Traditional Arts & Crafts (Workshops and Lessons), Kyoto tours & activities, fun things to do in Kyoto | VELTRA

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Learn intricate arts and have a deeper understanding for Japanese craftsmanship as you try your hand at traditional Japanese arts and crafts in Kyoto. Make a geisha kanzashi hair ornament, use gansai natural paints, learn embroidery, fold beautiful origami, add designs to lacquerware, craft your own uchiwa fan and more. A variety of crafting experiences await you at VELTRA.
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  1. No.1
    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 USD29.25

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  2. No.2
    Discover the world of Japanese music through a beginner-friendly koto harp lesson. Learn how to properly strum the notes to play a simple piece with your instructor. In the end, enjoy a wonderful concert by a professional performer.
    English Available

    From USD53.63

    Group Discount
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. No.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.

    USD29.25

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

    USD42.90

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Stop by the workshop of craftsmen who make beautiful Kyoto-style fans, which you can use or display as ornaments. Learn the history of fan making from the artists before trying your hand at making your own fan!
    English Available

    USD32.18

    Weekday
    (morning, afternoon)
  6. 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 USD25.35

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  7. 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 USD24.38

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  8. 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.

    USD24.38

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  9. 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.

    USD27.30

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  10. 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 USD29.25

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  11. 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 USD25.35

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  12. 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 USD25.35

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  13. Paint on post cards using traditional Japanese paints. The base pattern makes it easy to create your own work of art, even without a lot of practice!

    From USD19.50

    Group Discount
    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  14. 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 USD21.45

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

    USD19.31

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)

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