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
    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

    USD41.76

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. No.2
    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.

    USD23.73

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  3. No.3
    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 USD24.68

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  4. 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.

    USD28.47

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1 - 2 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

    USD31.32

    Weekday
    (morning, afternoon)
  6. 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 USD28.47

    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 USD28.47

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  8. 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.

    USD26.57

    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 USD24.68

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  10. 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 USD51.25

    Group Discount
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    1.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. 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 USD20.88

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

    USD20.88

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

    USD104.40

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

    USD18.79

    Daily
    1 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  15. 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 USD23.73

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  16. 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 USD24.68

    Daily
    (morning, afternoon)
  17. Use traditional methods unique to Kyoto to make traditional crafts such an an embroidered handkerchief, Yuzen fabric dye or a cocoon puppet as a gift or for yourself.

    From USD11.67

    Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    (morning, afternoon)

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