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 traditional techniques of Kashoku, ways of decorating lacquerware handed down in Kyoto. Iroetsuke is a technique of painting pictures with colored Urushi lacquer.

    From USD23.22

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  2. 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

    USD23.22

    Weekday
    (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.

    USD27.86

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. Sharpen white bamboo with a small knife as you slowly and carefully bring your tea ladle forth. You can also make a carrying case for the ladle.

    From USD32.51

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Create your own personal and unique pair of chopsticks from smoked bamboo during this workshop! Carve and shape them to be just right for you.

    USD37.15

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. 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 USD32.51

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  7. 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.

    USD30.09

    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 USD24.89

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. 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 USD23.22

    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.

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    Daily
    1.5 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. 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.

    USD21.36

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  12. 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

    USD92.88

    Tue, Thu
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  13. 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

    USD18.11

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  14. 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

    USD18.11

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (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

    USD38.08

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  16. 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 USD23.22

    Daily
    (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.

    USD26.01

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  18. 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.

    USD23.22

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  19. 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 USD27.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  20. 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 USD23.22

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)

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