more. Enjoy a fun workshop in Kyoto.

    From USD9.14

    Daily
    2 - 4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. 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.

    USD22.84

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  12. Relax your senses and immerse yourself with the aroma of traditional incense used in Buddhist temples and the Imperial court. Visit a shop with over 180 years of history and see how the special incense is made.
    English Available
    Special

    USD9.14

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  13. Use soft, comfortable and fragrant Kitayama Cedar to make your own chopsticks. Create a personal carrying case colored by Kyoto Yuzen dyeing as a finishing touch.

    USD29.60

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  14. 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!

    From USD39.47

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  15. 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

    USD37.46

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  16. Get hands on as you learn the traditional methods of weaving bamboo baskets. With your choice of three styles, the whole family can join and make unique souvenirs.

    From USD31.98

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  17. 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.

    USD25.58

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  18. 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 USD22.84

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  19. Make your very own traditional Japanese crafts for you to take home as souvenirs. Enjoy embroidery, Kyo-Yuzen style fabric dying and cocoon doll right in Kyoto city.

    From USD10.05

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  20. Make your own accessory using Sanada Himo cords—high-quality Japanese ribbons traditionally used as straps for samurai armor and swords. Learn from an experienced craftsman and take home your own creation.
    English Available

    From USD18.27

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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