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Japan has many fascinating traditional arts and crafts to try. Learn how to dye intricate designs onto cloth, make pretty washi paper or craft your own elegant Japanese accessory. From local pottery styles to traditional toys or decor, don't miss the chance to experience Japan's many art forms.
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  1. Unique Shibori Cloth Dyeing Experience in Kyoto
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    Create a scarf or furoshiki cloth wrapper using traditional shibori dyeing techniques and take home a wearable souvenir of your visit to Kyoto.

    From USD29.63

    Daily
    1 - 1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. 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.

    USD27.43

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. 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)
  4. 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 USD27.43

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  5. 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 USD22.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  6. 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 USD22.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  7. 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.

    USD22.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  8. 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)
  9. 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 USD22.86

    Daily
    (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

    USD37.49

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. 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.

    USD25.60

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

    From USD18.29

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  13. 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

    USD91.44

    Tue, Thu
    2 hour(s) (afternoon)
  14. 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

    USD22.86

    Weekday
    (morning, afternoon)
  15. 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

    USD17.83

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

    USD17.83

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  17. 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.

    USD21.03

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  18. 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 USD22.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  19. 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 USD22.86

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  20. 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!

    From USD14.81

    Weekday
    1 hour(s) (afternoon)

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