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 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

    USD92.02

    Tue, Thu
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  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 USD29.81

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. 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 USD24.66

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. 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.

    USD29.81

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  5. 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 USD28.82

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  6. 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

    USD23.01

    Weekday
    (morning, afternoon)
  7. 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.

    USD27.61

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  8. Learn how to use a traditional Furoshiki, a handy cloth for wrapping a variety of items in an environmentally friendly manner. Take a cloth home with you after the lesson.

    USD29.81

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  9. 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 USD23.01

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  10. 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 USD23.01

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. 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 USD23.01

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  12. 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.

    USD21.16

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  13. 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.

    USD23.01

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  14. 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 USD27.61

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  15. 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 USD10.49

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  16. 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 USD10.12

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  17. 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 USD11.96

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon, evening)
  18. 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

    USD17.94

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  19. 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

    USD17.94

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  20. 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

    USD37.73

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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